Who Said It Was Simple: A Conversation with Prof. Pat Cain (UGA Law J.D. '74)

Friday, March 29, 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm
Sanders Boardroom

OUTlaws invite you to join the roundtable discussion with Professor Pat Cain, co-sponsored by WLSA, the Tax Law Society, and CDO.  Refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP (https://law-uga-csm.symplicity.com/ or profdev@uga.edu) by 3/27/19.

The roundtable discussion will cover tax items that are relevant to feminist theory and same-sex couples – like why should the US tax system use spouses as the primary taxable unit and then often impose what look like tax penalties on many spouses, together with some history of the IRS and same-sex couples.  There will be a robust Q&A time to allow students to explore topics that interest them.

Professor Patricia Cain is a national expert in federal tax law and sexuality and the law. She has published numerous law review articles, essays, and book reviews on various topics, including federal taxation of installment sales (Wisconsin Law Review), tort law (Michigan Law Review), the role of judges (University of Southern California Law Review), and feminist legal theory (Georgia Law Review and University of Iowa Law Review). Her area of specialization is taxation and estate planning for same-sex couples and she frequently lectures on this topic at state and national continuing legal education programs. She is the co-author, with Professor Arthur S. Leonard, of one of the leading casebooks for Sexuality and the Law courses, Sexuality Law, 2nd edition (2009). She is also the author of Rainbow Rights, The Role of Lawyers and Courts in the Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights Movement (2000).

Professor Cain began her law teaching career at the University of Texas in 1974, where she was a member of the faculty for 17 years. She then joined the law faculty at the University of Iowa, where she held the Aliber Family Chair in Law and served as Interim Provost of the University and later as Vice Provost. She has been a member of the Santa Clara University School of Law faculty since 2007.


J.D., magna cum laude, University of Georgia

A.B., Vassar College

Areas of Specialization

Federal Taxation, Wills and Estates, Feminist Legal Theory, Property Law, Gay and Lesbian Legal Issues
Affiliations and Honors

    Board of Directors, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, New York City, 1985-1992
    Open Door Teaching Award, Student Bar Association, University of Texas School of Law
    H.O. Head Centennial Professor in Real Property Law, University of Texas, 1990-1991
    Collegiate Teaching Award, University of Iowa
    Co-President, Society of American Law Teachers, 1994-1996, Treasurer, 2003-present, Board member, since 1985
    Jean Y. Jew Women’s Rights Award, University of Iowa
    John S. Lehman Distinguished Visiting Professor, Washington University, Spring 2003
    Aliber Family Chair in Law, Emerita, University of Iowa
    Member, American Law Institute
    Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
    Inez Mabie Distinguished Professor of Law, Santa Clara University, 2007-2012

Refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP (https://law-uga-csm.symplicity.com/ or profdev@uga.edu) by 3/27/19.

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Beth Shackleford, Director of Student Professional Development
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