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Texas A&M University Law is seeking to hire two new admission department team members

Posted by William Byrnes on October 16, 2015


The two new positions and application procedures are:

1. https://jobpath.tamu.edu/postings/89638

2. https://jobpath.tamu.edu/postings/88388

Please pass on these positions to potential interested persons.

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Texas A&M University School of Law Hires 12 New Faculty & Expands Programs

Posted by William Byrnes on September 23, 2015


Texas A&M University School of Law is quickly distinguishing itself as an institution to watch.

At a time when most schools are cutting back, Texas A&M University has made an unparalleled investment in the future of legal education for Texas, the nation and beyond by attracting an unprecedented 12 new faculty members for its School of Law located inFort Worth.

TAMU-Law-lockup-whiteFive of the new faculty focus on intellectual property issues, adding strength to the school’s Center for Law and Intellectual Property and building on A&M’s strong reputation in engineering and life sciences. These hires cover all aspects of intellectual property, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. Together with two existing scholars in the field, A&M Law is now in contention to have one of the country’s top intellectual property law programs.

“This extensive concentration of intellectual property faculty offers students comprehensive coverage, allowing them to develop specialized training based on their individual interests and career paths,” said intellectual property expert and incoming professorPeter Yu. “Our newly expanded program offers an unparalleled focus and makes A&M Law immediately stand out in the intellectual property field.”

Among A&M Law’s seven additional hires are thought leaders with strong backgrounds in legal ethics, commercial law, legal writing, law and economics, tax and international law. They include the newly appointed President of Texas A&M University, Michael K. Young, whose two decades as a legal scholar and dean at Columbia Law included the development of internationally recognized programs in Japanese and Korean legal studies and authorship of numerous briefs, articles and books on U.S. trade law and policy.  Given his leadership, including presidency at two leading universities and service, it is fitting that he will hold tenure in both Texas A&M’s School of Law and the George H. W. Bush School of Government & Public Service.

“I’m pleased to be joining Texas A&M University at this exciting time of my career and their history,” offered Young. “It is a wonderful bonus, to also join my colleagues in the transformation of this law school, legal education nationally and our contributions as scholars to the continued dynamic vitality of Texas.”

“As not only a top tier, public research university, but also a land grant institution, we have a special obligation to bring the academy to the public, and these folks are going to help us expand our efforts to do that,” Dean Andy Morriss said. “We’re particularly excited to have long time bar leaders like legal ethicist Susan Fortney, former Uniform Law Commission Executive Director Bill Henning, and former American Society of International Law Executive Director Charlotte Ku joining us.”

These incoming faculty join the existing academic team, now 55 members strong and punctuated by an ethos of market-disruptive thinking and scholarship. In 2015 alone, A&M Law faculty members have gained national attention for policy papers and commentary on topics including the intersection of water and energy law, developments in intellectual property, law reform in the Middle East, and the changing face of the death penalty.

And in an era when many law schools are cutting staff and faculty as enrollments fall nationally, A&M Law has only enhanced its commitment to lead by expanding curricular options, improving student services, attracting the very best talent and aligning to Texas A&M University’s mission tenet of service to the state, nation and beyond.

One such example is a $370,000 grant awarded to the School of Law from the Access Group. With the grant, A&M Law’s Milan Markovic will serve as principal investigator of the Texas Lawyers Study, examining professional satisfaction and income levels of nearly 88,000 members of the State Bar of Texas. This study will generate an extraordinary amount of data on the economics of the legal profession and the working lives of lawyers that can inform the decision-making of prospective law students and lawyers.

“We’re proud of our work to date, and are inviting all to see how far we’ve come and to take a look at where we are heading,” Morriss said. “By attracting new talent to compliment our strong foundation of scholars, A&M Law is leading by example.”

https://law.tamu.edu

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Meet us at IFA in Basel next week?

Posted by William Byrnes on August 26, 2015


Dr. Andrew Morriss (Dean, Texas A&M & international tax economist) and I look forward toLogo_IFA_Basel_2015meeting other academics and professionals at international tax 69th IFA Congress held in the city of Basel  from Sunday, August 30 to Thursday, September 3.

Email me so that we can link up at the Congress.

The International Fiscal Association (IFA) was established in 1938 with its headquarters in the Netherlands. It is the only non-governmental and non-sectoral international organisation dealing with fiscal matters.   12,000+ government officials, MNE counsel, senior partners, and academics from 111 countries.

Its objects are the study and advancement of international and comparative law in regard to public finance, specifically international and comparative fiscal law and the financial and economic aspects of taxation.

STUDY 1:  TAX INCENTIVES ON RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (R&D)

STUDY 2: PRACTICAL PROTECTION OF TAXPAYERS’ FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS

SEMINAR A: “PATENT BOXES”

SEMINAR B: THE TAXATION OF EXPATRIATES

SEMINAR C: CROSS-BORDER SUPPLY OF SERVICES AND VAT/GST: DEVELOPMENT OF IFA PROPOSALS

SEMINAR D: PRACTICAL PROTECTION OF TAXPAYERS IN THE EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION PROCESS

SEMINAR E: CROSS-BORDER MERGERS OF COMPANIES

SEMINAR F: IFA/EU: “STATE AID REVIEW AS A MEANS TO COMBAT AGGRESSIVE TAX PLANNING”

SEMINAR G: IFA/OECD

SEMINAR H: THE TAXATION OF GLOBAL FAMILIES

SEMINAR I: EFFECTIVENESS OF PARTICIPATION EXEMPTION

SEMINAR J: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN INTERNATIONAL TAXATION

SEMINAR K: PRACTICAL PROTECTION OF TAXPAYERS IN THE TAX LITIGATION PROCESS

SEMINAR L: TIMING ISSUES IN THE APPLICATION OF TAX TREATIES

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Aggie Law’s orientation week wraps up

Posted by William Byrnes on August 25, 2015


12th Man SIgned Tshirt

Aggie Law’s orientation week just wrapped up – and mine as well as one of the 11 new Texas A&M law faculty.  The Dean, Andy Morriss, hosted an incoming Aggie BBQ – and Texas BBQ is good BBQ.

139 new Texas Aggies hailing from more than 60 universities, already greeting me in the ‘Howdy’ tradition at every turn.  Friendliest folk – not a whippersnapper among them.

I’m looking forward to engaging with Aggie diversity – one-fifth the first member of the family to graduate from college, quarter ethnically diverse, and majority female.

Just watched the Aggie incoming student interviews.  Quotes like “Aggie land is home”, “I feel like I could walk up to anyone and start a conversation with them” and “It’s like a big family here” – think I am going to fit in.

Especially after my first Aggie football game – against the Arkansas Razorbacks – Sept 26th.

Howdy Aggie 1Ls and GigEm!

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Dr. Jack Manhire Departs IRS & Treasury for Texas A&M Law School

Posted by William Byrnes on July 30, 2015


Dr. John T. (“Jack”) Manhire, Jr., former Chief of Legal Analysis for the IRS Office of Professional Treasury-Dept.-Seal-of-the-IRS
Responsibility and National Program Chair, Executive Education for the U.S. Treasury Executive Institute, has accepted a position as Director of Program Development at Texas A&M University School of Law.

Last month Texas A & M announced that William H. Byrnes, IV, (co-editor of our International Financial Law Prof Blog) left Thomas Jefferson Law School and joined the faculty of Texas A&M Law.

Including Dr. Manhire and the new University President, Dr. Michael Young, Texas A&M Law has hired 13 significant faculty hires for 2015, and two significant faculty visitors for Spring 2016 through the Texas A&M Institute of Advanced Studies.

For 2016, the law school is seeking to hire several more equally distinguished law professors.  See he previous post  Texas A&M University School of Law 2016-17 Faculty Recruitment Areas of Interest

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Texas A&M University School of Law Hiring Multiple New Faculty in 2016

Posted by William Byrnes on July 23, 2015


see full announcement at International Financial Law Prof Blog.

In 2015, Texas A&M University School of Law hired 11 new faculty members (12 if counting Texas A&M University’s new President, Dr. Michael Young, who is a member of the law faculty).  Below is Texas A&M Law’s announcement for faculty recruitment for the 2016-17 academic year.

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW seeks to expand its academic program and its strong commitment to scholarship by hiring multiple exceptional faculty candidates:

1)    Candidates who are interested in building synergies with Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School, with an emphasis on scholars engaged in international business law who focus on cross-border transactions, trade, and economic law (finance, investments, dispute resolution, etc.);

2)    Candidates who are interested in building synergies with the broad mission of Texas A&M University’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, which include but are not limited to scholars engaged in agricultural law (including regulatory issues surrounding agriculture), rural law, community development law, food law, ecosystem sciences, and forensic evidence; and

3)    Visionary leaders in experiential education interested in guiding our existing Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic (with concentrations in both trademarks and patents), Entrepreneurship Law Clinic, Family Law and Benefits Clinic, Employment Mediation Clinic, Wills & Estates Clinic, Innocence Clinic, Externship Program, Equal Justice/Pro Bono Program, and Advocacy Program, with a particular emphasis on candidates who may have an interest in participating in our Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic or developing an Immigration Law Clinic.

