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Dennis J. Ventry, Jr.

University of California Davis School of Law
Professor of Law
Davis, CA, USA


Dennis J. Ventry, Jr. is a professor at UC Davis School of Law where he teaches Federal Income Tax, Tax Policy, and Legal Ethics in Corporate Practice. His research interests include taxation, tax policy, legal ethics and professional responsibility, tax administration and compliance, tax practice and procedure, and U.S. economic and legal. His most recent published work (within the last four years) examines the attorney-client and work product privileges in the context of tax practice; evolving standards of care for tax practitioners (with special emphasis on federal regulation of tax and securities lawyers); the economic substance doctrine; tax-filing reforms; the development and effect of housing tax policies in the United States and their influence on economic prosperity and crisis; the federal tax treatment of married and unmarried families; and the federal tax whistleblower law. Professor Ventry's research has been published in prominent academic and practitioner journals, including the AMERICAN UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW, CONNECTICUT LAW REVIEW, INDIANA LAW JOURNAL, LAW & CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS, NATIONAL TAX JOURNAL, TAX LAWYER, TAX NOTES, and UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA LAW REVIEW. In addition, his research has been cited by federal courts, and relied on in brief by the U.S. Department of Justice. Professor Ventry earned a J.D. from NYU School of Law (2004), a Ph.D. in U.S. economic and legal history from UC Santa Barbara (2001), and a B.A. in history with a specialization in business administration from UCLA (1993).

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