Leslie Book

Leslie Book

Professor of Law


Professor Book joined the Villanova Law School the Fall of 2000, where he is a Professor of Law. Professor Book received his B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College (magna cum laude), his J.D. from Stanford University School of Law, and his LL.M (Taxation) from New York University School of Law. At Stanford Law School, he was a founding editor of the Stanford Law & Policy Review, and at New York University School of Law he was a student-editor at the Tax Law Review. Prior to coming to Villanova, he was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell and at Baker & McKenzie in New York and London, and he was an Assistant Clinical Professor at Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, CT.

He is a national authority on tax procedure and issues affecting the low income taxpayer community. Book has written extensively on the relationship of IRS agency actions and broader principles of administrative law, on the intersection of tax and poverty law, and on tax compliance. Recent articles have appeared in the Stanford Law & Policy Review, Indiana University, University of Wisconsin, and American University Law Reviews, and in annual reports submitted to Congress by the National Taxpayer Advocate. He is also updating and revising the treatise, IRS Practice and Procedure, originally authored by his former colleague, the late Michael Saltzman. Book, a frequent speaker and panelist at bar associations and public interest organizations, has testified before Congress and the Treasury Department on the fair administration of our nation’s tax laws. He is the 2007 ABA Tax Section Spragens Pro Bono Award winner for his outstanding and sustained commitment to pro bono services with respect to federal tax law, and is a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.

Practice Experience

  • Associate Attorney, Tax Controversy Group, Baker & McKenzie, New York, NY.
  • Associate Attorney, Tax Department, Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York, NY and London, UK.
  • Joined the faculty in 2000.

Graduate Tax Programs:

Villanova University, Master of Laws in Taxation

Villanova University, Master of Taxation