Faculty Biography

Lester B. Snyder

Professor of Law Emeritus

  • LLM, 1961, Columbia University
  • JD, 1956, Boston University
  • BS, 1951, Syracuse University

Areas of Expertise

Professor Snyder writes in the area of tax law.

Professional Experience

Snyder was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Real Estate Taxation for nearly 20 years. He was the first professor-in-residence in the tax division of the U.S. Department of Justice as well as the architect and chair of USD's national tax conference, "Emerging Changes in the Tax Law," held in March 1999. He was a visiting professor at New York University and Boston University and served as director of the Graduate Tax Program at USD School of Law from 1983 to 1989. He joined the USD School of Law faculty in 1983.

Honors and Affiliations

Snyder was a recipient of the 2003 Bernard E. Witkin Award for excellence in teaching from the San Diego Law Library Justice Foundation.

Key Works

Snyder publications include "Does The Tax Law Discriminate Against The Majority of American Children: The Downside of Our Progressive Rate Structure and Unbalanced Incentives for Higher Education?" in 41 San Diego Law Review 1311 (2004); "Taxation with an Attitude: Can We Rationalize the Distinction Between Earned and Unearned Income?" in 18 Virginia Tax Review 241 (1998); and "Redefining the Role of the Federal Income Tax: Taking the Tax Law Private Through the Flat Tax and Other Consumption Taxes" in 13 American Journal of Tax Policy 1 (with Gallegos) (1996).

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