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July 8, 2005

Press Contact: Laura Castro, UT Law Communications, 512-232-1229.

Peroni, Torres Honored with Chair Appointments

AUSTIN, Texas — Robert Peroni and Gerald Torres, two law professors at The University of Texas at Austin, have been honored with chair appointments effective Sept. 1.

Peroni was promoted to the James A. Elkins Centennial Chair in Law and Torres was promoted to the Bryant Smith Chair in Law. The Provost has approved these appointments.

“Gerald and Bob are great assets to our Law School, and are highly regarded around the country,” said UT Law Dean Bill Powers. “I congratulate them on receiving these chairs, and thank them for all they have done for our Law School.”

About the professors:

Photo of Professor Robert Peroni
Professor Robert Peroni
Photo Credit: Wyatt McSpadden

Professor Peroni joined the Texas faculty in 2003 and his primary areas of teaching and scholarship are federal income taxation, international taxation, natural resource taxation, and professional responsibility. He is one of the nation’s top scholars in international taxation. Earlier this year, Peroni was elected a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.

Peroni is a co-author of five books and has written many articles on taxation and professional responsibility topics. Peroni’s publications include the three-volume treatise (co-authored with Joel Kuntz), U.S. International Taxation, a leading casebook on energy taxation, Natural Resource Taxation—Principles and Policies (co-authored with John Dzienkowski), the widely used casebook on international taxation, Taxation of International Transactions (co-authored with Charles Gustafson and Richard Pugh), and Taxation of Business Enterprises (co-authored with Glenn Coven and Richard Pugh).

He has presented papers and given lectures throughout the world and has been a frequent teacher of tax law courses in the NYU/IRS Continuing Professional Education Program in Washington, D.C. He is the co-chair of the advisory boards for two recurring programs co-sponsored by the IRS. In past years, he has been a Professor-in-Residence in the Office of Chief Counsel of the IRS in Washington, D.C., and, one of the Academic Advisors to the Joint Committee on Taxation’s Study of the Overall State of the Federal Tax System. He has been active on several committees of the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation and has served as the Chair of the Taxation Section of the Association of American Law Schools.

Prior to joining the Texas faculty, Professor Peroni taught at the Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans, and at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., where he was the Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law. He was the first recipient of Tulane’s Felix Frankfurter Distinguished Teaching Award, and he twice received G.W.’s Distinguished Faculty Service Award, selected by the vote of G.W. Law School graduating classes. He also has taught as a visiting professor on the law faculties of New York University, the University of Texas, UCLA, the University of Pennsylvania, and Northwestern University. He was the J. Landis Martin Visiting Professor of Law and Business at Northwestern during the 2002-03 academic year.

Photo of Professor Gerald Torres
Professor Gerald Torres
Photo Credit: UT Office of Public Affairs

Professor Torres is the immediate-past president of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). A leading figure in critical race theory, Torres is also an expert in agricultural and environmental law. He came to UT Law in 1993 after teaching at The University of Minnesota Law School, where he also served as associate dean. Torres has served as deputy assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and as counsel to then U.S. attorney general Janet Reno.

His latest book, The Miner’s Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2002) with Harvard law professor Lani Guinier, was described by Publisher's Weekly as "one of the most provocative and challenging books on race produced in years." The American Political Science Association recently selected The Miner’s Canary as one of the books “outside political science, [that is] so important to the work of the discipline that all well-educated political scientists should read them.”

Torres' many articles include "Translation and Stories" (Harvard Law Review, 2002), "Who Owns the Sky?" (Pace Law Review, 2001) (Garrison Lecture), "Taking and Giving: Police Power, Public Value, and Private Right" (Environmental Law, 1996), and "Translating Yonnondio by Precedent and Evidence: The Mashpee Indian Case" (Duke Law Journal, 1990).

Torres has served on the board of the Environmental Law Institute, the National Petroleum Council and on EPA's National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Law Institute. Torres was honored with the 2004 Legal Service Award from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) for his work to advance the legal rights of Latinos. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Stanford law schools.

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