Richard Crawford Pugh Lecture on Tax Law & Policy Presents Lily Batchelder (NYU)

Richard Crawford Pugh Lecture on Tax Law & Policy Presents Lily Batchelder (NYU)

Date and Time

Thursday, February 28, 2019

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  • Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Warren Hall, Grace Courtroom (3rd Floor)

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




The Richard C. Pugh Lecture Series is proud to welcome Lily Batchelder to campus to present "Optimal Tax Theory and Distributive Justice," Thursday, February 28 at 5pm.

About the Speaker

Lily Batchelder is the Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law at NYU School of Law and an Affiliated Professor at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service.

From 2010 to 2015, Batchelder was on leave from NYU, working for President Obama’s administration and Congress. At the White House, she served as Deputy Director of the National Economic Council and Deputy Assistant to the President. There, she was responsible for tax and budget issues, including tax reform, retirement policy, and low-income benefits. Prior to that, she served as Majority Chief Tax Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, where she led Chairman Baucus’s work on tax issues, including tax reform, and the fiscal cliffs.

Batchelder’s principal areas of research and teaching include federal income taxes, wealth transfer taxes, and social insurance. Her scholarship centers on tax expenditures, business tax reform, retirement and savings policy, wealth transfer taxes, optimal tax theory, and the effects of fiscal policy on economic insecurity, income disparities, and intergenerational mobility. Apart from her academic work, she regularly appears in the media and advises policymakers on fiscal policy matters. She was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School. She is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and on the board of Tax Analysts and the National Tax Association.

Before joining NYU in 2005, Batchelder was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Director of Community Affairs for a New York State Senator, and a client advocate for a small social services organization in Ocean Hill-Brownsville, Brooklyn. Batchelder received an AB in Political Science with honors and distinction from Stanford University, an MPP in Microeconomics and Human Services from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a JD from Yale Law School.


The Richard Crawford Pugh Lecture

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. Before coming to USD, Pugh was a professor at Columbia Law School, a deputy assistant U.S. attorney general (Tax Division), and a partner at the international law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.

  • Registration

    This event is free, and registration is required. A reception will follow at 6pm in the Warren Hall Faculty Reading Room (2nd Floor).

  • MCLE

    The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Board of California-approved MCLE provider and is currently evaluating credits for this activity.


  • Parking

    The event will take place in the Grace Courtroom of Warren Hall at the University of San Diego. To get to Warren Hall, please enter through the east/main entrance on Alcala Parkway and park in the structure located slightly to the right of the kiosk. Warren Hall is the third building on your left as you walk west towards campus.

    Visitors are required to pay for parking on campus. Rates are as follows:

    • 30 minutes - $0.75
    • 1 hour - $1.50
    • 2 hour - $3
    • 4 hours - $4
    • Full Day - $8

    Please note your vehicle license plate number as USD operates as a pay-by-plate system. You will need this information as you pay at the pay station.

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