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Erin Scharff

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Associate Professor of Law
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9520
Biography

Associate Professor of Law

Erin Adele Scharff writes about tax policy and tax federalism. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Scharff was an Acting Assistant Professor of Tax Law at New York University School of Law.  After graduating magna cum laude from New York University School of Law, she clerked for the Honorable William A. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. In law school, she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar, a Furman Academic Scholar, and an articles editor for the NYU Law Review.

Before law school, Professor Scharff worked in Washington, D.C. as an advocate and research analyst on housing, health care, and tax policy. In 2007 and 2008, she traveled the country working for Obama for America. She has been a Volunteer Income Tax Assistant tax preparer in both D.C. and San Francisco. She has a B.A. in religious studies from Yale University. Professor Scharff grew up in Phoenix. 

Education

J.D., New York University School of Law, magna cum laude, 2011

B.A. (Religious Studies), Yale University, 2004

Publications

Hyper Preemption?: A Reordering of the State Local Relationship?, 106 Georgetown L.J. (forthcoming 2018)

Powerful Cities?: Limits on Municipal Revenue Authority and What to do About Them, 91 N.YU.L. Rev. 292 (2016)

Brief of Ann Alstott, et al. as Amici Curiae in Support of Respondent, PPL Corp. v. Comm’r, No. 12-43 (U.S. Jan. 18, 2013), 2013 WL 989825 (co-counsel with Michael Graetz on Supreme Court Amicus Brief on behalf of nine international tax law professors)

Antidiscrimination in Employment: The Simple, the Complex, and the Paradoxical, in The Law and Economics of Labor and Employment Law (Cynthia Estlund and Michael L. Wachter, eds. 2013) (with Samuel Issacharoff)

Note, Taxes as Regulatory Tools: An Argument for Expanding New York City’s Taxing Authority, 86 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1556 (2011)

Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 517Torts
LAW 691Seminar
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 517Torts
LAW 606Federal Income Taxation
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 494Special Topics
LAW 606Federal Income Taxation
LAW 691Seminar
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 606Federal Income Taxation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 691Seminar
LAW 781Independent Study
Professional Associations

AALS Tax Section, Executive Committee (January 2017-present) Arizona Bar Association, Tax Section, Law School Representative (September 2014-present) Tax Prof Blog, SSRN Roundup Editorial Team (January 2017-present) Peer Reviewer, Northwestern University Law Review (July 2017-present)

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