Tax expert Diana Leyden directs and teaches in the Law School’s Tax Clinic, where students represent low-income taxpayers at various stages of tax controversies with the IRS and the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services. The holder of an LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center and a J.D. from UConn Law, Professor Leyden’s legal experience includes clerking for the Honorable Herbert Chabot of the United States Tax Court and practicing tax law with Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, DC and Day, Berry & Howard in Boston. Prior to beginning her career teaching tax law at UConn Law, Professor Leyden served for seven years (1988-1995) as a hearing officer and manager with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue Appeal & Review Bureau, after which she spent two years as a senior staff attorney with the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services’ Legal Division.
The recipient of the American Bar Association’s Tax Section Pro Bono Award in 2005 – an honor for which she was nominated by her Law School students – Professor Leyden is an active participant in and frequent speaker before the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Tax Section, as well as a frequent panelist at conferences and symposia examining various tax-related issues. She has been a contributing author to CCH’s Connecticut Tax Handbook, for which she wrote two chapters in 2011, and is the author of Advocating for Low Income Taxpayers: A Clinical Studies Casebook and Practice Handbook (now in its 5th edition and published in e-book format). Other recent publications by Professor Leyden include a chapter in Effectively Representing Your Clients Before the IRS, an ABA publication.
Professor Leyden is the faculty liaison with Hartford area community groups that operate a free income tax return preparation program known as VITA. Students interesting in volunteering for this program should contact Professor Leyden during the fall semester.