On May 22, 2014, Professor Gina M. Torielli, Professor of Law and Director of the Graduate Tax Program, spoke at the State Bar of Michigan’s Annual Tax Conference at the Inn at St. John’s Conference Center in Plymouth, Michigan. Her presentation, “The DOMA Supreme Court Case and Its Tax Implications,” included a timely discussion of tax issues associated with marriage equality, including the status of marriage equality, federal agency responses to the Windsor decision, Michigan tax law after Windsor, and an overview of Michigan responses to IRS actions in the field. Prof. Torielli also discussed how tax professionals should advise clients in light of the changing legal landscape.
Captain Kurt M. VanBennekom, currently a student in Cooley’s Graduate Tax Program, recently published an article in the peer-reviewed The Army Lawyer. The article, “Contributions of Military Death Gratuities to Roth IRAs and Coverdell Education Savings Accounts,” appeared in the April 2014 issue. Capt. VanBennekom is currently Judge Advocate, U.S. Army, Michigan National Guard. The article was based on a masters thesis completed as part of the author’s LL.M. program studies.
December 2013 - Assistant Director of the Graduate Tax Department and Professor Joni Larson authors A Practitioner’s Guide to Tax Evidence. The book has become a leading training resource for chief counsel attorneys representing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) before the Tax Court. [ more ]
October 2013 - Professor Gina Torielli, Director of the Graduate Tax Department at Cooley Law School, will address questions at New Rules of the Game: Same Sex Marriage and Taxes, a seminar presented by Between The Lines Nov. 6 at the Detroit Marriott Livonia from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The Graduate Tax Program provides a practice-oriented curriculum to help lawyers expand their opportunities by obtaining both a better understanding of tax law and a respected credential in the tax field.
The 24-credit LL.M. degree can be earned at Cooley's campuses in Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Lansing, and Grand Rapids. Come courses are available online. The program is flexible offering:
Weekend courses, some weekday sections, and special sections beginning after the February bar exam;
Accelerated classes to accommodate our students' desires to balance their education and family lives;
Full availability of classes year-round;
Short, one credit courses in "hot topics."
A degree that can be completed in as little as one year or as many as five years.
Experience: Professor Torielli joined the Cooley faculty in the fall of 2003. While at law school, Professor Torielli worked with the Harvard Negotiation Project, and as a research assistant to Professor Bernard Wolfman.
Elected as President and CEO of Howard & Howard, counseled businesses, banks and public sector clients, including several Fortune 500 firms. As managing partner, she gained real world experience with ethical practice management. She is a popular speaker on law firm management, and conducts workshops on negotiation skills development.