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ABA task force’s reform of legal education !

Posted by William Byrnes on June 22, 2015


see the reforms at International Financial Law Prof Blog

 

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TaxProf Blog: William Byrnes Leaves Thomas Jefferson For Texas A&M

Posted by William Byrnes on June 18, 2015


TaxProf Blog: William Byrnes Leaves Thomas Jefferson For Texas A&M.

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Texas A&M School of Law Adds 12 New Faculty, Expands IP Program

Posted by William Byrnes on June 12, 2015


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Fulbright Awards and Fellowships for Law – Deadline August 3

Posted by William Byrnes on May 26, 2015


With over 80 Fulbright awards  available in countries around the globe for U.S. law professors, researchers and professionals, now is the time to refresh your thinking, and learn about law in a context other than that of the United States.  International Financial Law Prof Blog.

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Hiring Distance Education Director

Posted by William Byrnes on May 14, 2015


Texas A&M is seeking to hire a distance education full time position to execute upon and manage such programs.  Please refe Texas r any potentially interested distance education persons to the Texas A&M link:   https://jobpath.tamu.edu/postings/83039

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TJSL Ranks #13 in the Nation for Top Graduate Program | Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Posted by William Byrnes on May 1, 2015


TJSL Ranks #13 in the Nation for Top Graduate Program | Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

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Texas A&M hires 9 new law faculty

Posted by William Byrnes on April 13, 2015


http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/intfinlaw/2015/04/texas-am-hires-nine-highly-published-law-faculty.html

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Distance Learning Faculty Enrichment Discussion at University of Arizona College of Law Tomorrow

Posted by William Byrnes on April 8, 2015


University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law will host a faculty enrichment presentation tomorrow April 9 from 12 noon (room 237) (PPT –> Arizona WGDE 4-9-15 Final).

“I will introduce the topic with various empirical studies of distance learning pedagogy and outcomes, before turning teaching phototo the findings of the Work Group of Distance Learning for Legal Education’s Best Practice Recommendations for Distance Learning for Legal Education 2.0,” stated William Byrnes.  “The Work Group is an evolving project of faculty and administrators participating from approximately 83 ABA law schools, representative of the four tiers, and its Recommendations are collaboratively developed and authored over a four year period.”

“In 2014 the American Bar Association revised Standard 306 “Distance Education”, expanding opportunities and flexibility for institutions to leverage technological advances within the JD academic curriculum.” explained Byrnes. “The ABA initially acquiesced to an online LL.M. in 1998.  Yet, it is since the initial inception of the Work Group in 2010 that most of the 48 LL.M.s offered online by 30 ABA full approved law schools have been founded.” Byrnes exclaimed, “One ABA law school, William Mitchell, even received a variance to offer a hybrid, partially residential / partially online, JD.  It matriculated 85 candidates in its pioneer class, at its normal LSAT range.”

“As of 2015, nearly all ABA law schools offer the opportunity for an academic experience at a distance for J.D. students,” concluded Byrnes. “But many are still not leveraging communication technologies to enhance that experience and to assist with producing better learning outcomes”.

previous remarks available at Alternative Methods of Teaching and the Effectiveness of Distance Learning for Legal Education

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Distance Learning for Legal Education March 12-14 (Thursday – Saturday) in San Fran

Posted by William Byrnes on March 4, 2015


Register without delay (and without cost) for the Distance Learning for Legal Education workgroup next week (March 12-14, Thursday – Saturday) in exciting San Fran.

Ashley Dymond (Hastings) and Gary Heald (Georgetown) have accomplished an extraordinary job of designing the agenda, graciously hosted by Hastings College of Law in San Fran.  This is the Work Group’s 8th gathering as a distinct workgroup since 2011, and 14th including 2010’s Future Eds and AALS.

Why should a Dean approve a travel budget for this workgroup?  The American Bar Association initially acquiesced to an online LL.M. in 1998.  Yet, it is since the initial inception of the Work Group in 2010 that most of the 47 LL.M.s offered online by 29 ABA full approved law schools have been founded.  As of 2015, a majority of ABA law schools offer the opportunity for an online academic experience for J.D. students.  One ABA law school has received a variance to offer a hybrid, partially residential / partially online, JD.

Who attends?  Deans, Administrators, and Faculty from at least 83 ABA law schools and other stakeholders, such as foreign and U.S. academic institutions, publishers, and technology companies, have attended.  Normally between 50 – 75 per workshop, and 100 for the AALS breakfasts.

What is the deliverable for a Dean?  Guaranteed, collaborative engagement in discussions, writing, and editing that create the attached Work Group’s recommendations.  These best practice recommendations have been designed to adoptable by institutions and stakeholders through their adaptability and will form a component of a Distance Education policy. Everyone becomes a contributor, hence the name “work group”.  Attendees become the leader of the distance education pedagogical and policy discussions at home institutions.

There is no fee – but the host Hastings needs an RSVP for food and beverage.  Thus, please register by Thursday March 5th for the headcount – everything you need to know about location, transportation, accommodation is on the website.

Effectiveness of Distance Learning for Legal Educationhttp://ssrn.com/author=339796 

Much obliged for you to share this workshop with your colleagues – William Byrnes

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Two Powerhouses Announce Joint International Tax LLM

Posted by William Byrnes on January 27, 2015


Logo Starting September 2015, University of Amsterdam will offer an Advanced LL.M. of International Taxation in English, limited to just 25 annual candidates from around the world.  Applications for one of these seats are open until April.

Renown international tax academic and lawyer Dr. Dennis Weber shared with the Financial Law Prof: “The Advanced LL.M. of International Tax Lawis a full-time, one-year program.  The curriculum covers both the established framework of international tax law and emerging issues. A fundamental premise is that a proper understanding of this area of the law requires studying both the “big picture” and the technicalities.”

Weber-dennis-hoogleraar-fdr-fotograaf-gerth-van-roden-web“Moreover”, he continued, “the OECD BEPS project is on every tax counsel’s mind, and such discussions normally involve The Netherlands because, as a business friendly jurisdiction for fifty years, it has attracted multinational operations, employment and tax revenue using a ‘carrot’ policy.  Other countries are competing for multinationals’ operations, employment and tax revenue with a ‘stick’ policy of imposing high compliance costs to dissuade international activities.  The next five years will be an interesting time as the G20 goes head to head to try to peel away these operations and tax revenue from each other.”

“The IBFD is very excited about joining forces with the University of Amsterdam to create an LLM with a teaching programme that is based firmly on the research activities of both institutions and offers a combined theoretical and practical analysis of international tax law.” elaborated Prof. Dr Pasquale Pistone, Chair of the IBFD’s Academic Committee.

“There has never been a more exciting time to study international tax law than now” continued Dr. Joanna Wheeler, “the topic is firmly on the public agenda and you can see the whole field developing before your eyes just by reading the news.”

“I am delighted that the longstanding relationship between the UvA and IBFD has resulted in such a promising LLM programme, a programme that takes a holistic and policy-oriented view to taxation and that perfectly fits the current era.” said Prof. Dr Stef van Weeghel.  Dr. Weber added, “Studying international tax law in one of the most relaxed cities in the world: a perfect combination.”

Prof. William Byrnes iterated “Dr. Dennis Weber has developed a game changer in Europe with his international tax program, combining the academic quality of University of Amsterdam with the industry reputation of the IBFD.”

Learn more about international students studying in Amsterdam via YouTube

 

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Welcome this week from University of Amsterdam Centre for Tax Law

Posted by William Byrnes on January 19, 2015


Logo_uva1 Welcome from Amsterdam !  Each year the Amsterdam Centre for Tax Law (of the University of Amsterdam Law Faculty) organizes its Winter Course on International Tax Law.

This year theme is “Tax treaty application“.  The Winter Course on International Tax Law focuses on the practical problems of tax treaty application. It aims at bringing the participants’ knowledge up-to-date with recent OECD developments, major issues on tax treaty interpretation, as well as relevant case-law on tax treaties around the world.

Prof. Dennis Weber, Director of the ACTL,  has assembled a leading program faculty including Prof. Peter Watel(UvA) (who lectured me at a UvA tax student 23 year ago); Prof. Hein Vermeulen (UvA/PwC);  Prof. Stef van Weeghel (UvA/PwC); Prof. Bruno De Silva (UvA); Prof. Otto Marres (UvA/KPMG); Prof. Joanna Wheeler(IBFD/UvA); Jasper Arendse (Directorate of International Affairs Dutch Ministry of Finance); Melinda Brown (OECD); and myself, Prof. William Byrnes.

