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Stutes-Kalinka National Tax Moot Court Team Places in Top 4 of National Competition

Two male students and a female student wearing suits pose for a photoCongratulations to the Law Center’s Stutes-Kalinka National Tax Moot Court Competition Team of Jacob Irving, Danielle Sczesny and Russell Stutes III, who placed as one of the top four teams in the nation and brought home a National Semifinalist title in this year’s competition. The Law Center’s Stutes-Kalinka Tax Team is coached by Professor Elizabeth Carter and Professor Philip Hackney (’01).

The National Tax Moot Court Competition, sponsored by the Florida Bar Association’s Tax Section, was held Feb. 2-4, 2017, in Gulfport, Fla. The Tax Moot brings in leading tax practitioners and judges from the United States Tax Court as the competition’s judges, and asks students to argue cutting-edge issues of taxation law. Teams are invited to participate in the Tax Moot based on their prior success at the competition and the strength of their tax law program and faculty. LSU Law’s Stutes-Kalinka Tax Team faced teams from Washington, Kentucky, Charleston Law and Baltimore during the competition, and were ultimately narrowly defeated in a 2-1 split bench vote by Baltimore in the Semifinal Round.

The Stutes-Kalinka Tax Team is supported in part by the generous gift of alumnus Rusty Stutes (’91), who endowed the team in memory of the late Professor Susan Kalinka.