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School of Law Team Claims Second Place in National Law Student Tax Challenge

Posted Monday, April 2, 2012

The Western New England University School of Law team of Nicole Dunk and Joe Horvath recently placed second in the nation in the American Bar Association Section of Taxation’s 11th Annual Law Student Tax Challenge. The contest is designed to give students an opportunity to research, write about, and present their analyses of “real life” tax planning problems.


Dunk, from Grafton, Wisconsin, and Horvath, from Shelton, Connecticut, are both third year law students at Western New England. Professor of Law Frederick Royal served as coach of the team.

The Law Student Tax Challenge was developed to reflect everyday tax issues that might arise for practitioners. Students compete in two-person teams, researching the tax issues involved and submitting technical memoranda and client letters with their solutions. The teams’ written submissions are judged by tax practitioners across the country, with the six teams with the best written submissions chosen to present oral arguments before a panel of distinguished tax lawyers attending the Taxation Section’s Midyear Meeting in San Diego.

Dunk and Horvath continue a Western New England tradition of outstanding achievement in the annual competition. During the last five years, four teams representing the School of Law have won significant awards, including two that finished first overall in the national competition.


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