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Tax Policy Seminar (Sanchirico/Shuldiner)
Fall 2020   LAW 927-001  

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Meeting Times/Location
W 4:30PM - 6:30PM

Faculty
Reed Shuldiner

Alvin L. Snowiss Professor of Law; Co-Director, Center for Tax Law and Policy; Deputy Dean

rshuldiner@law.upenn.edu
Chris William Sanchirico

Samuel A. Blank Professor of Law, Business, and Public Policy; Co-Director, Center for Tax Law and Policy

csanchir@law.upenn.edu
Additional Information

Skills Training
Expository Writing
Other Professional Skills: Presentation and participation

Grading
15% Participation,
85% Other (Multiple short papers. One presentation.)

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

Yes

Location

Class meets online.

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- Please make an appointment to meet with me and I will review/answer questions about what you missed.

Category
Seminar

Credits
3.0

The seminar will focus on original papers by some of the leading scholars in tax law and policy, on some of the most salient tax policy issues of the day. The professors and students will engage in an extensive and, we hope, lively discussion of each paper. Designated students will present the paper and lead discussion. Each student will be presenter/discussion leader for one of the papers, based on a sign-up process at the beginning of the semester. Additionally, students will write reaction papers for roughly half of the papers. And, with respect to every paper, all students will read in advance and participate in class discussion. The seminar is intended to help students hone their writing, presentation and participation skills. It is also designed to give students insight into the policy side of tax practice, exposing them to some of the major tax policy issues of the day, which are likely to drive new proposals, laws and regulations over the next several years. The course may be used to fulfill the law school’s writing requirement.

All classes will take place at the scheduled class time on Zoom. To access the class Zoom, please click on the “Student Zoom Course” link in Canvas. For more guidance about remote learning at Penn Law, please visit https://www.law.upenn.edu/its/docs/remote-learning/.

Course Concentrations

Business and Corporate Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of business and corporate law; Perform legal analysis in the context of business and corporate law; Communicate effectively on topics related to business and corporate law; Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnection between the world of business and finance and that of business and corporate law, and how they affect other areas of law and society.

Skills Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of the individual course skill; Demonstrate the ability to receive and implement feedback; Demonstrate an understanding of how and when the individual course skill is employed in practice.

International and Comparative Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of international and comparative law, both substantively and procedurally; Perform legal analysis in the context of international and comparative law; Communicate effectively on topics related to international and comparative law; Demonstrate an understanding of the role of international and comparative law, and their interconnection with domestic law.

International Corporate and Trade Law

Perspectives on the Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic; Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic; Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic; Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.

Tax Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of tax law and policy; Perform legal analysis in the context of tax law and policy; Communicate effectively on topics related to tax law and policy; Demonstrate an understanding of how tax law and policy affect other areas of law and business.

Administrative and Regulatory Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of administrative and regulatory law and the administrative process, including the role of statutory authorization and work of administrative agencies; Perform legal analysis in the context of administrative and regulatory law; Communicate effectively on topics related to administrative and regulatory law; Demonstrate an understanding of the role administrative and regulatory law play in our legal system and in society as a whole.

Equity and Inclusion Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of the varied legal aspects of equity and inclusion; Perform legal analysis in the context of topics related to equity and inclusion; Communicate effectively on the legal aspects of equity and inclusion; Demonstrate an understanding of how equity and inclusion are connected to and affected by a wide variety of legal and regulatory structures and doctrines.