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Chye-Ching Huang

Chye-Ching Huang

Chye-Ching Huang is the Executive Director of the Tax Law Center at NYU Law. Before starting the Tax Law Center, Huang was senior director of economic policy for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where she worked on the analysis and design of a wide range of federal tax, fiscal, and economic policy proposals, in collaboration with tax academics, practitioners, analysts, and advocates.

Huang has written on a wide range of federal tax and fiscal and economic policy issues, testified several times before Congress on tax issues, and appears regularly in the media. 

Previously, Huang was a tax academic at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, where she published research on tax law, policy, and regulation, and taught graduate and undergraduate tax law.  She also practiced in tax for New Zealand commercial law firm Chapman Tripp. She has consulted for the International Budget Partnership on fiscal policymaking processes and institutions.

Huang holds an  LLM from Columbia Law School, where she was a Sir Wallace Rowling/Fulbright and James Kent Scholar, and a Bachelor of Law (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Twitter: @dashching

Rose Jenkins

Rose Jenkins

Rose Jenkins is a Senior Attorney Advisor at the Tax Law Center at NYU Law. She has over a decade of experience focusing on corporate and international tax matters, particularly issues relating to the subpart F, GILTI, and PFIC rules.

Prior to joining the Tax Law Center, Jenkins was a Managing Director in the International Tax group within KPMG’s Washington National Tax office. Before KPMG, Jenkins was in the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (International) at the IRS, finally as a Special Counsel. Throughout her time at the IRS, she worked extensively on regulations and other administrative guidance. Jenkins worked on guidance related to section 956, inversions, section 385, and the PFIC regime, and, after enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, regulations implementing the transition tax and GILTI and guidance related to the repeal of section 958(b)(4). Jenkins started her career as an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where she worked on a wide variety of corporate, partnership, and international tax issues. Jenkins has worked with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) centers to provide tax return preparation assistance to low-income community members, particularly those in need of Spanish-language assistance.

Jenkins holds an LLM from NYU Law, a JD from University of Texas Law, and an MA and BA from Stanford University.

Jenkins is admitted to practice law in New York.

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Michael Kaercher

Mike Kaercher is a Senior Attorney Advisor at the Tax Law Center at NYU Law. He has over a decade of experience on a broad range of complex federal tax issues. 

Prior to joining the Tax Law Center, Kaercher spent two years on detail to the House Ways and Means majority tax staff. While there, he designed and advanced tax policy in various substantive areas, including certain COVID relief provisions, green energy tax policy, and excise taxes. 

For seven years, he was an employee of the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (International) at the IRS, where he advised the IRS on interpretation, administration, and enforcement of various international tax regimes, including the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), the Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income (GILTI) regime, and the Subpart F regime. In that role, he also drafted certain regulations and other guidance related to these regimes. 

Prior to joining the government, Kaercher was an associate at Ivins, Phillips & Barker, and at WilmerHale, where he advised large corporations and universities, primarily on employee benefits matters. 

Kaercher holds a JD from Harvard Law School, and a BA from Colgate University. 

Kaercher is admitted to practice law in Washington, DC and Maryland.

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Tabetha Peavey

Tabetha Peavey is an Attorney Advisor for the Tax Law Center at NYU Law and focuses on transfer tax issues. Before starting at the Tax Law Center, Peavey was a senior associate at Venable LLP, where she worked on wealth transfer planning, charitable planning, U.S. tax planning and cross-border planning for high-net-worth individuals and families. During her time in private practice, Peavey regularly spoke on a variety of issues related to US and international tax and estate planning. 

Peavey holds a JD from UC Berkeley School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Natural Sciences from Fordham University. While in law school, Tabetha served as a judicial extern to Judge Harry Pregerson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and was managing editor of the Ecology Law Quarterly. 

Peavey is admitted to practice law in California. 

Sophia Yan

Sophia Yan

Sophia Yan is an Attorney Advisor for the Tax Law Center at NYU Law.  Before starting at the Tax Law Center, Yan was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where she worked on federal and state tax controversy and planning matters, advising multinational corporations, exempt organizations, and high-net worth individuals. Her work included transfer pricing, Subpart F, and issues arising out of audits and examinations from state and federal tax authorities. 

Yan holds a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a BA in Public Policy, with honors, from the University of Chicago. During law school, Yan was a tax law clerk at the Senate Finance Committee and an intern at the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Philadelphia office. She also served as Executive Editor of the Journal of Law and Social Change. Prior to law school, Yan worked in the enforcement division of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. 

Yan is admitted to practice law in Washington, DC. 

