About the Clinic

Students working in the Philip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic are supervised by a faculty member and a supervising attorney, both of whom have extensive experience with federal tax controversies.

The clinic receives guidance from an Advisory Board composed of several leading tax attorneys in Georgia.

W. Edward “Ted” Afield, Director

Ted Afield, associate clinical professor, is the director. He works with the students to improve their writing skills, oversees budgetary matters, teaches the clinic course and handles a variety of other clinic matters.

Ronald W. Blasi, Founder and Director Emeritus

Ronald W. Blasi, Mark and Evelyn Trammell Professor of Tax Law, founded the clinic in 1992 and is the director emeritus. He has more than 35 years of experience in the field of taxation and extensive administrative experience.

Willard N. Timm, Jr., Associate Director

Bill Timm supervises students on a daily basis and will be teaching the Basic Federal Taxation course during the summer term. Prior to joining the clinic, Timm was the associate area counsel (SBSE) in the Atlanta Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service, where he practiced for 36 years. He is a graduate of Emory University Law School.

Tameka E. Lester, Assistant Director

Tameka Lester, assistant clinical professor, works supervises students and provides guidance with respect to writing and legal issues arises in case files.  Prior to joining the clinic, she was the director of North Carolina Central University School of Law’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic for four years where she also taught legal writing.

Bonnie Rich (J.D. ’94), Assistant Director

Bonnie Rich (J.D. ’94) works with student attorneys, providing guidance with respect to legal, ethical and professional issues arising from their case files. Prior to joining the clinic, she practiced in the area of civil litigation in both private law firms and a corporate legal department.

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