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November 23, 2005

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Professor Robert J. Peroni Receives Texas Exes Faculty Teaching Award

Federal income taxation, international taxation, natural resource taxation, and professional responsibility/legal ethics professor honored for excellence in teaching

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Professor Robert J. Peroni

AUSTIN, Texas—The student selection committee for the Texas Exes’ Faculty Teaching Award has selected Professor Robert J. Peroni, a law professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, to be the recipient of the 2005-06 award. Peroni has taught at the law school since 2003.

Each year the Texas Exes honor a professor from each college and school with the Texas Excellence Teaching Award. It is especially rewarding for the recipients because students are allowed to nominate and choose the best professors on campus. At the Law School, a Student Bar Association committee selected Peroni for his enthusiasm for teaching and compassion for his students.

“The SBA Texas Exes Teaching Awards Committee selected Professor Peroni based on the overwhelming number of nominations he received from students,” said Student Bar Association President Ann Hsu. “Having been a student in his Federal Income Tax class, I wholeheartedly agree with the Committee’s decision. Professor Peroni is an engaging speaker who is not only incredibly well-versed in tax law, but is also genuinely interested in the progress of his students by being available as a resource, mentor, and friend,” she said.

"The students made a great choice and we congratulate Bob on his award. He is constantly working to improve our Law School, whether it's through teaching students inside and outside of the classroom; by serving on important committees; or through working with other scholars at important tax associations. This honor is well deserved," said Dean Bill Powers.

“I absolutely love teaching and writing and am very touched to have received this award from the students,” said Professor Peroni. “I am honored to be on a faculty with so many talented teachers and scholars. Of course, nothing that I have achieved in life would have been possible without the dedicated and loving support provided by my wonderful parents—my Dad, Emil Peroni, who sadly passed away earlier this year, and my Mom, Betty Peroni,” he said.

Peroni, who holds the James A. Elkins Centennial Chair in Law, teaches and writes in the areas of federal income taxation, international taxation, natural resource taxation, and professional responsibility/legal ethics. He received his BSC from DePaul University in 1973, his JD from Northwestern University in 1976, and an LLM from New York University in 1980. He is one of the nation’s top scholars in international taxation and in energy taxation. 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. He is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.

Prior to joining the Texas faculty, Professor Peroni taught at the Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans, from 1981-1989, and at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., from 1989-2003, 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. He was the Parker C. Fielder Regents Professor in Tax Law at the University of Texas from 2003-2005.

Professor 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), Taxation of Business Enterprises (co-authored with Glenn Coven and Richard Pugh), and Hemingway's Oil and Gas Law and Taxation (with Owen Anderson, John Dzienkowski, John Lowe, David Pierce, and Ernest Smith). His law review articles include “What’s Source Got to Do With It?”—Source Rules and U.S. International Taxation, 56 TAX L. REV. 81 (2002) (co-authored with Steve Shay and Cliff Fleming), The Decline in Lawyer Independence: Lawyer Equity Investments in Clients, 81 TEX. L. REV. 405 (2002) (co-authored with John Dzienkowski), and Deferral of U.S. Tax on International Income: End It, Don’t Mend It—Why Should We Be Stuck in the Middle with Subpart F?, 79 TEX. L. REV. 1609 (2001).

Peroni will receive the Texas Exes’ Faculty Teaching Award at a formal reception on Feb. 7, 2006.

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About Professor Peroni:
2004-05 Recipient of the Texas Exes Faculty Teaching Award, John Dzienkowski:
2003-04 Recipient of the Texas Exes Faculty Teaching Award, Ernest Young: