Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium to Examine Pressing Issues in U.S. Tax Administration September 27

Shachoy Symposium 2013

The Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium brought together leading academicians, practitioners and policymakers to explore pressing issues of U.S. tax administration on Sept. 27, 2013. Topics included the expanded use of whistleblower powers to gather information on tax abuse, the IRS’s plan to expand oversight of tax return preparers, and the role of fairness and deterrence as principles in criminal tax sentencing.

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Panels and Speakers

Welcome

  • Michelle Madden Dempsey, Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law


Introductory Remarks 

  • Joy Sabino Mullane, Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law


Panel 1 – The Increasing Importance of the Whistleblower Provisions in U.S. Tax Administration

Examination of the IRS whistleblower law with emphasis on current issues and how the program could be improved

Moderator: J. Richard “Dick” Harvey, Distinguished Professor of Practice, Villanova University School of Law

  • Jeremiah Coder, Greenberg Traurig, former Contributing Editor for Tax Notes  
  • Dennis J. Ventry, Jr., Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law
  • Dean A. Zerbe, Partner, Zerbe, Fingeret, Frank & Jadav, and Counsel to National Whistleblower's Center


Panel 2 – The IRS’s Efforts to Regulate Unlicensed Tax Return Preparers

Exploration of the issues underlying the IRS’s plan to provide further oversight over previously unlicensed return preparers, including the legal issues facing the DC Circuit Court of Appeals in Loving v. IRS and the policy issues for and against increased regulation.

Moderator: Leslie Book, Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law

  • Dan Alban, Institute for Justice
  • Michelle L. Drumbl, Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Tax Clinic, Washington & Lee University School of Law
  • Lawrence B. Gibbs, Member, Miller Chevalier and former Commissioner, IRS
  • Steve R. Johnson, University Professor, Florida State University College of Law


Keynote Talk: The View from the DOJ

Introduction: Keith Fogg, Professor of Law and Director, Federal Tax Clinic, Villanova University School of Law

  • Kathryn Keneally, Assistant Attorney General (Tax), U.S. Department of Justice


Panel 3 – Criminal Tax Sentencing: Fairness and Deterrence

Discussion of the sentencing phase of criminal tax cases, focusing on principles of fairness and deterrence in regards to both the individual defendant and as to all taxpayers.

Moderator: Peter Hardy, Principal, Post & Schell and Adjunct Professor, Villanova University Graduate Tax Program

  • Steve Chanenson, Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law
  • Caroline D. Ciraolo, Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, LLP
  • Kathryn Keneally, Assistant Attorney General (Tax), U.S. Department of Justice
  • Scott Schumacher, Associate Professor of Law and Director, Graduate Tax Program, University of Washington School of Law
  • John Townsend, Member, Townsend & Jones and Adjunct Professor, University of Houston Law Center


Closing Remarks

  • Linda Love Vines, Interim Director, Graduate Tax Program and Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Villanova University School of Law


This program is being sponsored in part by Post & Schell, P.C.

The annual Villanova Law Review Symposium is named for Norman J. Shachoy, B.M.E. ’58, J.D. ’61 who served as Editor-in-Chief, Volume Six of the Villanova Law Review.  The naming was made possible through his generous support, along with that of his son N. James Shachoy J.D. ’86, of Villanova University School of Law.

 

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