UF professor Calfee honored as outstanding tax attorney by peers
Published: Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 9:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 9:32 p.m.
Dennis Calfee, a University of Florida law professor, has been named Gerald T. Hart Outstanding Tax Attorney of the Year by the Florida Bar Tax Section in recognition of making a significant impact in improving the quality of tax law practice in Florida and the U.S. During Calfee’s tenure, which began in 1975, the UF Graduate Tax Program has evolved into the top-ranked public-school tax program in the nation, as measured by U.S. News and World Report.
Calfee has served as associate dean at UF Law, been nominated twice as Professor of the Year and in 1998 was appointed an Alumni Research Scholar. He has also taught at Peking University in Beijing, the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, the Academy of International Tax in Taiwan, and the University of Montpellier in France. In 2006, the Republic of China Ministry of Finance honored him with a third level public finance specialty medal in recognition of his guidance in developing Taiwan’s public finance system and training tax officers.
Calfee was recognized during the 35th annual Florida Bar Tax Section meeting held recently at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center.
The first Gerald T. Hart Outstanding Tax Attorney of the Year award was given to UF Law emeritus faculty member James Freeland in 1982. Other UF Law faculty recipients include Richard Stephens in 1985, current adjunct Samuel Ullman in 1994, and David Richardson in 2000.
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Six University of Florida Levin College of Law students have been inducted into the UF Hall of Fame, which is the highest recognition given to student leaders at UF. Additionally, UF Law third-year student Amanda Harris has been nominated to receive a 2013 Burton Distinguished Legal Writing Award. Harris’ article, “Surpassing Sentencing: The Controversial Next Step in Confrontation Clause Jurisprudence,” published in the Florida Law Review, addresses the issue of the right to confrontation and whether it applies during capital and noncapital sentencing.
Students inducted into the UF Hall of Fame are: Laura Beard, Mitchell Cooper, Ashley Dunnigan, Brock Hankins, Wesley Maul and Dana Somerstein.
The UF Hall of Fame recognizes seniors and graduate students who have consistently demonstrated an outstanding commitment to improving the UF through campus and community involvement, participation in organized campus activities, and scholastic achievement.
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Keira Grace Foundation, a Gainesville-based nonprofit organization, raised a record $71,000 at its eighth annual Share the Cure fundraising event for pediatric cancer patients in the Dominican Republic. The Keira Grace Foundation directs its efforts to children diagnosed with cancer in developing countries
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Kasey Metzler, a junior at the University of Florida, is one of 15 college students selected to the 2013 class of the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership, a 10-week study in a variety of disciplines at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. Metzler, who is majoring in Recreation, Parks and Tourism, will be interning in the Hall of Fame’s special events department.
The Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development, now in its 13th year, offers college undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to gain hands-on professional training in a field that closely matches the student’s major.
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Karen Golder Whipple, a second-grade teacher and a former Teacher of the Year, has been honored for 30 years of teaching at Gainesville Country Day School.
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Jim McKenzie, principal for The Rock School, has been selected for a 2013-14 fellowship by the Van Lunen Center for Executive Management in Christian Schools at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.
The program, which is designed for school heads who seek professional development in their work as administrators of faith-based schools, will begin with five residential days in July 2013, followed by five days in January 2014, and ending with three days in July 2014. The Van Lunen Center was established at Calvin College in January 2007 and now operates with a $2.5 million endowment gift to the college from the Richard D. Van Lunen Foundation, and additional funding from foundations and individual donors.