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James R. Repetti

William J. Kenealy, S.J., Professor


The inaugural holder of the William J. Kenealy, S.J. Chair, Professor Repetti is co-author of the texts, Partnership Income Taxation, Introduction to United States International Taxation, Federal Wealth Transfer Taxation, Problems in Federal Wealth Transfer Taxation, and Tax Aspects of Organizing and Operating a Business. He is also a contributing author to the treatises, Comparative Income Taxation: A Structural Analysis and to The International Guide to Partnerships.

Professor Repetti's numerous influential articles on taxation include "Democracy and Opportunity: A New Paradigm in Tax Equity" in the Vanderbilt Law Review, "Textualism and Tax Shelters" in the Virginia Tax Review and "Democracy, Taxes and Wealth" in the NYU Law Review. He has acted as a consultant to the US Senate, Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department, and has appeared as a commentator in publications such as Bloomberg, the Washington Post, Marketplace, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Forbes Magazine, Wall Street Journal and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

Professor Repetti is the cofounder of the Boston College Law School Tax Policy Workshop and has organized and moderated several Symposia at Boston College. They include “The Centennial of the Estate and Gift Tax: Perspectives and Recommendations” (cosponsored by the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Foundation) articles from which were published in the Boston College Law Review, “Reforming Entity Taxation” (cosponsored with Tax Analysts) articles from which were published in Tax Notes, and “The State of the Federal Income Tax: Rates, Progressivity, and Budget Processes” articles from which were published in the Boston College Law Review.  He has also served the University in a number of capacities, including as the Associate Dean of Academics for the Law School, chair of the Law School Appointments Committee for several years, and a member of the University Provost Search Committee and the Law School Dean Search Committee.

He is the former Chair of the Executive Committee of the Tax Section of the American Association of Law Schools and is an Academic Fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel. He practiced at Ropes & Gray until joining the Law School faculty and subsequently served as of counsel to Hill & Barlow. He holds a peer review “AV Preeminent” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating available to lawyers.

Professor Repetti was featured as a “Master Teacher” in Boston College Magazine in 2011 and Law School students from all three classes voted him in 1999 to be the first recipient of an award for excellence in teaching. Courses currently taught are individual income tax, corporate tax, estate and gift tax, partnership tax and international tax.