Stephen W. Mazza

Dean and Professor of Law
Primary office:
785-864-9266
202 Green Hall


Stephen Mazza joined the KU Law faculty in 1998 and was named dean in April 2011. An honors graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law, he received his LL.M. from New York University School of Law where he was managing editor of the Tax Law Review. After practicing in the tax section of a large Atlanta law firm, he returned to NYU as an acting assistant professor teaching in the LL.M. tax program. Professor Mazza has expanded the number of tax offerings at KU, teaching separate courses in Taxation of Mergers and Acquisitions, Tax Procedure and Tax Policy. He also coordinates the law schools tax certificate program and VITA program. Professor Mazza is an active member of the tax section of the Kansas Bar Association and a frequent speaker on tax issues.

Courses Taught:
  • Federal Income Taxation
  • Federal Tax Procedure
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Tax Policy

Education

LL.M., New York University, 1993, Graduate Editor, New York University Tax Law Review; J.D., Alabama, 1992, Editor, University of Alabama Law Review; B.S., Samford University, 1989.

Teaching

Federal Income Taxation, Federal Tax Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Tax Policy

Admitted

Georgia 1993

Career History

Tax Associate, Kilpatrick & Stockton, Atlanta 1993-95; Acting Assistant Professor, New York University 1995-97; Managing Editor, New York University Tax Law Review; Visiting Assistant Professor, Mercer 1997-98; Associate Professor, Kansas 1998-2004; Professor since 2004.

Research

Federal tax procedure, tax compliance.

Memberships

Order of the Coif.

Selected Publications

Casebook and Related Materials

"Tax Controversies: Practice and Procedure" (3rd ed.), with Leandra Lederman, Lexis Publishing (2009).

Articles

"Tax Evasion and Avoidance in the United States," with Tracy Kaye, to be published by the Confederation Fiscale Europeenne as part of a forthcoming collection of essays

"Measuring Rates of Return on Lobbying Expenditures: An Empirical Case Study of Tax Breaks for Multinational Corporations," with Raquel Alexander and Susan Scholtz, 25 Journal of Law and Policy 401 (2009)

"Taxpayer Rights in the United States: Balancing Taxpayer Protections and Compliance," with Tracy Kaye, in "Taxpayer Rights and Taxpayer Charters, 50th Anniversary Book of the Confederation Fiscale Europeenne" (2009)

"Limitation by Regulation: Heads the Service Wins, Tails the Taxpayer Loses?" with Leandra Lederman, 30 ABA Section of Taxation Newsquarterly 6 (Fall 2010)

Selected Presentations

"The Effect of Public Disclosure on Reported Taxable Income," panelist, National Tax Association Conference, Chicago (2010).

Why KU
  • Top 25 among public law schools — Business Insider
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 2 wrongfully convicted citizens serving life sentences freed in 2015
  • 7,700+ alumni in all 50 states, D.C., 3 U.S. territories, and 20 foreign countries
  • 91 percent overall employment rate for Class of 2015 – top 23.3 percent nationally
  • 23rd in the nation for most-improved employment rates
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks and treatises
  • 25th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation
  • 21st: “Best Schools for Practical Training”
  • 77 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • National Champions: 2016 National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition
  • #19 moot court program in the nation
  • #17 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine