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Law Professors Present at National ABA Conference


January 10, 2017

Earlier this school year, Liberty Law Professor Philip Manns and Associate Dean Timothy M. Todd presented at the 2016 ABA Joint Fall CLE Meeting in Boston, which was sponsored by the ABA Section of Taxation and the Trust and Estate division of the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law.

Professor Manns and Dean Todd presented on “Higher Education Savings and Planning: Tax & Non-Tax Considerations,” as part of the programming for the Individual and Family Taxation committee. Their presentation discussed various ways to plan, save, and pay for higher education. They compared various strategies, including gifts, Uniform Transfers to Minors Act (UTMA) accounts, section 529 plans, and trusts, both tax and non-tax considerations.

Professor Manns teaches various taxation and transactional courses at Liberty Law. He formerly practiced tax law at King & Spalding in Atlanta, and he clerked for a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Dean Todd serves as associate dean for academic affairs and teaches an array of taxation and transactional courses at Liberty Law; he clerked for a judge on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and is both a lawyer and a certified public accountant.

“We have a robust tax, business, and transactional curriculum at Liberty Law,” said Dean Todd. “We are striving to make an impact in the tax community.”

Professor Manns noted, “In our planning curriculum, we emphasize family wealth transfers, the subjects of which are a bit broader than traditional estate planning, and encompass matters like educational savings. Consequently, this presentation and conference permitted us to network with members of the bar on a subject important to our teaching and research.”

Dean Faulkner added, “Dean Todd and Professor Manns are recognized scholars and sought-after speakers.  Their good work exemplifies the quality of a faculty committed to inspiring the profession, innovating practice, and impacting their respective fields of expertise.”