Steven Bank has taught Introduction to Federal Income Taxation, Taxation of Business Enterprises, the Tax Policy and Public Finance Colloquium, Tax Aspects of Mergers and Acquisitions, and Corporate Tax Policy. His research generally explores the taxation of business entities through the lens of legal and business history. Professor Bank was the faculty director of UCLA School of Law's Program in Business Law & Policy from 2005 to 2007.
During law school, Professor Bank served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the University of Chicago Law School Roundtable, a journal of interdisciplinary legal studies, and he was a Bradley Fellow in Constitutional History. He also received the D. Francis Bustin Outstanding Comment Award and was a prize winner in the American Journal of Tax Policy student writing competition. After law school, Professor Bank clerked for the Honorable Jesse Eschbach of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and practiced with the Dallas law firm of Hughes & Luce, focusing primarily on mergers and acquisitions and corporate and partnership tax. Prior to joining the UCLA faculty, Professor Bank was an associate professor at Florida State University College of Law.
Professor Bank has published numerous articles and chapters in the fields of business taxation, tax policy, and tax history and has co-authored or edited several books, including From Sword to Shield: The Transformation of the Corporate Income Tax, 1861 to Present (Oxford University Press 2010), War and Taxes (Urban Institute Press 2008), Taxation of Business Enterprises (Thomson/West 2006) and Business Tax Stories (Foundation Press 2005). His articles have been selected for the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum and the John Minor Wisdom Award for Academic Excellence in Legal Scholarship. He has also been a Herbert Smith Visitor at the University of Cambridge and lectured at the United Kingdom's Inland Revenue on the development of the U.S. and British corporate income taxes. His work on the double taxation of dividends was featured on a national financial news program in connection with President Bush's proposal to reform the corporate income tax.