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Linda Sugin

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Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Professor of Law

Telephone: 212-636-7866
Email: lsugin@law.fordham.edu
Office: Room 8-149
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Executive Assistant: Cynthia Cameron
Email: clcameron@law.fordham.edu

Linda Sugin has been on the faculty since 1994 and has taught courses in Federal Taxation, Tax Policy, Nonprofit Organizations, Corporations, Contracts, and Quantitative Methods. Sugin was the 2007 recipient of Fordham Law School’s Teacher of the Year Award.  Her scholarly interests focus on issues of distributive justice in taxation and the governance of nonprofit organizations. She is co-author of a textbook for the basic course on federal income taxation, The Individual Tax Base, published by West. Most of her recent scholarship focuses on issues of distributive justice in taxation, including her 2018 articles: “The Social Meaning of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” published the Yale Law Journal Forum and “Competitive Philanthropy: Charitable Naming Rights, Inequality, and Social Norms,” published in the Ohio State Law Journal.  Her op-eds have appeared in the New York Times and elsewhere, and she is regularly quoted in the media on issues of nonprofit governance. Sugin spearheaded the law school’s adoption of a required mini-course in Quantitative Methods for Lawyers. 

As Associate Dean since 2017, Sugin has been implementing the law school’s strategic plan focusing on the student experience, including developing a variety of programs related to Professionalism and Leadership.  In 2018-19, she started a peer-mentorship program for second-year students working with third-year student mentors.  In connection with that program, she created and teaches a class for all participating mentors.

Sugin is a graduate of Harvard College and NYU Law School.  After law school, she clerked in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals for Chief Judge Wilfred Feinberg, practiced tax law at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson, and began her academic career as an Acting Assistant Professor in the tax LLM program at NYU Law School.  She is a member of the New York bar and the American Law Institute.

Publications

  • The Social Meaning of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, 2018 Yale L.J.F. 403
  • Competitive Philanthropy: Charitable Naming Rights, Inequality, and Social Norms, 79 Ohio State L.J. 122 (2018)

Research and Teaching Areas

Nonprofits/Charities; Tax–Individual

Courses

  • Income Taxation
  • Nonprofit Organizations and Philanthropy
  • Tax Policy and Distributive Justice

Education

  • Harvard, BA
  • New York University, JD