Akron Law to Host Leading Tax Authority on Nov. 5


Akron Law to Host Leading Tax Authority on Nov. 5

Akron, Ohio, Oct. 26, 2009 - The University of Akron School of Law will host a lecture by leading tax authority Rick Grafmeyer, a 1982 graduate of the School of Law on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. in Room 152. The event is free and open to the public.

Grafmeyer is currently a partner with Capitol Tax Partners, Washington D.C.'s largest independent consulting firm specializing in tax legislative and regulatory matters. He served as chief tax advisor to Sen. John McCain during the 2008 Presidential election. From 1998 to 2000, he was deputy chief of staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) and was responsible for major simplification study (three volumes), and separate studies on Tax Code penalty and disclosure provisions and tax-exempt organizations issued by JCT.

In the 1990s, Grafmeyer was nominated to the Social Security Advisory Council by President Clinton and was the deputy republican staff director of the Senate Finance Committee. He also served as senior republican tax counsel for the Senate Finance Committee and was responsible for general business tax issues, tax-exempt organizations, employee benefits, tax accounting, and IRS compliance.

Prior to his work on Capitol Hill, Grafmeyer was a partner in Arthur Andersen's National Office of Federal Tax Services and the leader of the firm's legislative practice and involved in regulatory and administrative issues before the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service.  He also was a partner with Ernst & Young and National Director for Washington Tax Services focusing on tax issues before Congress or pending within Treasury or the IRS.

Grafmeyer is also a frequent commentator on tax and budget issues for CNN, CNBC, and PBS Nightly Business News.

About The University of Akron

The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. The Princeton Review listed UA among the "Best in the Midwest" in its 2008 edition of Best Colleges: Region-by-Region. Serving 26,000 students, the University offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.

About The University of Akron School of Law

The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit www.uakron.edu/law.