Pitt Law JD Students Named 2014 ABA Tax Challenge Semifinalists

The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Taxation has announced the JD and LL.M. division semifinalists for the 13th Annual ABA Section of Taxation Law Student Tax Challenge. The Pitt Law student team of Yelena Cheskidova (’14) and Eduardo Santaolalla (‘14) are among the six JD teams and four LL.M. teams to advance to the semifinal round of the competition to be held during the section’s 2014 Midyear Meeting, January 23–25, in Phoenix, Arizona.

An alternative to traditional moot court competitions, the Law Student Tax Challenge asks two-person teams of students to solve a cutting-edge and complex business problem that might arise in everyday tax practice. Teams received the problem in September and were evaluated on two criteria: a memorandum to a senior partner and a letter to a client explaining the result. Based on the written work product, the semifinalist teams receive a free trip (including airfare and accommodations for two nights) to the midyear meeting, where each team will defend its submission before a panel of judges consisting of the country’s top tax practitioners and government officials, including tax court judges.

On average, more than 50 JD and 30 LL.M. teams compete in the Law Student Tax Challenge. Visit the ABA Section of Taxation website at americanbar.org for more information about the section and its activities.