My topic examines the protocols, mechanisms and expanding scope of information exchange via bilateral and multilateral agreements.  FATCA, OECD CRS and Global Initiatives, EU Expanded Savings Directive EOI, TIEAs fall within this topic, as well as tax certification forms and validation, data collection, discernment and distribution.

The Amsterdam Centre for Tax Law (ACTL) is the tax law research centre of the University of Amsterdam. ACTL members conduct research into various subjects of tax law, with a strong emphasis on Corporate Taxation, International Tax Law and European Tax Law.

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$2 Billion Available for 2015 International Educational Exchange in Federal Appropriations

Posted by William Byrnes on January 8, 2015


read about it at International Financial Law Prof Blog.

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Highly Recommended Persuasion/Soft Skills Training

Posted by William Byrnes on November 5, 2014


My long time friend and colleague, Ross Jeffries is holding a soft skills/persuasion training in Los Angeles, January 23, 24 and 25th that I urge you to attend.

I first met Ross over 7 years ago; I had heard his name mentioned in many events on the subject and had a look at this work.  I was so impressed I actually went to the effort of paying for an event where he was guest speaking, just so I could meet him.  I can say this without hesitation: he knows more about persuasion and how language can move people’s emotions, decisions and actions that anyone else I have ever met.

As you know, getting your message across(whether in print or in person) and changing minds is a major and important part of a career in law, especially if your focus is business.

If you are a student and want to enroll, or just find out more, go here:  http://www.persuasionmastercamp.com/tjstudent/ Student enrollment is limited to 10 people.

If you are an alumni, go here: http://www.persuasionmastercamp.com. Use the code JEFFERSON and receive a 20% discount on the event.  Room seating is limited to 100 people, and his trainings are quite interactive.

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Learn About the Federal Tax System

Posted by William Byrnes on October 6, 2014


IRS logo

Want to learn about the federal tax system?  

Did you know there’s a free, online program to help teachers and students learn the “hows” and “whys” of taxes? The IRS calls it “Understanding Taxes.” It was designed by the IRS and teachers to make learning about federal taxes as easy as A-B-C.

  • Accessible (web-based)
  • Brings learning to life
  • Comprehensive

Here are six more reasons to check out the Understanding Taxes program:

1. There are thirty-nine easy, relevant and fun lessons available 24/7.

2. A student can quickly look through the program and skip around.

3. A series of tax tutorials guides through the basics of tax preparation.  Another feature is a chance to test knowledge through tax trivia. There’s also a glossary of tax terms.

4. Teachers can customize the interactive program.  It’s easy to add to a school’s curriculum.

5. No need to register or login to use the program.

6. The program is a great way to learn about the history and theory of taxes in the USA.

IRS YouTube Videos:

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White Paper – Alternative Methods of Teaching and the Effectiveness of Distance Learning for Legal Education

Posted by William Byrnes on August 26, 2014


Professor William Byrnes, Associate Dean for Graduate and Distance Education Programs at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, released remarks in the form of a white paper about teaching photodistance education methodologies called Alternative Methods of Teaching and The Effectiveness of Distance Learning For Legal Education.  The white paper makes the case for combining traditional classroom learning with online education because it is cost effective, accessible, flexible, and addresses the biggest criticism of legal education today, the lack of law school graduates who can think and practice law.  The white paper covers such topics as –

  • U.S. Department of Education’s Review of the Effectiveness of Distance Learning
  • Developing Learning Outcomes
  • Occupational Outcomes Framing Learning Outcomes
  • Information Acquisition
  • Information Delivery
  • Learning Communities
  • Learning Media
  • Learner Motivation
  • Knowledge Acquisition
  • Learning Tools

In his white paper, Professor Byrnes argues that a challenge for institutions and faculty for the pedagogical development of distance learning is to facilitate deep learning and understanding through the creation of learning materials and opportunities for various learning experiences.

in officeProfessor Byrnes explains, “The goal is to implement best practices in law schools across the country to the benefit of our esteemed institutions, our law students and the legal system at large.”  To this end, he is a primary driver of the invitation-only Work Group for Distance Learning in Legal Education that will finalize its Best Practice Report at its 10th development meeting (see https://www.eventbrite.com/e/working-group-for-distance-learning-in-legal-education-fall-2014-meeting-registration-12051364957).

White Paper: Byrnes, William H., Alternative Methods of Teaching and the Effectiveness of Distance Learning for Legal Education (August 27, 2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2487679

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Online Legal Education – Developing a Program or Course

Posted by William Byrnes on August 8, 2014


A Review of the Development of an Internet Delivered LL.M Program in the United States

The article comprises four sections. Part 1 addresses the economics reasons for, and logistics considerations of, the Internet-delivered Program. Part 2 reviews the pedagogical in officeapproach to legal education employed in the United States, criticisms thereof, and finally examines an emerging pedagogical trend in the United Kingdom. Part 3 reviews the teaching tools employed in the Program, and Part 4 reviews the practical aspects of developing the Program and obtaining American Bar Association (ABA) acquiescence, and reviews the Internet-delivered law courses that came before it. Finally, the article concludes with some personal observations.

The Decision Process …

Before making the decision to offer an Internet delivered Masters of Law program, integration of the Internet with legal education must be a matter of strategic thinking by the Faculty and Administration. A law school should consider several issues in its decision to pursue integration between legal education and the Internet. From a pedagogical perspective (addressed in Part 2 below), a law school’s faculty may determine a need to provide a complementary methodology for its legal teaching methods. Collaterally, the law school may want to stay in the academic and technology forefront relative to competitor law schools. The law school may also want to maintain or increase the student body size beyond the law school’s geographical boundary.

teaching photoReasons for this cause may be financial in light of local competition or a decrease in the local student market. Alternatively, it may be pedagogical, i.e; to increase student diversity, including the intake of foreign students. The law school may need to expand, for niche subjects, a class or program’s size beyond the law school’s geographical boundary for reasons of the course or program’s financial viability or student diversity. The law school should also consider whether law school’s mission may require providing legal education to geographical areas without law schools or to persons without access to local legal education, for example, economically disadvantaged persons.

After deciding whether to pursue Internet delivered legal education, the institution must then address its position regarding the pedagogy of legal education via the Internet.  The faculty discussion will likely produce heated debate between the monastic school traditionalists and the technological pioneers. Finally, the institution must address the issue of potential Internet integration while maintaining compliance with the: … read the 47 page at SSRN

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Reinventing the Legal Industry: Airbnb Hosts San Francisco LegalTech Startup Weekend

Posted by William Byrnes on August 7, 2014


First legal vertical Startup Weekend to disrupt legal industry by creating actionable solutions to intractable problems

San Francisco, Calif – August 15, 2014 – Registration is ongoing for the first legal technology Startup eventvertical Startup Weekend, set to take place from August 15-17 at Airbnb HQ in San Francisco. The LegalTech Startup Weekend organizing team invites everyone passionate about law, design, policy, data analytics, information architecture and building elegant solutions to join this weekend of innovation.

Why legal technology?

This potential for meaningful impact – and profit – is also attracting investors to the legal tech space, with investments leaping to $458 million from $66 million in 2012. The average valuation of legal tech companies currently stands at $4.2 million, and analysts expect continued exponential growth.

The intersection of law and technology presents unique challenges and exciting opportunities for growth and creativity for developers, designers, and legal industry insiders. Recent years have seen a surge of answers to law’s need for innovation: e-discovery tools, contract generation apps, law practice management SaaS, virtual firms, and websites are beginning to radically change the way lawyers research, consult and provide legal services. A wide range of possibilities remain for new startups to join companies like LegalZoom and Clio in integrating tech into solutions for consumers, attorneys, businesses, and the government.

Sign up on Eventbrite & check us out on Twitter and Facebook.  For more information, email the organizing team at legalsf@startupweekend.org.

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William Byrnes presents at LATAM International Tax Congress | Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Posted by William Byrnes on June 18, 2014


William Byrnes presents at LATAM International Tax Congress | Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

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Webcast Today at 11AM Pacific: Building a Retirement Plan: Is the Roth IRA Still A Viable Vehicle – and if Not, What Is?

Posted by William Byrnes on June 12, 2014


Complimentary Webcast today!!!

Building a Retirement Plan: Is the Roth IRA Still A Viable Vehicle – and if Not, What Is?

