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Allison Anna Tait
Professor of Law
Courses Taught Trusts and Estates Family Law
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Allison Tait is a an associate professor of law at the University of Richmond where she teaches trusts and estates, family law, estate planning, critical theory, and feminist legal theory. Professor Tait joined the University of Richmond Law faculty in 2015. Before coming to Richmond, she was an Associate-in-Law at Columbia Law School. She also clerked for the Hon. Richard Palmer of the Connecticut Supreme Court and spent a year as the Gender Equity Postdoctoral Fellow for the Yale Women Faculty Forum. 

Professor Tait's research addresses questions of family wealth preservation and transfer as well as the role of marriage in the household economy from a critical perspective. Recently,  she has written about the legal framework of high-wealth exceptionalism,  the regulation of wealth transfer in family businesses, the use of new trust forms to shelter marital assets, and the division of assets in same-sex divorces.

Grants and Fellowships
Lillian Goldman Perpetual Scholarship Recipien, Yale Law School, (2009 - 2011)
Presidential Public Service Fellow, Yale Law School, (2009 - 2009)
Presentations
Presenter, "Inheriting Privilege," DC Area Family Law Workshop, Howard Law School (November 2020)
Moderator, "Wealth and Taxes: Will the ERA help?," Two Centuries of the Equal Rights Amendment, University of Florida, Levin College of Law (September 2020)
Presenter, "The Wealth of Families," Family Law Scholars and Teachers Annual Meeting, Family Law Scholars and Teachers Conference (June 2020)
Commentator, "Empirical Injustice," Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Law and Society Association (May 2020)
Commentator, "Perspectives on Sex, Work and New Legal Orders," Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Law and Society Association (May 2020)
Commentator, "Remarks on the new Oxford Handbook on Law and Humanities," Association of Law, Culture, & Humanities Annual Meeting, Association of Law, Culture, & Humanities (March 2020)
Presenter, "Trust as Patrimony," Law Faculty Colloquy, Boston College Law (September 2019)
Presenter, "Trust as Patrimony," Law Faculty Colloquy, Wake Forest School of Law (September 2019)
Commentator, "Emerging Interdisciplinary Scholarship in Trusts & Estates," SEALS Annual Conference, SEALS (August 2019)
Commentator, "Discussion Group: Topic Coverage of a Modern Trusts & Estates Course," SEALS Annual Conference, SEALS (July 2019)
Panelist, "Comments on panel entitled Finding Aesthetics in Unexpected Places," Law & Society Association Annual Conference, (June 2019)
Panelist, "Comments on panel entitled Planning for an Unstable Future," Law & Society Association Annual Conference, (June 2019)
Presenter, "Divorce Lending," Law & Society Association Annual Conference, (May 2019)
Presenter, "Inheriting the Family," Family Law Scholars and Teachers Conference 2019, Howard University School of Law (May 2019)
Presenter, "The Private Lives of High-Wealth Families," Shifting Normativities, UBC Allard School of Law (May 2019)
Presenter, "Divorce Lending," Law, Culture, and Humanities 2019, ASLCH (March 2019)
Presenter, "Confronting Injustice and Memory in the Public Square," AALS 2019 Annual Conference, Association of American Law Schools (January 2019)
Professional Experience
Professor (2020 - present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA
Associate Professor (2018 - 2020)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA
Assistant Professor (2015 - 2020)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA
Associate-in-Law (2013 - 2015)
Columbia Law School, New York, NY
Gender Equity Postdoctoral Associate (2011 - 2012)
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Publications
Journal Articles

The Law of High-Wealth Exceptionalism, Alabama Law Review 71 (2020).

Trusting Marriage, 10 U.C. Irvine Law Review 199 (2019).

Corporate Family Law, 112 Northwestern University Law Review 1 (2017).

Divorce Equality, 90 Washington Law Review 1245 (2015).

Publicity Rules for Public Trusts, 33 Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal 421 (2015).

The Secret Economy of Charitable Giving, 95 Boston University Law Review 1663 (2015).

Book Chapters

The Private Lives of High-Wealth Families, in Shifting Normativities: Families, Feminisms, and Law (University of British Columbia Press) (2020).

Rewritten opinion on Karsenty v. Schoukroun, in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Trusts & Estates Opinions (Deborah Gordon et al., eds.) (September 2020).

Commentary on United States v. Windsor, in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Tax Opinions (Bridget Crawford et al., eds.) (2017).

Constructing Courts: Architecture, the Ideology of Judging, and the Public Sphere, in Treatise on Legal Visual Semiotics (with Judith Resnik et al.) (2012).

Blog Posts

Of Trusts, Gender, and Grammar, Jotwell (January 2020) (review of Deborah Gordon's Engendering Trust).

Teaching Trusts & Estate as Critical Wealth Genealogy, Law and Political Economy Blog (October 2019).

The New Trust Code, Law and Political Economy Blog (July 2019).

Additional Publications

Is My Family Constitution Unconstitutional? Law & Inequality (Sue Sponte, Online) (May 2019).

Family Law 53 University of Richmond Law Review 81 (2018).

Family Law 52 University of Richmond Law Review 55 (2017).

Family Law 51 University of Richmond Law Review 75 (2016).

The Return of Coverture 114 Michigan Law Review First Impressions 99 (2016).

What We Didn't See Before 24 Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities 3 (2012).

Narrative and the Origins of Law 5 Law and Humanities 11 (with Luke Norris) (2011) (symposium piece).

Polygamy, Publicity, and Locality: The Place of the Public in Marriage Practice 2011 Michigan State Law Review 173 (2011) (symposium piece).

Education
B.A., Bryn Mawr
J.D., Yale Law School
Ph.D., Yale University
Contact Information
Room 214, Law School
(804) 287 1814
(804) 289 8992 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Trusts and Estates
Family Law
Tax-Exempt Organizations
Legal History
Property