Susannah Camic Tahk

Associate Professor of Law; Institute for Legal Studies Director; Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development


Susannah Camic Tahk serves as the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at UW Law. She also researches and teaches tax law and policy and supervises UW Law's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. She is currently the Rowe Faculty Fellow in Regulatory Law as well as an affiliate of UW-Madison's Institute for Research on Poverty. She also serves as the director of UW Law's Institute for Legal Studies and chairs the school's Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Planning Task Force. Before coming to UW Law, Tahk practiced in the tax group in the Washington, DC office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where she focused on controversy and policy matters. 

A graduate of Madison's Memorial High School, Tahk received her B.A. magna cum laude in economics and ethics, politics and economics from Yale University, where she also received an M.A. in political science as a Sterling Prize Fellow. Tahk received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was executive editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation and a student director of the Landlord-Tenant Clinic. Tahk's articles have appeared or will appear in the Tax Law Review, the Columbia Journal of Tax Law, the Arizona Law Review, the Brooklyn Law Review, the Penn State Law Review, the Fordham Law Review, the Harvard Journal on Legislation, the Pittsburgh Tax Review and the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics (see Jotwell coverage here and here).

Tahk is currently writing a book tentatively titled The Tax War on Poverty that explores the reasons for and consequences of tax policies that address poverty in the US. In 2015, Tahk received the Vilas Early Career Investigator Award from UW-Madison and was named an Up and Coming Lawyer by the Wisconsin Law Journal. In 2017, she won the Pro Bono Award from Wisconsin's Association for Women Lawyers.

Tahk is the faculty adviser to UW Law's Journal of Law, Gender & Society. She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, belongs to the community at Grace Episcopal Church, eats cheese, and volunteers as a welcome center greeter at the Beacon, Madison's day resource center for people experiencing homelessness. Tahk is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and in Wisconsin.

For her articles, see her SSRN page. 

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