Michael Hatfield (J.D., New York University) is a Professor of Law at Texas Tech University. Before joining the faculty in 2005, Michael was a shareholder in Schoenbaum, Curphy & Scanlan, P.C., in San Antonio, Texas where his practice was devoted to taxation and estate planning. Before moving to San Antonio, he was an associate in two New York City law firms: Debevoise & Plimpton and Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett. At Debevoise & Plimpton he was an associate in the tax department primarily concerned with the taxation of international private equity funds, and at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett he was an associate in the estate planning department.
His primary research interest is in the historical development of professional responsibility standards for tax lawyers. In addition to writing on tax lawyer ethics, he has also written on legal ethics more generally, taxation, trusts and estates, and law and religion. His articles have been published in the Florida Tax Review, Tax Notes, the Northwestern Law Review Colloquy, the NYU Annual Survey of American Law, the Journal of Law and Religion, the Lewis and Clark Law Review, the Baylor Law Review, and the Texas Tech Law Review. He also contributed to an anthology on torture published by the Johns Hopkins University Press and wrote the E-Langdell E-casebook on tax lawyer ethics.
At Texas Tech University School of Law, Michael was honored to share the 2006 Outstanding Professor of the Year Award with Professor Gerry Beyer, and to receive the 2007 University Alumni Association New Faculty Award, the 2008 Outstanding Professor of the Year Award (2L and 3L), the 2009 Outstanding Professor of the Year Award (2L and 3L), the 2010 Teacher of the Year, the 2010 President's Excellence in Teaching Award, the 2011 Outstanding Professor of the Year Award (2L and 3L), and the 2012 Outstanding Professor of the Year Award (2L and 3L).
He teaches Introduction to Taxation, Problems of Timing, Property Dispositions and Transactions, Taxation of Partners and Partnerships, Tax Policy, Tax Ethics, Professional Responsibility, and Transmission of Wealth.