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Release: Feb. 19, 2001
'Death, Luck, and Taxes' is topic for law school's Tamisiea Lecture
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Edward J. McCaffery, distinguished professor and chair
in tax law at the University of Southern California Law School, will give
a free, public lecture on "Death, Luck, and Taxes: Comments on the Estate
Tax and Beyond" at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 in the Levitt Auditorium
at University of Iowa College of Law.
McCaffery appears at the College of Law as the 2001 Hugh J. and Frank Tamisiea
Lecturer. His topic is particularly timely in light of proposals before the
U.S. Congress, which would repeal federal estate and gift taxes, says N. William
Hines, dean, UI College of Law.
"McCaffery is a well known and controversial scholar in the death tax
area. He has written extensively on the taxation of intergeneration transfers,
arguing that imposing such taxes is bad tax policy because it penalizes frugality
and savings while it rewards spending and consumption," Hines said.
The Tamisiea Lectures were created at the College of Law in 1989 by the
Tamisiea family in memory of Frank Tamisiea and Hugh J. Tamisiea, father and
son UI law school graduates. The two practiced probate law at the family's
firm in Missouri Valley, Iowa, for over a combined 90 years.
Prior Tamisiea Lectures have been given by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin
Scalia; Lawrence W. Waggoner, professor, Michigan Law School; and Cass R.
Sunstein, professor, The University of Chicago Law School.