The In-House Tax Function (Mon. Oct. 15, 12:30 PM)

On Monday, October 15th, from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM in Vanderbilt Hall Room 210, Elena Romanova (JD ’02, LL.M. ’03), Director and Head of Consumer Banking Tax Advisory, at Citigroup, Inc. will lead a session on the in-house tax function at large companies. The objectives of this program are to (a) inform students who plan to work for corporate law firms and accounting firms about the duties and needs of the in-house tax director, “the client” and (b) describe the skills that students need to develop over time if they plan to transition to an in-house position in the future.  This event is open to all students.

Elena V. Romanova is a Director and the Head of Consumer Banking Tax Advisory at Citigroup Inc. in New York. She was an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP from 2003 to 2010 and served as a Tax Policy Fellow at the U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Tax Policy in the fall of 2002. In her work, she focuses on U.S. federal income tax aspects of financial products and corporate transactions and on cross-border tax planning.

Ms. Romanova received a J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from New York University School of Law in 2002 where she served as a student editor of the Tax Law Review, an undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Houston in 1996, and a degree of Master of Professional Accountancy in Taxation from Indiana University in Bloomington in 1999. She also received an L.L.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 2003.

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Career Services: Estate Planning Careers Lunch (Mon, Feb 28, 12:30 PM)

On Monday, February 28th, from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM, in Vanderbilt Hall Room 208, the Office of Career Services will host an Estate Planning Careers Lunch. Current Tax LL.M. students interested in a career in estate planning are invited to participate in this informal lunch with attorneys practicing in the field of Trusts and Estates.  Learn about a day in the life of an estate planning attorney, gain insight into the job search process, and ask questions of our alumni practitioner!

Please RSVP here.  Space is available for up to 20 students.

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GTP Lunch Series: John Eagan (LL.M. ’83) (Tues, Nov 30, 12:30 PM)

John Eagan

On Tuesday, November 30, from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM in the Faculty Club (D’Agostino Hall), John Eagan (LL.M. ’83) will be the third guest speaker of the Fall 2010 Graduate Tax Program Lunch Series.

John J. Eagan (LL.M. ’83) is the Managing Partner of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., which has offices in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Manhattan. Mr. Eagan dedicates his practice to taxation, with emphasis on business, international, tax litigation and health care matters. Mr. Eagan has represented clients before state taxing authorities, the Internal Revenue Service, and U.S. Tax Court with regard to civil tax litigation, including corporate tax assessments, foreign taxation and treaty interpretation, sales and use taxation, state income tax allocation and apportionment issues, partnership allocations, and excise taxation. In the area of health care, Mr. Eagan has particular expertise on the tax aspects of intermediate sanctions, health care organization restructuring, virtual mergers involving joint operating companies, and joint ventures.

If you are a current NYU student and are interested in participating, please e-mail Antonius Wiriadjaja.

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For Tax Students: NYSBA Networking Event (Tues, Nov 30, 6-9 PM)

On Tuesday, November 30, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association will host a networking reception for current and prospective NYSBA Tax Section members at Shearman & Sterling, 599 Lexington Avenue (corner 53rd and Lexington), second floor.  This will be an excellent opportunity for you to interact with members of the Section and to learn more about the Section.  The hosts of this event anticipate that Stephen Shay, Deputy Assistant Secretary of International Tax Affairs, will be on hand and to meet with you and deliver some brief remarks.  To attend this event, you must RSVP to Carol Reilly as soon as possible.
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Tax Practice Interview Evening (Tues, Nov 2, 6:00 PM, Greenberg Lounge)

At this event, current Tax LL.M. students will be matched with alumni for twenty minute one-on-one practice interviews, followed by 10 minutes of interviewing feedback.  The session is preceded by a brief networking reception from 6:00-6:30.  You only need to be free for 30 minutes from 6:30-9:00 to participate in this program.  To register online, please click here.  Once you have registered online, please email Clara Solomon with any class conflicts during this time and please also indicate any specific practice areas in which you have an interest.  To the extent possible, OCS will try to make meaningful matches based on practice area interests.
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Graduate Tax Program Seeks to Hire Acting Assistant Professor of Tax Law (starting Aug 1, 2011)

The Graduate Tax Program is seeking applicants for the Acting Assistant Professor of Tax Law Program for the 2011-12 academic year, beginning August 1, 2011.


