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OU Law Professor Selected as IRS Professor in Residence

April 08, 2009

University of Oklahoma College of Law Professor Jonathan Barry Forman has been selected as the Internal Revenue Service Chief Counsel’s Professor in Residence for 2009-2010. In that position, he will advise and assist the office of the Chief Counsel on legal issues within his area of expertise – pension plans and employee benefits. Forman’s nine-month term in Washington, D.C. will begin September 1.

Each academic year, the Professor in Residence program provides one law school professor the opportunity to contribute to the development of legal tax policy and administration. The professor reports directly to the IRS Chief Counsel.

“I am grateful for this opportunity to help IRS attorneys write regulations, rulings and briefs,” stated Forman. “In addition, I will help the Chief Counsel with efforts to reform and simplify our tax system. I’ll miss teaching at the University of Oklahoma, but I’ll have lots of fresh ideas when I get back.”

Forman has taught at the OU College of Law since 1985 and currently holds the Alfred P. Murrah Professorship. He teaches courses on tax and pension law. In addition, he is vice chair of the board of trustees of the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System. Forman is active in the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Professors and the National Academy of Social Insurance. He has lectured around the world, testified before Congress and served on numerous federal and state advisory committees.

Forman is the author of the book Making America Work and more than 250 other publications. In addition to his many scholarly publications, he also writes a monthly column in The Journal Record of Oklahoma City and has published op-eds in Barron’s, the Los Angeles Times, the Dallas Morning News, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Washington Times, the Daily Oklahoman, the Arizona Daily Star and numerous other newspapers and magazines.

Before coming to OU, Forman served in all three branches of the federal government. He worked as a law clerk for a judge on the U.S. Court of Claims in Washington, D.C., a trial attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and as Tax Counsel to the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Forman earned his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1978 and has Master’s degrees in economics and psychology.

By: Jonella Frank