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Levin Center at Wayne Law hosts tax conference in DC

February 08, 2017

Wayne Law students at Levin Center DC eventDETROIT – More than 100 people attended the Levin Center at Wayne Law’s Jan. 31 conference in Washington, D.C. on “Next Steps in Offshore Multinational Corporate Tax.”

The program presented diverse views on how Congress and the new administration can tackle issues related to multinational corporate offshore profits. This was the center’s third national conference.

Retired U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Tom A. Coburn, M.D., co-chaired the event. Levin is chair of the Levin Center at Wayne Law, Wayne Law’s distinguished legislator in residence, senior counsel at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, and former chairman of the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Coburn is a member of the Levin Center at Wayne Law’s Advisory Board and a former ranking member of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. During their time on the subcommittee, Levin and Coburn conducted a number of bipartisan investigations into corporate tax matters.

Other speakers were:

  • Robert B. Stack, former deputy assistant secretary (international tax affairs), U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Edward Kleinbard, Johnson professor of law and business, University of Southern California Gould School of Law; fellow, The Century Foundation; former chief of staff, Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation
  • Paul W. Oosterhuis, of counsel, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom 

Levin Center DC event speakersModerating the discussion was Elise Bean, Washington co-director of the Levin Center at Wayne Law. From 2003 to 2014, she served as staff director and chief counsel for Sen. Levin on the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

Opening remarks were provided by Interim Dean Lance Gable and Jocelyn Benson, director of the Levin Center at Wayne Law. 


The four Wayne Law students sponsored to attend the conference are, from left, third-year student James Carpenter, LL.M. student Indra Samiah, third-year student Amy Huang and second-year student Jeong Woo Lee. To view more photos, visit law.wayne.edu/lctaxconference.

Speaking at the Levin Center at Wayne Law tax conference in Washington, D.C. are, from left, Elise Bean; Robert B. Stack; Jocelyn Benson; Retired U.S. Sen Tom A. Coburn, M.D.; Retired U.S. Sen. Carl Levin; Interim Dean Lance Gable; Paul W. Oosterhuis; and Edward Kleinbard.

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