Kerry A. Ryan, an associate professor at Saint Louis University School of Law, begins a term July 1 in leadership of the American Bar Association’s Teaching Taxation Committee. She is to serve two three-year terms as vice chairwoman then a two-year term as chairwoman of the committee.
“I see it having benefits for me personally, for SLU being on a national stage and for the students,” Ryan said in an interview.
Ryan has been on the faculty at SLU Law since 2005, after working in private practice. She earned her law degree from Tulane University and an LLM in taxation from the University of Florida. At SLU, Ryan runs the tax concentration program and teaches income taxation, trusts and estate planning.
Her work with the committee will include coordinating panels at the three annual meetings of the ABA’s Section of Taxation.
Ryan said she has enjoyed previous panels as opportunities to keep current on changing laws and practices in the taxation field.
“Tax law is grounded in practice very much,” she said. “Most of us have come out of practice; most of us stay up to date with the changes in tax law.”
Ryan said the ABA tax section will host a tax career panel at SLU this fall, which she said will bring prestige and attention to the school and will help students find employment after graduation.
“I think it’s important for us to take any opportunity to get SLU out there and portray it the way it really is,” she said. “At this time it’s good for those of us that can to be out there in some sense, locally or nationally.”