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Kathleen Bryant

Kathleen Bryant is a Legal Research Associate at the Tax Law Center at NYU Law. Before joining the Tax Law Center, Bryant spent three years on the Federal Fiscal Policy team at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), where she conducted research on federal tax policy, federal appropriations, macroeconomic trends, and paid family and medical leave policies. Bryant also served for two tax seasons as a certified tax preparer through the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. She also previously interned for the Economic Policy Institute, CBPP's Government Affairs team, and EMILY's List.

Bryant graduated from The College of William & Mary in 2018 with a B.A. in Public Policy and a minor in History. 

Taylor Crane

Taylor Cranor

Taylor Cranor is a Tax Law and Policy Fellow at the Tax Law Center at NYU Law. She previously worked as an Empirical Research Fellow at Stanford Law School, where she designed and analyzed randomized control trials to increase take up of refundable tax credits. Cranor has interned at the National Economic Council, the Joint Committee on Taxation, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Cranor has volunteered for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) for three years.

Cranor graduated from Yale Law School in 2021 and from Wellesley College with a degree in economics summa cum laude in 2016. 

Emily Shi

Emily Shi

Emily Shi is a Tax Law and Policy Fellow at the Tax Law Center at NYU Law. She is a recent SJD graduate from the University of Virginia School of Law. Her dissertation analyzed the impacts of federal housing funds on social mobility, economic welfare loss of untaxed imputed rents, and taxpayer behavior. Shi interned at the Community Tax Law Project, where she focused on innocent spouse relief issues for low-income taxpayers, and performed tax law research for the Mississippi Center for Justice and Animal Defense Partnership.

Shi also holds a Taxation LLM with a Certificate in International Tax from Georgetown Law Center.    

Professional Staff

Peggy Chen

Peggy Chen

Peggy Chen is the Operations Manager at the Tax Law Center at NYU Law. Before joining the Tax Law Center team, Peggy was an administrative secretary at NYU Law. She assisted various professors in travel preparation, event planning, and managing course budgets, assignments, and materials.  

Chen is a current MBA candidate at NYU Stern, focusing on digital marketing and business analytics. She is also an NYU alum, having earned her bachelor’s degree from NYU Steinhardt. 

Richard Chen

Richard Chen

Richard Chen is the Director for Operations and Strategy of the Tax Law Center at NYU Law. He has a decade of experience in higher education, specializing in strategic planning, financial management, and building infrastructure for start-up teams within universities. 

Prior to joining the Tax Law Center, Chen was the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Office of Global Partnerships at The New School. He previously helped launch the Institute for Executive Education at NYU Law, managed logistics for international programs at NYU Stern, and worked in financial accounting and reporting at JP Morgan. 

He holds an MPA in Public & Nonprofit Management from NYU Wagner and a BS in Finance and International Business from NYU Stern. 

Founding Faculty Directors (currently on public service leave)

Lily Batchelder

(currently on public service leave)

Lily Batchelder is the Robert C. Kopple Family Professor of Taxation at NYU School of Law and an affiliated professor at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service.

From 2014 to 2015, she served as Deputy Director of the White House National Economic Council and Deputy Assistant to the President under President Obama. There, she was responsible for tax and budget issues, including tax reform, retirement policy, and low-income benefits. From 2010 to 2014, she served as Majority Chief Tax Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, where she led Chairman Baucus’s work on tax issues, including tax reform and the fiscal cliffs.

Batchelder’s principal areas of research and teaching are federal income taxes, wealth transfer taxes, and social insurance. Her scholarship centers on tax expenditures, business tax reform, retirement savings policy, wealth transfer taxes, optimal tax theory, and the effects of fiscal policy on economic insecurity, income disparities, and intergenerational mobility. Apart from her academic work, she regularly appears in the media and advises policymakers on fiscal policy matters. She is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and on the board of Tax Analysts.

Before joining NYU in 2005, Batchelder was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, director of community affairs for a New York state senator, and a client advocate for a small social services organization in Ocean Hill-Brownsville, Brooklyn. Batchelder received an AB in Political Science with honors and distinction from Stanford University, an MPP in Microeconomics and Human Services from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a JD from Yale Law School.

David Kamin

(currently on public service leave)

David Kamin is Professor of Law at New York University School of Law.

His scholarship focuses on budget and tax policy. He has written on a range of areas including taxation of capital, tax planning, tax reform options, retirement security, and budget process.

Prior to joining NYU, Kamin worked in President Obama's administration from 2009 to 2012. There, he served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the White House, working to coordinate tax and budget policy. Prior to that, Kamin worked as special assistant, and later adviser, to the Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

Kamin has also worked at the Committee for Economic Development and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, focusing on budget projections, tax legislation, and social security reform in those positions.

Kamin earned a B.A. in Economics and Political Science, with highest honors, from Swarthmore College, where he was the commencement speaker in 2002. In 2009, He earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from NYU School of Law.