Professor William H. Byrnes, Associate Dean, International Tax & Financial Services, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Bruce Guillemette, Vice President, Advanced Markets Case Design, AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company

Bill Coffin, Group Editorial Director, National Underwriter Life & Health

http://www.lifehealthpro.com/webseminars/building-a-retirement-plan-is-the-roth-ira-still-a

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International Tax Law degree – interactive online – LL.M. or Ph.D. level

Posted by William Byrnes on May 12, 2014


If you are interested in discussing the online Master or Doctoral degree in international taxation and financial services, then please fill out the request for an appointment below and comment whether you prefer Skype-Video or Google Video-Hangout (or just a phone call).  My office at the law school in San Diego is (619) 961-4211 or add me on Skype “professorbyrnes”. My Google Hangouts is email: profbyrnes@gmail.com

Meet a couple PhD Alumni Google-YouTube webinar of May 7, 2014: http://youtu.be/ho2Qn3KpzqE

Meet Alumni webinar: http://mastersinlaw.tjsl.edu/news-resouces/recorded-webinars/webinar-03-31-2011/

Meet Alumni webinar: http://mastersinlaw.tjsl.edu/news-resouces/recorded-webinars/webinar-06-29-2011/

Meet Alumni webinar: http://mastersinlaw.tjsl.edu/news-resouces/recorded-webinars/webinar-02-28-2012/

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complimentary download Lexis’ FATCA Guide Chapter 1

Posted by William Byrnes on May 8, 2014


complimentary chapter download: http://www.lexisnexis.com/store/images/samples/9780769853734.pdf

(Chapter updates since November 2013 are available at https://profwilliambyrnes.com/category/fatca/)book cover

The LexisNexis® Guide to FATCA Compliance (2nd Edition) comprises 34 Chapters of the analysis of 50 FATCA experts grouped in three parts: compliance program (Chapters 1–4), analysis of FATCA regulations (Chapters 5–16) and analysis of Intergovernmental Agreements (IGAs) and local law compliance requirements (Chapters 17–34), including  information exchange protocols and systems.  The 34 chapters include many practical examples to assist a compliance officer contextualize the regulations, IGA provisions, and national rules enacted pursuant to an IGA.  Chapters include by example an in-depth analysis of the categorization of trusts pursuant to the Regulations and IGAs, operational specificity of the mechanisms of information capture, management and exchange by firms and between countries, and insights as to the application of FATCA and the IGAs for BRIC and European country chapters.  

If you are interested in discussing the online Master or Doctoral degree in international taxation and financial services, then please call, skype, or email me.  My office in San Diego at (619) 961-4211 or skype with me “professorbyrnes”. Email: profbyrnes@gmail.com

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Cloning your Client webinar on Wednesday, April 2 at 8am PDT (sponsorship eliminates enrollment fee!)

Posted by William Byrnes on March 26, 2014


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Advisys is sponsoring a webinar on Client Prospecting with Thomas Jefferson’s Associate Dean William Byrnes, the author of the newly released book National Underwriter Sales Essentials: Managing Your Agency.   The sponsored webinar is Wednesday April 2 at 8am Pacific, thus you may enroll without cost!

“While America is experiencing its greatest transfer of wealth, the senior level ‘baby boomer’ financial advisors are retiring out of the market,” explained Associate Dean William Byrnes.  “The next five years presents substantial opportunities for this generation of financial advisors who exercise best networking and face-to-face practices.”

“Many young professionals unproductively spin their wheels when it comes to growing their client base,” interjected co-author Robert Bloink. “The online Thomas Jefferson graduate program is competitive because most faculty members like myself brings decades of business experience into the classroom and keep our students eye on the ball – developing their client books.

“The National Underwriter Sales Essentials Series combines all of the most practical, proven sales techniques advisors need to convert prospects into customers, win new business, and to grow sales,” added Rick Kravitz Managing Director of the National Underwriter Professional Publishing Division. “The Life & Health Sales Essentials focuses on the selling skills and techniques essential to achieving success—prospecting for new business and the demands of running an agency.”  

William Byrnes continued, “I invite you to attend the upcoming webinar wherein we will discuss topics such as How to Clone Your Clients, What`s Your Point of Difference?, The ‘Ben Franklin Method’ For Winning People Over, How to Cultivate a Network of Endless Referrals, and Marketing to the Millennials.  We will focus on client cloning, including: asking intriguing questionsC2C qualified introductions, and client crowd sourcing.” 

Advisys is the creator of the Back Room Technician financial planning platform,” related its President Ken Kerr. “With over 40,000 users and more than three decades of experience, Advisys has insight into the most popular and effective client presentations used today. Advisys helps its partners to be their best when face-to-face with clients and prospects.” 

TJSL Banner Webinar <— fill in for more information about Professor William Byrnes’ financial professionals program!

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TJSL Tax Law Society Hosts Dr. Dennis Weber Tuesday, March 25

Posted by William Byrnes on March 19, 2014


Dennis picFor event details and rsvp information see > TJSL Tax Law Society Will Host International Tax Professor

Dr. Weber heads the European Direct Tax Law practice at Loyens & Loeff, the largest European continental law firm.  He specializes in advising clients in European tax law proceedings for the Dutch courts, the European Court of Justice and foreign courts. Dr. Weber is a professor of European Corporate Tax Law and the director of the University of Amsterdam’s Centre for Tax Law. He is a deputy judge in the regional Court of Appeal of ‘s-Hertogenbosch and an editor of many books, such as: Taking the Financial Sector (IBFD), EU Income Tax Law: Issues for the Years Ahead (IBFD) and Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB): Selected Issues (Kluwer). 

“I met Dr. Weber last year during a Thomas Jefferson Tax Law Society career service event when he revealed how Holland is often the center of the world of international finance, and how tax law students can take advantage of often overlooked employment opportunities in this area,” explained the Tax Law Society’s Vice President of Operations Mark Hackmann (3L). “I was excited to obtain a generous sponsorship from Professor William Byrnes for the Tax Society to bring Dr. Weber back to campus to re-engage with our students.”

See the event announcement and details at TJSL Tax Law Society Will Host International Tax Professor

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2nd book released for Sales Essentials Series – Managing Your Agency!

Posted by William Byrnes on March 13, 2014


National Underwriter Sales Essentials: Managing Your Agency, the second book by Associate Dean William Byrnes in this soft skills series, released March 3rd.

“The National Underwriter Sales Essentials Series combines all of the most practical, proven sales techniques advisors need to convert prospects into customers, win new business, and to grow sales,” added Rick Kravitz Managing Director of the National Underwriter Professional Publishing Division. “The Life & Health Sales Essentials focuses on the selling skills and techniques essential to achieving success—prospecting for new business and the demands of running an agency.”  

Byrnes book Managing your Agency“While America is experiencing its greatest transfer of wealth, the senior level ‘baby boomer’ financial advisors are retiring out of the market,” explained Associate Dean William Byrnes.  “The next five years presents substantial opportunities for this generation of attorneys and financial advisors who exercise best networking and face-to-face practices.”

“Many young professionals unproductively spin their wheels when it comes to growing their client base,” interjected Robert Bloink. “The Walter H. Diamond Graduate Program, available online, is competitive because most faculty members like myself brings decades of business experience into the classroom and keep our students eye on the ball – developing their client books.”

William Byrnes added, “We invite our readers to the upcoming April 2 webinar wherein we will discuss topics such as How to Clone Your Clients, What`s Your Point of Difference?, The ‘Ben Franklin Method’ For Winning People Over, How to Cultivate a Network of Endless Referrals, and Marketing to the Millennials. Just email me to join the webinar.”

“For advisors that live in Southern California, I’ll be discussing ‘Prospecting in the Twenty-First Century’ on April 16 for a noon panel at the San Diego County Bar Association.”

For the April 2 (8am Pacific, 11am Eastern) > webinar link < or email williambyrnes@gmail.com

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William Byrnes authors new book on Client Prospecting for Sales Essentials Series

Posted by William Byrnes on March 7, 2014


On February 10, 2014 National Underwriter released its book Sales Essentials: Prospecting by Associate Dean William Byrnes.

“The National Underwriter Sales Essentials Series combines all of the most practical, proven sales techniques advisors, agents, brokers, producers, sales managers or agency owners need to convert prospects into customers, win new business, and to grow sales,” related Rick Kravitz Managing Director of the Professional Publishing Division. “The Life & Health Sales Essentials focuses on the selling skills and techniques essential to achieving success—prospecting for new business and the demands of running an agency.”  

“My co-author Robert Bloink and I wanted to write from a different focus than our tax books” explained William Byrnes.  “We uncovered that many financial professionals, accountants and attorneys aren’t taught the necessary soft skills in business and law school to develop and manage a sustainable practice after graduation.  This book addresses the soft skills necessary to be the firm ‘rainmaker’ and build a client base.”

Robert Bloink added, “Most young professionals don’t understand that the most valuable skill is the ability to attract and maintain clients.  In the current legal market, there are twice as many graduates as good positions – it’s an employer’s market.  Byrnes book on Prospecting

“In this new book we cover such topics as How to Clone Your Clients, What`s your Point of Difference?, The ‘Ben Franklin Method’ For Winning People Over, How to Cultivate A Network of Endless Referrals, and Marketing to the Millennials,” said William Byrnes. 

