The awards, accomplishments, speaking engagements and news of the distinguished faculty at UConn School of Law:
Darcy Kirk, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, was recognized by the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section with the 2016 Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship. The annual award honors an individual or group who has made outstanding contributions to academic law librarianship. It is named in honor of Frederick Charles Hicks, the first great American law librarian/scholar and the first academic law librarian to serve as president of American Association of Law Libraries.
Lester B. Snyder, who taught tax law at UConn School of Law from 1957 to 1983, died April 11, 2016, in San Diego. He was the director of the graduate tax program at the University of San Diego School of Law from 1983 to 1989 and retired in 2009. Professor Snyder earned a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University, a JD from Boston University and an LLM from Columbia University. He practiced privately in Boston before entering academe. During a leave of absence from UConn School of Law, in 1968 and 1969, he served as the first professor-in-residence in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He published widely on issues in taxation and was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Real Estate Taxation for nearly 20 years. Read more on the TaxProf Blog.
Professor Richard Pomp will speak at the 46th annual Spring Symposium of the National Tax Association, on May 12, 2016, in Washington, D.C.. The symposium, held in association with the American Tax Policy Institute, is titled Tax Policy at the Crossroads, What Direction Next? Pomp will speak in a panel discussion on the topic of Tax Reform: The View From the States.
Professor Joseph MacDougald '96, executive director of the Center for Energy & Environmental Law, gave the introductory remarks at a conference, "Connecticut as a Laboratory for Sustainability Innovation," April 4 at Yale University. In addition to a J.D. from UConn School of Law, a B.A. from Brown University and an M.B.A. from New York University, MacDougald earned a master’s degree in environmental management from Yale's School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
Professor Peter Kochenburger, Executive Director of the Insurance LLM Program at UConn School of Law, gave a presentation on arbitration and spoke on a panel about Big Data at the 2016 Spring National Meeting of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in New Orleans, April 3-6. His presentation, Issues Related to the Use of Mandatory Arbitration, Choice of Law and Forum Selection Clauses in Insurance Policies, was given to the association's Consumer Liaison Committee. The panel discussion, Consumer Perspective on the Use of Big Data in Insurance, took place at a public hearing of the Big Data Working Group. Kochenburger also participated in training for new insurance regulators at the meeting.
Former Professor Diana L. Leyden, who founded the Tax Clinic at UConn School of Law and served as its director from 1999 to 2015, has been appointed a special trial judge of the United States Tax Court. After earning her JD from UConn School of Law, Leyden clerked for Judge Herbert Chabot of the Tax Court, earned an LLM in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center, practiced tax law with firms in Washington and Boston, worked for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue and served as a senior staff attorney with the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services. She then joined the UConn Law faculty. In 2015 she was appointed to the newly created position of taxpayer advocate for the city of New York. Read more.
Professor Richard Pomp will present a seminar to the National Council of Applied Economic Research on March 14, 2016, in New Delhi, and will speak again to the organization on March 21. The seminar will address The Union Budget 2016-17: India's Evolving Tax Regime and Comparisons with U.S. Tax Policy. It is expected to provide a timely commentary on Indian tax policy as the Indian Union budget was introduced in Parliament in February. The council is India's oldest and largest non-profit economic policy research institute.
Professor Richard Pomp will take part in two debates March 1, 2016, in New Orleans at the Advanced Tax Seminars sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Taxation and the Institute for Professionals in Taxation. In a session entitled Coming In Like Lions, he will debate current tax decisions and ruling letters with Jordan Goodman, a partner in Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered. In another session, The Annual Big Easy Brawl, he will debate current state and local tax issues with Arthur R. Rosen, a partner in McDermott Will & Emery.