Professor Leandra Lederman is the William W. Oliver Professor of Tax Law and Director of the Tax Program at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She is ranked as one of the 10 most frequently cited U.S. tax scholars in the 5 most recent Brian Leiter Law School Reports. She is a member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.
In Spring 2019, Lederman had a Fulbright research grant at the University of Luxembourg, where she researched transparency of tax rulings. Also in 2019, Professor Lederman was awarded the Tracy M. Sonneborn Award by Indiana University. This award is given to "an exemplary researcher who is also well known as an exemplary teacher." In the summer of 2020, Professor Lederman and Dr. Leopoldo Parada from the University of Leeds started and co-hosted the widely attended Indiana/Leeds Summer Tax Workshop Series. They also co-hosted this international series in the summer of 2021.
Lederman has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School (Fall 2015) and the University of Texas School of Law (academic year 2002-2003). Every fall since 2011, she has taught a short course in U.S. Tax Law as a visiting professor at the Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. At Indiana Law, Professor Lederman teaches Federal Income Tax, Corporate Tax, Tax Procedure, and Tax Policy Colloquium.
Professor Lederman has written numerous articles on policy issues in the areas of federal income tax (individual and corporate), tax controversies (including a line of research on the U.S. Tax Court), and tax administration (including several articles on tax compliance and evasion). Her work has included empirical analyses and a law-and-economics approach to tax issues. Most of her articles are available for download on her SSRN Author Page. She is the co-author of the book Understanding Corporate Taxation (4th ed. 2020), with Michelle M. Kwon of Tennessee Law School. She is also co-author with Kansas Law School Dean Stephen W. Mazza of the Tax Controversies: Practice and Procedure casebook and Teacher's Manual (4th ed. 2018) and its annual supplements.
In Spring 2021, Professor Lederman started the Break Into Tax YouTube channel with Professor Allison Christians from McGill University. She began running it alone in Fall 2021. Break Into Tax features short videos on tax-related topics (broadly defined), along with tax humor. Lederman also blogs as a member of The Surly Subgroup, and she can be found on Twitter at @Leandra2848.
Professor Lederman joined the Maurer Law School faculty in 2004 as the Visiting William W. Oliver Professor of Tax Law; she assumed her current position in 2005. Previously, she had been a member of the faculty of George Mason University School of Law since 1997.
In 2001, Professor Lederman was recognized by George Mason University for excellence in teaching. In 2005, she received the Law Alumni Association Legal Teaching Award from New York University School of Law. In 2009, Professor Lederman received a Trustees' Teaching Award from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, and in 2012, she received the Leon H. Wallace Teaching Award from the Maurer Law School.
Professor Lederman is admitted to the bars of the state of New York (inactive), the U.S. Tax Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She served as a National Reporter for the United States for the 2015 European Association of Tax Law Professors Congress on the topic of surcharges and penalties in tax law. Professor Lederman is a past Chair of the Tax Section of the Association of American Law Schools and a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Tax Association. She is also a past Chair of the Teaching Taxation Committee of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association, and she served for many years as an Associate Editor of the Section's NewsQuarterly. She is currently a member of the Board of Advisers of the Florida Tax Review.
Lederman received an A.B. degree cum laude from Bryn Mawr College in 1987, with honors in her major of Romance Languages (French and Spanish). In 1990, she earned her J.D. cum laude from New York University School of Law, where she was a Note and Comment Editor of the N.Y.U. Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Professor Lederman subsequently earned her LL.M. in taxation from N.Y.U., where she was a student editor of the Tax Law Review. After practicing law as an associate at White & Case in New York City and receiving her LL.M., she clerked for Judge David Laro of the U.S. Tax Court in Washington, D.C. Professor Lederman speaks French and Spanish and is learning German.
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