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)

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. This colloquium differentiates itself from similar workshops by strongly emphasizing current tax issues.

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 wish to attend any of the presentations, please RSVP via the links below.

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

Information Matters in 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

Leak-Driven Law


April 9

Erin Scharff
Arizona State

Green Fees: The Challenge of Pricing Externalities Under State Law


Past Speakers

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 ShanskeUC 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

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