Photograph: William E. Foster.

William E. Foster

Associate Professor of Law
B.S., University of Central Arkansas, 2002
J.D., University of Arkansas, 2005
LL.M. (Taxation), New York University, 2006
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"The debate over prudent tax policy will likely dominate much of the national legislative attention over the next several years. It is my goal to equip our students with the foundation to not only analyze and resolve tax issues for clients, but to understand and participate meaningfully in the broader tax policy discussion."

Professor Foster's teaching and scholarship focus primarily on tax and transactional matters. He teaches courses in Taxation of Individual Income, Tax Policy, Taxation of Business Enterprises, and Mergers and Acquisitions. His publications include "Partisan Politics and Income Tax Rates," 2013 Michigan State Law Review ___ (2013) and "Making Plaintiffs Whole: a Tax Problem of Interest," 64 Oklahoma Law Review 325 (2012). In addition, several of his blog posts on tax reform have appeared on the Huffington Post.

Professor Foster has been extensively involved in Washburn's commercial law project in the country of Georgia, and has presented a number of lectures on business and transactional law to law faculty and practitioners in Tbilisi.

Prior to joining the Washburn faculty in 2010, Professor Foster was an attorney at Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he concentrated on tax, private equity, and corporate matters. Professor Foster received his J.D., summa cum laude and first in his class from the University of Arkansas, where he was an articles editor of the Arkansas Law Review. He also holds an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University. Professor Foster was voted the William O. Douglas Outstanding Professor of the Year by the Class of 2013.

Professor Foster served in marginally competent capacity as sous chef to Professor Mastrosimone on the winning team in the 2013 Iron Prof competition.

Professor Foster is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Teaching Responsibilities
  • Taxation of Individual Income
  • Tax Policy Seminar
  • Taxation of Business Enterprises
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
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