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Philip Hackney

James E. and Betty M. Phillips Associate Professor of Law

Recent Scholarship

Professor Hackney joined the faculty in the 2011-12 academic year.  He taught Income Tax I, Partnership Taxation and his specialty of Tax Exempt Organizations.  Professor Hackney is currently working on scholarship considering the rationale for exempting certain organizations from the Federal Income Tax. He presented his work in progress at the Junior Tax Conference at the Hastings College of Law, and at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools in the summer.

He lectured before the American Health Lawyers Association on supporting organizations, a type of charitable organization that he drafted proposed regulations regarding when he worked for the IRS.  Professor Hackney is currently teaching Income Tax I and a Tax Policy and Procedure Seminar.

Brief Biography

Philip Hackney joined the Law Center faculty in 2011 after spending five years at the Office of the Chief Counsel of the IRS in Washington, D.C.  Professor Hackney served as Senior Technician Reviewer in Exempt Organizations in the national office, where he worked on drafting IRS regulations, advising the TEGE commissioner, and litigating exempt organization tax issues. 

Professor Hackney obtained his J.D. at LSU Law in 2001. While in law school, he served as the Executive Senior Editor of the LSU Law Review and graduated as a member of The Order of the Coif.  From 1992 – 1999, he owned and operated a used and rare bookstore and coffee shop in Baton Rouge. 

Professor Hackney started his legal career as a law clerk to the late Honorable Henry A. Politz on the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He joined Baker Botts LLP in Houston, TX in 2002 as a corporate associate working on mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, public company corporate compliance, and investigations into accounting irregularities.   In 2006, he obtained an LL.M. in Taxation from the New York University School of Law and joined the Office of the Chief Counsel of the IRS in its Exempt Organizations branch of its Tax Exempt Government Entities division that same year.

Professor Hackney teaches Federal Income Tax, Partnership Taxation and Taxation of Exempt Organizations.  Utilizing his experience with the IRS working with tax-exempt organizations and the non-profit community in general, his scholarship focuses on nonprofit organizations and the tax issues associated therewith.   He is particularly interested in the intersection between for-profit and not-for-profit activities within these organizations. 

He earned his B.A. in Political Science at Southern Methodist University in 1992. 


B.A., 1992, Southern Methodist University
J.D., 2001, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center
LL.M. (Tax), 2006, New York University School of Law

Contact Info

Phone: 225-578-7395

Additional Info

Paul M. Hebert Law Center   |    1 E. Campus Dr.   |    Louisiana State University   |    Baton Rouge, LA 70803   |   225/578-5292