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David Blankfein-Tabachnick

David Blankfein-Tabachnick
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Assistant Professor of Law
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 367
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
517-423-6885
dbt@law.msu.edu

M.S.L., Yale Law School; Ph.D., University of Virginia; M.A., University of Rochester; B.A., Ithaca College, with honors

  • Basic Income Taxation B
    (Formerly DCL 250) Like Basic Income Taxation A, this course introduces the basic concepts of federal income taxation. Basic Income Taxation B, however, goes beyond a survey course by a rigorous examination of technical tax issues, including a focus on solving complex tax problems. This course is ideal for students interested in pursuing legal practice in the tax or business fields. Students will be exposed to the same topics covered in Basic Income Taxation A, but will also study additional topics. Topics likely to be covered include: business and profit-seeking expenditures, capital expenditures, depreciation, the home-office deduction, tax planning for divorce, non-recourse debt, including issues relating to basis and amount realized, and anti-tax abuse provisions limiting tax shelters, including at-risk rules and active participation requirements. In resolving problems, students will have ample opportunity to develop facility in interpreting complex statutes and in applying law from various additional sources. Moreover, the themes studied will allow students to understand that tax legislation is a dynamic process in which the law evolves as a result of taxpayers devising new strategies and from policymakers' responses.
  • Decedents' Estates and Trusts
    (Formerly DCL 210) A study of the pattern of practices for transmitting wealth in view of death. The course surveys probate jurisdiction and administration; intestate succession; limitations on testamentary power; execution requirements for wills; revocation, revalidation and revival of wills; incorporation by reference; contest of wills and related remedies. Also covered are the private express trust, inter vivos and testamentary, including functions, prohibited trust purposes and requisites for creation; informal and incomplete trusts, including resulting, constructive and savings bank trusts; termination of trusts; gifts to charity, including historical backgrounds, nature of charitable purposes and cy pres; powers and duties of the fiduciary; and remedies of beneficiaries in case of breach of duty.

Professor David Blankfein-Tabachnick teaches courses on taxation and tax policy, property and property related subjects, intellectual property, remedies, criminal law, bankruptcy and the jurisprudence of private law.

He has interests in global law and international development and is an affiliated transnational professor at the Peking University, School of Transnational Law. Professor Blankfein-Tabachnick has been a visiting scholar at the Yale Law School; an accomplished classroom teacher, he is the recipient of a university-wide teaching award from the University of Virginia.

He has published on taxation and tax policy, property, intellectual property, the law of contract and tort, legal and political theory and bankruptcy. His recent work on intellectual property and its theory appears in the California Law Review. His publications have appeared in both law reviews and peer edited journals including the California Law Review, Virginia Law Review, the George Washington Law Review, the Connecticut Law Review, as well as Cambridge University Press’s journal, Social Philosophy and Policy. His articles have been reprinted in Cambridge University Press volumes on taxation and the freedom of association and his work on tort law was recently reprinted in Rawls and Law, a collection of articles by acclaimed legal scholars.

As a compliment to his interests in bankruptcy and private law, he has served as a principal workout consultant to financially distressed venture capital funded high-tech firms.

Professor Blankfein-Tabachnick holds a Ph.D. in legal and political philosophy from the University of Virginia and a degree in law from Yale.

Intellectual Property Doctrine and Midlevel Principles,” 101 Calif. L. Rev. 1315 (2013); published with response, Robert P. Merges, "Foundations and Principles Redux: A Reply to Professor Blankfein-Tabachnick," 101 Calif. L. Rev. 1361 (2013).

On Belling the Cat: Rawls and Tort as Corrective Justice,” 92 Va. L. Rev. 1279 (2006) (with K. Kordana); published with response, Steven Walt, "Eliminating Corrective Justice," 92 Va. L. Rev. 1311 (2006); reprinted in Rawls and Law (Ashgate Publishing, 2012)

The Rawlsian View of Private Ordering,” 25 Soc. Phil. & Pol'y, 288 (2008) (with K. Kordana) (Cambridge University Press Journal); reprinted in Freedom of Association (Cambridge University Press 2008)

Taxation, the Private Law, and Distributive Justice,” 23 Soc. Phil & Pol'y, 142 (2006) (with K. Kordana) (Cambridge University Press Journal); reprinted in Taxation, Economic Prosperity, and Distributive Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2006)

Rawls and Contract Law,” 73 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 701 (2005) (with K. Kordana)

Tax and the Philosopher’s Stone,” 89 Va. L. Rev. 647 (2003) (with K. Kordana) (reviewing Liam Murphy & Thomas Nagel, The Myth of Ownership: Taxes and Justice, Oxford University Press, 2002))


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