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Alvin Snowiss Professor of Law

Reed Shuldiner

OVER THE LAST TWO DECADES Reed Shuldiner has accumulated a ton of intellectual capital. In a career that has scaled upward like a progressive tax, he has been at the center of economic debates in Washington and in the forefront of tax reforms in the post-Soviet world and in emerging market economies. During that time, he has made a mark as well at Penn Law School, where, in recognition of his scholarship, he has been appointed Alvin Snowiss Professor of Law.

Shuldiner, one of the nation’s top tax scholars, speaks with the quiet authority of a man who knows his subject cold. Ask him about the U.S. tax system or flat tax rates and you get a lean and learned answer. For the record, he thinks the U.S. tax system is too complex, contains too many preferences, and does a bad job of taxing capital.

This economist-attorney-turned academic gained much of his expertise, in the late 1980s, as a legal advisor in the Office of Tax Legislative Council. He joined the Penn Law faculty in 1990.

"The opportunity to build Penn Law as an institution has been infinitely rewarding," says Shuldiner, who served as associate dean at the Law School from 2000 to 2002. "Penn is at an exciting point in its history as it solidifies its place in the absolute top rank of law schools."

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