Associate Professor of Law &
Director, Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic
College of New Jersey, BA
John Marshall Law School, JD
Georgetown University Law Center, LLM (Taxation)
George Washington University Law School, LLM (Friedman Fellow)
Professor Lainez directs the School of Law's Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) and teaches the LITC Seminar. Her practice background includes nonprofit and legal services work, including tax assistance to immigrant and low wage workers. While working as a tax analyst at CCH Wolters Kluwer, she began donating time to Chicago area nonprofits, specifically VITA sites during tax season and then LITCs year-round. Immediately before entering teaching in late 2005 (as the Founding Director of the UDC-DCSL Tax Clinic), she was a full-time litigator in Chicago, representing clients in administrative hearings, arbitrations, jury and bench trials, conducting expert witness discovery and evidence depositions on a regular basis. During her time in private practice, she simultaneously worked part-time as an attorney consultant for the Center for Economic Progress, where she previously served as Assistant Director of their LITC.
Clinical Legal Education, Tax Policy, Business and Corporate Law, Social Entrepreneurship, and Intellectual Property.
Chapter Author, Effectively Representing Your Client Before the IRS (7th Edition, 2017)
Chapter Editor, Effectively Representing Your Client Before the IRS (6th Edition, 2015)
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, The Tax Lawyer, (Fall 2012 – present)
Former Contributing Editor Clinical Law Prof Blog, a member of the Law Professor Blogs Network
Associate Writer Analyst, Wolters Kluwers/CCH Inc., September 2000 – September 2002
Full Time Editor, The Chicago Law Bulletin Publishing Co., The Jury Verdict Reporter
and Sullivan’s Judicial Profiles, Illinois and Wisconsin editions, 3L – Post Grad
Holding U.S. Corporations Accountable: The Convergence of U.S. International Tax Policy and International Human Rights, Pepperdine Law Review, Forthcoming.
Contributor, Parent Company Accountability: Ensuring Justice for Human Rights Violations (by Professor Gwynne Skinner), International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) Report, September 2015.
Viewing Value Creation by Business Lawyers Through the Lens of Transactional Legal Clinics, 15 U.C. Davis Bus. L.J. 49 (2014), (with Professor Susan R. Jones).
Enriching the Law School Curriculum: The Rise of Transactional Legal Clinics in U.S. Law Schools, 43 Wash.U.J.L. & Pol’y 85 (2014), (with Prof. Susan R. Jones).
Measure for Measure: The Uneasy Marriage of Tax Policy and Immigration Reform, Taxes – The Tax Magazine, CCH Wolters Kluwer, Vol. 87, No. 4, April, 2009.
To File or Not to File: Tax Compliance Among Undocumented Immigrant Workers, American University Washington College of Law, Business Law Brief, Vol. 3, Issue 2, Spring 2007.
Contributing Author, “Comments on Sec. 7122 OIC Procedures,” Tax Analysts, Tax Notes Today, 2006 TNT 206-29, October 6, 2006.
Panelist, Cutting Edge Diversity Issues, ABA Tax Section May Meeting, May 12, 2017, Washington DC.
Panelist, Operation of a Small Business, ABA Tax Section May Meeting, Pro Bono and Tax Clinics Committee, Low Income Taxpayer Representation Workshop May 11, 2017, Washington DC.
Moderator, Careers in Tax Law Panel, UDC – David A. Clarke School of Law, March 23, 2017.
Lead Panelist, Educating Taxpayers, 2017 IRS LITC Conference, Washington DC, December 15, 2016.
Presenter, Tax Practice & Procedure: Exams, Tax Court, Collections and Appeals, Pro Bono Attorney Training, Morgan Lewis, Washington DC, November 4, 2016.
Panelist, Promoting Effective Representation of Low Income Taxpayers, Area 2 IRS Counsel CLE Presentation, Washington DC, August 25, 2016.
Facilitator, Tax and Securities Arbitration Working Group, AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education Annual Conference, Baltimore MD, April 30-May 3, 2016.
Presenter, Parent Company Liability Project Report, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) Conference, Georgetown University Law Center, September 10, 2015.
Moderator and Discussant, AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education Works in Progress Panel, AALS Clinical Conference, Chicago, IL, April 29, 2014.
Moderator, Law Practice Technology, University of Richmond, 2nd Annual Technology Boot Camp, Richmond VA, March 20, 2014.
Presenter, Value Creation By Business Lawyers in the 21st Century, Transactional Law and Skills Section, AALS Annual Meeting, New York City, January 4, 2014.
Community Service - presentations in the community
Since 2003, Prof. Lainez has engaged in a variety of community service presentations, ranging from interviews on live call-in local cable programs to educational community presentations on tax, small business, and intellectual property law.
On-Set Interview/Social Security Taxes and Undocumented Immigrant Workers, CTV, Prince George’s County, MD, March 7, 2017.
Sound Advice, UDC–Cable TV 98, Interviewed (with clinic student Stacy Fuller) on federal tax issues in the LITC community, Washington DC, May 12, 2015.
Presenter, SCORE - Richmond Chapter, Retail Merchants Association, Richmond VA, September 19, 2013.
Legal Expert, Small Business Coaching Event, Co-sponsored by the Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC), Accion USA, and the Samuel Adams Microloan Fund, Washington, DC, November 14, 2012.
Presenter, Bank of America, Small Business Leadership Series, Co-sponsored by Merrill Lynch and the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), Washington, DC, June 1, 2012.
Presenter, Tax Issues for Small Business Owners, Latino Economic Development Corporation (LEDC), Washington, DC, March 28 & April 4, 2012.
Community Service - pro bono cases
As a pro bono attorney at the George Washington University Law School, she successfully represented clients in political asylum claims and cancellation of removal proceedings. She also previously served as a pro bono volunteer in Chicago, Memphis and Washington DC, primarily handling tax issues.
Awards and Honors
Nominee, 2014-2015 Professor of the Year Award, UDC-DCSL, April 15, 2015.
Outstanding Leadership, Public Action Law Society, Presentation Luncheon, April 27, 2009, University of Memphis.
Outstanding Faculty, National Black Law Students Association, Hon. William C. Pryor Chapter, Presentation ceremony April 10, 2007, UDC-DCSL.