UCLA School of Law Professor Jason Oh has received a faculty chair appointment in recognition of his substantial contributions to the study of tax law – including, on May 12, his latest appearance before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee.
Faculty chairs acknowledge the distinction of the law school’s outstanding professors and are made possible by the incredible generosity of UCLA Law’s alumni and friends. UCLA Law has 69 full-time faculty members and 35 endowed chairs.
Oh has been appointed to the Lowell Milken Chair in Law. A member of the UCLA Law faculty since 2012 and the faculty co-director of UCLA Law’s Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy, he is an authority in tax policy and public finance. His record of scholarship and policymaking features multiple publications, appearances in the media, and testimonies before Congress. Oh also serves on the board of directors of the National Tax Association. The Lowell Milken Chair in Law was endowed in 2020 with a $1 million gift to support the career development of an emerging leader in the tax or business law areas.
In his May 12 appearance before the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, Oh participated in a panel titled “Funding Our Nation’s Priorities: Reforming the Tax Code’s Advantageous Treatment of the Wealthy.” He discussed the disparate impacts of the country’s current tax structure on wealthy versus lower-income Americans.
“What matters is the overall progressivity of the tax-and-spend system,” he said. “Given the current level of inequality in America, we need a multiple-pronged approach. Pairing tax increases on the wealthy with spending programs focused on low- and middle-income households could dramatically improve progressivity.”
Before joining UCLA Law, Oh was a tax attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and an acting assistant professor of tax law at NYU School of Law. He earned his B.A. from Harvard University and J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Watch Oh’s complete May 12 Congressional testimony here.