For over fifty years, the NYU Acting Assistant Professor of Tax Law (“Tax AAP”) program has launched the careers of dozens of tax academics.  Tax AAPs show promise as legal scholars and have a strong interest in teaching. They serve on a full-time, non-tenure track basis at the Law School for two academic years. At the start of their second year, Tax AAPs are expected to seek a tenure-track position on the law school academic job market.

While in residence at the Law School, Tax AAPs devote a substantial amount of time to their scholarship and begin to develop their research agendas. Tax AAPs teach one or two courses in the Graduate Tax Program each semester. Each Tax AAP also either serves an Assistant Editor of the Tax Law Review, the nation’s top tax policy journal, or works with the International Tax Program, the leading graduate tax program for non-U.S. lawyers.

A J.D. degree, a strong record of academic achievement, and an interest in an academic career, are required. Tax AAPs will be selected based on their potential scholarly and teaching abilities. To be considered for the Tax AAP program for the 2011-12 academic year, please submit the following items electronically to Professor Deborah Schenk, chairman of the Acting Assistant Professors of Tax Law Committee:  (1) cover e-mail explaining interest in the Tax AAP Program; (2) curriculum vitae; and (3) copies of law school transcripts (J.D. and, if applicable, LL.M.).  Applications for the 2011-12 academic year will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting November 1, 2010.

More information on the NYU Acting Assistant Professor of Tax Law program, including benefits and salary information, is available here.

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GTP Lunch Series: Steven Rabitz, J.D. ‘95, LL.M. ‘98 (Tues, Oct 26, 12:30 PM, Faculty Club, D’Agostino Hall)

Steven Rabitz

On Tuesday, October 26, from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM in the Faculty Club (D’Agostino Hall), Steven Rabitz (LL.M. ’98) will be the second guest speaker of the Fall 2010 Graduate Tax Program Lunch Series.

Steven Rabitz (J.D. ’95, LL.M. ’98) is a partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP, New York, NY.  He concentrates in the fiduciary responsibility, prohibited transaction and funding rules of ERISA, the tax, securities and other legal considerations associated with executive and other incentive compensation, and the rules applicable to the design, implementation and ongoing operation of retirement, health and other benefits.  After spending six years as part of a dedicated team of ERISA and compensation lawyers internally at Goldman Sachs, Mr. Rabitz pioneered and led the ERISA, executive compensation and benefits legal function at Lehman Brothers, and most recently, has served at Barclays Capital in a similar substantive capacity.

If you are a current NYU student and are interested in participating, please e-mail Antonius Wiriadjaja.  For information regarding the remaining lunch sessions in the Fall 2010 semester, click here.

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Tax Career Panel (Fri, Oct 15th, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM, Greenberg Lounge)

Tax LL.M. Alumni from a variety of organizations will attend this event to speak to students about various practice areas and practice settings for tax attorneys. Participants will have the opportunity to rotate through tables organized by practice area: Corporate Tax, Estate Planning, International Tax,  State and Local Tax, Employee Benefits, and Tax Controversy.

To RSVP, please click here.

A full list of participants is below:

Corporate Tax
Jay Geiger, Cahill Gordon & Reindel
Krista Lederer, Alvarez & Marsal

Estate Planning
Emily Brunner, Roberts & Holland
Steven Breitstone, Meltzer Lippe & Breitstone

International Tax
Diana Davis, Greenberg Traurig

State & Local Tax
Jeffrey Reed, McDermott Will & Emery

Employee Benefits
Simon Cheung, Proskauer Rose

Tax Controversy
Jill Meisner, WeiserMazars
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Accounting Firm Practice Panel (Fri., Oct 8, 2:00 PM, Furman 216)

On Friday, October 8 at 2:00 PM in Furman 216, the Office of Career Services will host a panel on accounting firms.  A brief description is below:

Furman 216

Curious about practice in an accounting firm? Wondering if you need an accounting background to pursue this career option? Not sure what lawyers actually do in accounting firms? Join us for a panel discussion featuring NYU alumni partners from all of the “Big Four” (Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers). The speakers will address common student questions/concerns and also talk about their own career paths in the practice of tax law. To view a video of this event, please click here.

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2010 NYU Day at the Tax Court (Oct 1, 2010)

Judge Vasquez, John Stephens and alumni

Each Fall, the Office of Career Services organizes interviews for judicial clerkships at the U.S. Tax Court for current LL.M. in Taxation candidates.  On Friday, October 1, 2010, 11 judges participated in the program, selecting 22 students for interviews in Washington, DC.  Prior to the start of the interviews, students joined current NYU graduates clerking on the court for an informal lunch in the Court’s cafeteria, and were then greeted by Chief Judge Colvin in the Court Conference Room for an introduction to the Court and a Q&A session.

