Richard Lavoie is an Associate Professor of Law at The University of Akron School of
Law. His areas of scholarly interest are tax ethics and statutory interpretation. He
currently teaches courses in individual taxation; business associations; and commercial
paper. Prior to joining the Akron Law faculty in 2005, Professor Lavoie was a visiting
professor at the University of Texas, Northwestern University, Syracuse University and
Capital University. He was also an associate professor of Washburn University. He is
admitted to the New York Bar. Professor Lavoie received his A.B., cum laude, from
Dartmouth College; J.D., cum laude, from Cornell University, where he was a member of the
Cornell International Law Journal; and LL.M. in Taxation from New York University. He is
the author of numerous publications on tax compliance and ethics issues, including Flying
Above the Law and Under the Radar: Instilling a Taxpaying Ethos in Those Playing by Their
Own Rules, 29 PACE L. REV. 637 (2009) and Problems in Tax Ethics (WEST AMERICAN CASEBOOK
SERIES, with Donald Tobin & Richard Trogolo) (2009). 



Patriotism and Taxation: The Tax Compliance Implications of the Tea Party Movement, Loy. L.A. L. Rev. (2011)

Given the rise of the Tea Party movement, which draws strength from the historical linkage...



Teacher's Manual to Problems in Tax Ethics (with Donald B. Tobin and Richard Trogolo) (2010)


Problems in tax ethics (with Donald B. Tobin and Richard Trogolo) (2009)

This book deals with the ethical issues and problems facing tax lawyers and tax professionals,...


Unpublished Papers


Am I My Brother’s Keeper? A Tax Law Perspective on the Challenge of Balancing Gatekeeping Obligations and Zealous Advocacy in the Legal Profession, ExpressO (2012)

In recent years the question of whether lawyers have a general ethical obligation to serve...