MSU Law Tax Team Wins National Competition

Contact: Katie Gallagher, College of Law, (517) 432-6848,

Jan. 22, 2007

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University College of Law applauds second-year student Jason Maus and recent graduate Julie Camden for their first-place finish in the 2006 Law Student Tax Challenge. Professor Michele LaForest Halloran coached Maus and Camden to the win in the competition’s final rounds, which took place over the weekend in Hollywood, Florida.

Teams of two participated in the sixth annual competition sponsored by the Taxation Section of the American Bar Association. The Law College’s tax team was one of only six teams invited to compete in the competition’s final rounds.

“We couldn’t be more proud of Julie and Jason’s efforts and Professor Halloran’s leadership,” Kevin W. Saunders, senior associate dean for the Law College said. “They are the perfect example of the Law College’s determination and ability to be at the top and competitive on a nation-wide level.”

The competition asked each team to present its solution to a complex business problem that could exist in the tax field. This year’s problem asked competitors “to address choice-of-entity and employee compensation issues in the context of an acquisition of a privately-held corporation.1” Camden and Maus presented their solution to some of the top tax practitioners in the country.

MSU College of Law was founded 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, view MSU College of Law’s website at

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1 American Bar Association,