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WINTER 2015/16 |

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BRIEFS

The Federal Tax Clinic opened its

doors at USD Law at the beginning

of fall 2015 and is headed by Clinic

Director Sonya Miller.

Federal Tax Clinic

Opens at USD Law

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Board

sent eight teams around the country this

last calendar year. Two teams attended a

client counseling competition in Minneapolis

where they placed fourth and sixth. Two

teams also participated in a mediation

competition in Columbia, Missouri. Two

negotiation competitions took place: one

in Chicago (fourth and 12th places) and the

other in San Diego on sports law (eighth

place). Also, a team took part in an arbitration

competition in Lincoln, Nebraska.

ADR Update

Criminal Justice

Education Project

Hosts Panel and

Documentary

In March, the Criminal Justice Education Project of USD

Law hosted a screening of HBO’s “Gideon’s Army” along with

a panel discussion related to the presentation. The documentary

follows the personal stories of three young public defenders who

are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the Deep South

challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system

strained to the breaking point. The panel included Traci Smith,

Mary Moriarty, Eric Shulte and June Hardwick.

The Federal Tax Clinic started the fall semester with two

clients and now has 14. This provides each student involved

with the clinic about three to four cases each. Students gain

valuable experience while helping real clients.

The types of cases the clinic is handling are a variety

of issues including unreported income, failure to file tax

returns, disallowed credits, deductions, exemptions and

filing status, claim for refund, and identify theft.

Tax controversy cases come to the clinic at various

stages, which often dictate the type of help that can be

provided and with which organization within the IRS the

clinic must work in order to resolve the client’s matter.

The IRS organizations that the clinic works with most

frequently are the Automated Underreporter Program,

Examinations, Appeals, and Collections. The Clinic is also

able to represent taxpayers in the U.S. Tax Court.