“I invite my readers to attend a soft skills webinar based upon the book, sponsored by Advisys, where Robert and I will be speaking about obtaining and maintaining clients. Hundreds of professionals attended our March 5 webinar that focused on lead development.  April 2 will focus on client cloning, including: asking intriguing questionsC2C qualified introductionsrepeating your successful formulae and finally, client crowd sourcing

William Byrnes continued “Jeremy Evans (Thomas Jefferson ’11) invited me to discuss on April 16 at the San Diego County Bar Association ‘Prospecting in the Twenty-First Century’ for a noon panel.”

The book is available at National Underwriter Sales Essentials: Prospecting

To Join the no-cost April 2 Webinar, contact WilliamByrnes@gmail.com

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Renown International Tax professor and lawyer, Dr. Dennis Weber, presents at Tax Society lunch

Posted by William Byrnes on February 28, 2014


On Tuesday, March 25 at 12 p.m. the Tax Society will host the renown International Tax academic and lawyer Dr. Dennis Weber.  Dr. Weber will discuss his advisory practice for cross border tax cases, and that of Loyens & Loeff where he is head of the European Direct Tax Law practice, before the European Court of Justice.  Loyens & Loeff is the largest European continental law firm.

“I met Dr. Dennis Weber last year during a Thomas Jefferson Tax Society career service event when he revealed how Holland is often the center of the world of international finance, and how tax law students can take advantage of often overlooked employment opportunities in this area,” explained Tax Society Liaison Mark Hackman.  “I was excited to obtain a generous sponsorship from William Byrnes for the Tax Society to bring Dr. Dennis Weber back to campus to re-engage with our students.” 

Dennis pic

“I look forward to returning to Thomas Jefferson, this time to discuss tax cases recently before the ECJ that are impacting the European Union common market,” Dennis Weber iterated.

“Moreover”, he continued, “the OECD BEPS project is on every tax counsel’s mind, and such discussions normally involve The Netherlands because, as a business friendly jurisdiction for fifty years, it has attracted multinational operations, employment and tax revenue using a ‘carrot’ policy.  Other countries are competing for multinationals’ operations, employment and tax revenue with a ‘stick’ policy of imposing high compliance costs to dissuade international activities.  The next five years will be an interesting time as the G20 goes head to head to try to peel away these operations and tax revenue from each other.”

Mark Hackman continued. “We hope to attract the next generation of candidates to learn about Professor Byrnes’ international networking and publication opportunities through his Thomas Jefferson courses.  My tenure with the Tax Society has been rewarding and helped me obtain my position with the San Diego County Tax Collector, and now it’s time to pass this torch.”

 “Dr. Weber and I will continue to explore online possibilities for joint international tax courses for our programs that may bring additional benefits for the undergraduate law degree, based on our discussions in January with the UvA Law Dean Edgar du Perron,” revealed Associate Dean Byrnes.

Dennis Weber affirmed, “Our faculty has been impressed with Professor Byrnes’ lectures and academic interactions with us, and this has led me to return to Thomas Jefferson to continue to develop the relationship.  We have invited him to lecture with our faculty for our Colombian university partnership programs in May.”

“The Tax Society is organizing an April lunch discussion with Dr. Valcir Gassen, who is spending the year at Thomas Jefferson through the support of Brazil’s Ministry of Education CAPES Foundation”, interjected Mr. Hackmann.  “Dr. Gassen will talk with students about Brazil-U.S. trade and investment, and divulge opportunities for Thomas Jefferson law graduates.”

RSVP for the on-campus Tax Society lunch Tuesday, March 25 to Mark Hackman at hackmamm@tjsl.edu

Dr. Dennis Weber is a professor of European Corporate Tax Law and the director of the University of Amsterdam’s Centre for Tax Law.  He is an author of many books, such as Taxation of Companies – Capital Gains on Shares; the EU Treaty Freedoms (IBFD) and CCCTB: Selected Issues (Kluwer).  He heads the European direct tax law practice at Loyens & Loeff and specializes in advising clients in European tax law proceedings for the Dutch courts, the European Court of Justice and foreign courts. He is also a deputy judge in the regional court of appeal of ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

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Sales Essentials: Prospecting and Referrals on Wednesday March 5

Posted by William Byrnes on February 27, 2014


Byrnes book on ProspectingOn Wednesday March 5 (Prof. Robert Bloink) and on Wednesday April 2 (Assoc. Dean William Byrnes) are presenting on 2 soft skills topics about obtaining and maintaining clients.  March 5 will focus on lead development (see below).  April 2 will focus on client cloning, including: asking intriguing questions, C2C qualified introductionsrepeating your successful  formulae and finally, client crowd sourcing.

The webinars, kindly sponsored (thus no cost to attendees) by our friends at Advisys and its Back Room Technician platform, are based on the content from our newly released book in the National Underwriter Sales Essentials series: http://www.nationalunderwriter.com/national-underwriter-sales-essentials-life-health-prospecting-1.html (National Underwriter Sales Essentials: Prospecting)

Complicated products and financial strategies make the need for intelligent financial guidance more important than ever before. However, providing effective guidance is now more time consuming than ever. You must be both knowledgeable and service oriented to advise clients successfully. 

Wednesday, March 5th at
11:00 AM ET / 10:00 AM CT / 8:00 AM PT

“Sales Essentials: Prospecting and Referrals”  Enroll now >>

Robert is co-author of The National Underwriter Company’s soon to be published book, Sales Essentials: Prospecting, along with William H. Byrnes, Esq., LL.M, CWM. In the past five years, Robert worked to put in force in excess of $2 billion of death benefit for insurance industry producers. His financial products practice incorporates sophisticated wealth transfer techniques as well as counseling institutions about their insurance portfolios. He is a professor of tax for the Graduate Program of International Tax and Financial Services, Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
Robert joins us through special arrangements with the National Underwriter Company, the industry’s leading publisher of expert authored reference materials
for insurance, tax and financial planning professionals.

A few of the important topics we’ll cover include:

  • Phases of relationship building to cultivate a web of clients and referrals.
  • In-person networking: cultivating prospects and referrals through meetings at local events.
  • How to build relationships by adding value to the prospect’s business in the initial stages of the relationship.
  • The importance of focusing on the prospect and leaving detailed discussions of the financial professional’s business goals for later.
  • How to recognize when it’s time to close the deal. (Hint: when the prospect or referral knows, likes and trusts the advisor.)

Register Now – Click Here

This 45-minute webinar will be loaded with content and suggestions that can be used immediately with your next customer appointment or prospect. Learn the best practices of today’s top producers and advisors. Create success with a small-time commitment.

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Tax and Financial Professionals online program

Posted by William Byrnes on February 20, 2014


When William Byrnes returned to the United States in 1998 to establish the International Finance and Taxation program leveraging online communication technologies, both international tax programs and distance learning programs were in their infancy. Through engaging a renown and talented faculty of industry professionals, and the support of an immensely engaged student body from professional and financial service firms, the international tax program blossomed over the past 15 years to become a cutting edge industry leader that it is today. Just recently, National Law Journal wrote “Perhaps no one in legal academia has more experience with online master’s degrees than William Byrnes, Associate Dean for Graduate and Distance Education Programs at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.” (May 20, 2013)

Each year William Byrnes chooses fourteen international tax students from the graduate online program to assist within tax compendium published by LexisNexis, WoltersKluwer, National Underwriter Co. (the Tax Facts series), and Merten’s Federal Income Taxation. By the time these students have reached international alumni status, many have developed into authors with several chapter and article citations.

William Byrnes created this graduate program around the needs of tax and financial professionals looking for advancement and efficiency for their career, be that to attract new clientele with global issues, better manage the budgets of outside international counsel, or to enhance their CV for the next round of promotion. Explore an international tax & financial services career by listening to his interview responses, then interacting with him via Skype or Google Hangout.

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Professor Byrnes Lectures for University of Amsterdam’s International Tax Program

Posted by William Byrnes on January 22, 2014


UvA teaching

Following his October presentation in Moscow at Moscow Finance University organized with University of Amsterdam, Professor William Byrnes was invited to lecture last week for the intersession international tax course of the University of Amsterdam’s Centre for Tax Law. While at the University of Amsterdam, he engaged with Dean Dr. Edgar du Perron on collaborative distance education opportunities, and attended the European Law Student Association’s (ELSA) annual Groot Juridisch Dictee of the Amsterdam chapter.

William Byrnes noted, Dr. Dennis Weber, the Director of the Amsterdam Centre for Tax Law, is a renowned jurist and author on tax issue brought before the European Court of Justice. He is frequently referred to as a powerhouse among European Tax Law faculty. In 2015, Amsterdam will begin offering the LL.M. of International Taxation in English for a very selective group of professionals. With his robust full-time tax faculty and cadre of Ph.D. candidates from around the world, I expect it to quickly become the premier international tax degree within Europe, perhaps globally.” 

