November 12, 2007

2007 Law Student Tax Challenge

Problem, Best Written Winners, Entrants

Finalists and Winners

The LSTC is a national tax planning and client-counseling competition designed to more closely reflect everyday tax practice than traditional moot court competitions. The semi-final and final rounds of the 2007 LSTC took place in January of 2008 in Lake Las Vegas, Nevada during the Section of Taxation Midyear Meeting.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2007 Law Student Tax Challenge:

J.D. Division Results

  • The 1st Place Team was John LeVangie and Ryan Wyzik of Western New England College School of Law.
  • The 2nd Place Team was John Greenwall and Charles Fairchild of Southwestern Law School.
  • The 3rd Place Team was Lauren Zimmerman and Drew Harpool of Tulane University Law School.
  • The Best Written Submission was Ryan Smith and Andreas Ringstad of Temple University Law School.

The J.D. semi-finalists were:

  • Matthew Mauney and Jamie Delman, University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • Ryan Smith and Andreas Ringstad, Temple University Law School
  • Julie Skelton and Timothy Hamer, University of Wisconsin Law School
     

LL.M. Division Results

  • The 1st Place Team was Anne-Marie Rabago and Gary Scanlon of Northwestern University School of Law.
  • The 2nd Place Team was Kelly Young and Hailley Joyner of University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
  • The Best Written Submission was by Cynthia Schlegel and Melissa Webber of University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

The LL.M. semi-finalists were:

  • Julie Karavas and Michelle Jez, University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
  • Cynthia Schlegel and Melissa Webber, University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Judges

The Section thanks its members who gave of their time on January 18th to assess the semi-finalist and finalist teams during the oral rounds of the 2007 Law Student Tax Challenge.

  • Hon. John O. Colvin, Chief Judge, United States Tax Court, Washington, DC
  • Hon. Stephen J. Swift, Judge, United States Tax Court, Washington, DC
  • Donald L. Korb, Chief Counsel, IRS, Washington, DC
  • Nathan J. Hochman, Incoming Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division of the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Washington, DC
  • Steven C. Salch, Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Houston, TX
  • William H. Caudill, Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Houston, TX
  • Juan F. Vasquez, Jr., Shareholder, Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Martin, Houston, TX
  • Kelley Cooper Miller, Attorney Advisor, United States Tax Court, Washington, DC
  • Richard Lipton, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP, Chicago, IL
  • Deborah A. Butler, Associate Chief Counsel, IRS Office of Chief Counsel, Washington, DC
  • William J. Wilkins, Partner, WilmerHale, Washington, DC
  • Armando Gomez, Partner, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, Washington, DC

Judge biographies are available here.