Richard Crawford Pugh Lecture on Tax Reform Beyond the Headlines

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Date and Time

  • Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.


Warren Hall, Grace Courtroom

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Tax Reform Beyond the Headlines

How our nation's tax system shortchanges the American people. Why the country needs real tax reform - and what it should look like.

About the Speaker

Michael J. Graetz joined the Columbia faculty in the fall of 2009 after holding faculty positions at Yale Law School for nearly 25 years. He has written many books on federal taxation, including a leading law school text, as well as more than 60 articles on a wide range of tax, international taxation, health policy, and social insurance issues.

Before joining Columbia, Graetz had been the Justus S. Hotchkiss Professor of Law at YaleLaw School since 1986. He had joined Yale's faculty in 1983. Prior to his time at Yale, Graetz was Professor of Law and Social Sciences at the California Institute of Technology and Professor of Law at the University of Southern California from 1979 to 1983. He started his teaching career as a law professor at the University of Virginia Law School from 1972 to1979.

In addition to his teaching career, Graetz has held several positions in the federal government. He was Assistant to the Secretary and Special Counsel for the U.S. Department of the Treasury from January to June in 1992, and he was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury from January of 1990 to December of 1991.

Graetz earned his BBA from Emory University in 1966 and his LLB from the University ofVirginia in 1969.

Graetz has been a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow and he received an award from Esquire Magazine for courses and work in connection with provision of shelter for the homeless. He served on the Commissioner's Advisory Group of the Internal Revenue Service. He served previously in the Treasury Department in the Office of Tax Legislative Counsel during 1969-1972. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

MCLE Credit

The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Bar of California-approved provider of MCLE and Legal Specialization in Taxation Law credits and certifies that this event is approved for 0.75 hour of general MCLE credit. Credit is available only to those who attend the lecture in person.

About the Richard Crawford Pugh Lecture on Tax Law & Policy

The Richard Crawford Pugh Lecture on Tax Law & Policy brings a distinguished practitioner, judge or government official who has played a significant role in shaping U.S. and international tax policy to the law school each year to discuss current and developing tax law and policy trends. The endowed lecture was established in 2009 in honor of the long and illustrious career of USD's Professor of Law Emeritus Richard Crawford Pugh.

Location and Directions

From the North: Use I-5 South, exit Sea World Dr. & Tecolote Rd. and proceed left at stoplight toward Morena Blvd. Turn right on Morena, left on Napa, and left on Linda Vista Rd. Travel to the second stoplight to USD's East (Main) entrance, turn left and enter campus.From the South (or the airport): Use I-5 North, exit Morena Blvd. (signs will say: Morena Blvd. use I-8 East) Stay to the right and follow the signs for Morena Blvd. Take the first right onto Linda Vista Rd. Travel to the third stoplight to USD's East (Main) entrance, turn left and enter campus.From the East: Use I-8 West, exit at Morena Blvd., go right onto Linda Vista Rd. and travel to the third stoplight to USD's East (Main) entrance, turn left and enter campus.

Once you have entered campus (from all directions): From the East (Main) entrance, stop at the entrance kiosk to obtain a complimentary visitor parking permit. Please be sure to obtain a permit and display it in your vehicle. Parking is available in the Mission Parking Structure across the street from the kiosk. Warren Hall is the third building on the left side of Torero Way (immediately after passing the kiosk).


Michael J. Graetz

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