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Professor Deborah Kearns' latest book, Skills & Values: Federal Income Taxation, was recently published by LexisNexis as part of a series of subject-specific, practice-oriented books and online materials designed to support both practical and analytical legal education.
Skills & Values: Federal Income Taxation includes exercises that are as authentic as possible, spanning IRS forms, schedules, and publications; wage and income transcripts; judicial opinions; statutes; and revenue rulings. Professor Kearns co-authored the book with Michelle Drumbl, a Professor at Washington & Lee University's law school.
As the director of Albany Law School's Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, Professor Kearns also oversees students representing taxpayers who have disputes with the IRS in both administrative and judicial proceedings. By participating in the clinic, students gain hands-on experience in tax practice and procedure, including jurisdiction, the limitations involved in personal income tax controversies, and alternative assessment strategies.
Before joining Albany Law School, Professor Kearns worked in private practice in New York City and the Capital Region, representing individuals, for-profit and not-for-profit entities in tax planning, tax controversy and complex tax preparation matters. Since joining the law school's faculty, she has taught Estate Planning II, Financial Planning for the Elderly, Introduction to Taxation, and Trusts and Estates.
Professor Kearns is the immediate past chair of the Taxation Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section of the New York State Bar Association and currently serves on the Trusts and Estates Executive Committee as the Third Judicial District Representative. She is a member of the Clinical Legal Education Association and the Association of American Law Schools, Clinical Legal Education Section.
Professor Kearns earned her law degree from Albany Law School in 2000. While a student, she served as an executive editor on the Albany Law Review. She also earned a LL.M. in Taxation from New York University.