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Estate and Gift Tax Symposium Draws Scholars To Campus

On Friday, October 9, 2015, Boston College Law School and The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Foundation co-sponsored a symposium titled, “The Centennial of the Estate and Gift Tax: Perspectives and Recommendations.” Michael Graetz, Columbia Alumni Professor of Tax Law, delivered the keynote address. Symposium participants included scholars from 10 different law schools, as well as the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Scholarly papers were presented on three different panels. The papers generated by the panelists will appear in the May 2016 issue of the Boston College Law Review.

Keynote Address:


Panel 1: Whether it is desirable to tax the gratuitous transfer of wealth during life or at death

  • Jennifer Bird-Pollan (University of Kentucky College of Law)
  • Paul Caron (Pepperdine University School of Law)
  • Dr. David Joulfaian (U.S. Department of the Treasury)

Commentator and Moderator: James Repetti (Boston College Law School)


Panel 2: Whether methods other than an estate and gift tax could better address problems associated with wealth concentration

  • David Duff (University of British Columbia’s Allard School of Law)
  • Miranda Perry Fleischer (University of San Diego School of Law)
  • David Shakow (University of Pennsylvania School of Law)

Commentator and Moderator: Ray Madoff (Boston College Law School)


Panel 3: What improvements could be made to the existing estate and tax system

  • Joseph Dodge (Florida State University College of Law)
  • Wendy Gerzog (University of Baltimore School of Law)
  • Kerry Ryan (St. Louis University School of Law)

Commentator and Moderator: Bridget Crawford (Pace University School of Law)

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