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Michael Mulroney

Professor of Law Emeritus


After 29 years in public and private tax practice, in 1988 Michael Mulroney left a Washington D.C. tax specialty firm partnership to join the law school faculty as a full professor, was awarded tenure in 1990, emeritus status in 2007, and continued to teach through 2015.  He was Director of the University Graduate Tax Program from 1988 through 2007. He founded the Federal Tax Clinic and was its initial Co-Director and Faculty Advisor, and acted as a coordinator of the University Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program with special responsibility for tax matters of international students.  For a number of years he served on the University Senate, and was its Parliamentarian.  Professor Mulroney taught courses in taxation and professional responsibility in the Graduate Tax and J.D. programs, and as an adjunct in the Georgetown Graduate Tax Program. 

He was admitted to the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Iowa Supreme Court, eight of the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, the United States Tax Court, several federal district courts, and the inferior courts of the District of Columbia.

Over the course of his career, he spent 12 years as Managing Editor of the ABA Tax Section’s 21,000-circulation quarterly journal The Tax Lawyer, and was an active member of the Section’s committees on Appointments to the Tax Court, Standards of Tax Practice, Teaching Taxation, Court Procedure, Publications, and Government Submissions, as well as a member of the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar and its Graduate Programs Group.  He was also an active member of the tax sections of the Iowa, D.C., and Federal Bar Associations, and of the American Association of Law Schools in which he served as a member of its House of Delegates. Professor Mulroney was a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, a member of the Special Academic Advisory Committee of the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, a member of the International Fiscal Association’s U.S.A. Branch (U.S.A. National Reporter 1973-1974) and of the International Fiscal Research Institute Council of Experts, a Founding Master of the J. Edgar Murdock American Inn of Court in Washington, D.C., he was the Reporter for the 1997 IRS/ABA National Symposium on Professional Relationships, and served as a Director of the Philadelphia Tax Conference.

Professor Mulroney authored two books on federal taxation, 16 BNA Tax Management Portfolios (Distinguished Author, 1993), a number of articles on tax subjects, and he was a regular speaker at various conferences on federal taxation and professional responsibility.

Practice Experience

  • Washington, D.C. tax specialty firm:  associate, partner, senior partner, of counsel
  • Appellate attorney, U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division
  • Attorney advisor to U.S. Tax Court judge
Professor Michael Mulroney



Courses and Seminars

  • Decedents' Estates & Trusts
  • Introduction to Federal Taxation
  • Introduction to Taxation of Business Entities
  • Partnership Taxation


Harvard Law School, J.D.

University of Iowa, B.S.C. Economics