Samuel C. Thompson, Jr.
"Some Thoughts on the Current State of Federal Tax Reform Proposals" Mr. Thompson is a professor of law and the director of the UCLA Law Center for the Study of Mergers and Acquisitions, a position he has held since January 2003. This is a return to UCLA for Thompson, who was a professor at the law school in the early 1990s. Before his return to UCLA, he was at the University of Miami School of Law from 1994 to 2002, serving for four years as dean of the school. In the course of his career, he has been elected teacher of the year three separate times by his students at UCLA and Miami. He has been the partner in charge of the Tax Division of the Chicago based law firm of Schiff, Hardin and Waite, where he practiced for nine years. In the summer of 2003 he worked with the European Union's Antitrust Merger Taskforce in Brussels, Belgium, where he was a member of several case teams and gave lectures on various aspects of mergers and acquisitions. From 1966 to 1969, Thompson served in the U.S. Marine Corps, rising to captain and earning the Navy Commendation Medal, with combat V, for service in Vietnam. He received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971 and his LL.M. in taxation from New York University in 1973. He received a master's degree in business and applied economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969 and a bachelor's degree from West Chester University in 1965, where he played varsity football. He is a graduate of Steelton-Highspire High School in Steelton, where he was on the varsity football, wrestling and track teams.
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