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Tax Clinic Faculty


Joshua Wease, JD, LLM
Clinical Associate Professor and Director

Joshua M. Wease, DirectorBefore coming to MSU College of Law, Professor Wease was a tax attorney in practice for nine years. He started his legal career as an Equal Justice Works Public Interest Law Fellow at MSU Law’s Alvin L. Storrs Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic. He was a Senior Attorney with the Midwest law firm of Foster Swift, Collins & Smith and was a partner in Wease Halloran, a boutique tax law firm, for almost five years.

As Director, Professor Wease is responsible for the general operations and management of the clinic, which serves low-income clients and taxpayers for whom English is a second language, and provides MSU Law students with hands-on experience practicing tax law.

Professor Wease graduated cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law and received his LLM in trial advocacy from the Beasley School of Law at Temple University. He is admitted to practice in: Michigan; United States Tax Court; Western District of Michigan; Eastern District of Michigan; and U.S. Supreme Court. 

Publications

Books & Chapters

  • Joshua Wease & Christina Thompson, Master the IRS Maze (East Lansing: Wease Thompson, LLC, 2017).  ISBN: 9780998570709
  • CHAPTER “APPEALING ADVERSE DETERMINATIONS ADMINISTRATIVELY” IN Effectively Representing Your Client Before the IRS (Joshua Wease, Bradley A. Riddlehoover and Craig Bell) (Keith Fogg, eds., 7th ed., forthcoming 2017)

 Works in Progress

  •  Lessons from the Great Recession:  Evaluating the Weaknesses in Michigan’s Ad Valorem Property Tax System (with Christina Thompson) (forthcoming February 2017)

Conference Presentations

  • Co-presenter, Tax Training for Pro Bono Attorneys. The State Bar of Michigan Tax Pro Bono Referral Panel. (Lansing, MI, June 2017)
  • Panelist, “How to read, interpret and use IRS transcripts to serve low-income taxpayers.”  2016 Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic Annual Grantee Conference (Washington, DC, December 13, 2016)
  • Co-presenter, “Tax Training for Pro Bono Attorneys.” The State Bar of Michigan Tax Pro Bono Referral Panel (Lansing, MI, June 2015)
  • Presenter, “Harnessing the Power of a New Database Application to Improve Clinical Student Assessment.” 2015 Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Conference on Clinical Legal Education (Rancho Mirage, California, May 7, 2015)
  • Co-presenter, “How shall we prepare students for justice-oriented small and solo practice,” Midwest Clinical Conference (East Lansing, MI, September 13, 2014)

Education

  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, LL.M., Trial Advocacy, 2011
  • Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2004
  • Michigan State University, B.S., Psychology, 1995

Awards

  • Michigan State University Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Award (2017)


Christina Thompson, JD
Supervising Attorney

Christina Thompson, Supervising AttorneyMs. Thompson assists with supervision of second- and third-year law students, organizes outreach events, and oversees the students’ work in managing their client case files.

Ms. Thompson graduated magna cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law in spring 2012.  After graduation, she was the Public Interest Fellow at the Tax Clinic for three years. She has been a supervising attorney since 2015.  She is admitted to practice in Michigan; Western District of Michigan; Eastern District of Michigan; United States Tax Court and United States Supreme Court.  She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan Taxation Section and Michigan Women’s Tax Association. 

Publications

Books & Chapters

  • Joshua Wease & Christina Thompson, Master the IRS Maze (East Lansing: Wease Thompson, LLC, 2017).  ISBN: 9780998570709
  • CHAPTER “ASSISTING TAXPAYERS WITH DISABILITIES” IN Effectively Representing Your Client Before the IRS (Joshua Wease, Bradley A. Riddlehoover and Craig Bell) (Keith Fogg, eds., 7th ed., forthcoming 2017)

 Works in Progress

  •  Lessons from the Great Recession:  Evaluating the Weaknesses in Michigan’s Ad Valorem Property Tax System (with Christina Thompson) (forthcoming February 2017)

Conference Presentations

  • Panelist, “Practical Ethical Advice for Tax Professionals,” 30th Annual Tax Conference, Taxation Section of the State Bar of Michigan (Plymouth, May 25, 2017)
  • Presenter, “Business Expense Deductions for the Solo Practitioner,” Ingham County Young Lawyers’ Association (Lansing, MI, March 22, 2017)
  • Panelist, “Decoding IRS Transcripts,” 2016 Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic Annual Grantee Conference (Washington, D.C., December 13, 2016)
  • Presenter, “Taxation Issue Spotting,” Legal Services of South Central Michigan (Lansing, MI, November 2015)
  • Presenter “Reading a Tax Return for Lawyers,” Ingham County Young Lawyers’ Association (Lansing, MI, November 18, 2015)
  • Co-presenter, “Tax Training for Pro Bono Attorneys.” The State Bar of Michigan Tax Pro Bono Referral Panel. (Lansing, MI, June 2015)
  • Presenter, “Income Tax Return Basics,” MSU Sloan Graduate Students (East Lansing, MI 2013 – 2015)
  • Panelist, 2012 Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic Annual Grantee Conference “Using fellows in Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic.” (Washington, D.C. December 2012)

Education

Michigan State University

  • J.D., magna cum laude, 2012
  • B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science, 2006
  • B.A., Anthropology, 2006   

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