Richard Crawford Pugh Lecture on Tax Law & Policy Presents Leslie B. Samuels

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Richard Crawford Pugh Lecture on Tax Law & Policy Presents Leslie B. Samuels

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Date and Time

  • Thursday, April 5, 2012 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, Rooms E & F

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




"Tax Reform in Today's Fiscal Environment: Principles to Guide the Debate"

With the Bush/Obama tax cuts expiring at the end of 2012, the automatic spending cuts scheduled to start in January 2013 and the need to increase the debt ceiling by January 2013, fiscal and tax policies are expected to be a prominent topic in the coming year.  To guide the debate and to inform the public, some tax policy principles are necessary.  Honoree and keynote speaker Leslie B. Samuels will outline these principles and discuss the challenges in arriving at a consensus for a reformed tax system.

About Leslie B. Samuels

Leslie B Samuels photoSamuels' practice focuses on international and domestic taxation, as well as related matters such as mergers and acquisitions, new financial products and foreign direct investment in the United States.  Samuels lectures and is widely published on the various aspects of taxation law. He is distinguished internationally as one of the best tax lawyers by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, the Tax Directors Handbook, the Legal Media Group Guide to the World's Leading Tax Advisers, the Best Lawyers in America, and the Legal 500.

Samuels joined Cleary Gottlieb in 1968 and became a partner in 1975. From 1993 to 1996, he served as Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy of the U.S. Treasury Department, and from 1994 to 1996, he also served as Vice Chairman of the Committee of Fiscal Affairs in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, as well as a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Samuels received an LLB degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1966, where he was editor of the Harvard Law Review. He received an undergraduate degree from Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania in 1963.  Samuels was also a Fulbright scholar at the London School of Economics. 

MCLE Credit

The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Board of California-approved MCLE provider and certifies that this event is approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 1 hours of general credit.

CPE Credit

This activity is approved for 1.0 hours of CPE credit.

Course Objective: To identify key tax policy principles for the debate about reforming the U.S. tax system.

Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to identify and explain:

  • Key policy principles for reforming the U.S. tax system
  • Challenges in arriving at a consensus on such reforms

Delivery Method: Group-Live
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: None
Advanced Preparation: None

For more information regarding administrative policies, please contact Jason Lemon at (619) 260-4585.


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