By: Brian Metter
At its first meeting of the school year, UConn Law’s Tax Law Society had a robust turnout, better than acting-president Jennifer Karr had expected. “It was great to see so many 1L’s interested in tax law,” said Karr. The student-run organization has had a steady presence on campus for many years, but it is looking to become more prominent as the increasingly stringent regulatory environment continues to become a promising sign of growth in the practice area.
The Tax Law Society (TLS) is dedicated to bridging the gap between students and professionals in the area of tax and business law. According to Karr, TLS’s “goal is to create a sense of community among students who want to go into tax law, or business law in general.” She adds, “it is important to have an understanding of tax law no matter what specific area of business law you want to practice.”
This year, TLS will host bi-weekly brown bag lunches, providing students an informal setting to meet with professionals and faculty to discuss relevant issues within tax law. Professor Diane Leyden, who supervises the Tax Law clinic at the Law School, spoke at TLS’s first brown bag lunch. Karr, who worked at the IRS over the summer, is excited to welcome two attorneys from the IRS to future brown bag lunches this year. Also this year, TLS will be hosting a panel of attorneys from Ernst & Young, giving students an opportunity to network while gaining valuable insight into the industry.
TLS also works in conjunction with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to give students from UConn an opportunity to obtain pro bono hours while helping members of the community. Karr said of last year, “it was a lot of fun, working with different types of people and seeing the smiles on their faces gives a unique sense of satisfaction.” Students who missed the training sessions on campus will have the opportunity to attend several upcoming public sessions in order to participate in the program later this year.
Students interested in participating in VITA or in any of the organization’s events this year,should reach out to TLS board members or its faculty advisor, Professor Richard Pomp, who teaches Federal Income Tax, Taxation of American Indians, and Multistate Taxation at UConn Law.