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Tanina Rostain

Professor of Law

B.A., Swarthmore; M.A., J.D., Yale

Areas of Expertise:

Communications and Technology Law, Legal Profession and Professional Ethics

Tanina Rostain is a Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession. She received an MA in Philosophy...

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Tanina Rostain is a Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession. She received an MA in Philosophy from Yale University and a JD from Yale Law School, where she served as an Articles Editor on the Yale Law Journal. After graduation, she clerked for Ellen Ash Peters, Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. She practiced law for several years, returning in 1996 to Yale Law School as a Keck Fellow in Legal Ethics and Professional Culture. In 2008-09, she was a faculty fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University and a visiting professor of law at Harvard Law School (winter term). Between 1999 and 2011, Professor Rostain was on the faculty of New York Law School, where she was the founder and co-director of the Center for Professional Values and Practice. 

Professor Rostain’s scholarship focuses on legal ethics in corporate practice. Her work includes articles on the organized tax bar, in-house counsel, and legal consultants. Professor Rostain recently completed a book, co-authored with Professor Mitt Regan, on the role of tax professionals in the abusive shelter industry between 1994-2004. “Confidence Games: Lawyers, Accountants and the Tax Shelter Industry” is due out with MIT Press in early 2014. 

In recent years, Professor Rostain has focused on the transformative potential of internet-based technologies for law practice and legal pedagogy. At Georgetown Law Center, she has pioneered a class, “Technology, Innovation and Legal Practice,” in which student teams, collaborating with legal service providers, build apps that expand access to justice. Professor Rostain has also been involved in efforts to create Internet-based tools to promote learning. She serves on a university-wide steering committee that oversees Georgetown’s efforts to foster technology-enhanced learning, including the University ‘s foray into the world of MOOC’s. Rostain is currently building an online game, “The Trial,” intended to further student’s mastery of the Federal Rules of Evidence.

Recent Scholarship

Books

  • Tanina Rostain & Milton C. Regan, Jr., Confidence Games: Lawyers, Accountants, and the Tax Shelter Industry (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press 2014).    [BOOK]
  • 1-2 Lawyers and the Legal Profession (Tanina Rostain ed., Aldershot, U.K./Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate 2008).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Tanina Rostain, Roger Skalbeck & Kevin G. Mulcahy, Thinking Like a Lawyer, Designing Like an Architect: Preparing Students for the 21st Century Practice, 88 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 743-755 (2013).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Tanina Rostain & Christine Parker, Law Firms, Global Capital, and the Sociological Imagination, 80 Fordham L. Rev. 2347-2381 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Tanina Rostain, Self-Regulatory Authority, Markets, and the Ideology of Professionalism, in The Oxford Handbook of Regulation 169-200 (Robert Baldwin, Martin Cave & Martin Lodge eds., Oxford: Oxford Oxford University Press 2010).   
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Books

  • Tanina Rostain & Milton C. Regan, Jr., Confidence Games: Lawyers, Accountants, and the Tax Shelter Industry (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press 2014).    [BOOK]
  • 1-2 Lawyers and the Legal Profession (Tanina Rostain ed., Aldershot, U.K./Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate 2008).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Tanina Rostain, Roger Skalbeck & Kevin G. Mulcahy, Thinking Like a Lawyer, Designing Like an Architect: Preparing Students for the 21st Century Practice, 88 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 743-755 (2013).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Tanina Rostain & Christine Parker, Law Firms, Global Capital, and the Sociological Imagination, 80 Fordham L. Rev. 2347-2381 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Tanina Rostain, General Counsel in the Age of Compliance: Preliminary Findings and New Research Questions, 21 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 465-490 (2008).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Tanina Rostain, The Emergence of "Law Consultants", 75 Fordham L. Rev. 1397-1428 (2006).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Tanina Rostain, Sheltering Lawyers: The Organized Tax Bar and the Tax Shelter Industry, 23 Yale J. on Reg. 77-120 (2006).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN]
  • Tanina Rostain, Pockets of Professionalism, 54 Stan. L. Rev. 1475-1490 (2002)  (reviewing Deborah L. Rhode, In the Interests of Justice: Reforming the Legal Profession (2000)).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Tanina Rostain, Professional Commitments in a Changed World, 70 Fordham L. Rev. 1811-1823 (2002).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Tanina Rostain, When the Towers Collapse Outside Your Window: Teaching Law in the Aftermath of 9-11, 34 Case W. Res. J. Int'l L. 197-204 (2002).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Tanina Rostain, Educating Homo Economicus: Cautionary Notes on the New Behavioral Law and Economics Movement, 34 Law & Soc'y Rev. 973-1006 (2000).    [HEIN] [W]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Tanina Rostain, Self-Regulatory Authority, Markets, and the Ideology of Professionalism, in The Oxford Handbook of Regulation 169-200 (Robert Baldwin, Martin Cave & Martin Lodge eds., Oxford: Oxford Oxford University Press 2010).   
  • Tanina Rostain, Travails in Tax: KPMG and the Tax Shelter Controversy, in Legal Ethics Stories 89-117 (David Luban & Deborah L. Rhode eds., New York: Foundation Press 2006).    [BOOK]
  • Tanina Rostain, Professional Power: Lawyers and the Constitution of Professional Authority, in The Blackwell Companion to Law and Society 146-169 (Austin Sarat ed., Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishing 2004).    [BOOK]
  • Tanina Rostain, Waking Up from Uneasy Dreams: Professional Context, Discretionary Judgment, and The Practice of Justice, in Corporate Governance: Law, Theory and Policy 454-461 (Thomas W. Joo ed., Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press 2004).    [BOOK]
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In the News