Professor Dennis Weber included, “I visited Thomas Jefferson’s campus last February when I lectured to its tax students about international tax risk management and also about practical aspects of careers in the tax field.  I became very intrigued with how Associate Dean William Byrnes dynamically engaged students on campus and worldwide through leveraging communication and multimedia technologies. We are investigating potentially collaborating on joint online initiatives in the future and look forward to discussing these further when I return  to San Diego this March to deliver my next international tax lectures.”

UvA Dean“Of all my international invitations” Professor Byrnes added, “University of Amsterdam is my favorite because I am an alumni and have fond memories and friends from my three years on campus when I studied international tax law, and participating as an active member of ELSA Amsterdam.  The University of Amsterdam led to my initial academic opportunities in South Africa because my fellowship dissertation on transfer pricing profit-margin based methodologies was, at that time, quite unique and South Africa was re-thinking its tax system.  With the G20 and OECD’s new agenda against base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS), transfer pricing is now a prominent topic of study in most tax law programs, but two decades ago only Amsterdam offered me the opportunity to delve deeply into it via a shared research program at the IBFD.”cts of careers in the tax field.  I became very intrigued with how Associate Dean William Byrnes dynamically engaged students on campus and worldwide through leveraging communication and multimedia technologies. We are investigating potentially collaborating on joint online initiatives in the future and look forward to discussing these further when I return  to San Diego this March to deliver my next international tax lectures.”

UvA ELSA

Professor Byrnes continued, “Also, Dr. Weber, Bruno Da Silva, and I had the opportunity to discuss several future collaborative publications stretching out through 2015 and beyond, including authoring a Lexis book on international tax for the Asian academic and professional market to be translated into several local languages, reworking a Lexis publication on tax treaties, and finally, expansion of my Lexis transfer pricing publication from the U.S. perspective to a global, comparative approach.  Bruno Da Silva, who is just completing his doctoral candidacy at UvA on the topic of information exchange, and I just collaborated on the second edition of LexisNexis Guide to FATCA Compliance.  His representation of the China Territory of Macau, his OECD research and his work with Loyens and Loeff is establishing him as a leader among his European colleagues for understanding cross border information information flows.”

“Moreover, I explored with Dr. Edgar du Perron, Dean of University of Amsterdam Faculty of Law, and Dr. Weber the ‘flipping the classroom’ approach to distance education and how we may implement some joint international tax courses in this regard that can receive status as professional designations from various financial service authorities and associations.  Such courses could become the starting point for Amsterdam to leverage for the undergraduate law courses.  It was interesting to learn from Dean Perron that a group of entrepreneurial Amsterdam law students have captured lecture recordings of some of their courses, splicing them into multimedia course outlines and then selling them, albeit potentially without obtaining the faculty members authorization.”

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William Byrnes Presents at Moscow Conferences

Posted by William Byrnes on October 31, 2013


Byrnes pic of FU conference

Associate Dean William Byrnes recently returned from a week in Moscow (October 21 – 25) wherein he participated in two conferences, a presentation to the tax and transfer pricing partners at Pepeliaev (one of the largest Russian law firms), and meetings with government Ministry officials.  Professor Byrnes, a renown international tax academic, was invited and sponsored by the Financial University of the Russian Federation and the University of Amsterdam’s Centre for Tax Law.

A conference organized by the Moscow branch of the International Financial Association, the world’s leading 20,000 member organization for the study of international fiscal policy matters, was held at Morgan Stanley’s Moscow office.  William Byrnes joined presenters from the tax law faculty of the University of Amsterdam, including Dr. Dennis Weber, Dr. Stef van Weeghel, and Dr. Hein Vermeulen, as well as Bart Zoetmulder from the law firm Loyens and Loeff, Continental Europe’s largest.  Byrnes participation included analyzing the impact of various aspects of the forthcoming United States and Russian intergovernmental agreement for automatic financial information exchange.

Professor Byrnes said: “I think that Dr. Dennis Weber, a powerhouse among European Tax Law professors, took notice of my academic work because I am an actual graduate from the University of Amsterdam wherein I studied international tax law and from there I began my international tax career.”

Byrnes continued: “The Amsterdam Centre for Tax Law Director, Dr. Dennis Weber, sponsored by his university, visited Thomas Jefferson’s campus and presented lectures to our residential students on the often overlooked world of international tax management opportunities.  After our engaging discussions in Moscow about overlapping mutual opportunities, I am just now working out the logistics for our sponsorship of his return in March for a deeper engagement with the Tax Society, led by 2nd year student Mark Hackman, the 3rd year law students leveraging my publications programs for their career development, and myself to complete discussions exploring the potential to offer a couple joint programs in a hybrid residential-online format.”

Financial University and the University of Amsterdam hosted a conference on emerging international tax issues in the context of the Russian Federation’s tax administration.  William Byrnes joined high level presenters from the Ministry of Finance, from the Tax Administration, and tax professors from Financial University and from the University of Amsterdam.

Dr. Weber stated: “Dean Byrnes made a very inspirational speech during the conference. We already asked him if he wants to teach during our new International Tax Law master program in Amsterdam. Our students will like and learn a lot from the way he combines law, tax policy and economics.”

William Byrnes said: “My contribution to this day-long discussion forum was to shed light on alternative perspectives of US tax policy than normally heard by Russian or Dutch tax officials, a role in which I think I succeeded based upon the interest in my presentation.  I’ve been asked by my Dutch colleagues for my macro-economic analysis work of tax-regulatory impact as well as information on effective rates resulting from US international tax policy in that it may be useful for current far-reaching legislative developments in their country.”

Dean William Byrnes continued: “I had the most interesting meeting with the Advisor to the Minister of Justice, Yury Zudov, wherein we discussed Orthodox theology in the context of society, the development of law, and also for university education.  Before joining the government, Yury Zudov was responsible for international relations for St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University in Moscow, and still serves on its faculty exploring the area of jurisprudence.  Southern California, including San Diego, has a sizeable Orthodox population and the newly established Orthodox St. Katherine college, and thus I foresee future opportunities.”

At the firm of Pepeliaev, Professor William Byrnes and Dr. Dennis Weber presented about leveraging hybrid residential / online education to build and maintain firm knowledge-capacity to its founding partner Sergey Pepelieav, its Head of the Tax Practice Group Leonid Kravchinsky, its transfer pricing partner Valentina Akimova, and its Staff Training and Development Manager Larisa Gerasimova.  Tax Partner Andrey Tereshchenko agreed to author the Russian chapter contribution in Professor Byrnes forthcoming Second edition of Lexis’ Guide to FATCA Compliance, and the firm will contribute to other of Professor Byrnes Lexis and Wolters Kluwer publications.

William Byrnes’ concluded: “Our week of presentations and meetings ended coincidentally with the opening day of Moscow Fashion Week, which like Rio’s, is a vibrant environment for creative designers and advisors to explore these growth markets.”

For more information about the Graduate and Distance Education Programs at TJSL, visit http://mastersinlaw.tjsl.edu/lpap/

For more information about University of Amsterdam Centre for Tax Law, visit http://actl.uva.nl/

William H. Byrnes, IV and Dennis Weber

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Regulatory Impact Analysis Slides for Lectures (Law and Econ Course) 2013

Posted by William Byrnes on October 28, 2013


http://www.slideshare.net/williambyrnes1/regulatory-impact-a-byrnes-2013

Professor William Byrnes’ PowerPoint for the Regulatory Impact Analysis lectures in the Law & Economics course. Study the materials beforehand as class will only be a facilitated discussion of regulatory case studies and policy initiatives

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CaliBUG 2013 chooses Professor William Byrnes’ presentation on distance education pedagogy

Posted by William Byrnes on October 14, 2013


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Last Spring, William Byrnes submitted a presentation proposal to the conference committee on the pedagogical reasons for, and addressing the challenges of, ‘flipping the classroom’, which was inevitably chosen for a forty minute slot.  William Byrnes pioneered online legal education in 1995, thereafter creating the first online LL.M. offered by an ABA accredited law school.   He is a key founding member of the Work Group for Distance Education in Legal Education that in 2013 published “Distance Learning in Legal Education: A Summary of Delivery Models, Regulatory Issues and Recommended Practices”.

William Byrnes said “I invited Jason Fiske to tag team the presentation wherein we swap back and forth at couple minute intervals to continually refresh audience interest.  Listening to one speaker for forty minutes can lead to distraction, fractionating between two complementary styles and perspectives allows the audience to refocus attention.”

William Byrnes and Jason Fiske presented on the topic of flipping the classroom at CaliBUG 2013 held October 11 in San Diego.  CaliBug had 280 attendants this year from California higher education institutions, representing administration and faculty of universities and colleges, as well as some So Cal public high schools.

