LL.M. In Taxation - University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law


| Luppino | Downs | Hanna | Hoyt | Wiseman | Hood | Adjunct Faculty |


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Professor Anthony J. Luppino
Professor of Law & Director of The Graduate Tax Program; A.B. (Dartmouth College); J.D. (Stanford University); LL.M. in Taxation (Boston University)
Professor Luppino, joined the faculty in 2001.  He received his bachelor of arts from Dartmouth College in 1979, his J.D. in 1982 from Stanford University and his LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University in 1986.

Professor Luppino teaches Partnership Taxation, Business Planning, Securities Regulations, Taxation of Property Transactions, Special Topics in Entrepreneurial Lawyering and Business Organizations. A practicing business and tax lawyer for nineteen years both in Boston and Kansas City, he has had vast experience in a wide variety of work on business, tax, estate planning and transactional engagements covering multiple disciplines such as corporate and securities law, partnership and LLC law, tax law, trusts and estates, real estate and intellectual property law.

Professor Robert C. Downs
Professor of Law; B.A. (Kansas State University); J.D. (University of Nebraska); LL.M. (University of Missouri-Kansas City)
Professor Downs received his B.A. in 1963 from Kansas State University, his J.D. form the University of Nebraska in 1966 and his LL.M. in 1976 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Before joining the law faculty in 1978, Professor Downs practiced law in Kansas City for ten years in the corporate securities and mergers acquisitions area. He teaches Contracts, Business Organizations and Mergers and Acquisitions.

Professor Francis M. Hanna
Professor of Law; B.Ed. (Chicago State University); J.D. (Northwestern University)
Professor Hanna received his bachelor of education degree from Chicago State University in 1959 and his J.D. in 1962 from Northwestern University, where he received the Scott Foresman Scholarship.

Professor Hanna is a member of both the Missouri and the American Bar Associations and has been active in professional organizations. He practiced law in Kansas City with Stinson, Mag, & Fizzell for 17 years before joining, the Law School's faculty. He has served on the Probate Section of the Missouri Bar since 1962, and in 1964 he received the Smithson Award from the Missouri Bar for proposals regarding reform of Missouri probate law. He served as chairman of the Missouri Bar committee that drafted the Missouri Estate Tax, which became effective Jan. 1, 1981. He is past president of the Estate Planning Association of Kansas City and is the author of a text on the revised Missouri Probate Code. Together with Judge John A. Borron Jr., he has authored three probate volumes of West's Missouri Practice series. He currently is writing a treatise on Missouri Trust Law for West's Missouri Practice series and a text on professional malpractice litigation. Since 1990 he has served as special counsel for the Missouri Bar Chief Disciplinary Counsel and represented the Missouri Supreme Court in a 1992 petition for certiorari before the United States Supreme Court.

Professor Hanna teaches Estates and Trusts, Estate and Gift Taxation, Estate Planning and Drafting, Fiduciary Administration, Professional Malpractice Litigation, and Professional Responsibility.

Professor Christopher R. Hoyt
Professor of Law; B.A. (Northwestern University); M.S., J.D. (University of Wisconsin); C.P.A.
Professor Christopher R. Hoyt teaches courses in the areas of federal taxation, business organizations, retirement plans, and tax-exempt organizations. Previously, he was with the law firm of Spencer, Fane, Britt & Browne in Kansas City, Missouri. He received an undergraduate degree in economics from Northwestern University and he received dual law and accounting degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He attained membership in the Order of the Coif and received three American Jurisprudence Awards for achievements in specific classes.

Professor Hoyt is the author of The Legal Compendium for Community Foundations, the most widely used legal reference among the nation's community foundations. He is also the Chair of an American Bar Association Task Force to recommend legal reforms in the area of charitable bequests from retirement plan accounts. He is a frequent speaker at legal and educational programs and has been quoted in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor and The Washington Post.

Professor Judith Frame Wiseman
Associate Clinical Professor and Associate Director of LL.M. Tax Program; B.B.A. (University of Wisconsin); J.D. (University of Tulsa); LL.M. (New York University) C.P.A.
Professor Wiseman received her B.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1979. She received her J.D. with honors from the University of Tulsa, where she was managing editor of the Law Review. In 1991, she earned her LL.M. degree in taxation from New York University.

Professor Wiseman practiced law with the firm Shook, Hardy & Bacon. specializing in the areas of tax and corporate law. She practiced tax accounting as a certified public accountant for a "Big Six" accounting firm and as a sole practitioner.

Professor Wiseman teaches Federal Income Tax, Estate and Gift Taxation, Taxation of Property and Transaction, Estate Planning and Practice, Corporate Tax I & II and the Tax Practicum. Her interests include music and golf.

Emeritus Professor Edwin T. Hood
Professor of Law; B.B.A., J.D. (University of Iowa); LL.M. (New York University)

Professor Hood, a member of the California, Iowa and Missouri bars, received his B.B.A. and his J.D. degrees from the University of Iowa. He earned his LL.M. degree in taxation from New York University in 1967.

Since joining the faculty in 1970, Professor Hood has been an active scholar. In March, 1998, he co-authored a book with Professor John J. Mylan or Southern Methodist University School of Law and Timothy O. Sullivan of the Kansas City law firm of Husch and Eppenberger, entitled "Closely Held Businesses in Estate Planning," Aspen Law & Business, 1998. He has co-authored another two- volume book with Prof. Mylan of titled "Federal Taxation of Close Corporations" (Callaghan & Company). He is a past recipient of a University of Kansas City Faculty Fellowship Award and, in 1982 and 1984, was named the Law School mentor for the Arthur Mag Fellow. In 1993, he received the Pearson Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Professor Hood teaches Corporate Taxation I and II, International Taxation, State & Local Taxation.

Adjunct Faculty
Name Firm Course
Dale Schuler UMKC Tax Clinic Tax Procedure / Tax Clinic
Joseph Price  Lewis, Rice & Fingersh L.C. Estate Planning w/Life Insurance
Craig Reaves Reaves Law Firm Elder Law for Estate Planners

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