Tiffany P Lee, JD '11

Tiffany P Lee, JD '11 "While I attending college at the University of California, Los Angeles, I decided I would pursue a legal career out of a desire to serve the community. I specifically chose to attend GW Law because the nation's capital seemed the most appropriate location to pursue a legal education; it would open up the opportunity for me not only to learn the law in a classroom but also to watch the law in action all around me in the courts, federal agencies, and Congress.

While at GW Law, I surprisingly developed an interest in tax law. My first real exposure to tax law was in Professor Karen Brown’s federal income tax course during the first semester of my 2L year. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and gained an appreciation for the policy implications of tax law as well as the complex, yet strangely logical, Internal Revenue Code.

At the same time, I had an interest in international issues, legal or otherwise. This stemmed from the time that I had spent living abroad in Taiwan while I was in junior high and high school. Before starting at GW Law, I returned to Taiwan for a few months and had the opportunity to shadow an attorney there. I decided to explore China during my 1L summer and studied abroad in Shanghai and interned at a local law firm there, King & Wood.

My interest in international issues and tax law intersected when I took Professor Brown’s international taxation course during the second semester of my 2L year. This class captured my attention and interest, as international tax issues are constantly evolving and pervasive in our increasingly global economy. Professor Brown invited interested students to attend the Tax Council Policy Institute Annual Symposium, which was held at the Ritz-Carlton in February 2010. It was amazing to be surrounded by the nation’s leading tax professionals and to hear them discuss policy implications of international tax decisions made on Capitol Hill at the industry level.

I am now in a job in which I deal with the international tax issues I learned about in Professor Brown's class and heard about at the Tax Council Policy Institute Symposium on a day-to-day basis. The International Tax group at Deloitte Tax, LLP, offers consulting services to numerous clients on both inbound and outbound transactions. Today, I see the concepts I learned in the classroom applied every day and its accompanying real world consequences."