Professor Pomp Named State Tax Notes “Person of the Year”

by Sidd Sinha

Late last December UConn Law saw one of its faculty members honored for his extensive pro bono work as the hearing officer for the Multistate Tax Commission’s  (MTC) proposed amendments to the multistate tax compact, and was named “Person of the Year” by State Tax Notes.

Pomp took the initiative to complete the project because he recognizes that in order for a solution to be found on such complex tax, one needs to have an omniscient perspective, time, and knowledge.  Pomp realized he met all those requirements and had a personal interest in seeing different parties who are typically adversarial have some ground to find a solution.

Pomp said he always looks for three things in outside work: opportunities that make him a better teacher, a better scholar, and a way for him to learn and grow.  These qualities go against the mentality that outside work should bring recognition or some other compensation.  Pomp embraced his role as a leader in the academic community of Tax Law to show that there are direct ways to impact policy outside of abstract ideas and rhetoric.

Pomp had one piece of advice that stood out more than the rest, something he remembers being told early on in his career: “You’re not going to get all the credit you deserve, so when you get credit for things you don’t deserve, shut up and enjoy it.”

While this showcased the humble approach that Pomp has about his prestigious career, it should be noted that this project took about 8 months and ended up being a report that was over 100 pages.

In addition, Pomp supports those advocates who suggest taking a course in Tax Law early in their law school career because it becomes an area of interest to many students and if taken too late, many opportunities are lost.  Regardless of when a student decides to take Tax Law in their law school career, Professor Richard Pomp is one of, if not, the best man to teach it.