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Release: Feb. 19, 2001

'Death, Luck, and Taxes' is topic for law school's Tamisiea Lecture

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Edward J. McCaffery, distinguished professor and chair in tax law at the University of Southern California Law School, will give a free, public lecture on "Death, Luck, and Taxes: Comments on the Estate Tax and Beyond" at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 in the Levitt Auditorium at University of Iowa College of Law.

McCaffery appears at the College of Law as the 2001 Hugh J. and Frank Tamisiea Lecturer. His topic is particularly timely in light of proposals before the U.S. Congress, which would repeal federal estate and gift taxes, says N. William Hines, dean, UI College of Law.

"McCaffery is a well known and controversial scholar in the death tax area. He has written extensively on the taxation of intergeneration transfers, arguing that imposing such taxes is bad tax policy because it penalizes frugality and savings while it rewards spending and consumption," Hines said.

The Tamisiea Lectures were created at the College of Law in 1989 by the Tamisiea family in memory of Frank Tamisiea and Hugh J. Tamisiea, father and son UI law school graduates. The two practiced probate law at the family's firm in Missouri Valley, Iowa, for over a combined 90 years.

Prior Tamisiea Lectures have been given by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia; Lawrence W. Waggoner, professor, Michigan Law School; and Cass R. Sunstein, professor, The University of Chicago Law School.