Diana Leyden Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Tax Clinic, University of Connecticut School of Law
Dean Silverman Former Senior Advisor to the Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service United States Department of the Treasury
Paul Weinstein Director, Graduate Program in Public Management The Johns Hopkins University
Moderator: Mary Louise Kelly
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Tax expert Diana Leyden directs and teaches in the Law School’s Tax Clinic, where students represent low-income taxpayers at various stages of tax controversies with the IRS and the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services. The holder of an LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center and a J.D. from UConn Law, Professor Leyden’s legal experience includes clerking for the Honorable Herbert Chabot of the United States Tax Court and practicing tax law with Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, DC and Day, Berry & Howard in Boston. Prior to beginning her career teaching tax law at UConn Law, Professor Leyden served for seven years (1988-1995) as a hearing officer and manager with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue Appeal & Review Bureau, after which she spent two years as a senior staff attorney with the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services’ Legal Division.
Mr. Silverman is currently Senior Advisor to the Commissioner at the IRS and lead executive for the Office of Compliance Analytics. He joined the IRS in January 2011 in response to the Commissioner’s priority to add data-driven analytic expertise and new thinking to core compliance activities. Prior to the IRS, Dean spent more than 25 years leading a series of strategy consulting firms known for analytic innovation and the development of value-driven corporate and business strategies. He began his career at Bain & Co., led Strategic Planning Associates (which spawned numerous methodologies and companies like Capital One), Mercer Management Consulting strategy and R&D operations worldwide, and his own strategy boutique. He has served on numerous Boards of Directors. He was a Senior Advisor at Oliver Wyman, as well as an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, at both the MBA and undergraduate levels. Dean holds a BA, summa cum laude, from Yale and a JD from Columbia University School of Law.
Paul Weinstein Jr. is the Director of the MA in Public Management program. A veteran of two Presidential Administrations, he was senior advisor to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (Simpson-Bowles), which was created by President Obama to address the nation’s mid- and long-term fiscal challenges. Weinstein formerly served as Special Assistant to the President and chief of staff of the White House Domestic Policy Council, and then later as senior advisor for policy planning to the Vice President during the Clinton-Gore Administration.