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Michelle D. Layser


Research Fellow, Georgetown University Law Center, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., University of Pennsylvania; J.D., University of Southern California; LL.M., New York University

Michelle Layser teaches and writes on the intersection of tax law and social policy. Her current research focuses on understanding the limitations of current tax...

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Michelle Layser teaches and writes on the intersection of tax law and social policy. Her current research focuses on understanding the limitations of current tax policies used to promote affordable housing and combat poverty. Past works have looked at the unequal taxation of same-sex families, the potential role of non-profits in supporting news production, tax incentives for investment in clean energy technologies, and how the tax law rewards residential segregation. She will be teaching a course on social justice and taxation while at Georgetown.

Before joining Georgetown as a fellow in 2016, Professor Layser worked as a Managing Editor at Bloomberg BNA and as a transactional associate at Latham & Watkins LLP. She received an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University in 2010 and graduated order of the coif from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 2009, where she was senior content editor of the law review. She received her B.A. (cum laude) in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

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"How the proposed budget and tax cuts could stunt new affordable housing," an opinion piece by Adjunct Professor Michelle Layser, in The Conversation, November 9, 2017.

 "How affordable housing can chip away at residential segregation," coverage in The Conversation, August 6, 2017 by Adjunct Professor Michelle D. Layser. 

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"How the proposed budget and tax cuts could stunt new affordable housing," an opinion piece by Adjunct Professor Michelle Layser, in The Conversation, November 9, 2017.

 "How affordable housing can chip away at residential segregation," coverage in The Conversation, August 6, 2017 by Adjunct Professor Michelle D. Layser. 

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