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McLaughlin featured in Forbes magazine story on conservation easements

Professor Nancy McLaughlin was featured in the January 14, 2016 issue of Forbes magazine in a story titled, “Conservation Easement Tax Deductions And Valuation Abuse.” “Professor McLaughlin has done a great service by summing up litigation concerning valuation easements in her article Conservation Easements and the Valuation Conundrum. She notes that over the last decade, […]

McLaughlin quoted in The Wall Street Journal on conservation tax case

January 4, 2016. Professor Nancy McLaughlin was quoted in The Wallstreet Journal story titled, “IRS Tees Off on Golf Courses’ Green Tax Claims.” The North Carolina ruling was a big win for the IRS and stands to affect future cases, said Nancy McLaughlin, a University of Utah professor who blogs about conservation-easement tax law. Read The […]

McLaughlin Quoted in Washington Post and NY Times on Sweet Briar College Appeal

On June 4, 2015, S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Nancy A. McLaughlin, was quoted in the Washington Post and ABC News regarding the controversial decision by the Board of Directors to close Sweet Briar College, an all-women’s college located in Amherst County, Virginia. Sweet Briar was created under the will of Indiana Fletcher Williams, […]

Tenth Circuit Decision Quotes, Cites McLaughlin

In a January 6, 2015, opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit quoted and cited a scholarly article by University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Nancy McLaughlin. In Mitchell v. C.I.R., a taxpayer petitioned for redetermination of income-tax deficiency that arose from the disallowance of a charitable contribution deduction […]

McLaughlin ‘Very Pleased’ with 4th Circuit Decision Affirming that Swappable Conservation Easements Are Not Tax Deductible

Nancy McLaughlin, Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, and four other law professors recently filed an amicus brief in support of the government and affirming the Tax Court’s ruling in the matter of Belk v. Commissioner. The 4th Circuit subsequently issued a decision affirming the Tax Court, which […]

McLaughlin Cited on VTDigger.com on Conservation Easements

Professor Nancy McLaughlin was cited on the website VTDigger.com on November 30, 2014. The article, titled “IRS ATTORNEY CLARIFIES ‘IN PERPETUITY’ RULES FOR CONSERVATION EASEMENTS,” analyzes Vermont Senate bill, S.119, which would have allowed the revocation of easements and easement swaps. Read the full story on VTDigger.com »

Perpetual Conservation Easements: What Have We Learned and Where Should We Go From Here?

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law The public is investing billions of dollars in conservation easements, which now protect more than 18 million acres throughout the United States. But uncertainties in the law and abusive practices threaten to undermine public confidence in and the effectiveness of conservation easements as land protection tools. This […]

Feb. 15 Conference Focuses on Perpetual Conservation Easements

Conservation easements now protect more than 18 million acres of land throughout the United States.  But uncertainties in the law and abusive practices threaten to undermine public confidence in the effectiveness of conservation easements as land protection tools.  A February 15 conference at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law promises to explore […]

Celebration of Chaired Professors

Celebration of Chaired Professors University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Reception from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Sutherland Moot Court Room With chaired professorships, the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law celebrates our supporters in the community and many of our excellent faculty. Chairs are named after those we honor: our community leaders […]

McLaughlin Quoted in Bloomberg BNA

Nancy McLaughlin, Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, was recently quoted in Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs article regarding a case that underscores the importance of correctly documenting gift letters. In the article, which deals with a U.S. Tax Court opinion upholding the IRS’s disallowance of $4.5 million […]