Professor Michael Hatfield

Michael Hatfield Professor of Law, 2005
(806) 834-8751
michael.hatfield@ttu.edu

Admitted to practice in New York, Texas, and before the U.S. Tax Court.

Before joining the faculty in 2005, Michael was a shareholder in Schoenbaum, Curphy & Scanlan, P.C., in San Antonio, Texas where his practice was devoted to taxation and estate planning. Before moving to San Antonio, he was an associate in two New York City law firms: Debevoise & Plimpton and Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett. At Debevoise & Plimpton he was an associate in the tax department primarily concerned with the taxation of international private equity funds, and at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett he was an associate in the estate planning department.

Michael was honored to share the 2006 Outstanding Professor of the Year Award with Professor Gerry Beyer, and to receive the 2007 University Alumni Association New Faculty Award, the 2008 Outstanding Professor of the Year Award (2L and 3L), the 2009 Outstanding Professor of the Year Award (2L and 3L), the 2010 Teacher of the Year, the 2010 President's Excellence in Teaching Award, the 2011 Outstanding Professor of the Year Award (2L and 3L), and the 2012 Outstanding Professor of the Year Award (2L and 3L).

Michael served as the interim Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development in 2010-2011, and is currently serving as a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law.

Degrees

J.D., cum laude, New York University, 1996

M.A. (Philosophy), Texas A&M University, 1993

B.A. (Philosophy and History), Texas A&M University, 1991

Courses

Income Taxation; Problems of Timing; Taxation of Property Dispositions and Transactions; Tax Ethics; Professional Responsibility; Wills and Trusts; Business Planning; Community Property; Tax Policy; Taxation of Partners and Partnerships

Selected Publications

Books

Questions & Answers: Wills, Trusts, & Estates (Lexis-Nexis 2d ed. 2007) (with Thomas M. Featherston, Jr.)


Articles and Essays

Committee Opinions and Treasury Regulation: Tax Lawyer Ethics, 1965-1985, 14 Florida Tax Review (forthcoming 2014)

Professional Duties to the Tax System--Reflecting on the End of a Century, 142 Tax Notes (forthcoming 2013)

Legal Ethics and Federal Taxes, 1945-1965: Patriotism, Duties, and Advice, 12 Florida Tax Review 1 (2012)

Ethics, Law, and Professional Regulation: The ABA Tax Section Debate on Circular 230, 132 Tax Notes 1043 (2011)

Teaching Tax Lawyer Ethics, 132 Tax Notes 87 (2011)

Tax Lawyers, Tax Defiance, and the Ethics of Casual Conversation, 10 Florida Tax Review 841 (2011)

Review: Seventh-Day Adventists and the Civil Rights Movement, 26 Journal of Law and Religion 657 (2010)

Review: First Be Reconciled, Challenging Christians in the Courts, 26 Journal of Law and Religion 651 (2010)

The Effect of Legal Professionalization on Moral Reasoning: A Reply to Professor Vischer and Professor Wendel, 104 Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy 300 (2010)

The Anabaptist Conscience and Religious Exemption to Jury Service, 65 NYU Annual Survey of American Law 101 (2009)

Acquiescence: Professionalizing Moral Deference, 104 Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy 1 (2009)

Pro Se Executors Unauthorized Practice, or Not, 59 Baylor Law Review 331 (2007)

Taxation in the Fifth Circuit, 39 Texas Tech Law Review 1035 (2007)

Fear, Legal Indeterminacy, and the American Lawyering Culture, 10 Lewis & Clark Law Review 511 (2006)

Ignore the Rumors Campaigning from the Pulpit is Okay: Thinking Past the Symbolism of Section 501(c)(3), 20 Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy 125 (2006)


Chapters and Monographs

Ethics of Tax Lawyering (eLangdell-CALI E-casebook Series 2010)

Legitimacy, Identity, Violence and the Law, in On Torture (Johns Hopkins University Press 2008)

Fear, Legal Indeterminacy, and the American Lawyering Culture, 10 Lewis & Clark Law Review 511 (2006) republished in Legal Profession: Modern Approach (Asha B. Joshi, ed., The Ifcai University Press (India) 2008)

Michael Hatfield, Anne Milgram & Michelle D. Monticciolo, Bob Jones University: Defining Violations of Fundamental Public Policy, in Topics in Philanthropy No. 6 (Center on Philanthropy and the Law Monograph Series, New York University School of Law (2000)