Tax Law Faculty

William D. Andrews (Eli Goldstone Professor of Law Emeritus) joined the faculty in 1961, while practicing in Boston. He received a B.A. in English from Amherst in 1952 and an LL.B. from Harvard in 1955. His recent research has focused on corporate and partnership taxation.

Victoria B. Bjorklund (Lecturer in Law) is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York City and Head of the Firm's Exempt Organizations Group. She counsels public charities, private foundations, boards, and donors. She has a significant international practice including U.S. charities operating abroad, U.S. operations of foreign charities, and "American Friends of" organizations making grants outside the U.S. Ms. Bjorklund received her B.A. from Princeton University, an M.A., a M.Phil. and a Ph.D. from yale University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. 2014-2015 tax course: The Law of Nonprofit Organizations (Spring).

Marc Bloostein (Visiting Lecturer in Law) has been practicing in the Private Client Group of Ropes & Gray since 1989, and has been a partner of the firm since 1997.  He focuses on estate planning, and his practice includes all aspects of trust and estate administration.  He is co-author of the annual supplements to Newhall's Settlement of Estates and Fiduciary Law in Massachusetts and is a frequent lecturer to lawyers.  Mr. Bloostein received a B.A. from Brandeis University in 1985 and a J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1988.  He clerked for the Honorable Stanley Brotman, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey (1988-1989). 2014-2015 tax course: Taxation Seminar: Estate Planning (Spring).

Mihir A. Desai (Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance Harvard Business School) is the Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance and the Chair of Doctoral Programs at Harvard Business School. He received his Ph.D. in political economy from Harvard University; his MBA as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School; and a bachelors degree in history and economics from Brown University. In 1994, he was a Fulbright Scholar to India. Professor Desai's areas of expertise include tax policy, international finance and corporate finance. His work has emphasized the appropriate design of tax policy in a globalized setting, the links between corporate governance and taxation, and the internal capital markets of multinational firms. He is also the author of International Finance: A Casebook He is a Research Associate in the National Bureau of Economic Research's Public Economics and Corporate Finance Programs, and is the co-director of the NBER's India program. 2014-2015 tax course: Taxation (Fall).

Daniel I. Halperin (Stanley S. Surrey Professor of Law) joined the faculty in 1996 after practicing in New York, service in the Treasury Department (including as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy) and teaching at Pennsylvania and Georgetown. He received a B.B.A. from the City College of New York in 1957 and a J.D. from Harvard in 1961. His recent research has focused on nonprofits and retirement income. 2014-2015 tax courses: Taxation (Fall); Taxation Seminar: Current Issues in Tax Law, Policy and Practice (Fall).

Louis Kaplow (Professor of Law) joined the faculty in 1982 after clerking on the second circuit. He received a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Northwestern in 1977, as well as a J.D. in 1981 and a Ph.D. in Economics in 1987, both from Harvard. His recent research has focused on taxation and redistribution, as well as law and economics. 2014-2015 tax course: Taxation (Fall).

Ameek Ashok Ponda (Lecturer on Law) is director of Sullivan & Worcester's Tax Department and a member of the firm's Management Committee. He concentrates his practice in structuring corporate mergers and acquisitions, advising emerging companies on financing and business issues, designing REIT transactions and financial instruments and working on cross-border financings and acquisitions. He has written numerous articles and lectured frequently on tax matters.  Ponda received a B.A. from Harvard College in 1989, a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1992 and an LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law in 1996. 2014-2015 tax course: Taxation of Partnerships (Fall).

Stephen E. Shay (Professor of Practice) joined the faculty in 2011 after having been Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Tax Affairs in the United States Department of the Treasury and, prior to re-joining the Treasury Department in 2009, he was a tax partner for 22 years with Ropes & Gray, LLP. Professor Shay served in the Office of International Tax Counsel at the Department of the Treasury, including as International Tax Counsel, from 1982 to 1987. Professor Shay has published scholarly and practice articles relating to international taxation, and testified for law reform before Congressional tax-writing committees. He has had extensive practice experience in the international tax area and has been recognized as a leading practitioner by a number of publications. Professor Shay has been the Associate Reporter for the American Law Institute’ Federal Tax Project on Income Tax Treaties. He is a 1972 graduate of Wesleyan University, and he earned his J.D. and his M.B.A. from Columbia University in 1976. 2014-2015 tax courses: Taxation (Fall); Taxation of International Income (Spring); Taxation Seminar: Current Issues in Tax Law, Policy and Practice (Spring).

Robert H. Sitkoff (John L. Gray Professor of Law) joined the faculty in 2007, after teaching at New York University School of Law from 2006-2007 and Northwestern University School of Law from 2000-2006. His primary research focus is economic and empirical analysis of the law of trusts and estates.  He is a co-author of Wills, Trusts, and Estates (8th ed. 2009), which is the leading American coursebook in the field.  He is active in trusts and estates law reform, serving as a Uniform Law Commissioner and as a member of the Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Trusts and Estates Acts. He is the editor of the Wills, Trusts, and Estates abstracting journal in the Social Science Research Network and is a past Chair of the Section on Trusts and Estates of the Association of American Law Schools. Prior to joining the legal academy, he was a law clerk to Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. 2014-2015 tax course: Trust and Estates (Fall).

Alvin C. Warren, Jr. (Ropes & Gray Professor of Law) joined the faculty in 1979, after teaching at Connecticut, Duke, and Pennsylvania. He received a B.A. in English from Yale in 1966 and a J.D. from Chicago in 1969. His recent research has focused on financial innovation and European corporate tax policy. 2014-2015 tax courses: Taxation (Spring); Taxation of Business Corporations (Spring).

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