Current Issues in Tax Law and Policy Colloquium

January-April 2018
Select Mondays, 4:30–6:30 p.m.

UC Irvine School of Law, Room MPAA 420 (Directions)

Tax policy is at the forefront of the political discourse in the United States. Corporate tax avoidance, IRS alleged targeting of political groups, and the administration of the Affordable Care Act through the Internal Revenue Code are just a few examples of the centrality of tax policy to the political process in the United States. This colloquium differentiates itself from similar workshops by strongly emphasizing such tax issues of current relevance.

This colloquium runs every spring. Leading tax scholars and tax-policy experts are invited to present their works-in-progress to a tax law seminar class at UC Irvine School of Law. Papers are discussed ahead of the presentations and students are required to draft short response essays. The response essays are shared with the presenters. This format allows students a unique opportunity to meaningfully engage cutting-edge research in tax policy.

Tax practitioners, faculty from outside the law school, and anyone with a keen interest in tax policy are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

These events are approved for 2.0 Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of California. UC Irvine School of Law is a State Bar-approved MCLE provider.

If you have questions, wish to request reasonable accommodations for a disability, or would like to be added to the mailing list and receive invitations to Colloquium presentations, please email

Spring 2018 Schedule


January 29

Leandra Lederman
Indiana University

Is Information Important for Tax Enforcement?

February 12

Steven Bank

When Did Tax Avoidance Become Respectable?

March 12

Kathleen Delaney


Taxing the Gig Economy

March 26

Diane Ring
Boston College

Data and Legal Systems

April 9

Erin Scharff
Arizona State

Administrating Fees:  Determining Costs in the Criminal Justice System

Past Speakers

Spring 2017

  • January 30, 2017
    Philip Hackney, Louisiana State University
    Subsidizing the Heavenly Chorus: Labor Unions and Tax Exemption
  • February 13, 2017
    Gregg D. Polsky, University of Georgia Law School
    Elite Tax Professionals Behaving Badly: The Sad and Sordid Management Fee Waiver Saga
  • March 13, 2017
    Darien Shanske, UC Davis
    Apportionment and the State Corporate Income Tax: Past, Present and Possible Future
  • March 27, 2017
    Neil Buchanan, George Washington University
    Social Security is Fair to All Generations: Demystifying the Trust Fund, Solvency, and the Promise to Younger Americans
  • April 17, 2017
    Sarah Lawsky, Northwestern University
    Formalizing the Code

Spring 2016

  • Feb. 1, 2016
    Ed Kleinbard, USC
    The New Political Economy of Capital Income Taxation
  • Feb. 22, 2016
    Jake Brooks, Georgetown
    Quasi-Public Spending on Quasi-Public Goods
  • March 14, 2016
    Leigh Osofsky, Miami
    Simplexity and the Tax Law, Co-authored with Josh Blank, NYU
  • March 28, 2016
    Shu-Yi Oei, Tulane
    The Tax Lives of Uber Drivers: Evidence from Internet Discussion Forums, Co-authored with Diane Ring, Boston College
  • April 11, 2016
    Victor Fleischer, San Diego
    Alpha: Labor is the New Capital