Michael Hatfield

  • Dean Emeritus Roland L. Hjorth Professor of Law
  • Professor of Law


Phone: (206) 221-1535
Email: mhat@uw.edu

Michael Hatfield


B.A. 1991, Texas A&M University M.A. 1993, Texas A&M University J.D. 1996, New York University School of Law

Curriculum Vitae

Recent Courses

LAW A 530 Individual Income Tax
LAW T 504 Income Taxation of Business and Investments
LAW T 505 Introduction To Income Taxation
LAW T 511 Taxation of Partners and Partnerships

Michael Hatfield (J.D., New York University) teaches courses in trusts and estates, taxation, and professional responsibility.

He is admitted to the bar in New York, where he was an associate in two New York City law firms: Debevoise & Plimpton and Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett. At Debevoise & Plimpton he was an associate in the tax department primarily concerned with the taxation of international private equity funds, and at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett he was an associate in the estate planning department. He also is admitted to the bar in Texas, where was Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He was a shareholder in Schoenbaum, Curphy & Scanlan, P.C., in San Antonio, Texas where his practice was devoted to taxation and estate planning.

His research is centered on issues of technology and taxation and the professional responsibility of tax lawyers. He has written on legal ethics more generally, taxation, trusts and estates, and law and religion. His articles have been published in the Indiana Law Journal, Florida State University Law Review, Yale Journal of Law and Technology, Florida Tax Review, Tax Notes, the Northwestern Law Review Colloquy, the NYU Annual Survey of American Law, the Journal of Law and Religion, the Lewis and Clark Law Review, the Baylor Law Review, and the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy. He also contributed to an anthology on torture published by the Johns Hopkins University Press and wrote the E-Langdell E-casebook on tax lawyer ethics.  In 2017, he was awarded the UW Law Faculty Scholarship Award for Excellence in Law Review Articles.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

Books or Treatises

Book Chapters

  • Michael Hatfield, Legitimacy, Identity, Violence and the Law, in On Torture (Thomas Hilde ed., Johns Hopkins University Press 2008).
  • Michael Hatfield, Anne Milgram & Michelle D. Monticciolo, Bob Jones University: Defining Violations of Fundamental Public Policy, in Topics in Philanthropy No. 6 (New York University School of Law 2000) (Center on Philanthropy and the Law Monograph Series).

Book Reviews

  • Michael Hatfield, Book Review, 26 J. L. & Religion 651-56 (2010) (reviewing Richard Patrick Church, First Be Reconciled: Challenging Christians in the Courts (2008)).
  • Michael Hatfield, Book Review, 26 J. L. & Religion 657-61 (2010) (reviewing Samuel G. London, Jr., Seventh-Day Adventists and the Civil Rights Movement (2009)).

Professional Publications

  • Michael Hatfield, Duties to the Tax System -- Reflecting at a Century’s End, 140 Tax Notes 1595-99 (2013).
  • Michael Hatfield, Ethics, Law, and Professional Regulation: The ABA Tax Section Debate on Circular 230, 132 Tax Notes 1043 (2011).
  • Michael Hatfield, Teaching Tax Lawyer Ethics, 132 Tax Notes 87 (2011).

  • Speaker, "The Rise of Law and the Fall of Circular 230: Tax Lawyer Professional Standards, 1985-2015 (virtual presentation)", Christ’s College, 29th Annual Tax Research Network Conference (September 7, 2020)
  • Speaker, "Professionally Responsible Artificial Intelligence", 28th Annual Tax Research Network Conference, (September 10, 2019)
  • Speaker, "History of Legal Ethics for Tax Lawyers", Washington State Bar Association Taxation Section (June 28, 2019)
  • Speaker, "Cybersecurity and Duties of Tax Professionals", Washington Women in Tax (March 20, 2019)
  • Speaker, "Cybersecurity Duties of Tax Professionals", Washington Women in Tax (March 20, 2019)
  • Speaker, "Cybersecurity and Individual Income Tax Reform", 27th Annual U.K. Tax Research Network Conference, University of Birmingham (September 5, 2018)
  • Speaker, "Cybersecurity and Individual Income Tax Reform", 35th Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime, Jesus College, University of Cambridge (September 6, 2017)
  • Panelist, "Addressing Problems of Taxpayer Privacy, Identity Theft and Data Security", American Tax Policy Institute (November 1, 2016)
  • Speaker, "History of Legal Ethics for Tax Lawyers", University of Colorado Law School (November 1, 2016)
  • Speaker, "Cybersecurity and Taxation", Graduate Program in Taxation Symposium, University of Washington School of Law (October 1, 2016)