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 in private practice in Chicago. As a full-time litigator, she negotiated settlements and represented clients in administrative hearings, arbitrations, jury and bench trials.
She conducted lay and expert witness discovery and evidence depositions on a regular basis. She also drafted and argued pre and post-trial motions. 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, Small Business, Social Entrepreneurship, and Intellectual Property.
She served as a Chapter Editor for the sixth edition of Effectively Representing Your Client Before the IRS by Professor Keith Fogg, and currently serves as a member of The Tax Lawyer Editorial Advisory Board. Her writing projects explore the intersections between tax policy and small business law, and increasing tax services to low and moderate income workers, including start-ups and small business ventures in the nascent stages of development.
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.
Recent scholarly presentations
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.
Co-Presenter with Prof. Susan Jones, Social Justice in Action – Action Research, 10th Annual Transactional Clinician’s Conference, Northwestern University Law School, April 16, 2011.
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.
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.
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.
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