Blaine Saito05.28.20 — Blaine Saito, an expert in the field of taxation, has been appointed an assistant professor of law at Northeastern University School of Law, effective July 1, 2020. His research focuses on the intersection of tax rules, economics, tax administration and social policy. His current research focuses on tax expenditures and their use in social policy and international tax issues. His work has been published in the Virginia Tax Review, Harvard Journal on Legislation and Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy.

“Blaine will be a wonderful addition to our faculty bringing his expertise in tax and practice experience.  I have no doubt that our students will benefit from his breadth of knowledge as a teacher and that the policy focus of his scholarship will be impactful,” said Dean James Hackney.

Saito most recently served as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. He graduated from Harvard College in 2004 with an AB in chemistry, and went on to earn a JD from Harvard Law School and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School. After law school, Saito practiced in the tax groups of Fenwick & West and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. He clerked for Judge Richard R. Clifton on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and served in the US Department of Justice’s Tax Division, Court of Federal Claims Section. 

“I’m ecstatic about joining the faculty at Northeastern,” said Saito. “One of the most important social justice issues today is the growth of income and wealth inequality. And tax law and policy, the area I study, serves as one of the important tools we have to address these issues. The accomplished faculty at Northeastern Law and the outstanding students create an ideal environment in which to pursue my further studies of how best to use tax to achieve social justice goals. Additionally, the university’s commitment to interdisciplinary work will also allow me to explore a wide range of methodologies that will further enrich my work.”

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