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Erin Scharff

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

Erin Adele Scharff is an assistant professor of law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.  She joined the faculty in 2014.  Previously, she was an acting assistant professor of tax law at New York University School of Law, where she served as an editor of the Tax Law Review.  

Scharff’s scholarship focuses on fiscal federalism, including the allocation of revenue authority between state and local governments, local government law, and state tax law.  Her recent publications have appeared in Stanford Law ReviewGeorgetown Law Review, New York University Law Review, and the Tax Law Review, among other journals.  As an expert on local fiscal authority, Scharff has written several amicus briefs on the legal authority of local governments to raise revenue under state constitutions.    

Professor Scharff is currently the chair of the AALS Tax Section. She also serves on the peer review board of the Northwestern Law Review.   

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.  Prior to law school, she worked as a researcher and advocate in Washington, DC. 

In addition to her academic work, Scharff is actively engaged in the Phoenix community and serves vice-chair of the board of the Phoenix Legal Action Network.  She is the mother to three rambunctious children.      

 

 

Education: 
  • J.D. Magna Cum Laude, New York University School of Law 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 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 606Federal Income Taxation
LAW 691Seminar
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 606Federal Income Taxation
LAW 781Independent Study
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 494Special Topics
LAW 517Torts
LAW 606Federal Income Taxation
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 606Federal Income Taxation
LAW 691Seminar
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 606Federal Income Taxation
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
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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