August 25, 2014 | Volume XXII, Issue 2

McDaniel & Ring Join Top-Ranked Graduate Tax Program, LL . M . in International Tax Law Under Development

Published: September 7th, 2004

Category: News

U.S. News and World Report ranks law school specialty areas based on the reputation of faculty in that speciality. UF’s tax faculty is consistently ranked in the nation’s top two in taxation.

“We are delighted to have two outstanding additions to our tax faculty this year,” Graduate Tax Program Associate Dean/Director Michael Friel.

Joining the Graduate Tax lineup this fall are former New York University Tax Program Director Paul R. McDaniel and Harvard Law School faculty member Diane M. Ring. Both have expertise in international taxation, and are expected to be major players in development — with Professor Lawrence Lokken, Culverhouse Eminent Scholar in Taxation — of a LL.M. in International Tax Law during the coming year.

“The proposed new degree reflects the increasing importance of understanding and advising on international tax rules in a global economy with multinational businesses, rapid capital flows, U.S. clients with international dealings, and foreign clients with U.S. investments and businesses,” said Friel.

Professor McDaniel, an expert in U.S. and international tax law and first permanent holder of the James J. Freeland Eminent Scholar Chair in Taxation, was a visiting professor at UF in the 90s and co-authored a number of books with UF Tax Professor Marty McMahon. He earned his B.A. from the University of Oklahoma; LL.B. (cum laude) from Harvard Law School; and Honorary Doctor of Laws from Uppsala University, Sweden.

McDaniel has co-authored more than 50 articles and eight books on taxation; and is former acting associate tax legislative counsel in the Office of Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy, and director of New York University Graduate Tax and International Tax Programs. He helped pioneer the concept of tax expenditures with the late Stanley Surrey of Harvard, exploring these issues in the groundbreaking book Tax Expenditures. He practiced in Oklahoma before joining the staff of Surrey, then was assistant secretary for tax policy at the U.S. Treasury Department, and remained in government until the fall of 1970, when he joined the BC law faculty. Following a previous visit to NYU in 1986, Professor McDaniel joined the firm HIll and Barlow, where he was a partner prior to joining the NYU faculty in 1993.

“This was an exceptional opportunity for me to join some of the best tax faculty in the world,” said McDaniel.

“I’m looking forward to what we will be able to accomplish.” “It’s a wonderful fit to have the James J. Freeland Eminent Scholar Chair filled by someone of Paul McDaniel’s eminence,” Friel said.

Associate Professor Diane Ring, whose primary interest is international tax law and relations and taxation of financial instruments, was a Harvard assistant professor of law for several years, and national reporter for the 2004 Conference on Double Nontaxation for International Fiscal Association. Prior to entering teaching, she was an associate with Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered, in Washington, D.C., working primarily in international tax and financial products for planning, audit, legislative and regulatory matters. She clerked for Judge Jon O. Newman, Federal Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, New York, NY. Ring received her A.B. (anthropology, summa cum laude, John Harvard Scholar, Harvard College Scholar and Elizabeth Carey Agassiz Scholar) and J.D. (magna cum laude) from Harvard, where she was an editor on the Harvard Law Review.

“Florida’s commitment to a leadership role in tax education and scholarship makes the law school an exciting place to continue my work in taxation,” said Ring. “The interest here in the global legal community mirrors my own focus on the challenges facing a multi-jurisdictional tax world. For example, my current work with the International Fiscal Association on double nontaxation of income resonates well with the school’s international perspective and its desire to support research of critical, pervasive legal problems.”

“Professor Ring is a superb addition to our faculty,” Friel said. “We are very pleased to have her with us.”

Graduate Tax Program faculty — Dennis A. Calfee, Patricia E. Dilley, Michael K. Friel, David M. Hudson, Lawrence Lokken, Martin J. McMahon Jr., Paul R. McDaniel, C. Douglas Miller, Michael A. Oberst, David M. Richardson, Diane M. Ring, and Steven J. Willis — are authors of some of the most widely used textbooks and treatises, and have lectured at numerous conferences and institutes in the United States and abroad, occupied leadership positions in professional organizations and served as consultants to the Internal Revenue Service, congressional committees and other major public and private entities.

“We have an extraordinary faculty,” Friel continued. “They are committed and dedicated teachers, and their books and articles heavily influence the development of tax law, providing guidance to practitioners and training to students.

“Our students are excellent. They have met very high admission standards. They are talented and extremely hard-working, and their participation makes the program better each year. Bringing together such a faculty and such a student body creates an unsurpassed educational experience.”

Graduate Tax students come from law schools and states throughout the nation, and increasingly from other foreign countries. They have outstanding academic credentials, and, in many cases, significant professional experience. UF tax alumni are known for their quality and competence not only in law firms, but also in government agencies, international accounting firms, corporations and often as tax professors at other law schools.

More than 1,700 students have earned their LL.M. in Tax from UF since the program began in 1974, and it was first in the nation to offer a Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) specifically in taxation. Roughly two years old, UF’s S.J.D. program requires innovative research and writing, along with publication of a book or three lawreview articles.

“The S.J.D. is intended principally for people who are interested in teaching and scholarship,” Friel said. “A number of universities nationwide offer S.J.D.s, but UF is the first to offer an S.J.D. specifically in taxation.”

The program also publishes the faculty-edited Florida Tax Review, one of the country’s leading tax journals. Its publication is aided by extensive tax library holdings in the Richard B. Stephens Tax Library.

Graduate Tax students come from law schools
and states throughout the nation, and increasingly
from other foreign countries. They have outstanding
academic credentials, and, in many cases, significant
professional experience. UF tax alumni
are known for their quality and competence not
only in law firms, but also in government agencies,
international accounting firms, corporations
and often as tax professors at other law schools.

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