Herwig Schlunk

Professor of Law

Herwig Schlunk's scholarship is concentrated on questions of corporate income taxation and individual income taxation. Before joining the Vanderbilt Law faculty in 1999, Professor Schlunk clerked for Judge Richard A. Posner of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago and spent several years in the private sector, first as an attorney with the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago and then as a mergers and acquisitions specialist at Koch Industries in Wichita, Kansas. He has been a visiting professor at New York University Law School and University of Virginia Law School. He is currently teaching courses in individual income taxation and corporate income taxation.

Research Interests

Corporate income taxation, individual income taxation, state and local taxation

Representative Publications

  • “Why Every State Should Have an Income Tax (and a Retail Sales Tax, Too),” 78 Mississippi Law Journal 637(2009)
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  • "Fixing the AMT by Including Capital Gains in the AMT Tax Base,” 119 Tax Notes 743 (2008)
  • "Rationalizing the Taxation of Reorganizations and Other Corporate Acquisitions," Virginia Tax Review (2007)
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  • "A Minimalist Approach to Corporate Income Taxation," SMU Law Review (2006)
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  • “A Lifetime Income Tax,” Virginia Tax Review (2006)
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  • “Double Taxation: The Unappreciated Ideal,” 102 Tax Notes 893 (2004)
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  • "How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Double Taxation," 79 Notre Dame Law Review 127 (December 2003)
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  • "I Come Not To Praise the Corporate Income Tax, but To Save It," 56 Tax Law Review 329 (2003)
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  • "Little Boxes: Can Optimal Commodity Tax Methodology Save the Debt-Equity Distinction?" 80 Texas Law Review 859 (2002)
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  • "The Cashless Corporate Tax," 55 Tax Law Review 1 (2001)
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Contact Information

(615) 322-1527 (voice)
(615) 322-6631 (fax)
Room 281 (office)

Curriculum Vitae



J.D., M.B.A., M.S., B.A. University of Chicago