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Prof. Hickman Named Runner-Up for Tax Notes 2010 Person of the Year

JANUARY 5, 2011—Professor Kristin Hickman has been named a runner-up for the 2010 Person of the Year by the national publication Tax Notes. The selection is made from among ten finalists who have most influenced the year’s tax-related events.

Tax Notes called 2010 “the year of tax administration” and Hickman’s academic specialty, the intersection of administrative law and the tax code, “an area of increasing focus for courts.” Hickman's scholarly writings, Tax Notes said in its Jan. 3, 2011, issue, “have netted her the distinction as a leading academic in the field” and “have proved influential as judges sort through decades of conflicting and sometimes misleading case precedent on the issue of statutory interpretation.”

The article cited Hickman’s filing of amicus briefs on the Administrative Procedure Act in Cohen v. United States in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and on the proper scope of judicial deference for regulations in Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research v. United States before the U.S. Supreme Court as indicators of her expertise and influence.

Hickman teaches and writes primarily in the areas of tax law, administrative law, and statutory interpretation. Her current research involves issues of tax administration, judicial deference, and statutory interpretation in the federal income tax context.

Heather Maloy, Commissioner of the IRS’s Large Business and International Division, was selected as the 2010 Person of the Year and was recognized as a leader in defending the IRS’s uncertain tax position (UTP) reporting proposal and its efforts on return preparer registration and regulation.

Other runners-up for the award were: Caroline Ciraolo of Rosenberg Martin Greenberg LLP; G. Michelle Ferreira, a shareholder with Greenberg Traurig LLP; Karen Hawkins, director of the IRS’s Office of Professional Responsibility; Lisa A. Levy, a partner at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; Stuart Mann, program manager of the foreign payments group for the IRS’s Large Business and International Division; Paul L.B. McKenney of Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett LLP; Hans-Rudolf Merz, head of Switzerland's Federal Department of Finance; and Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), House Budget Committee Chair.

Tax Notes, a publication of the nonprofit organization Tax Analysts, provides weekly news and commentary on state, federal, and international tax laws, regulations, and policy developments.


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