UGA School of Law wins ABA Tax Challenge

February 4, 2014

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Athens, Ga. - The University of Georgia School of Law recently won the 13th Annual American Bar Association Law Student Tax Challenge, a nationwide contest where approximately 90 teams from law schools across the country competed in solving a cutting-edge and complex business problem that might arise in everyday tax practice.

Third-year law student Morgan L. Klinzing and second-year law student Benjamin "Ben" Newell represented UGA. Camilla E. Watson, law professor, coached the pair.

According to Watson, this is the first year Georgia Law has had a team in this competition. "When I announced this opportunity to my class, Morgan and Ben responded," she said. "The competition judges were highly complimentary of their performance, and I am very proud of them."

In the ABA Tax Challenge, two-person teams are given a real world complex business planning issue with tax consequences to solve. The pairs are judged on performance in two areas-a memorandum to a senior partner and a letter to a client explaining the result. Based on these written materials, the field is narrowed to just six teams, which are invited to defend their submissions before a panel of judges consisting of some of the country's top tax practitioners and government officials, including tax court judges.

Other law schools represented in the contest were from the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Kansas, Florida International University and Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

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