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Graduate Tax Program Announcements

The University of Florida Levin College of Law’s Graduate Tax Program continues to be one the nation’s finest, ranked No. 2 in the country by U.S. News & World Report and No. 1 among public universities. An important component to providing students with a well-rounded experience at UF Law is exposing them to a broad array of speakers, covering every angle of the tax field. Below, you will find a list of the broad-ranging events and special guests the Graduate Tax Program in the upcoming months.

Unless otherwise indicated, the workshops are by invitation only. For further information, contact Linda Kirby in the Graduate Tax office at kirbyl@law.ufl.edu.

Graduate Tax Speakers Series

Each year, some of the nation’s top voices in tax policy and academia visit UF Law to participate in the Graduate Tax Speaker Series.


Friday, Aug. 21, 2015

Time: 11 a.m. Location: HOL 180
Peter Genz“Tips From an Old Codger on How to Succeed in Tax Law Practice and Avoid Living in a Van Down by the River.”
Partner, King & Spalding in Atlanta.


Friday, Oct. 9, 2015

Time: 11 a.m. Location: HOL 180
William J. Wilkins
Current Tax Administration Issues
IRS Chief Counsel


Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

Time: 11 a.m. Location: TBA
Lee Sheppard
Tax Notes Contributing Editor


Friday, Jan. 22, 2016

Time: 11 a.m. Location: TBA
Gayle W. Herndon
Retired Tax Counsel – Tax Policy and Planning at General Electric


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Time:TBA Location: TBA
David Gustafson
U.S. Tax Court Judge

Graduate Tax Colloquium

Academics from across the globe visit UF Law to present their latest tax research.


Friday, Sept. 4, 2015

Time: 11 a.m. Location: TBA
Gregg Polsky
Willie Person Mangum Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law


Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015

Time: 3:45 p.m. Location: TBA
Michael Lang
Professor of Law, Vienna University of Economics and Business


Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

Time: TBA Location: TBA
Diane Lourdes Dick
Associate Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law


Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

Time: TBA Location: TBA
Neil Buchanan
Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School


Friday, January 8th

Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pmLocation: 355C
Leigh Osofsky
Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law


Monday, April 4th

Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Location: 355C
Miranda Stewart
Director, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, Australian National University

For more information about the Tax Colloquium, please contact Professor Yariv Brauner at brauner@law.ufl.edu.

Annual Events

Eleventh Annual International Tax Symposium
Friday, Oct. 30, 2015

Time: 8:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Location: HOL 180

Watch the webcast.

This symposium welcomes distinguished members of the global tax community to address the most pressing international tax issues of the day.


  • Walter Hellerstein, Distinguished Research Professor & Francis Shackelford Distinguished Professor in Taxation Law, University of Georgia School of Law.
  • Danil Vinnitskiy, Professor of Tax Law, Chair – Department of Tax and Financial Law and the Eurasian Research Centre for Comparative and International Tax Law, Urals State Law University.

Click here to watch the archived video of the Tenth Annual International Tax Symposium.
Click here to watch the archived video of the Ninth Annual International Tax Symposium.
Click here to watch the archived video of the Eighth Annual International Tax Symposium.

Ellen Bellet Gelberg Tax Policy Lecture

Time: TBA Location: TBA

The Ellen Bellet Gelberg Tax Policy Lecture Series is an endowed lecture series that examines tax policy and how its implementation affects the economy and people’s lives. Gelberg, who holds a J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation from UF Law, established the lecture series to bring distinguished lecturers to the college each year to speak on tax policy topics to students and faculty, and provide a special opportunity for reflection on the policies supporting the U.S. tax structure.

Florida Tax Institute Brochure

2016 Florida Tax Institute
March 30 – April 1, 2016

Time: TBA Location: Marriott Waterside Hotel, Tampa, Florida

Presented by the Florida Tax Education Foundation and co-sponsored by the University of Florida Graduate Tax Program, the three day conference program features a day and a half devoted to business and individual taxation and an additional day and a half devoted to tax estate planning. The conference has been developed for attorneys, accountants, trust officers, insurance and financial planners, and planned giving professionals from across Florida and the United States. Visit www.floridataxinstitute.org for the latest information. Click here to download the Florida Tax Institute Brochure. Legal Ethics for the Tax Lawyer Workshop Details to be announced

2015 – 2016 Annual Graduate Tax Student and Faculty Picnic

The Annual Class Picnic will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at beautiful Lake Wauburg. Students’ friends and family are welcome to attend.

Please see Lake Wauburg’s website for additional information: http://www.recsports.ufl.edu/lake-wauburg.