Howard Abrams, Miranda Fleischer and Victor Fleischer Join USD School of Law Faculty

SAN DIEGO (April 10, 2013) - University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Dean Stephen C. Ferruolo announced today that Professors Howard Abrams, Miranda Fleischer and Victor Fleischer have accepted appointments at the University of San Diego School of Law.

Following a visiting appointment at Harvard Law School, Howard Abrams will join the faculty as Warren Distinguished Professor of Law and assume the role of director of tax programs in August 2014 while Miranda and Victor Fleischer will join the faculty in August 2013.

“These appointments are not only major additions to our distinguished law faculty, but reflect the success of our efforts to re-establish our graduate tax program as one of the strongest in the country,” said Dean Ferruolo. “I am particularly pleased that Howard Abrams will be assuming the directorship of our tax programs, and will continue to build on the achievements of Professor-in-Residence John Forry, who has directed the tax programs since 2011.”

Howard Abrams is a renowned expert in the areas of partnership taxation and corporate taxation.  A professor at Emory Law School since 1983, he has been a visiting professor at Cornell, Berkeley and Yale law schools and, most recently, USD School of Law in fall 2012. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and clerked for the Honorable Theodore Tannenwald, Jr., former Chief Judge of the United States Tax Court. He is also a member of the American Law Institute.  Abrams’ book Federal Income Taxation of Corporations and Partnerships (co-authored with R. Doernberg and D. Leatherman) is widely used both in law schools and by tax practitioners.

Miranda Fleischer joins USD’s tax faculty from the University of Colorado Law School.  She received her JD degree from the University of Chicago, her Tax LLM degree from New York University, and clerked for the Honorable Morris Sheppard Arnold, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge for the Eighth Circuit. She teaches and writes in the areas of individual taxation, federal estate and gift tax, and tax-exempt organizations.  Her recent scholarship, which focuses on the design of the charitable tax subsidies, has been published in top law journals, including the Boston University Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Washington University (St. Louis) Law Review and the Tax Law Review.

Victor Fleischer joins USD’s tax faculty after teaching or serving as visiting professor at the University of Colorado, UCLA, University of Illinois, New York University and Georgetown University. He teaches in the areas of partnership and corporate taxation, deals, tax policy and private equity.  He writes the “Standard Deduction” column for Dealbook, a financial news service produced by the New York Times. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School and clerked for the Honorable M. Blane Michael, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge for the Fourth Circuit and the Honorable Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge for the Ninth Circuit. His recent scholarship has been published in top law journals, including the UCLA Law Review, Texas Law Review, NYU Law Review, Michigan Law Review and the Tax Law Review. His article, “Two and Twenty: Taxing Partnership Profits in Private Equity Funds,” published in the NYU Law Review, is often credited with sparking the heated debate over the tax treatment of the carried interest received by investment fund managers.

“I am thrilled that Howard Abrams will be joining the USD faculty and succeeding me as the Director of Tax Programs in 2014,” said John Forry, professor-in-residence and USD’s first director of tax programs.  Forry will continue to oversee the annual Transfer Pricing Symposium, the Procopio International Tax Institute, and the law school’s other international tax and internship programs, including its collaboration with Peking University School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China, where Forry is currently a visiting professor of international tax.

"Miranda Fleischer is widely acknowledged among her peers as one of the best tax scholars of her generation," said Mary Jo Wiggins, vice dean and professor of law. "She is a scholar of impressive breadth and sophistication and her work on the taxation of charitable deductions is creative, original and important. Her strong interdisciplinary perspective will substantially enhance both teaching and scholarship within our tax program and beyond.”

“These appointments are like hitting the trifecta,” said Frank Partnoy, George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance and director of USD’s Center for Corporate and Securities Law. “All three are prominent teachers and scholars, not only in tax, but in business law generally.  Vic Fleischer is one of the top corporate transactional academics in the world.  He will bring our students a unique package of practical knowledge and tools, as well as cutting-edge perspectives on modern corporate practice.”

About the Graduate Tax Program

For 35 years, the Graduate Tax Program at the University of San Diego School of Law has produced skilled leaders in the field of tax law. The LLM Degree in Taxation and Diploma in Taxation programs provide candidates with the necessary theoretical and practical framework that employers require. Through intensive study, students develop a broad skill set in traditional tax lawyering skills. In addition, students gain a deep understanding of the policies forming the basis of our tax laws and Internal Revenue Service pronouncements and are able to analyze the various proposals for tax reform and their correlation with current tax laws.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

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