Law and Taxation
Regardless of the industry or profession, a clear understanding of the principles of law and taxation is crucial to succeeding in today's complex business world. Our distinctive curriculum uses hands-on research and practice to prepare you to think critically and with a moral compass. With faculty from a diverse array of industries, you'll learn the invaluable assets needed to emerge into the leader of tomorrow. Whether at the undergraduate or graduate level, the Department of Law and Taxation is here to support your growth and provide a tangible understanding of complex systems and theories.
Brown recognized for Best Conference Paper
Associate Professor Liz Brown has won the prestigious 2020 Holmes-Cardozo Award. The Award is conferred annually by the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB), the international academy of business law scholars and professors. The Holmes Cardozo Award recognizes the best paper at the annual ALSB conference and is the premier paper award at the conference. Established to recognize significant and original legal research, the Award’s main selection criterion is “excellence in legal scholarship,” which includes comprehensive research, insightful analysis, and writing craftsmanship. This is Liz’s third consecutive ALSB paper award. In 2019 Liz won the Jackson-Lewis LLP Outstanding Employment Law Paper Award and in 2018 she won a Distinguished Proceedings Paper Award.
Liz’s 2020 award-winning paper, Supercharged Sexism: The Triple Threat of Workplace Monitoring for Women, examines workplace wellness programs’ biometric monitoring and identifies three reasons why this increasingly common monitoring will uniquely burden women. Adding to the timeliness of Liz’s call to reexamine how employers use women’s health data, the paper notes the trend toward greater health data collection after COVID-19 as an additional source for discriminatory concerns.
A Wrongful Eye
Bentley students all take the required courses, GB110 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business. The course inspires many students to pursue a Law Minor. Annette Choy ’22 (pictured above) is one such student. Annette’s further law study sparked an interest in racial profiling in the U.S. court system. At the beginning of the Covid-19 quarantine, Annette watched the Netflix documentary, The Innocence Files. Then, after a Minneapolis police officer murdered George’s Floyd’s in May 2020, Annette decided that the time had come for her to take some action.
Annette began to collect stories of wrongful convictions. Over the summer, she had the opportunity to speak with exonerees Huwe Burton and Patrick Pursley, two individuals whose strength inspired Annette to share their stories. Annette found so much power in the many stores she read, watched and listened to that she connected with a publishing company, with the hope that publishing the stories would shine a light on the many flaws within our justice system. Annette’s book, A Wrongful Eye, will share the stories of ten wrongfully convicted individuals, as well as discuss the issues of unconscious bias, racial bias, faulty forensic techniques, perjury, and official misconduct within the U.S. criminal justice system. New Degree Press will publish A Wrongful Eye in April 2021.
Moot Court Updates
In January 2021, the Bentley team of Sally Kim ’22 and Amanda Shoemaker ‘21 (pictured above) were awarded 3d place nationally in brief writing, coming close to repeating their January 2020 American Collegiate Moot Court Association (ACMA) national championship in the respondents’ brief writing competition.
Bentley’s 2020-21 Moot Court Program is ranked 4th nationally. Co-Captains’ Seniors Amanda Shoemaker and Griffin Ferrara, along with eight other students, formed five undergraduate moot court teams in fall ACMA tournaments. Both regional and national tournaments engage students in legal analysis relating to simulated case problems on constitutional topics. ACMA tournaments take place across North America and engage several hundred teams from a wide range of colleges and universities.
In the November 2020 ACMA Eastern Regional Tournament, two Bentley teams were seeded in first place (Griffin Ferrara and Bella Burrell ’22) and in second place (Amanda Shoemaker and Sally Kim ’23) out of a field of 50 teams. In the same tournament, Bella Burrell received the top orator award. She attained the highest individual score of all 100 student orators in the competition.
In 2020-2021, the five Bentley teams that competed in ACMA competition were:
Amanda Shoemaker ’21 (Co-Captain) and Sally Kim ‘22
Griffin Ferrara ’21 (Co-Captain) and Bella Burrell ‘22
Caitlin Walsh ‘21 and Kimiya Kim ‘23
Greg Umansky ‘22 and Johnny Koczela ‘23
Ian Mail ‘23 and Sterling Rosen ‘24
The Bentley Moot Court program is coached by Franklyn P. Salimbene, JD, LLM, Senior Lecturer in Law, assisted by Bentley Moot Team alum Will Manning ’14.
Marianne DelPo Kulow
Gregory H. Adamian Professor of Law
and Department Chair
Minor Coordinator and Pre-Law Adviser
GB 110 Coordinator and Adamian Law Club Adviser
Director of Graduate Program in Taxation