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Meet the Faculty: Steven Willis

Published: October 20th, 2003

Category: News Briefs

View on the Profession “Having a legal education is a wonderful thing: it helps us think, solve problems, and understand human relationships. A large part of me hopes my children will earn one.

“At the same time, the dark side of the legal profession…the fighting, the arguing, the greed and, sometimes, the dishonesty…is deeply troubling to me. Since I was in law school, the number of lawyers per capita has increased several fold, and more non-lawyers perform routine legal services once offered by members of the Bar. These factors have had a strongly negative impact on the profession. Lawyers once faced a plethora of potential clients; today, too many scrounge for work and rank dollars over service.

“We in legal academia bear significant responsibility in this. Other than sharply limiting the number of law students – which is unlikely to happen – the best faculty can do is to teach students the importance of ethics and professionalism and of using their learned skills to seek truth and justice rather than to mislead and manipulate.”

Education

B.S. (Accounting, cum laude), Louisiana State University College of Business Administration; J.D. (with honors), Louisiana State University College of Law.; LL.M. (Taxation), New York University College of Law. Order of the Coif; Phi Kappa Phi (honorary); Beta Alpha Psi (accounting honorary); Beta Gamma Sigma (business honorary). Certified Public Accountant.

Expertise/Background

Author of numerous articles on Taxation. Named to Louisiana State University Law Center Hall of Fame. Chair, Cyber-Tax Committee, Tax Section, Florida Bar, 2001-present; Board of Editors, Florida Tax Review; Faculty Editor, Florida Law Review, Tax Issue; former Managing Editor, Tax Law Review, New York University; and Associate Editor, Louisiana Law Review, Louisiana State University. Visiting Professor, Leiden University, Netherlands.

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