Scott Schumacher

  • Director, Global Business Law Institute
  • Director, Graduate Program in Taxation
  • Faculty Director, Federal Tax Clinic
  • Professor of Law


Phone: (206) 543-5351


B.A. 1986, Loyola Marymount University J.D. 1990, Seattle University LL.M. 1991, New York University

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Criminal Law and Procedure — Prosecution and Prosecutorial Ethics — Taxation — White Collar Crime

Recent Courses

LAW A 501 Contracts
LAW A 579 Child Advocacy Seminar
LAW E 502 White Collar Crime
LAW E 546 International Commercial Arbitration
LAW T 526 Federal Tax Clinic

Selected Publications

See the full list under the Publications tab below.

Professor Schumacher is the Director of the Graduate Program in Taxation. He is also the Director of the Law School's Federal Tax Clinic. He teaches courses in taxation and White Collar Crime. Prior to joining the UW law school faculty full-time 2001, he was an attorney with Chicoine & Hallett, P.S., in Seattle, where his practice focused on civil and criminal tax controversy and litigation. He also served as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division and an attorney-advisor to the Hon. Arthur L. Nims, III, Chief Judge of the U.S. Tax Court. He is admitted to the bars in Washington state, the U.S. Supreme Court, and numerous federal courts.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

Books or Treatises

  • John A. Townsend, Larry A. Campagna, Steve Johnson & Scott Schumacher, Tax Crimes (2d ed. LexisNexis 2015). 678 pages & apps.
  • Ethical Duties to the Tax System: A Handbook (Scott A. Schumacher & Michael Hatfield eds., University of Washington Gallagher Law Library, 2015). 556 pages.
  • John A. Townsend, Larry A. Campagna, Steve Johnson & Scott Schumacher, Tax Crimes (LexisNexis 2008). 1 vol.

Book Chapters

  • Speaker, "Tax and Data Privacy", Korea University Symposium on Privacy and the Public Interest, (March 22, 2019)
  • Speaker, "Technology, Law and the Future of Education", University of Washington Converge, (November 17, 2018)
  • Speaker, "US Tax and Trade Policy and Their Impact on Business with Mexico", Northwest University (November 1, 2018)
  • Speaker, "Corporate Crime and Compliance in the United States", Bielefeld University (September 10, 2018)
  • Speaker, "Spotting Potential Criminal Tax Issues", IRS Annual LITC Grantee Conference, (December 7, 2017)
  • Panelist, "The Structure of Deals", The Art and Science of the IP Deal, University of Washington School of Law (April 7, 2017)
  • Speaker, "Tax Avoidance--Implications on Corporate Governance", Keio Global Symposium, (January 14, 2017)
  • Speaker, "Collateral Consequences in Tax Cases", IRS Annual LITC Grantee Conference, (December 15, 2016)
  • Speaker, "Beyond Zealous Advocacy: The Ethical and Criminal Problems of Being Too Helpful to Clients", 65th Annual Tulane Tax Institute, (November 10, 2016)
  • Speaker, "Identifying Cases with Potential Criminal Tax Issues", IRS Annual LITC Grantee Conference, (December 9, 2015)
  • Speaker, "Administrative and Judicial Review of Tax Disputes: A Comparative Analysis", International Conference on Taxpayer Rights, (November 19, 2015)
  • Speaker, "Tax Clinics and Calendar Call Programs", United States Tax Court Judicial Conference, (May 21, 2015)
  • Speaker, "Handling Cases with Potential Criminal Issues", American Bar Association Tax Section (May 9, 2015)
  • Speaker, "Criminal Tax: Prosecution Policies and Voluntary Disclosures", Tax Section Seminar, Washington State Bar Association (December 15, 2014)
  • Speaker, "Representing Taxpayers in IRS Disputes", 2014 Annual Low-Income Taxpayer Clinics Grantee Conference, (December 9, 2014)