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About Richard Gershon

Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Mississippi School of Law in Oxford, Mississippi, Richard Gershon served as the founding dean of the Charleston School of Law. Under his leadership, that law school attained provisional accreditation with the American Bar Association. In May of 2008, Gershon was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) by the Charleston School of Law.
His previous experience was as Dean at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in Fort Worth Texas, where he helped lead the law school to full approval by the American Bar Association. The Alumni Leadership Award at Texas Wesleyan is named for him.
Dean Gershon was also on the faculty at Stetson University School of Law from 1984-1998. He was the Academic Associate Dean at Stetson from 1988-1992.
Course Interests/Research/Teaching Areas
Estates & Trusts
Estate & Gift Taxation
Estate Planning
Federal Income Taxation
Moot Court
Professional Responsibility
Real Property
Taxation of Business Entities
Tax Planning Seminar
Guide to the Internal Revenue Code, Fifth Edition (with Dean Jeffrey Maine) (November 2007); Fourth Edition, Matthew Bender (November 1999); Third Edition (January 1997); Second Edition (January 1995); First Edition (May 1988).
International Tax Guide: United States Income Taxation (with Cooper), Callaghan & Company (June 1991).
Selected Articles:
"Using Socio-Economic Theory to Teach Tax Law," 41 U San Diego L Rev 201.
Essay: "Field of Deans." 33 Toledo L. Rev. 49 (2001 Leadership in Legal Education Symposium).
"Tax-Exempt Entities: Achieving and Maintaining Special Status Under the Watchful Eye of the Internal Revenue Service." 16 Cumberland L. Rev 301.
Professional Memberships
American Bar Association
Boys and Girls Clubs Board
Charleston Bar Pro Bono Board
Charleston Jewish Federation, Board Member
Florida Bar Association
Georgia Bar Association
International Tax Section of the Texas Bar
Rotary Club of Charleston, Board Member
South Carolina Access to Justice Commission
South Carolina Legal Services Board
The United States Tax Court
Personal Interests


Present Dean and Professor of Law, University of Mississippi School of Law
Present Founding Dean and Professor of Law, University of Mississippi

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Contact Information

309 Law Center
University, MS 38677
Phone: (662) 915-6900
Fax: (662) 915-6895


Newspaper Articles (3)

Taxation (2)

Presentations (5)

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