UF Research Foundation Professor (2017-2020)
Professor of Law
Associate Dean for Tax Programs
Professor Charlene D. Luke is the Associate Dean for Tax Programs and editor-in-chief of the Florida Tax Review. She teaches about individual, corporate, and partnership taxation at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. Professor Luke joined the University of Florida in 2008 and teaches in both its J.D. and LL.M. programs. Her research primarily focuses on the problem of tax avoidance and evasion. Her work on the economic substance doctrine is highly regarded and has been selected for inclusion by the Practicing Law Institute in its influential series on the taxation of corporations and partnerships. Professor Luke also writes about tax issues relating to various forms of insurance. Professor Luke’s published work has appeared in multiple publications, including the Virginia Tax Review, Tax Lawyer, Seattle University Law Review, Buffalo Law Review and Connecticut Insurance Law Journal.
Professor Luke earned her B.A. and J.D. degree from Brigham Young University. She graduated first in her J.D. class and clerked for Judge J. Clifford Wallace of the U.S. Ninth Circuit. Following her judicial clerkship, Professor Luke was a tax associate at Dechert LLP in its Philadelphia office. She began her academic career at Florida State University.
J.D., Brigham Young University (first in class)
B.A., Brigham Young University
Teaching & Scholarship
Individual Income Taxation, Corporate Taxation, Partnership Taxation, Tax Shelters
- University of Florida: Joined College of Law in 2008 as Assistant Professor.
- University of Utah: Visiting Faculty, Spring 2008
- Florida State University: Assistant Professor, 2003-08
- Private Practice: Judicial Clerk, Judge J. Clifford Wallace, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, San Diego (2000-01); Dechert, LLP, Philadelphia, Pa. (2001-03).
- Addresses income tax topics which might be encountered by a general practitioner advising a closely held corporation and its investors. Income tax consequences of transfers of property and services to a corporation, distributions to investors, and corporate liquidations and mergers will be explored. Coverage given to tax treatment of “S Corporations,” an increasingly important choice of entity for small businesses.
- A general practitioner is likely to encounter many business enterprises (including law firms) engaging in business in the form of a partnership. This course addresses taxation of partnerships and tax consequences of partnership formation or termination, distributions of money or property to partners, and consequences of sale or exchange of a partnership interest or of the death of a partner.
- “Of More Than Usual Interest: The Taxing Problem of Debt Principal,” 39 Seattle U. L. Rev 33 (2015) [SSRN]
- “The Relevance Games: Congress’s Choices for Economic Substance Gamemakers,” 66 Tax Lawyer 551 (2013), updated as Chapter 432,PLI Corporate Tax Practice Series: Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-Offs, Joint Ventures, Reorganizations & Restructurings(2014) & as Chapter 265E, PLI Partnership Tax Practice Series: Planning for Domestic & Foreign Partnerships, LLCs, Joint Ventures & Other Strategic Alliances (2014) [SSRN]
- “Managing the Next Deluge: A Tax System Approach to Flood Insurance,” 18 Conn. Ins. L.J. (2011) (with Aviva Abramovsky) [SSRN]
- “What Would Henry Simons Do?: Using an Ideal to Shape and Explain the Economic Substance Doctrine,” 11 Hous. Bus. & Tax L.J. 108 (2011) [SSRN]
- “Risk, Return, and Objective Economic Substance,” 27 Va. Tax Rev. 783 (2008) [SSRN]
- “Taxing Risk: An Approach to Variable Insurance Reform,” 55 Buff. L. Rev. 251 (2007) [SSRN]
- “Beating the “Wrap”: The Agency Effort to Control Wraparound Insurance Tax Shelters,” 25 Va. Tax Rev. 129 (2005) [SSRN]
- Repeal or Retain Section 1031?: A Tempest in a $6 Billion Teapot, 34 ABA Tax Section News Quarterly 1 (SPRING 2015) (with Bradley T. Borden, Joseph B. Darby III, & Roberta F. Mann) [SSRN]
- Illuminating the Dark Matter of Intellectual Capital 66 Fla. L. Rev. F. 61 (2015) (article review)
- The Role of Developed World Tax Incentives in Microfinance, TAX, LAW AND DEVELOPMENT 241 (Yariv Brauner & Miranda Stewart, eds., 2013) (book chapter).
- Three Once & Future Issues, 20 ABA Tax Section News Quarterly 1 (Fall 2010)
- Summary of Tax Shelter Disclosure Regulations, SH036 ALI-ABA 991 (2002) (with Michael Hirschfeld)
- The Developmental Progress of Free Exercise,, 1999 BYU L. Rwc. 943 (book review)