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Jan. 8, 2003

Press Contact: Allegra Young, UT Law Communications, (512) 471-7330

UT Law Hires Leading Tax Law Professor

Robert Peroni's hire augments one of the nation's top tax law programs

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas School of Law today announced that renowned federal and international taxation expert Robert Peroni will join the faculty this fall as the Parker C. Fielder Regents Professor in Tax Law. Peroni will teach Federal Income Tax, International Tax, Corporate Tax, and Partnership Tax.

Texas has long had one of the strongest tax faculties in the nation. Surveys of tax scholars conducted by U.S. News & World Report have consistently placed the program in the top ten, most recently, at 6th. Texas is the highest ranked law school in tax that does not offer a post-graduate LLM program specializing in tax.

Peroni comes to Texas from George Washington University School of Law in Washington, D.C., where he held an endowed chair and where he had taught since 1989. This spring he is the J. Landis Martin Visiting Professor of Law and Business at Northwestern University in Chicago and he has also been a visiting professor in the law schools at NYU, Penn, Texas, and UCLA. He won distinguished teaching awards at both Tulane, where he started his career, and George Washington University.

His scholarship includes one of the leading treatises published on taxation, U.S. International Taxation (co-authored with Joel Kuntz) and the leading textbook on Taxation of International Transactions (co-authored with Charles Gustafson and Richard Pugh). During the 1985-86 academic year, he served as a professor-in-residence in the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service. During the 2000-01 academic year he was an academic advisor to the Joint Committee on Taxation Staff's Study of the Overall State of the Federal Tax System.

"We are delighted to have Bob in Austin on a permanent basis. His scholarship, affability, and his proven ability to explain complex concepts to students will improve what's already a great program," said Dean Bill Powers.

“I am thrilled to accept the Texas offer and join an outstanding faculty of prolific and innovative legal scholars, and talented and caring teachers, with a superb dean, Bill Powers,” Peroni said. “In particular, the faculty has long had a strong reputation in my two areas of expertise, taxation and legal ethics. I love the students here because they are very intelligent, hardworking, friendly, and enthusiastic about the Law School. The Law School has one of the very best law libraries in the country, if not the world, and excellent and expanding physical facilities. And who could not enjoy living in Austin, which offers a high quality of life and everything one could ask for in a city?”

Related links:
The Tax Program at Texas: http://www.utexas.edu/law/academics/curriculum/taxtexas/index.html
Faculty of the Tax Program: http://www.utexas.edu/law/academics/curriculum/taxtexas/faculty.html
Tax Law Curriculum: http://www.utexas.edu/law/academics/curriculum/taxtexas/curriculum.html