Stephen W. Mazza

Dean and Professor of Law
Primary office:
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


Representative Publications

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

"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).

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

Research Interests
Federal tax procedure, tax compliance.

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.

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.

Order of the Coif.

Why KU
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks and treatises
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 34 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,600+ alumni in all 50 states, D.C., and 21 foreign countries
  • #18 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 20th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 80 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • More than 600 employment interviews at law school, 2014-15
  • 92 percent overall employment rate for Class of 2014 – top 20 percent nationally
  • 23rd: for number of law alumni promoted to partner at nation’s largest law firms
  • #1 in Kansas and Missouri for July 2015 bar exam performance