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Student Prize named for Professor Schenk

April 9, 2007

Wayne State University Law School is pleased to announce the Alan Schenk Endowed Student Prize, which will be given annually to the outstanding student in the Law School’s Business Planning course.  The award will be given for the first time at the 2007 Honors Convocation this coming fall.

The prize is made possible by a generous gift from John and Lynn Collins.  Mr. Collins, a 1976 graduate of the Law School, is senior vice president and general counsel of Champion Enterprises, Inc. in Auburn Hills, MI.  Mrs. Collins is also a Law School graduate, Class of 1978.

Mr. Collins was a student of Professor Schenk, and he wished to honor his former teacher’s impact on his career.  “During his tenure at the Law School, Alan Schenk has touched the lives of thousands of students.  Those practitioners now work in tax and business across the nation.  We all benefited not only from Alan’s long-standing dedication to excellence and thoughtful analysis but his continual efforts to always improve the lessons he strove to impart.” 

Mr. Collins continued, “I always admired his demeanor in the classroom:  he was quiet and professional, yet a strong presence. It reminds me that his manner can be described by a phrase his students heard frequently: “And isn’t that as it should be?””

Alan Schenk joined the Law School faculty in 1966 and is known internationally for his expertise on value added taxation.  His book Value Added Tax:  A Comparative Approach, co-authored with Professor Emeritus Oliver Oldman of Harvard Law School, was published in 2006.

At the Law School, Professor Schenk is renowned for the Business Planning Course which he has co-taught since 1969.  He first taught this course with Professor Stephen Schulman; he now teaches the class with Law School graduate Peter Sugar, a member of the law firm Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss.  Professor Schenk also teaches Federal Income Tax, Corporate Taxation, Accounting for Lawyers, and Consumption Based Tax.