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Critical Tax Theory


Friday and Saturday, April 1-2
Seattle University School of Law
Sullivan Hall, Room 327

Sponsored by a generous gift from Tax Analysts

Papers in various stages of development will be presented in order to receive comments from academics. The conference will begin Friday afternoon, continue through Saturday, and conclude with a dinner Saturday evening. There will be several panels — some formal and some less formal — during which all participants will present their work.


Friday, April 1
2 - 2:15 p.m.Introductory Remarks
Dean Kellye Testy, Seattle University School of Law
2:15 - 3:35 p.m.Panel
Moderator: Lily Kahng, Seattle University School of Law

David A. Brennen, Mercer University School of Law
Contextual Diversity: A Normative Rationale for the Charitable Tax Exemption

Leo P. Martinez, Hastings College of Law
Tax Policy, Rational Actors, and Other Myths

Nancy Staudt, Washington University School of Law
On Congress
3:45 - 4 p.m.Break
4 - 5 p.m.Panel
Moderator: Wendy Gerzog, Baltimore School of Law (visiting at Seattle University School of Law)

Anthony C. Infanti, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Everyday Law for Gays and Lesbians (and Those Who Care About Them)

Nancy Shurtz, University of Oregon School of Law
Queer Theory and the Quest for the Essential Taxpayer
5 p.m.Reception
Seattle University Law School, Second-Floor Gallery
6 p.m.Dinner
Lark Restaurant
926 12th Avenue
Saturday, April 2
8 - 9 a.m.Breakfast
9 - 10:30 a.m.Panel
Moderator: Richard Schmalbeck, Duke University School of Law

Neil Buchanan, Rutgers School of Law – Newark
Social Security, Generational Justice, and Long-Term Deficits

Lee Anne Fennell, University of Illinois College of Law
Tax Over Time

Kirk Stark, UCLA School of Law
Time Consistency and the Choice of Tax Base
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 - noonIncubator Session
Conference participants discuss research projects that are in their early stages.
noon - 1:30 p.m.Lunch and Incubator Session
1:30 - 3 p.m.Panel
Moderator: Claire Young, University of British Columbia Faculty of Law

Tracy A. Kaye, Seton Hall University School of Law
Tax Discrimination: A Comparative Analysis of U.S. and EU Approaches

Henry Ordower, Saint Louis University School of Law
Horizontal and Vertical Equity in Taxation as Constitutional Principles: Germany and the United States Contrasted

Kim Brooks, University of British Columbia Faculty of Law
Comparative Tax Burdens
3 - 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 - 4:45 p.m.Panel
Moderator: Charles Davenport, Rutgers University School of Law – Newark

Dorothy A. Brown, Washington and Lee University School of Law
Social Security Reform and the Rhetoric of Race

Lee A. Harris, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz
Black and Poor: Empirical Evidence of State Discrimination Against African-American Welfare Families
4:45 - 5:15 p.m.Final Remarks
6 p.m.Dinner
Dahlia Lounge
2001 4th Avenue