Temple LL.M. Team Takes Top Honors in ABA Tax Challenge

Temple LL.M. Team
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PHILADELPHIA, PA—Jennifer Breton and Joshua Runyan LAW ’19, both students in Temple’s Graduate Tax program, have placed first in the LL.M. Division of the prestigious ABA Law Student Tax Challenge, held this year in Boca Raton, Florida.

The Tax Challenge, which is open to students at accredited law schools competing in teams of two in separate JD and LL.M. divisions, tests both mastery of complex tax analysis and written and oral advocacy skills.

Professor Andy Weiner, who directs the Graduate Tax Program and served as the team’s faculty advisor, noted that the team had everything they needed to excel. “Jen and Josh are talented students who were well-prepared by their Temple education,” Weiner remarked. “This year’s hypotheticals focused on partnership tax and international tax. Jen and Josh had taken Partnership Tax and were in the middle of International Tax with Professors Abreu and Arnold when they were working on their written submissions. They had developed good instincts, and they were confident. They worked extremely hard too, but they had a great rapport, as noted by the judges of their oral defense, and had a good time. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Pictured above, from L to R: Tom Callahan, Chair of the ABA Section on Taxation, Jennifer Breton LLM ’20, Joshua Runyan LAW ’19 LLM ’20. Photo credit Robb Cohen Photography & Video.

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