Former Chief Tax Counsel to Teach at Law School
January 21, 2011 – John L. Buckley, the chief tax counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Ways and Means until this year, will become a visiting professor in the Law Center’s LL.M. program for the 2011-12 academic year.
“John Buckley is one of the leading tax policy lawyers in the country,” said Law Center Dean William M. Treanor. “We are thrilled to have such a stellar addition to our visiting faculty, and our students will certainly benefit from his expertise.”
Buckley, who had served on the committee's staff since 1995, spent nearly four decades participating in the development of federal tax legislation. He left his government post at the end of 2010.
He called working for the House committee …“an extraordinary privilege. It was a great combination of the technicalities of the law and big policy issues.”
Understanding the Process
It won’t be the first time the Wisconsin Law School graduate has taught at the Law Center – he served as an adjunct professor at the Law Center from 1995 to 2005. During that time, he taught a seminar on tax legislative developments with U.S. Tax Court Chief Judge John O. Colvin.
“I’m quite pleased about it,” Buckley said of his new appointment at Georgetown. “Becoming a visiting professor at the Law Center gives me the opportunity to step back a bit and look at the process more deeply, rather than get caught up in the day-to-day press of legislative duties.”
Buckley says he hopes to give students “an understanding of how the legislative process works and how the process affects the substance of the law. If you understand the process and the pressures, you have an easier time understanding the final legislative product.”
Crafting Tax Laws
Buckley began his career as associate counsel in the Office of the House Legislative Counsel after earning his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1973. He has participated in the crafting of all major tax legislation enacted after 1974.
In 1994, he briefly served as chief of staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation.
The new visiting professor’s published material includes articles on general tax policy, individual tax issues, international tax issues and estate and gift taxes.