Michael Hatfield

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Michael Hatfield (J.D., New York University) teaches courses in trusts and estates, taxation, and professional responsibility.

He is admitted to the bar in New York, where 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. He also is admitted to the bar in Texas, where was Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He was a shareholder in Schoenbaum, Curphy & Scanlan, P.C., in San Antonio, Texas where his practice was devoted to taxation and estate planning.

His research is centered on issues of technology and taxation and the professional responsibility of tax lawyers. He has written on legal ethics more generally, taxation, trusts and estates, and law and religion. His articles have been published in the Indiana Law Journal, Florida State University Law Review, Yale Journal of Law and Technology, 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 Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy. 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.  In 2017, he was awarded the UW Law Faculty Scholarship Award for Excellence in Law Review Articles.

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