May 21, 2010

NYU Wagner’s Lily Batchelder Named U.S. Senate Finance Committee’s Chief Tax Counsel

Lily Batchelder, who teaches at NYU Wagner, has been named Chief Tax Counsel for the Finance Committee of the United States Senate.

"I'm glad to welcome Lily back to the Senate Finance Committee's tax team," commented Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the panel, who named Batchelder to the position. "Lily's wide range of experience and expert knowledge of tax and public policy make her an invaluable advisor to the Finance Committee as we continue our efforts to create jobs, help small businesses grow, close the tax gap and explore tax reform.

In addition to her role as an Affiliated Faculty at Wagner, Batchelder currently serves as a Professor of Law and Public Policy at the New York University School of Law,and as an Affiliated Scholar with the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center.

 Prior to that, she was an Assistant Professor and an Associate Professor at New York University School of Law and a visiting professor at Harvard Law School.  She has worked as a Tax Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and conducted research as a Wiener Fellow at the Wiener Center on Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  Batchelder has also worked in the New York State Government, as a social worker, as a law clerk for the Senate Finance Committee's tax office and for the Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice.  She has testified as a tax policy expert before the Senate Finance Committee and the Joint Economic Committee.

A native of Brookline, Mass., Batchelder earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.


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