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    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.

    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: 11:00 a.m. Location: HOL 180
    Peter Genz
    Partner, King & Spalding, Atlanta
    Tips From an Old Codger on How to Succeed in Tax Law Practice and Avoid Living in a Van Down by the River


    Friday, Oct. 9, 2015

    Time: 11:00 a.m. Location: HOL 180
    William J. Wilkins
    IRS Chief Counsel
    Current Tax Administration Issues


    Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

    Time: 11:00 a.m. Location: HOL 180
    Lee Sheppard
    Tax Notes Contributing Editor
    Debunking Myths About Trapped Offshore Cash


    Friday, Jan. 22, 2016

    Time: 10:00 a.m. Location: Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center
    Gayle W. Herndon
    Retired Tax Counsel – Tax Policy and Planning at General Electric
    Tax Compliance – Inside and Outside: Evolving Expectations


    Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2016

    Time: 10:30 a.m. Location: HOL 180
    David Gustafson
    U.S. Tax Court Judge
    Perspectives From the Tax Court Bench

    Graduate Tax Colloquium

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


    Friday, Sept. 4, 2015

    Time: 11:00 a.m. Location: HOL 355C
    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: HOL 355C
    Michael Lang
    Professor of Law, Vienna University of Economics and Business


    Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

    Time: 11:00 a.m. Location: HOL 355C
    Diane Lourdes Dick
    Associate Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law


    Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

    Time: 11:00 a.m. Location: HOL 355C
    Neil Buchanan
    Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School


    Friday, Jan. 8, 2016

    Time: 11:00 a.m. Location: HOL 355C
    Leigh Osofsky
    Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law


    Tuesday, Feb, 23, 2016

    Time: 3:00 p.m. Location: HOL 355C
    Mindy Herzfeld
    Contributing Editor, Tax Analysts


    Friday, Feb. 26, 2016

    Time: 11:00 a.m. Location: HOL 355C
    David Walker
    Professor of Law, Boston University


    Monday, Apr. 4, 2016

    Time: 1:00 p.m. Location: HOL 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
    Monday, March 14, 2016

    Time: 10:00 a.m. Location: HOL 355C

    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.

    View the webcast.

    2016 Florida Tax Institute
    March 30 – April 1, 2016

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

    Presented by the Florida Tax Education Foundation with all proceeds to benefit the University of Florida Graduate Tax Program, the three day conference program covers business and individual taxation, as well as expanded coverage of 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

    Time: 1:30 p.m. Location: HOL 355C

    Presented by Adjunct Professor Lauren Detzel, Michael Lampert and Adjunct Professor Samuel Ullman, the workshop analyzes selected ethics problems frequently encountered by tax lawyers in practice. The workshop involves interactive discussion among presenters and Graduate Tax students in the analysis of the ethics problems.

    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.