ABA Section of Taxation Law Student Tax Challenge

ABA Section of Taxation Law Student Tax Challenge

An alternative to traditional moot court competitions, the Law Student Tax Challenge asks two-person teams of students to solve a cutting-edge and complex business problem that might arise in everyday tax practice.  Teams are initially evaluated on two criteria: a memorandum to a senior partner and a letter to a client explaining the result. Based on the written work product, six teams from the J.D. Division and four teams from the LL.M. Division receive a free trip (including airfare and accommodations for two nights) to the Section of Taxation 2015 Midyear Meeting, January 29-31 in Houston, TX, where each team will defend its submission before a panel of judges consisting of the country’s top tax practitioners and government officials, including tax court judges. The competition is a great way for law students to showcase their knowledge in a real-world setting and gain valuable exposure to the tax law community. On average, more than 60 teams compete in the J.D. Division and more than 40 teams compete in the LL .M. Division.

ABA SECTION OF TAXATION ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 14TH ANNUAL LAW STUDENT TAX CHALLENGE

Winners in J.D. and LL.M. Divisions Chosen

The American Bar Association Section of Taxation has announced the winners of the 14th Annual Law Student Tax Challenge, a contest designed to give students an opportunity to research, write about and present their analyses of a real-life tax planning problem.  The competition is open to both J.D. and LL.M. law students.

Aaron Miki and Mikkela Sweet of the University of San Francisco School of Law were awarded first place in the J.D. Division. Their coach was Davis Yee. Riley Becker and Mary Beth Dolan of Northwestern University School of Law were awarded first place in the LL.M. Division. Their coach was Herbert Beller.  The teams presented oral arguments before a panel of distinguished tax lawyers and tax court judges attending the Section of Taxation 2015 Midyear Meeting in Houston, TX, with the winners honored at a reception during the meeting. 

The Law Student Tax Challenge was developed and is administered by the Section of Taxation Young Lawyers Forum, and is designed to reflect everyday tax issues that might arise for practitioners.  The contest features both J.D. and LL.M. divisions, which compete in two-person teams that research the tax issues involved, and then submit technical memoranda and client letters with their solutions.  The teams’ written submissions are judged by tax practitioners from across the country and the teams with the best written submissions are chosen to present their tax planning strategies before the oral round competition judges at the Section of Taxation Midyear Meeting. 

The other awardees from this year’s competition include:

J.D. Division:

2nd Place: Christine Fukushima and Tommy Du, University of California, Irvine, School of Law.

3rd Place: Ankur Thakkar and Thomas Vanik, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Best Written Submission: Ankur Thakkar and Thomas Vanik, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

LL.M. Division:

2nd Place: Jessica Cory and Morgan Klinzing, New York University School of Law

Best Written Submission: Jessica Cory and Morgan Klinzing, New York University School of Law

For examples of the "Best Written" winners from past competitions, please click here.

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