Professor Leandra Lederman
Resources for Tax Students
- Area of Focus: Tax Law (preparing for a tax career at the Maurer Law School)
- ABA Tax Section Law Student Tax Challenge
- Donald C. Alexander Writing Competition
- Tannenwald Writing Competition
Tax Events at Maurer Law
Tax Policy Colloquia:
▪ 2015 Tax Policy Colloquium (limited series)
▪ 2014 Tax Policy Colloquium
▪ 2013 Tax Policy Colloquium
▪ 2012 Tax Policy Colloquium
▪ 2011 Tax Policy Colloquium
▪ 2010 Tax Policy Colloquium
▪ Inaugural Tax Policy Colloquium (2009)
- Careers in Tax Panel (2013)
- Careers in Tax Panel (2012)
Critical Tax Conference (2009)
Tax Practice & Procedure Links
- ABA Tax Section Court Procedure Committee
- ABA Tax Section Pro Bono and Tax Clinics Committee
- Indiana Department of Revenue
- Indiana Tax Court
- Internal Revenue Service
- Joint Committee on Taxation
- Tax Analysts
- Tax Returns of U.S. Presidents
- TRAC IRS: audit statistics
- U.S. Tax Court
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division
- U.S. Treasury Department
- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
Professor Leandra Lederman is the William W. Oliver Professor of Tax Law and Director of the Tax Program at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where she teaches Federal Income Tax, Corporate Tax, Tax Procedure, and Tax Policy Colloquium. She is spending Fall 2015 as a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School.
Professor Lederman joined the Maurer Law School faculty in 2004 as the Visiting William W. Oliver Professor of Tax Law and assumed her current position in 2005. Before that, she had been a member of the faculty of George Mason University School of Law since 1997. She also spent the 2002-2003 academic year at the University of Texas School of Law as a visiting professor. From 1994 to 1997, she was a faculty member at Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law. Every fall since 2011, Professor Lederman has taught a short course in U.S. Federal Income Tax at the Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.
In 2001, Professor Lederman was recognized by George Mason University for excellence in teaching. In 2005, she received the Law Alumni Association Legal Teaching Award from New York University School of Law. In 2009, Professor Lederman received a Trustees' Teaching Award from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, and in 2012, she received the Leon H. Wallace Teaching Award from the Maurer Law School.
Professor Lederman is one of the most frequently cited tax scholars. She has written numerous articles on policy issues in the areas of federal income tax (individual and corporate), tax controversies, and tax administration (including a number of articles on tax compliance and evasion). Her work has included empirical analyses and a law-and-economics approach to tax issues. Professor Lederman is the author of Understanding Corporate Taxation (the third edition of which is co-authored with Michelle M. Kwon and is in press as of July 2015). She is also co-author with Kansas Law School Dean Stephen W. Mazza of the Tax Controversies: Practice and Procedure casebook and Teacher's Manual (3rd ed. 2009) and its annual supplements, as well as a Code, Regulations, and Other Materials volume, most recently in the 2013 edition. Additionally, Professor Lederman served as General Editor of a treatise, Federal Tax Practice and Procedure (2003). Most of her articles are available for download on her SSRN Author Page.
Professor Lederman is admitted to the bars of the state of New York (inactive), the U.S. Tax Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She was a National Reporter for the United States for the 2015 European Association of Tax Law Professors Congress on the topic of surcharges and penalties in tax law. She is a past Chair of the Tax Section of the Association of American Law Schools and a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Tax Association. She is active in the Tax Section of the American Bar Association; she is a past Chair of its Teaching Taxation Committee and an Associate Editor of the Section's NewsQuarterly.
Lederman received an A.B. degree cum laude from Bryn Mawr College in 1987, with honors in her major of Romance Languages (French and Spanish). In 1990, she earned her J.D. cum laude from New York University School of Law, where she was a Note and Comment Editor of the N.Y.U. Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Professor Lederman subsequently earned her LL.M. in taxation from N.Y.U., where she was a student editor of the Tax Law Review. After practicing law as an associate at White & Case in New York City and receiving her LL.M., she clerked for Judge David Laro of the U.S. Tax Court in Washington, D.C.