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James R. Repetti

William J. Kenealy, S.J., Professor


The inaugural holder of the William J. Kenealy, S.J. Chair, James Repetti teaches courses in individual income tax, corporate tax, estate and gift tax, partnership tax, and international tax. He has served Boston College in a number of capacities, including as the Associate Dean of Academics for the Law School, Chair of the Law School Appointments Committee, member of the University Provost Search Committee, and member of the Law School Dean Search Committee.

As co-founder of the Boston College Law School Tax Policy Workshop, Repetti has organized and moderated several Symposia at Boston College. They include The Centennial of the Estate and Gift Tax: Perspectives and Recommendations (co-sponsored by the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Foundation), articles from which were published in the Boston College Law Review; Reforming Entity Taxation (co-sponsored 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.  

Repetti is co-author of the texts, Partnership Income Taxation (West Academic)Introduction to United States International Taxation (Wolters Kluwer)Federal Wealth Transfer Taxation (West Academic), and Tax Aspects of Organizing and Operating a Business (MCLE). He is also a contributing author to the treatises, Comparative Income Taxation: A Structural Analysis (Wolters Kluwer) and The International Guide to Partnerships.

Repetti's numerous influential articles on taxation include “The Appropriate Roles for Equity and Efficiency in a Progressive Individual Income Tax”" (Florida Tax Review), "Democracy and Opportunity: A New Paradigm in Tax Equity" (Vanderbilt Law Review), and "Democracy, Taxes and Wealth" (NYU Law Review). He has acted as a consultant to the U.S. 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.

Repetti 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.

Repetti was featured as a “Master Teacher” in the 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.


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