Interview Professor

Leandra Lederman

Professor of Tax Law

How long have you been teaching at Indiana University Maurer School of Law? And what brought you here?

15 years. I moved from another law school because of the combination of collegiality and intellectual engagement at Indiana Law.

What defines Indiana University Maurer School of Law? What is unique about it?

The Maurer Law School is a global school in a college town, on a beautiful campus. It is interdisciplinary, inclusive, and intellectually rigorous.

What is your daily routine as a professor?

I read and write about tax, whether preparing for class or working on articles for publication. I teach several days a week. Most days, I meet with students or colleagues. Currently, I am at the University of Luxembourg on a Fulbright research grant, so my day is focused on research and writing a comparative article.

Which course(s) do you teach?

Introduction to Income Tax, Corporate Tax, Tax Policy Colloquium, and Seminar in Tax Procedure

How do you support young lawyers at Indiana University Maurer School of Law?

I like to mentor law students and young lawyers. I frequently make suggestions for tax-related activities and job hunting.

What quallifications / prior knowledge do you require students to have in order to study at Indiana University Maurer School of Law (i.e. admission requirements but also soft skills)?

Attention to detail and tolerance for amiguity are very helpful for the study of law.

What do you value most about working at Indiana University Maurer School of Law?

The wonderful community.

What do you do in your leisure time?

I love to travel and to study foreign languages. I speak French and Spanish and am currently studying German at the intermediate level.

Name three term that you associate with the word „law“.

Justice, rights, governance

You are planning a law-free weekend on a desert island and you are allowed to take only three things with you. What would they be?

Is a person a thing? If not, 3 novels.

Which advice would you like to give every young lawyer?

The first job isn’t usually the last job. You’ll learn from every job. It’s a small world; treat everyone you meet fairly and with respect.