Richard Pomp

Alva P. Loiselle Professor of Law
Professor Pomp headshot.
Office: Hosmer 242


  • State Taxation
  • Federal Taxation
  • Indian Taxation

Richard D. Pomp is the Alva P. Loiselle Professor of Law. He is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan and a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. He has taught at Harvard, New York University, Columbia, University of Texas, and Boston College. In addition, he has been a Distinguished Professor in Residence, Chulalongkorn Law School, Bangkok, Thailand, and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Tokyo Law School and at Harvard Law School.

Professor Pomp has been qualified as an expert witness in more than 30 states and the federal district courts and has appeared in more than 120 cases. He serves as counsel and a litigation consultant to law firms, corporations, accounting firms, and state tax administrations. He has participated in various capacities in U.S. Supreme Court litigation.

Professor Pomp has also served as a consultant to cities, states, the Multistate Tax Commission, the Navajo Nation, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Treasury, the Department of Justice, the IRS, the United Nations, the IMF, the World Bank, and numerous foreign countries, including the People's Republic of China, the Republic of China, Indonesia, the Gambia, Zambia, Mexico, the Philippines, Pakistan, India, and Vietnam. He is the former Director of the New York Tax Study Commission. Under his tenure, New York restructured its personal and corporate income taxes, and created an independent tax court.

Professor Pomp's casebook, State and Local Taxation, now in its 9th edition, has been used in more than 100 schools, state tax administrations, and major accounting firms for their internal training. Portions of the casebook have been translated into Chinese, Dutch, German, Japanese, Spanish, and Vietnamese. He is also the author of more than 110 articles, numerous chapters in books, and various books and monographs. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times.

In addition to the local and regional media, Professor Pomp has been interviewed by CNN, NPR, Bloomberg Radio, Sirius Radio, KCBS, WINA, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Times, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Sacramento Bee, The Baltimore Sun and The International Herald Tribune.

In 2007, he received the NYU Institute on State and Local Taxation Award for Outstanding Achievement in State and Local Taxation. In 2011, he was awarded the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) Lifetime Achievement Award. He was the 2012 winner of the University of Connecticut’s Faculty Excellence in Teaching - Graduate Level. Tax Analysts selected him as its 2013 State Tax Lawyer and Academic of the Year. In 2014, he received the Council on State Taxation’s  Excellence in State Taxation Award. The Connecticut Law Tribune selected him for a 2015 Professional Excellence Award. He recently won the Perry Zirkel '76 Distinguished Teaching Award.

Richard D. Pomp, State Taxation of American Indians, the Tribes and Those Doing Business With Them: Sovereignty, Indian Commerce Clause, Treaties and Statues (2014)

Richard D. Pomp, Report of the Hearing Officer, Multistate Tax Compact, Proposed Amendments (2013)

Richard D. Pomp, State and Local Taxation (8th ed. 2015)

Richard D. Pomp, 2016 Guidebook to Connecticut Taxes

Recent Faculty Notes
Arizona Supreme Court Adopts Position Advocated by Richard Pomp
Aug 25, 2020 -

The Arizona Supreme Court will allow state residents to vote in November 2020 whether to increase taxes on wealthy Arizonans in order to fund public schools, adopting a position advocated in an amicus brief submitted by Professor Richard Pomp and 16 other tax law professors. If approved, the ballot measure will raise an estimated $940 million a year to hire new teachers, raise the pay of teachers and support workers, and fund career training and mentoring. A trial court had blocked the measure from the ballot on the grounds that the proposed description was confusing. The state Supreme Court lifted the injunction, stating that the description “did not create a significant danger of confusion or unfairness,” which was the law professors’ position.

Richard Pomp's Work Cited by Alaska Superior Court
Jun 16, 2020 -

Professor Richard Pomp was cited extensively in an opinion written by Judge Kevin M. Saxby of the Alaska Superior Court in Nabors Int'l Finance, Inc. v. State of Alaska IRS. The case involved a constitutional challenge to an Alaskan law. The opinion, issued on June 4, 2020, accepted Professor Pomp's argument and voided the statute for vagueness.

Richard Pomp's Work Cited by Michigan Supreme Court
May 20, 2020 -

Professor Richard Pomp was cited extensively in an opinion written by Justice Stephen J. Markman of the Michigan Supreme Court in Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn, LLP v Detroit. The case involved a challenge to Detroit’s income tax assessments. The opinion, issued on May 18, 2020, endorsed the views of Professor Pomp.

Recent In The Media
Richard Pomp in Tax Notes: Displaced Employees and COVID-19: The New Tax Obligations (Sep 28, 2020)
Richard Pomp in Tax Notes: With IRS Digital Goods Regs, States’ Experience Could Help (Sep 15, 2020)
Richard Pomp in Law360: Calif. Bill Could Fundamentally Alter Corp. Tax Privacy (Sep 11, 2020)