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Edward D. Kleinbard Joins USC Law School Faculty


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Edward D. Kleinbard, chief of staff of the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, will join the USC Law School faculty this summer, the school said in a release.

Kleinbard, who will teach courses in tax law, said Wednesday he was “thrilled with the opportunity,” and considered himself “very lucky” to join the faculty.

Robert K. Rasmussen, dean of the law school, praised Kleinbard as “one of the nation’s top tax scholars and attorneys,” calling him “a valued addition to the highly regarded corporate and tax program at USC Law.”

As chief of staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, Kleinbard oversees an office of nearly 70 lawyers, economists, accountants and administrative staff. The non-partisan Joint Committee assists Congress in the tax legislative process,  including the development and analysis of tax proposals for lawmakers, preparation of comprehensive hearing pamphlets and other papers on tax legislative topics, the drafting of tax bills, estimations of all revenue legislation considered by the Congress, and investigations of various aspects of the federal tax system.

Prior to his appointment by the Joint Committee, Kleinbard was a partner in the office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York. His focus covered federal income tax matters, including taxation of new financial products, financial institutions and international mergers and acquisitions.

Kleinbard was a visiting lecturer at Yale Law School in 2007, where he taught Taxation of Financial Products and Markets and has published extensively on tax matters in academic and professional journals.

In 2006, he received the Burton Award for Legal Writing for his article, “The Business Enterprise Income Tax: A Prospectus,” which was published in a January 2005 edition of the journal Tax Notes.

He received his law degree from Yale Law School, where he was an articles editor of the Law Journal. Kleinbard received his master’s degree and an undergraduate degree from Brown University, and is a member of the New York State Bar.


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