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UGA Law Professor Walter Hellerstein appointed as trustee of the American Tax Policy Institute

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Friday, November 4, 2005

WRITER: Heidi Murphy, 706/542-5172, hmurphy@uga.edu CONTACT: Walter Hellerstein, 706/542-5175, wallyh@uga.edu

UGA Law Professor Walter Hellerstein appointed as trustee of the American Tax Policy Institute

ATHENS, Ga. – Walter Hellerstein, the Shackelford Distinguished Professor of Taxation Law at the University of Georgia, has been elected as a trustee of the American Tax Policy Institute, which fosters the improvement of the U.S. tax system by providing non-partisan analysis and research on federal, state, local and international tax policy issues.

Hellerstein joins 29 other leading tax professionals from the academic, government, business and legal communities on this distinguished panel, which includes experts from The Brookings Institution, The Urban Institute, the International Monetary Fund, Harvard Law School, the Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Chicago Law School as well as top accounting, business and law firms.

A member of the UGA School of Law faculty since 1978, Hellerstein is widely regarded as the nation’s leading academic authority on state and local taxation. He teaches in the areas of international taxation and federal income taxation in addition to state and local taxation. He is the co-author of both the leading treatise on state taxation, State Taxation, and the leading casebook on state and local taxation, State and Local Taxation. He has been involved in numerous state tax cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and is an academic consultant to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on cross-border consumption tax issues.

Hellerstein earned his bachelor's degree magna cum laude from Harvard University and his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was editor in chief of the University of Chicago Law Review.

The American Tax Policy Institute’s primary purpose is to promote and facilitate non-partisan research, analysis and discussion of U.S. federal, state and local tax policy matters. It supports cutting-edge scholarship in law, accounting or economics that will aid policy makers and administrators and will improve our country’s tax system.

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