LSU Law Community Mourns Loss of Tax Law Professor Susan Kalinka


Professor Susan C. Kalinka, the Harriet S. Daggett-Frances Leggio Landry Professor of Law at the Law Center, died earlier this morning at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge. Professor Kalinka had been diagnosed recently with cancer. She had been undergoing treatment for only a few weeks, and her condition deteriorated rapidly over the weekend.
Professor Kalinka joined the Law Center faculty in August of 1988.  She taught courses in a variety of tax law, real estate law and policy topics. She earned her law degree from Emory University School of Law.  
“Professor Kalinka was an exceptional teacher and scholar of tax law. She inspired dozens of students to seek specialized degrees in tax law and to pursue careers in that field. She was passionate about her work and about her students. She will be missed greatly and remembered fondly,” said Chancellor Weiss.
Beloved by her students, Professor Kalinka was known for the relationships that she developed beyond the classroom. She mentored student participants on the Tax Moot Court team and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, and both were favorite activities that she looked forward to each year. The professor kept in close touch with former students and took great pride in those who continued their legal education through LL.M. programs in taxation.
She is survived by her husband David and her children — “the students of the LSU Law Center,” said David Kalinka.  
Arrangements are private. Family members have asked that colleagues, students, alumni, and friends send written comments regarding Professor Kalinka and her teaching career at LSU. Comments, photos, and personal remembrances may be sent to