Dean and Professor of LawPhone: (410) 706-2041
BA, 1989, Duke University
JD, magna cum laude, 1996, Georgetown University Law Center
One of the nation’s leading experts on the intersection of tax and campaign finance laws, Dean Tobin comes to Maryland Carey Law from Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he was the John C. Elam/Vorys Sater Professor of Law and also served as associate dean for academic affairs, associate dean for faculty, founding co-director of the Program on Law and Leadership, and senior fellow at the Election Law @ Moritz program.
Prior to joining the Moritz faculty in 2001, Tobin served as an appellate attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Justice Department and as a law clerk for The Honorable Francis Murnaghan, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Tobin began his career on Capitol Hill, working there before, during and after graduating magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from Georgetown Law Center. He served as a professional staff member for U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes (D.-MD), the Senate Committee on the Budget, and the Joint Economic Committee of Congress.
Tobin is the co-author, with Samuel A. Donaldson, of Federal Income Taxation: A Contemporary Approach (West 2014), an interactive casebook that offers students opportunities for feedback on their understanding of the material.
He also has published numerous articles on the use of the tax code to regulate campaign financing, including “Anonymous Speech and Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code” (Georgia Law Review, 2003); “Political Campaigning by Churches and Charities: Hazardous for 501(c)(3)s; Dangerous for Democracy” (Georgetown Law Journal, 2007), a defense of the prohibition on charities and churches engaging in political advocacy; and “Political Advocacy and Taxable Entities, Are They the Next “Loophole?”, (First Amendment Law Review, 2007), one of the first articles to identify a tax loophole that is now a major concern among campaign finance reform groups.
Tobin has testified before the Federal Election Commission and the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight.
He was honored twice while serving at the Department of Justice, receiving the Outstanding Attorney Award, Tax Division, in 1999, and the Volunteer Service Award in 2001.
Tobin is a member of the Maryland and Ohio bars and authorized to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits, and the US. District Court for Maryland.
Federal Income Tax: A Contemporary Approach (2d ed. 2014) (with Samuel Donaldson). [Abstract]
Problems in Tax Ethics (2009) (with Richard Lavoie and Richard E. Trogolo). [Abstract]
Principles of Federal Income Taxation (7th ed. 2005) (with Daniel Q. Posin Jr.). [Abstract]
The 2013 IRS Crisis: Where Do We Go From Here?, 142 Tax Notes 1120 (2014). [Full Text]
The Internal Revenue Service and a Crisis of Confidence: A New Regulatory Approach for a New Era, 16 Florida Tax Review 429 (2014). [Full Text]
Campaign Disclosure and Tax-Exempt Entities: A Quick Repair to the Regulatory Plumbing, 10 Election Law Journal 427 (2011). [Full Text]
Congress Should Not Lower the Standard for Tax Return Preparers, 120 Tax Notes 471 (2008). [Full Text]
Political Advocacy and Taxable Entities: Are They the Next "Loophole"?, 6 First Amendment Law Review 41 (2007). [Full Text]
Political Campaigning by Churches and Charities: Hazardous for 501(c)(3)s, Dangerous for Democracy, 95 Georgetown Law Journal 1313 (2007). [Full Text]
Taxpayer Standing and DaimlerChrysler v. Cuno: Where Do We Go from Here?, 110 Tax Notes 863 (2006) (with Kristin Hickman). [Full Text]
Investing in Our Children: A Not So Radical Proposal, 73 University of Cincinnati Law Review 457 (2004). [Full Text]
Regulate, Don't Eliminate, 527s, 46 The Exempt Organization Tax Review 31 (2004) (with Edward B. Foley). [Full Text]
Tax Code Section 527 Groups Not an End-Run Around McCain-Feingold, 72 U.S. Law Week 2403 (2004) (with Edward B. Foley). [Full Text]
Anonymous Speech and Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code, 37 Georgia Law Review 611 (2003). [Full Text]
Campaign Finance Disclosure and Section 527 of the Code: A Look at the District Court's Opinion in National Federation of Republican Assemblies, 38 The Exempt Organization Tax Review 43 (2002), reprinted in 97 Tax Notes 407 (2002). [Full Text]
Less Is More: A Move Toward Sanity in the Budget Process, 16 Saint Louis University Public Law Review 115 (1996). [Full Text]
The Balanced Budget Amendment: Will Judges Become Accountants? A Look at State Experiences, 12 Journal of Law & Politics 153 (1996). [Full Text]
Note, The Tax Court Revisits the Golsen Rule: Lardas v. Commissioner, 47 Tax Lawyer 559 (1994). [Full Text]
Donald Tobin of the School of Law was quoted in the article "UMaryland launches postgrad business fellowship program" on nationaljurist.com
Donald Tobin of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Maryland Law Fellowships Emphasize Business Experience" on nationallawjournal.com.
School of Law dean Donald Tobin was quoted in the article "Fellowships for law grads will offer experience in the corporate world" in The Daily Record.
Donald Tobin of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake ’95 to Deliver 2015 Hooding Keynote Address for University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Graduating Students" on baltimore.citybizlist.com
Donald Tobin of the School of Law was quoted in The Daily Record article "Mayor to give keynote address at UM Carey graduation." The article was excerpted on CenterMaryland.org.
School of Law dean Donald Tobin was quoted in the article "More Maryland law grads finding jobs, but still below national average" in The Daily Record.
Donald Tobin of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Civil Unrest In Baltimore, But Won't Someone Please Think Of The Law Students" on abovethelaw.com
The School of Law and Dean Donald Tobin, Kathleen Hoke, James Grimmelmann, Michelle Harner, and Danielle Citron of the School of Law were mentioned in the article "FAN 53.1 (First Amendment News) U. Maryland Law to Host Conference: 'The Impact of the First Amendment on American Business'" on Concurring Opinions.
Donald Tobin of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Law clinic bill voted down in House committee" in the Cumberland Times-News.
Dean Donald Tobin of the School of Law was quoted and the School of Nursing was mentioned in the article "UB Law moves up in U.S. News rankings" in The Daily Record.
Dean Donald Tobin of the School of Law was mentioned and Robert Percival of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Maryland Carey Law and Pace Form Environmental Law Alliance" on CitibizList.
Donald Tobin of the School of Law was quoted in the Cumberland Times-News article "Law school dean concerned by law clinic bill."
Dean Donald Tobin of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Copyright Your Future With Patent Law at UMB" in DC Inno.
Donald Tobin of the School of Law was mentioned in the article "Why Don't Republicans Want to Allow Pastors to Endorse from Pulpit?" on religiondispatches.org
Donald Tobin of the School of Law was quoted, and Patricia Campbell of the School of Law and Michael Greenberger of the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security at the School of Law were both mentioned in the article "University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Announces New Specializations in Patent Law and Crisis Management for Master of Science in Law Degree" on baltimore.citybizlist.com.
Donald Tobin of the School of Law was quoted in The Daily Record article "MSBA, state's two law schools hatch a plan for legal incubator." The article was excerpted on CenterMaryland.org