Leslie Book

Leslie Book is a Professor of Law and Director of the Graduate Tax Program at Villanova Law School. Professor Book received his B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College (magna cum laude), his J.D. from Stanford University School of Law, and his LL.M (Taxation) from New York University School of Law. At Stanford Law School, he was a founding editor of the Stanford Law & Policy Review, and at New York University School of Law he was a student editor at the Tax Law Review. Prior to coming to Villanova in 2000, he was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell and at Baker & McKenzie in New York and London, and he was an Assistant Clinical Professor at Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, CT. He also directed Villanova's low income taxpayer clinic from 2000 to 2007.

Professor Book is a national authority on tax procedure and issues affecting the low income taxpayer community. He has written extensively on the relationship of IRS agency actions and broader principles of administrative law, on the intersection of tax and poverty law, and on the tax gap. Recent articles have appeared in the Stanford Law & Policy Review, University of Wisconsin, University of Houston and American University Law Reviews, the Indiana Law Journal, as well as in Tax Notes. Working with the research office of the National Taxpayer Advocate, Professor Book has written two papers on the relationship between income tax return preparers and the tax gap. Professor Book, a frequent speaker and panelist at bar associations and public interest organizations, has testified before Congress and the Treasury Department on the fair administration of our nation's tax laws. He is the 2007 ABA Tax Section Spragens Pro Bono Award winner for his outstanding and sustained commitment to pro bono services with respect to federal tax law, and is a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.