Michael J. Waggoner

Associate Professor of Law
Taxation (including individual income and state and local); Civil Procedure; Law School Admissions

401 UCB
2450 Kittredge Loop Drive
Wolf Law Building
Boulder, CO  80309-0401
Office: 400C
Phone: (303) 492-3088
E-mail: michael.waggoner@colorado.edu

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Educational Background:
LL.B.   Harvard Law School   1967   magna cum laude
A.B.   Stanford University   1964   with Honors
Prior to joining the faculty of the Colorado Law School in 1973, Michael Waggoner practiced tax law in a Washington, D.C. law firm. He also spent three years as an attorney in the Air Force, where he eventually worked on the electronics system for computerizing legal research that has evolved into the now widely-used Lexis system. Since joining the Law School, Dean Waggoner has placed a high value on service. He has served on almost every law school committee as well as several campus committees, where his skills as a negotiator are especially valued. In 1998, he was named an associate dean of the law school. Over the years, students have bestowed him with three different awards, including an award for service to the law school and a recognition award from a minority law student organization. He was also a member of the Colorado ACLU's Litigation Panel and chaired its Litigation Committee. He spent several years advising the Chicano Education Project on property tax and school finance reform, and in 1988, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association awarded him a certificate of merit for his contributions to minority education. Over the years, he has taught a wide spectrum of courses, but focuses now on his primary interests, tax and civil procedure. His current research interests are mainly derived from taxation issues. Dean Waggoner is particularly interested in the problem of retirement security in an aging population. He recently had published an article examining the Roth IRA's revenue consequences and another article proposing to supplement Social Security with a system of private accounts.


Why and How to Tax Carbon, 20 Colo. J. Int'l Envtl. L. & Pol'y 1 (2008).
IRC Section 71 May Impoverish Children, Endanger Ex-Wives, and Disrupt Federalism, 46 Fam. Ct. Rev. 574 (2008).