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3Ls Brian Krastev and Matthew Marcellino Capture Second Place at the ABA Law Student Tax Challenge Competition

Posted on Thursday 2/6/2020
Matthew Marcellino and Brian Krastev

The College of Law team of 3Ls Brian Krastev and Matthew Marcellino finished second out of more than 80 teams from around the country competing in the American Bar Association (ABA) Law Student Tax Challenge competition. This is the College of Law’s best result ever in this annual competition.

Professor Robert Nassau, Director of the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, coached the team.

An alternative to traditional moot court competitions, the Law Student Tax Challenge asks two-person teams of students to solve a cutting-edge and complex business problem that might arise in everyday tax practice. Teams are evaluated on a memorandum to a senior partner and a letter to a client explaining the result. Based on the written work product, six teams from the J.D. Division advance to the Section of Taxation’s 2020 Midyear Meeting, January 30-February 1, in Boca Raton, Florida, where each team defends its submission before a panel of judges representing the country’s top tax practitioners and government officials, including Tax Court judges.