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May 7, 2007

CONTACT: KATIE GALLAGHER
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MSU LAW TAX STUDENTS RECOGNIZED AT MICHIGAN STATE BAR TAX SECTION’S ANNUAL MEETING

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State University College of Law current and former tax students were recognized at the Taxation Section of the State Bar of Michigan’s Annual Tax Conference in Plymouth last week.

MSU Law second-year student Jason Maus and Julie Camden, ’06, received an award for their first-place finish in the 2006 Law Student Tax Challenge sponsored by the Taxation Section of the American Bar Association.  Also recognized were 2006 alums Miranda Bailey for her article, “Cheaper Cigarettes or Double Taxation?  Michigan's Tax Agreement with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians” and Shannon Christy Shakespeare for her article, “International Income Tax Treaties:  Provisions and Interpretation.” Both of these articles appeared in the summer 2006 edition of the Michigan Tax Lawyer.

Professor Michele LaForest Halloran, director of clinical programs at the Law College, was on hand at the meeting to accept a $2,500 grant awarded to the MSU Law Tax Clinic by the Taxation Section for its dedication to low-income taxpayers in the state.

“The Taxation Section of the State Bar of Michigan, through its generous funding, has recognized that there is a distinct need in this state for tax-related legal services for those who cannot afford to retain an attorney for representation,” Professor Halloran said.  “MSU College of Law's Tax Clinic is most grateful for the Tax Section's support, which enables our student clinicians to accommodate a greater number of people in need.”

MSU College of Law was in founded in 1891 and is a private institution of higher learning devoted exclusively to professional education in law.  The Law College is one of only a few private law schools to be affiliated with a research university, enabling it to provide a comprehensive interdisciplinary legal education program.  Classes offered in its state-of-the-art facilities provide students the benefits of a Big Ten campus while maintaining the small school culture.  Its 2006 graduates achieved a 93 percent bar examination passage rate nationwide and the Law College’s Intellectual Property and Communications Law Program falls in the nation’s top-20 according to U.S. News & World Report.  The Law College is one of the oldest continuously operating independent law colleges in the nation.  For more information about the Law College, visit www.law.msu.edu.

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