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June 06, 2021 The Tax Lawyer

2021 Erwin N. Griswold Lecture Before the American College of Tax Counsel: Tax Lawyers as Teachers—A Precious Commodity

Vol. 74, No. 3 - Spring 2021

Herbert N. Beller


Greetings! I am honored to deliver this year’s Griswold Lecture, though very sorry that we can’t gather in person to enjoy the usual post-lecture festivities. Hopefully that great tradition will resume again next year.

I’m especially pleased to join a distinguished group of prior honorees who include Judge Theodore Tannenwald (for whom I served as an early law clerk); my former law partners Mort Caplin and Randy Thrower; and several leaders of the tax bar who I’ve been privileged to know and work with over the years through the ABA Tax Section.

My topic today focuses broadly on tax education and, more specifically, upon the important role of tax practitioners as teachers of law school tax courses.

I offer my thoughts and observations on this subject from the perspective of one who has practiced tax law for five decades and taught at two leading law schools for almost 25 years. Well-educated and trained tax professionals are critically important to the effective implementation of our self-assessment

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