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Are you Interested in Participating in the ABA 2011 Law Student Tax Challenge?



Reality TV seems to be overtaking the world.  We all love to take a sneak peak into what's going on in other people's lives.  We also like to see people take on ridiculous challenges like eating bugs, or drinking toxic liquids, or jumping on bean bags elevated over dirty, muddy water before they are whacked off their safety ledge.  

Well, the ABA Law Student Tax Challenge may not be as exciting or gross, but it may make for some good reality tv in the future, right? Think about it: 20 teams of highly articulate law students battling it out with the tax code in hand.  On second thought, maybe this challenge is more appropriate as a line item on your resume.  

The ABA Law Student Tax Challenge may not be reality tv worthy, but it is definitely a great experience and a great career move.  You should consider taking on the challenge.   

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 the client explaining the result.  Based on this written work product, six teams from the J.D. Division and four teams from the LL.M. Division will receive a free trip (including airfare and accommodations for two nights) to the Section's 2012 Midyear Meeting from February 16-18 in San Diego, CA, where they will defend their submissions before a panel of some of the country's top tax practitioners. 

The competition is a great way for law students to showcase their knowledge in a real-world setting and to gain valuable exposure to the tax law community.  On average, more than 50 teams compete in the J.D. Division and more than 30 teams compete in the LL.M. Division.  

For more information, click here or visit the ABA Tax Section webpage at or contact the Tax Section at [email protected] or 202-662-8670. 

Important Dates: 

Problem Release Date:    September 2, 2011

Submission Deadline:       Friday, November, 18, 2011 (5:00PM EST)

Notification of Finalists:   Monday, December 19, 2011

Semi-Final Oral Defense Rounds:    Friday, February 17, 2012 in San Diego, CA


Past oral-round judges have included:

Alexander, William Associate Chief Counsel, IRS

Butler, Deborah, Associate Chief Counsel, IRS

Carluzzo, Lewis R., Special Trial Judge, U.S. Tax Court

Caudill, William H., Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP

Cohen, Adam H., Partner, Holland & Hart, LLP

Colvin, John O., Chief Judge, U.S. Tax Court

Egerton, Charles, Partner, Dean Mead

Franklin, Elke, IRS

Hochman, Nathan, Partner, Bingham McCutchen

Jacobs, Kevin, Associate, Ropes & Gray, LLP

Lipton, Richard, Partner, Baker & McKenzie, LLP

Marvel, L. Paige, Judge, U.S. Tax Court

McKenzie, Robert E., Partner, Arnstein & Lehr

Thomas, Thomas R., Judge, Office Counsel, IRS

Wherry, Robert A. Jr., Judge, U.S. Tax Court

Wilkins, William, Chief Counsel, IRS



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