Professor James M. Delaney Elected as an American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) Fellow

Professor James M. Delaney

Professor James M. Delaney, the Winston S. Howard Distinguished Professor of Law and Federal Tax Law expert at the University of Wyoming College of Law, was recently recognized and honored by the membership of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (ACTEC) who elected Professor Delaney as Fellow of the College.

ACTEC is comprised of members or “Fellows” who practice throughout the United States, Canada and other foreign countries. To qualify for membership, a lawyer must have no less than 10 years of experience in the active practice or teaching of probate and trust law or estate planning. Lawyers and law professors are elected to be Fellows based on their outstanding reputation, exceptional skill, and substantial scholarly contributions to the field by writing, teaching and participating in bar activities. It is ACTEC’s aim to improve and reform probate, trust and tax laws, procedures, and professional responsibility.

Professor Delaney was elected based upon his active involvement in the work of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association and his numerous publications and presentations at tax conferences, which are national, regional, and statewide.  The members considered Professor Delaney’s scholarly publications, extensive teaching experience in the field of tax law, and his previous service to the United States Judiciary as Counsel to the Chief Judge of the United States Tax Court as well as his service as an Attorney Advisor to the Honorable Judge Robert P. Ruwe, Judge, United States Tax Court.

With research interests focused on domestic and international tax law, Professor Delaney is considered a most exceptional and prolific scholar on the College of Law faculty. In addition to his prestigious admission into ACTEC, he also recently co-authored an article, “Recent Developments in Federal Income Taxation: The Year 2019,” which has been accepted for publication in The Tax Lawyer.

Professor Delaney co-presented this paper with his co-author and colleague, Prof. Bruce McGovern, at this year’s ABA Midyear Tax Conference in Boca Raton, which took place in February.  The paper was posted on SSRN in early March and is currently on the SSRN’s Top Ten download list.

Professor Delaney was appointed as the Winston Howard Distinguished Professor of Law in 2017 after serving as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs of the College of Law.  He joined the College of Law faculty in 2003 and is renowned for his outstanding teaching in courses on federal income taxation, corporate taxation, partnership taxation, estate & gift taxation, estate planning, and contracts law. Before joining the Wyoming faculty, Professor Delaney worked at Perkins Coie, LLP, Seattle, Washington. At Perkins Coie, LLP, he advised international and domestic clients in the areas of corporate, partnership and personal U.S. federal tax law. Professor Delaney graduated from the University of Florida College of Law with an LL.M. in Taxation after completing his Juris Doctorate at Gonzaga University School of Law.

ACTEC Fellows are considered to be elites in the field of trust and estate law. Professor Delaney is now one of only seven members in the entire state of Wyoming to be recognized by the organization. The College of Law is extremely proud of Professor Delaney on this incredibly high distinction.

“I am very honored to be recognized by ACTEC,” says Delaney. “I am thankful to the College and especially the Wyoming members for their confidence and support.”


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