Byrnes added, “I spoke to the pedagogical justification of flipping the classroom while Jason illustrated through examples how we are flipping the classroom.  By example, we showed captured  screens of videos, study guides, discussion forums, and assessment techniques.”

He continued, “I think it is important to start such distance education discussions by presenting the findings of the US Department of Education Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning –

A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies:

 “the meta-analysis of 50 study effects, 43 of which were drawn from research with older learners, found that students in online conditions performed modestly better, on average, than those learning the same material through traditional face-to-face instruction.’

 “Also during the presentation I drop in the quote from another article that:

 ‘Diverse groups of problems solvers – groups of people with diverse tools – consistently outperform groups of the best & the brightest’.”

 Jason Fiske chimed in, “the presentation today, and the massive interest in the system we are creating shows how the online Graduate Programs continue to lead as thought innovators and leaders in the continually evolving field of online education.”

Byrnes added, “Several institutions’ faculty approached us afterwards to establish follow up conversations.  CaliBUG has presented a very good opportunity for cross-fertilization with public universities in Southern California, like the UCs and Community Colleges, that are now exploring how best to leverage distance education to accomplish their missions of public education, as well as the private universities in attendance like USC, Loyola, and our neighbor USD.”

 

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Interview with William H. Byrnes, IV, Associate Dean at Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Posted by William Byrnes on September 5, 2013


Professor William H. Byrnes was a pioneer of online legal education, creating the first LL.M. offered online through a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. Now as Associate Dean for Graduate & Distance Education Programs at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Professor Byrnes teaches courses including Federal Tax, International Tax, and International Business Transactions. Professor Byrnes has an impressive record in academics and research, and was kind enough to set aside time to speak with MastersinAccounting.info

Read the full interview at > William Byrnes Interview <

How did your professional experiences shape your approach to the classroom?

As a Senior Manager then Associate Director of Coopers & Lybrand, a three year associate to a renowned senior figure in the international tax industry, and undertaking a three year fellowship at the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation on the topic of transfer pricing. I advised clients in many countries. Large diverse multinational groups required a robust sensitivity for intercultural business practices and social differences.

In the nineties, I was a tax professor in South Africa during the time of its change to a full democracy with the corresponding upheavals. During those years, I experienced the challenges of classroom integration of cultures, languages, and economic backgrounds. Moreover, being a pioneer of online education in the field of tax during those years, I developed a pedagogical understanding of knowledge and expertise acquisition, and of mapping education processes to learning outcomes. …. .

I bring all of these experiences holistically to a “flipped” classroom, learner-centered approach.  ….

Read the full interview at > William Byrnes Interview <

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video interview with William Byrnes

Posted by William Byrnes on August 16, 2013


When William Byrnes returned to the United States in 1998 to establish the International Finance and Taxation program leveraging online communication technologies, both international tax programs and distance learning programs were in their infancy. Through engaging a renown and talented faculty of industry professionals, and the support of an immensely engaged student body from professional and financial service firms, the international tax program blossomed over the past 15 years to become a cutting edge industry leader that it is today.

Just recently, National Law Journal wrote “Perhaps no one in legal academia has more experience with online master’s degrees than William Byrnes, Associate Dean for Graduate and Distance Education Programs at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.” (May 20, 2013)

His article that reviews the development of the first Internet delivered LL.M program in the United States may be downloaded at > William Byrnes’ SSRN academic page <

The article comprises four sections: In Part 1 the economics reasons for, and logistics considerations of, the Internet delivered Program are addressed. Part 2 reviews the pedagogical approach to legal education employed in the United States, criticisms thereof, and finally examines an emerging pedagogical trend in the United Kingdom. Part 3 reviews the teaching tools employed in the LL.M. Program, and Part 4 reviews the practical aspects of developing the LL.M. Program, obtaining ABA acquiescence, and reviews the Internet delivered law courses that came before it. Finally, the article concludes with some personal observations.

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political rhetorical reflections while preparing for a lecture…

Posted by William Byrnes on July 30, 2013


Searching for some good examples of American populist rhetoric to amuse a Law and Economics class, I re-stumbled upon William Jennings Bryan’s “Cross of Gold” speech.  For my non-U.S. students, the “Cross of Gold” speech is heralded as one of the best rhetorical speeches delivered in the U.S. Congress.  My memory of grade school, reading Bryan’s folksy style, quickly refreshed with his opening …

“I would be presumptuous, indeed, to present myself against the distinguished gentlemen to whom you have listened if this were but a measuring of ability; but this is not a contest among persons. The humblest citizen in all the land when clad in the armor of a righteous cause is stronger than all the whole hosts of error that they can bring. “ …

And of course his crescendo against the gold standard:

“Having behind us the commercial interests and the laboring interests and all the toiling masses, we shall answer their demands for a gold standard by saying to them, you shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns. You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.”[1]

Many years later, William Jennings Bryan made a recording of this famous speech: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/williamjenningsbryan1896dnc.htm

A week past, chatting with Professor Denis Kleinfeld as he was preparing for his course on International (Offshore) Financial Centers), he referred me author Jay Starkman’s book that includes numerous entertaining anecdotes about tax and U.S. history: The Sex of a Hippopotamus: A Unique History of Taxes and Accountancy. http://www.starkman.com/hippo/index.html (I’ve ordered a copy)

What happenstance to be reminded of Bryan’s Congressional speech in favor of the income tax.  Besides having rhetorical merit near that of the Cross of Gold speech, Bryan provides a brief summary of income tax levied right ‘round the world (well, at least Europe).  This opening certainly beats that of Cross of Gold:

“Mr. Chairman, if this were a mere contest in oratory, no one would be presumptuous enough to dispute the prize with the distinguished gentlemen from New York; but clad in the armor of a righteous cause I dare oppose myself to the shafts of his genius, believing that “pebbles of truth” will be more effective than the “javelin of error,” even when hurled by the giant of the Philistines.”

His income tax speech crescendo in favor of a 2% (aghast!) maximum rate lay prelude to the expatriation regimes of today:

“Of all the mean men I have ever known, I have never known one so mean that I would be willing to say of him that his patriotism was less than 2 per cent deep.”[2]

Now, for my Law & Econ class, I’m quite partial to the rhetoric of Huey P. Long, being that we share that great, sovereign, State of Louisana.  Thus, I went with a couple of his quotes instead.  For those of you who don’t know the folksy speeches of Huey P. Long, a good one-minuter about the (lack of) difference between Republicans and Democrats – view him here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=avGl7k4OGJY

While most political economic students will know his “Every Man a King” radio address (http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/hueyplongking.htm), only students of political rhetoric will have been exposed to his 1928 “Evangeline” campaign speech:

“…It is here under this oak where Evangeline waited for her lover, Gabriel, who never came. This oak is an immortal spot, made so by Longfellow’s poem, but Evangeline is not the only one who has waited here in disappointment.

Where are the schools that you have waited for your children to have, that have never come?

Where are the roads and the highways that you send your money to build, that are no nearer now than ever before?

Where are the institutions to care for the sick and disabled?

Evangeline wept bitter tears in her disappointment, but it lasted only through one lifetime. Your tears in this country, around this oak, have lasted for generations. Give me the chance to dry the eyes of those who still weep here.”


[1] You may read the entire speech compliments of http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5354/

[2] You may read the entire speech compliments of http://www.starkman.com/hippo/history/bryan.shtml

 

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William Byrnes presents for Latin American Chamber of Commerce in Switzerland (LATCAM) and San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA)

Posted by William Byrnes on July 23, 2013


Link to the story at the faculty page of Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Following on his lunch time CLE presentation for the San Diego County Bar Association with Procopio tax partner Patrick Martin, Associate Dean William Byrnes was invited in April to Zurich, Switzerland to deliver a week-long series of workshops on the implications of FATCA for large financial institutions on the LATAM market.  The series of lectures and workshops began with a breakfast conference of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce in Switzerland, and continued through the week with banking workshops for HSBC, UBS, Credit Suisse, Julius Baer, Hinduja Bank, among others.

Professor William Byrnes’ workshop series was sponsored by Amicorp, a global company service provider, via an invitation by Thomas Jefferson international tax alumni and Swiss office managing director, Geralda Buckley.

William Byrnes stated, “I was intrigued to engage with the banks’ FATCA compliance teams in an open discussion format. The rush of back and forth Q&A and thinking on my feet felt like sixteen years ago when I was a Senior Manager with Coopers & Lybrand leading in-house workshops.  Very complex issues but I’ve since been invited for other workshops so must have been well received.”

He continued, “But the best part of this lecture series was that I shared the floor with an international tax program alumni, and former federal IRS prosecutor, Robert Payne.  It’s wonderful to see the positive impact that the international tax program has played in an alumni’s career.”

