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Joshua Runyan Wins First Place at the 19th Annual Law Student Tax Challenge of the American Bar Association

February 5, 2020


PHILADELPHIA, PA – Montgomery McCracken is pleased to announce that associate Joshua Runyan won first place in the LL.M. division of the 19th Annual Law Student Tax Challenge of the American Bar Association. The competition was held in Boca Raton, Florida from January 30 to February 1, 2020. Runyan and a Temple University Beasley School of Law teammate detailed a series of complex issues in the fields of partnership tax, corporate tax, international tax, and tax procedure.

An alternative to traditional moot court competitions, the Law Student Tax Challenge asks two-person teams of students to solve a cutting-edge and complex business problem that might arise in everyday tax practice. Teams are initially evaluated on two criteria: a memorandum to a senior partner and a letter to a client explaining the result. 10 teams are selected to move forward to the Section of Taxation 2020 Midyear Tax Meeting to defend their submissions before a panel of judges representing the country’s top tax practitioners and government officials, including Tax Court judges. The competition, sponsored by the Young Lawyers Forum, is a great way for law students to showcase their knowledge in a real-world setting and gain valuable exposure to the tax law community.

Runyan is an associate in Montgomery McCracken’s Tax Practice Group. He concentrates his practice in federal and state tax matters and estate planning. Prior to joining Montgomery McCracken, Runyan was a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Anne E. Lazarus in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. He served as editor-in-chief of Philadelphia’s Jewish Exponent, the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle, the Baltimore Jewish Times, and the Washington Jewish Week. Runyan is also a commercial pilot and FAA Gold Seal flight instructor.

Runyan received his Business Law Certificate and J.D., cum laude, from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Runyan is earning his LL.M. in Taxation at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.

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