Immediately following the interviews, students, clerks, and judges adjourned to B. Smiths restaurant in Union Station, where the Graduate Tax Program hosted an alumni reception for LL.M. graduates in the Washington, DC area.  More than 60 people, including judges from the U.S. Tax Court, John Stephens (Director of the Graduate Tax Program) and Clara Solomon (Director, Counseling & Career Development, Office of Career Services), attended the reception.

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GTP Lunch Series: Brian Trauman, LL.M. ’00 (Sept. 28, 12:30 PM)

On Tuesday, September 28, from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM in the Snow Dining Room (4th floor, Vanderbilt), Brian Trauman (LL.M. ’00) will be the first guest speaker of the Fall 2010 Graduate Tax Program Lunch Series.

Brian Trauman

Brian Trauman (LL.M. ’00) is a Tax Principal in KPMG’s Economic and Valuation Service practice, and is the U.S. East region leader for transfer pricing controversy services.  In his practice at KPMG, he helps clients manage and resolve disputes and respond to the challenges that come with transfer pricing controversies, whether related to intercompany pricing between the U.S. and other countries or between U.S. states.  Prior to joining KPMG, Mr. Trauman was a partner with Mayer Brown LLP in New York.

Each semester, Professor Joshua Blank, Faculty Director of the Graduate Tax Program, moderates the NYU Graduate Tax Program Lunch Series, which features roundtable discussions with prominent alumni and small groups of students (up to 25).  For information regarding the remaining lunch sessions in the Fall 2010 semester, click here.

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Address by IRS Chief Counsel William J. Wilkins (Mon., Sept. 20, 1:00 PM, Greenberg Lounge)

On Monday, Sept 20, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM in Greenberg Lounge of Vanderbilt Hall, William J. Wilkins, the Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service and Assistant General Counsel at the Department of the Treasury, will address current NYU Tax LL.M. students.

IRS Chief Counsel Willaim Wilkins

The US Senate confirmed the appointment of Wilkins in 2009.  Prior to his current appointment, Wilkins had been a partner in the Tax Practice group of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (WilmerHale) since 1988, where he counseled nonprofit organizations, business entities and investment funds on the issues of tax compliance, business transactions and government investigations.  From 1981 through 1988, Wilkins worked for the United States Senate Committee on Finance, first as a tax counsel and then as Staff Director and Chief Counsel.

Wilkins has served as Chair of the Section of Taxation of the American Bar Association.  He also served on the governing boards of the American College of Tax Counsel and the American Tax Policy Institute.  Wilkins is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School.

To view a video of this event, please click here.

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Fall 2010 Graduate Tax Program Lunch Series

Each semester, Professor Joshua Blank, Faculty Director of the Graduate Tax Program, moderates the NYU Graduate Tax Program Lunch Series, which features roundtable discussions with prominent alumni and small groups of students (up to 25).  Rather than focusing on substantive tax issues, the guests explain what they do on a daily basis and describe how they chose their professional paths.   This forum is a unique way for our students to learn about different career paths and for our alumni to meet our students.

This semester, our lunch guests will be:

  • Brian Trauman, LL.M. ‘00, KPMG LLP, NY, NY (Tuesday, Sept 28, 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM, Snow Dining Room, 4th Floor, Vanderbilt Hall (next to Dean’s Suite))
  • Steven Rabitz, LL.M. ‘98, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, NY, NY (Tuesday, Oct 26, 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM, Faculty Club, D’Agostino Hall)
  • John Eagan, LL.M. ‘83, Norris McLaughlin Marcus, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ (Tuesday, Nov 30, 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM, Faculty Club, D’Agostino Hall)

If you are a current NYU student and are interested in participating, please e-mail Antonius Wiriadjaja.  In order to allow as many students as possible to participate, students are limited to one lunch per semester. We will accept RSVPs until we reach 25 participants or one day before the scheduled lunch, whichever occurs first.  We look forward to seeing you at lunch!

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US Tax Court Panel (Sept 2, 4:00 PM, Furman 216)

US Tax Court Building

On Thursday, September 2nd at 4:00 PM in Furman 216, Tax LL.M. alumni who have clerked for the U.S. Tax Court will discuss their clerkship experience, and provide advice on the application process.  This event is sponsored by the Office of Career Services.

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