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Julie Roin : Courses and Seminars

Federal Tax Policy Seminar
LAWS 55801
This seminar will examine selected topics of current interest in federal tax policy. The exact mix of topics will depend (at least in part) on tax legislation under consideration by Congress. Students will be graded on a combination of class participation and four short reaction papers.
Autumn 2015
Julie Roin
Greenberg Seminar: Meritocracy?
LAWS 95902
What does a meritocracy look like? Is it related to democracy – and, if so, how do Chinese or other forms of meritocracy differ from ours? By the third seminar we will move to sports (pure meritocracy, it would seem – but what about accommodating disabilities and what of artificial enhancements that are against the rules?). Does the law regarding employment tests, not to mention law school itself, fit common sense notions of meritocracy? Are markets meritocratic or is that something different? If these questions interest you, then please join us (subject to registration space), but be sure your Thursday evenings are free in the Autumn and Winter Quarters. Credit may not be allocated to Spring. Graded Pass/Fail.
Autumn 2015
Saul Levmore, Julie Roin
Local Government Law
LAWS 71701
This course examines the law regarding the provision of public goods and services at the state and local level. It explores the way in which local government law addresses the issues of what services a local government should provide, which residents should receive those services, who pays for the services provided, and how these decisions are reached. In the process, it explores the relationship among federal, state, and local governments, with particular emphasis on judicial analysis of the constitutional and statutory basis of those relationships. The grade is based on a final in-class examination.
Autumn 2015
Julie Roin
Greenberg Seminar: Meritocracy?
LAWS 95902
What does a meritocracy look like? Is it related to democracy – and, if so, how do Chinese or other forms of meritocracy differ from ours? By the third seminar we will move to sports (pure meritocracy, it would seem – but what about accommodating disabilities and what of artificial enhancements that are against the rules?). Does the law regarding employment tests, not to mention law school itself, fit common sense notions of meritocracy? Are markets meritocratic or is that something different? If these questions interest you, then please join us (subject to registration space), but be sure your Thursday evenings are free in the Autumn and Winter Quarters. Credit may not be allocated to Spring. Graded Pass/Fail.
Winter 2016
Saul Levmore, Julie Roin
Introductory Income Taxation
LAWS 44121
This course provides an introduction to the essential elements of the federal income tax, with a special emphasis on issues related to the taxation of individuals. The topics covered include the nature, timing and measurement of income, the role played by "basis" in calculating gain (and loss) in transactions involving property, the boundary between personal and business expenditures, and the use of the tax system to provide behavioral incentives and disincentives. The course stresses the complex interactions between political and administrative concerns in the tax system.
Winter 2016
Julie Roin