Rebecca Kysar of the Department of Treasury to Keynote the Annual UCI Law / A. Lavar Taylor Tax Symposium


Rebecca Kysar

Irvine, Calif. (Feb. 18, 2022) — The Graduate Tax Program at the University of California, Irvine School of Law will host the fourth annual UCI Law / A. Lavar Taylor Tax Symposium March 21, 2022. Sponsored by the Law Offices of A. Lavar Taylor, the theme of this year’s symposium is The Global Tax Deal and the Changing International Tax Order. The purpose of this full-day online symposium is to launch an in-depth discussion on the “global tax deal” adopting the OECD two-pillar framework, agreed to by 137 countries representing nearly 95% of the world's GDP. 

This event will feature keynote speaker, Rebecca Kysar, Counselor in the Office for Tax Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department. In her current role, Kysar co-led global negotiations for the United States, striking a deal among 137 countries to remake the international tax system for the first time in a century. Since 2018, she has been a Professor of Law at Fordham University where she is currently on leave. Her academic research focuses on tax policy, international tax, and the tax legislative and budget processes. She also served on the Biden Presidential Transition as an ad hoc adviser to the tax policy and Treasury agency review teams.

“We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to hear directly from Prof. Kysar, who played a leading role in designing, and bringing to fruition, one of the most significant advancements ever in international tax policy,” said Omri Marian, professor of law and academic director, graduate tax program.

Symposium organizers are soliciting questions for Kysar in advance of the keynote presentation. Only registrants to the event may submit questions. All questions should be submitted no later than Monday, March 14 via the registration link.

In addition to Kysar keynote address, the symposium will feature presentations by leading tax practitioners, industry entrepreneurs, researchers and government officials.

This event is approved for 9-hours of Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of California. UCI Law is a State Bar-approved MCLE provider. A full conference schedule will be made available early March.

More about the Law Offices of A. Lavar Taylor

The Law Offices of A. Lavar Taylor is an award-winning tax law firm located in the Santa Ana area of Orange County, California. Its tax attorneys and enrolled agent specialize in handling civil and criminal tax controversies, involving the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Justice, and state tax agencies such as the Franchise Tax Board, State Board of Equalization, and the Employment Development Department.

More about UCI Law Graduate Tax Program

The UCI Law Graduate Tax Program is the No. 1 graduate tax program on the west coast and is ranked No. 5 nationwide among law schools with a graduate tax program, according to TaxProf Blog’s ranking based on U.S. News & World Report data. UCI Law offers a one-of-a-kind, practice-oriented Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree program led by renowned tax scholars Omri Marian, Joshua Blank and Victor Fleischer. True to the spirit of UCI Law’s cutting-edge approach to legal education, the Graduate Tax Program offers a unique tax curriculum emphasizing practice skills and featuring small class sizes and a collegial, supportive learning environment. The program provides students with both the doctrinal depth and the experiential learning needed to practice tax law and to develop a deep understanding of the new tax law enacted in 2017. The program prepares graduate students for careers as tax attorneys, judges, tax administrators and policy advocates in the United States and abroad, and also offers the opportunity for current practitioners to dramatically expand their tax knowledge and skills.

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