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David Weisbach

Promoting Sustainable Energy Through Tax Policy

February 22, 2013

David Weisbach serves as the Walter J. Blum Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.  In addition, he is a senior fellow of the Computation Institute of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratories as well as an international research fellow at the Said School of Business, Oxford University.  Weisbach began his legal career by serving as a law clerk for Judge Joel M. Flaum of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  He then worked as an associate in the law firm of Miller & Chevalier in Washington, D.C. In 1992 Professor Weisbach joined the Department of the Treasury, where he worked first as an attorney-adviser in the Office of Tax Legislative Counsel and subsequently as Associate Tax Legislative Counsel. In 1996 Professor Weisbach was appointed associate professor of law at Georgetown Law Center.  He joined the Chicago faculty in 1998.

Weisbach has published more than 50 articles and book chapters on issues relating to federal income taxation and climate change. His articles have appeared in a number of prestigious law reviews, including the Yale Law Journal, the Stanford Law Review, the Virginia Law Review and the Tax Law Review. Weisbach is a member of both the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Law Institute. He served on the President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform and on the Academic Advisory Panel for the Joint Committee on Taxation Simplification Study.

Professor Weisbach received his bachelor’s in mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1985, where he graduated with high distinction and Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his master’s in advanced study (mathematics) from Wolfson College, Cambridge University in 1986, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1989.