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Cynthia Lepow

Professor Emerita

Cynthia Lepow
Cynthia Lepow

A nationally recognized tax expert, Professor Cynthia Lepow has published several books and articles on taxation, health care and media. A pioneer in the use of video to teach legal subjects, she is best known for the musical tax fantasy “Nobody Marries for the First Time Anymore,” which was adopted by scores of law schools including NYU and Stanford, the Tax Court Library, several law firms and the U.S. Coast Guard. Her many videos and graphic books explaining complex tax law to lawyers and the people they serve. The visual materials with translations in Spanish and Vietnamese have been used by pro bono organizations around the country to aid members of the armed forces, grandparents and people who speak English as a second language. In recognition of her work in providing clinics and outreach programs for low-income taxpayers Professor Lepow received Certificates of Merit from the Mayor of the City of New Orleans and the City Council. Included in her many outreach activities are organizing several widely attended programs for the College of Law and the general public including the affordable care act and access to tax benefits for over a hundred Katrina survivors. Professor Lepow also participates in Low-Income Taxpayer Clinics sponsored by the Tax Section of the American Bar Association. Forbes Magazine, Tax Notes, and Fox TV have interviewed her. Professor Lepow, a past Chair and Vice Chair of the Domestic Relations Committee of the American Bar Association Tax Section, lectures on fiduciary duty, the meaning of truth, taxation, and how electronic media affects the practice of law. Since joining the Loyola faculty, Professor Lepow taught Federal Taxation of Individuals, Corporations, Partnerships, the Family, and International Transactions; Business Organizations, and a seminar on Virtual Justice and Electronic Truth, how electronic evidence has changed the practice of law. In addition to teaching at Loyola, she has been a visiting professor at Capital, Fordham, Pace, Hofstra, Loyola Chicago, San Diego, and Seton Hall Law Schools. Prior to teaching law, Professor Lepow litigated cases in zoning, criminal law, commercial and corporate law for multi-national clients, executed successful corporate mergers and reorganizations including securing federal administrative and state regulatory approval. She was the first woman to litigate in state and federal courts in Rochester, New York. Professor Lepow has been a technical advisor to two soap operas, and has acted as an arbitrator in an international moot arbitration competition for law students from all five continents.

Bar Admissions:

New York; Washinton State (inactive).

Degrees

A.B., 1962, Hunter College; J.D., 1967, Fordham University; LL.M.,Taxation, 1979, New York University.

Areas of Expertise

Individual and Family Taxation, Business Taxation, International Taxation, Low Income Taxpayers, Electronic Media and the Law