NEWS AND EVENTS
Michael Semes Appointed Professor of Practice for the Villanova University Graduate Tax Program
Villanova University announced the appointment of Michael Semes as Professor of Practice for the Graduate Tax Program. In his new role, Semes will teach courses in the University’s nationally recognized graduate tax program, which is comprised of a Master of Law in Taxation (LLM) degree and a Master of Taxation (MT) degree, and is offered both on-campus and online.
Tax Litigation Course Fills the Training Gap for Low Income Taxpayer Clinics
Low Income Tax Clinics around the county, like the Federal Tax Clinic at Villanova Law, provide an invaluable service of free legal counsel to low-income taxpayers in controversies with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Practitioners at the clinics work with clients to represent them in disputes including audits, administrative appeals, collection matters and cases before the United States Tax Court and Federal District Courts. The free representation oftentimes results in substantial client benefits, including refunds, relief for innocent spouses and lower tax liabilities, all of which would not be possible without the clinics.
Professor Joy Mullane Appointed Faculty Director of the Villanova University Graduate Tax Program
Villanova University announced the appointment of Joy Mullane, Professor of Law, as Faculty Director of its Graduate Tax Program. Mullane has been a member of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law faculty since 2006. In her new role, Mullane will oversee the University’s nationally recognized graduate tax program, which is offered both on-campus and online.
“Joy is a recognized and respected leader and scholar at the Law School, and in the field of taxation,” said Mark C. Alexander, The Arthur J. Kania Dean, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. “I am so pleased to have Joy at the helm of our program. She is on the cutting edge of the ever-changing field of taxation, and I know she will continue to innovate and grow the program as the industry evolves, as well as in response to the needs of our students.”
Graduate Tax Faculty Receive Inaugural Diane E. Ambler '78 Faculty Curricular Innovation Award
Todd Aagaard, Vice Dean and Professor of Law, recently announced this year’s the recipients of the inaugural Diane E. Ambler '78 Faculty Curricular Innovation Award. The Award is given to a faculty member who has distinguished herself/himself through the creation and/or implementation of positive curricular or pedagogical change or development. The primary factor for the award is curricular innovation at the Law School that has the potential to influence the positive development of the Law School’s academic program both directly and also indirectly by influencing the way that others teach. For the inaugural recipients, the faculty committee chose Les Book, Professor of Law, and Joy Mullane, Professor of Law.
Book and Mullane were chosen for their innovative pedagogical approach first developed for the online Graduate Tax Program, which they each have then adapted and implemented for their Introduction to Federal Taxation courses in the JD program.