"U.S. legal tech education: MSU College of Law Thinks Smart," coverage by Legal IT Insider, August 19, 2016, mentioning Professor Tanina Rostain, Co-Director of the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession.

““A new generation of lawyers”: Cornell Tech launches LLM as demand for hybrid lawyers and technologists grows,” coverage by Legal IT Insider, Oct. 30, 2015, featuring Professor Tanina Rostain, co-director for the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession.

"Professor Tanina Rostain has her students developing access-to-justice apps," ABA Journal, September 23, 2015, featuring Professor Tanina Rostain

Professor Tanina Rostain was selected as a 2015 Legal Rebel by the ABA Journal, September 1, 2015.  

"Georgetown's Iron Tech competition grows in audience and interest," coverage in the ABA Journal, April 24, 2014, featuring Georgetown Law's Iron Tech competition and quoting Professor Tanina Rostain.

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"U.S. legal tech education: MSU College of Law Thinks Smart," coverage by Legal IT Insider, August 19, 2016, mentioning Professor Tanina Rostain, Co-Director of the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession.

““A new generation of lawyers”: Cornell Tech launches LLM as demand for hybrid lawyers and technologists grows,” coverage by Legal IT Insider, Oct. 30, 2015, featuring Professor Tanina Rostain, co-director for the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession.

"Professor Tanina Rostain has her students developing access-to-justice apps," ABA Journal, September 23, 2015, featuring Professor Tanina Rostain

Professor Tanina Rostain was selected as a 2015 Legal Rebel by the ABA Journal, September 1, 2015.  

"Georgetown's Iron Tech competition grows in audience and interest," coverage in the ABA Journal, April 24, 2014, featuring Georgetown Law's Iron Tech competition and quoting Professor Tanina Rostain.

13 aplicaciones para facilitar el acceso a la justicia,” coverage in Microjuris, April 5, 2015, quoting Professor Tanina Rostain.

"20 apps to help provide easier access to legal help," coverage in ABA Journal, April 1, 2015, quoting Professor Tanina Rostain.

"Revenue at Biggest 100 Law Firms Rose 4.3% in 2013," coverage in The New York Times DealBook, September 29, 2014, quoting Professor Tanina Rostain.

"Legal Hackers Use Coding To Help Users Navigate Law's Intricacies And Find Solutions," coverage in the ABA Journal, August 9, 2014, features Georgetown Law professor Tanina Rostain.

The American Bar Assocation's  Law Practice magazine lists  Georgetown Law in the 2014 "Teaching the Technology of Practice: The 10 Top Schools," featuring Professor Tanina Rostain,  Adjunct Professor Roger Skalbeck and the Iron Tech Lawyer competition. 

Professor Tanina Rostain, co-author of  "Confidence Games: Lawyers, Accountants and the Tax Shelter Industry," was the guest on MoneyLife, May 23, 2014.

"May it please the court: Lawyers face off in app competition,coverage of Georgetown Law's Iron Tech Lawyer competition, in The Washington Post, April 27, 2014.

"Georgetown Law Students Present Legal Help Applications," coverage in In-House Counsel, April 24, 2014, featuring Professor Tanina Rostain and students Zachary Hutchinson, L'16, Stephany Fan, L'14, and Antonella Montagna, L'14.

"10 women to watch in legal tech: Worth Watching," coverage in the ABA Journal, March 2014, features Professor Tanina Rostain.

"At Iron Tech, students bring tech answers to legal issues," coverage in the ABA Journal, July 1, 2013, featuring Professor Tanina Rostain. 

"Showing the IRS Some Love After Witch Hunt," coverage in the Los Angeles Times, May 25, 2013, featuring Professor Tanina Rostain

"Stop Hating on the IRS," an opinion piece in Slate, May 21, 2013, featuring Professor Tanina Rostain

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