“After the workshops, I fielded questions from participants about Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s distance learning pedagogical leadership via video conference specific to a bank’s tax department.”  William Byrnes said “I will continue to introduce Thomas Jefferson to a wider financial community via my alumni outreach, publications and subscribers, and invited lectures with the hope that embedded externships for the current JD and Master students may be established over the coming years.”

Conference information is available at:

San Diego County Bar https://www.sdcba.org/index.cfm?pg=events&evAction=showDetail&eid=11009&evSubAction=listAll

LATCAM http://www.puntolatino.ch/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6240%3A160413-seminar-the-foreign-tay-compliance-act-fatca&catid=345%3Acamara-latinoamericana-de-comercio-en-suiza&Itemid=487&lang=de

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Business Transactions and Contract Drafting courses for Indians

Posted by William Byrnes on May 11, 2012


Business Transactions and Contract Drafting courses for India
distance learning and then 3 weeks, about 90 classroom training hours in San Diego on campus

– (International) Contract Drafting

– Business Transactional Law
– Legal Research and Writing

Individualized and group practical case studies with feedback

Contact William Byrnes wbyrnes@tjsl.edu
Or see the law school website for more information http://www.tjsl.edu/graduate/leep

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Business Transactions and Contract Drafting courses for Brazilians

Posted by William Byrnes on May 8, 2012


Business Transactions and Contract Drafting courses for Brazilians
11 – 27 June (3 weeks, about 90 classroom training hours) in San Diego on campus

Partners include OAB, AGU, UNAFE, and APAMAGIS

– (International) Contract Drafting
– Business Transactional Law
– US Legal Research and Writing
– Intro to US Law

Individualized and group practical case studies with feedback

Contact William Byrnes wbyrnes@tjsl.edu
Or see the law school website for more information http://www.tjsl.edu/graduate/leep

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LexisNexis® Tax Law Community Podcast: The Authors of “Money Laundering, Asset Forfeiture and Recovery, and Compliance–A Global Guide”

Posted by William Byrnes on November 21, 2011


click here for PodCast LexisNexis® Tax Law Community Podcast: The Authors of “Money Laundering, Asset Forfeiture and Recovery, and Compliance–A Global Guide”.

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modern trends surrounding captive insurance – webinar

Posted by William Byrnes on August 26, 2011


Captive Insurance webcast

 

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Please join us next month as we discuss the modern trends surrounding captive insurance. Wealth managers who have an interest in captives will likely find the information and presentation useful. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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Brazil – U.S. Legal Education Exchange Program (LEEP)

Posted by William Byrnes on July 30, 2011


Brazil-U.S. Legal Education Exchange Program (LEEP)

http://www.tjsl.edu/news-media/2011/3711

On Thursday, July 28, the 72 Brazilian lawyers who studied at Thomas Jefferson School of Law for the month said “adeus” to the law school and to each other in a closing ceremony in the Earl B. Gilliam Moot Court Room.

“It’s the end of a journey but it’s the beginning of a new journey,” said Carla McEwen, the director of the Brazilian exchange program at TJSL. “

“We are privileged to have been able to accommodate you for the past month,” William Byrnes, Associate Dean for Distance Learning, told the lawyers, who were here to study the U.S. legal system as well as learn something about American culture. “We hope we have created lasting relationships between the United States and Brazil.”

The program is formally called the Brazil – U.S. Legal Education Exchange Program (LEEP), and this was its first year of operation. Next year, Thomas Jefferson students will be going to Brazil to study and more Brazilian lawyers will be coming to San Diego.

“I am very, very glad I participated in the program,” said Barbara Gimenez, one of the participants. “I highly recommend it to my colleagues in Brazil.”

“It was a good overview of the U.S. legal system,” according to Julia Cadete, another participant. “The course fulfilled its goals.”

Luiz Fabricio said it was an enlightening experience for him. “I not only found out about the U.S. legal system, but I got to know the lovely San Diego and its many wonders.”

“We were learning every moment we were here,” said Franciann Araujo, “even when we were not in the classroom. It wasn’t just a legal exchange, but a cultural exchange as well.”

Carla McEwen was happy the students benefitted from the program, adding “we did benefit greatly too.” She is “very sad to see them go,” but has a sense of accomplishment that the exchange program went so well. “We fulfilled our mission.”

Members of the Attorney General Union (AGU), Central Bank, SUSEP (Seguros), and members of the Sao Paolo Bar may contact William Byrnes at wbyrnes@tjsl.edu or Carla McEwen (mcewenc@tjsl.edu) for more information for sessions in November 2011 (Central Bank only), January 2012 (all government) and next July 2012.

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CAASP firma convênio com a Thomas Jefferson School of Law, da San Diego Califórnia (EUA)

Posted by William Byrnes on May 10, 2011


Inscritos na OAB-SP têm desconto de 20% em curso internacional que começa no dia 5 de julho

A Caixa de Assistência dos Advogados de São Paulo (CAASP), por meio do seu Clube de Serviços, acaba de formalizar parceria com a Thomas Jefferson School of Law (TJSL), de San Diego, Califórnia (EUA). Agora, os inscritos na OAB-SP têm desconto de 20% no curso de verão “Introdução ao Sistema Legal Norte-Americano” (Introduction to US Legal System), que será ministrado de 5 a 28 de julho. Em vez dos US$2 mil usuais, os advogados paulistas pagarão apenas US$1,6 mil. Há também oferta de estadia por valores diferenciados.

Para se matricular, o advogado deve cumprir o seguinte procedimento: no endereçowww.tjsl.edu/graduate/caasp, acionar o aplicativo TJSL/SC/2011, imprimir e preencher a ficha de inscrição. Em seguida, é preciso escanear o documento e enviá-lo para mcewenc@tjsl.edu, endereço eletrônico da professora Carla Lima de Castro McEwen, coordenadora pedagógica do curso.

“O curso habilita para o Exame da Califórnia Bar Association e conta com renomados professores norte-americanos, além da advogada brasileira Carla McEwen, coordenadora pedagógica, que garantirá aos brasileiros todo o suporte necessário em língua portuguesa”, destaca o assessor para Assuntos Institucionais da CAASP, George Augusto Niaradi. “Com mais esta parceria na esfera educacional, a Caixa prossegue em uma de suas linhas prioritárias, que é disponibilizar a todos os segmentos da advocacia paulista cursos que supram sua necessidade de atualização permanente”, afirma o presidente da Caixa de Assistência, Fábio Romeu Canton Filho.

O curso “Introdução ao Sistema Legal Norte-Americano” proporciona uma visão geral da linguagem norte-americana sobre o sistema jurídico baseado na jurisprudência (commom law). O aluno tem a oportunidade de conhecer a estrutura da linguagem jurídica usada na prática legal nos Estados Unidos em petições, apelações ou correspondências, além de participar de uma série de palestras. A programação contempla 15 horas semanais de aulas presenciais e 15 horas semanais de pesquisa e estudos.

A Thomas Jefferson School of Law nasceu em 1969 como campus de San Diego, na Califórnia, da Western University College of Law, tendo evoluído até tonar-se uma escola  de Direito de ponta, assim reconhecida tanto por estudantes dos Estados Unidos quanto de diversas partes do mundo. Um fato marcante na história recente da TJSL é a construção de um moderníssimo campus em San Diego Downtown East Village, perto do coração da comunidade jurídica da cidade. As primeiras aulas nas novas instalações foram ministradas em janeiro de 2011. Dotada de um corpo docente de classe mundial, a TJSL conta com três centros de excelência acadêmica: o Center for Global Legal Studies, o Centro para o Direito e Propriedade Intelectual e  Centro de Direito e da Justiça Social – todos os três centros têm alcançado destaque em suas áreas por meio de ofertas de cursos e programas de extensão.

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Advanced Trusts and Company Law

Posted by William Byrnes on March 18, 2011


Dates:  Video-conference course starting March 28 ending 10 weeks later in late May

Medium – Wimba live lectured webcam video-conference and LexisNexis blackboard course-ware

Enrollment Contact: Associate Dean William H. Byrnes – wbyrnes@tjsl.edu

or call +1 (619) 961-4211

includes access to full online international tax library of databases such as IBFD, CCH, Checkpoint, RoyaltyStat, EdgarStat, LexisNexis, Westlaw, amongst many others.

Lead Professor: Dr. Daan Ribbens (see professors link)

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Bank Secrecy Act

Posted by William Byrnes on March 17, 2011


Dates:  Video-conference course starting March 28 ending 10 weeks later in late May

Medium – Wimba live lectured webcam video-conference and LexisNexis blackboard course-ware

Enrollment Contact: Associate Dean William H. Byrnes – wbyrnes@tjsl.edu

or call +1 (619) 961-4211

includes access to full online international tax library of databases such as IBFD, CCH, Checkpoint, RoyaltyStat, EdgarStat, LexisNexis, Westlaw, amongst many others.

Lead Professor: Dr. Robert J. Munro with guest instructor Joel DiCiccio (see professors link)

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