Faculty Information

  • Biography

    B.A. Business Administration, University of Washington, 1991
    JD, magna cum laude, Seattle University School of Law, 1998
    LL.M. Taxation, New York University School of Law, 2000

    Danshera Cords teaches and writes in the area of tax law.  Professor Cords is a Professor of Law at Albany Law School. 

    She teaches primarily in the areas of partnership tax, corporate tax, and individual tax.  She also teaches tax policy.  Other areas in which she has taught include business organizations and Chinese Law.

    Professor Cords' writing has been primarily in the areas of taxpayer rights and tax procedure.  She speaks regularly in these areas around the country. 

    Beginning in the fall of 2013 she received an appointment as Distinguished Foreign Professor at the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics in China, a program sponsored by Shanghai Education Committee. Before joining the Albany Law School faculty, she was a Professor of Law at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio.  At Capital, she served as the Academic Director of the Graduate Tax and Business program from 2005-2008. From 2000-2002, Professor Cords was an attorney-advisor to the Hon. Maurice B. Foley of the U.S. Tax Court in Washington, D.C.



 Books Content Query

  • Practice and Procedure in the U.S. Tax Court (2012)



  • Lien on Me: Virtual Debtors Prisons, the Practical Effects of Tax Liens and Proposals for Reform, 49 University of Louisville Law Review 341 (2011)papers.cfm

  • Paid Tax Preparers, Used Car Dealers, Refund Anticipation Loans, and the Earned Income Tax Credit: The Need to Regulate Tax Return Preparers and Provide More Free Alternatives, 59 Case Western Reserve Law Review 351 (2009)

  • Charitable Contributions for Disaster Relief: Rationalizing Tax Consequences and Victim Benefits, 57 Catholic University Law Review 427 (Winter 2008)

  • Administrative Law and Judicial Review of Tax Collection Decisions, 52 Saint Louis University Law Journal 429 (Winter 2008)

  • Collection Due Process: the Scope and Nature of Judicial Review, 73 University of Cincinnati Law Review 1021 (Spring 2005)

  • Tax Protestors and Penalties: Ensuring Perceived Fairness and Mitigating Systemic Costs, Brigham Young University Law Review 1515 (2005)papers.cfm

  • How Much Process Is Due? I.R.C. Sections 6320 and 6330 Collection Due Process Hearings, 29 Vermont Law Review 51 (Fall 2004)

  • Practice and Procedure in the U.S. Tax Court (2012)


  • Tax Court appointments and Reappointments: Improving the Process, 45 U. Rich. L.Rev. 501 (2012)papers.cfm

Forthcoming Publications

Selected Achievements

  • Professor Danshera Cords was named Foreign Distinguished Professor by the Shanghai Education Committee in China for the 2013-2014 academic year. She will be working with the law school at the Shanghai University for International Business and Economics, teaching and collaborating with that school's faculty on research.
  • Professor Danshera Cords delivered the presentation "Charity Begins at Home? An Exploration of the Systemic Distortions Resulting" at the Georgia State Risk Management and Insurance Seminar on Oct. 25, 2013.

  • Professor Danshera Cords presented “Let’s Get Together: What Tax Should Learn About Collaborative Regulation Development” at The University of Pittsburgh School of Law Tax Workshop on March 20, 2013.

  • Professor Danshera Cords delivered a presentation on "Collaborative Spaces: What Tax Can Learn About Developing Regulations" at the Central States Law Schools Association 2012 Annual Conference in Cleveland on Oct. 20.​

In the News

  • "The initiative really dovetails with what we are doing," said Alicia Ouellette, associate dean for student affairs and a law professor at Albany Law School, where about 200 of the school's 725 students currently volunteer pro bono services. "Mandating it takes it a step further," she added. "We're going to have to think about how to expand the program."

    Albany Law offers a range of pro bono services for low- and moderate-income groups such as veterans, seniors, inmates being released from prison and Iraqi refugees.

    The students work under the supervision of lawyers already admitted to the bar.

    Many of the students put in more than 50 hours during their school careers, added Danshera Cords, a law professor who helps oversee a program where students help low-income filers prepare their income tax returns.

    "It teaches students that as they go out into the world, it's important that they give back," said Cords.

    From the article "New lawyers to give needy free legal help" in the Albany Times Union on May 1.