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Faculty Profile

Ira L. Shafiroff

Ira L. Shafiroff

Professor of Law

B.A., History, 1973, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York; J.D., magna cum laude, 1979, Southwestern Law School; Member, California State Bar

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Phone: (213) 738-6754
Office: BW353

When he entered law school, Ira Shafiroff was determined to realize his long-held goal - to establish his own law practice. Working during the day as a tax examiner for the Internal Revenue Service, he attended evening classes at Southwestern. After graduating with honors, he opened his own firm focusing on tax and estate law.

"Being a good lawyer means putting in hours to be as fully prepared as possible, knowing that what you put in is what you will get back."

In 1982, Professor Shafiroff returned to Southwestern as a member of the faculty. In addition to teaching a variety of courses, he served as the associate dean/dean of students from 1990 to 1993. He also presents popular workshops for students on how to establish a sole law practice. "Being a good lawyer means putting in hours to be as fully prepared as possible, knowing that what you put in is what you will get back," he says. In 2002, Professor Shafiroff was named as the Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor of Law.

Through his scholarly publications and professional activities, Professor Shafiroff has established himself as an expert in tax law. He is the author of The Internal Revenue Service Practice and Procedure Deskbook, which went through three editions and numerous releases, from 1985 through 2008. He previously wrote a regular opinion column for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and San Francisco Daily Journal and has been interviewed on tax issues by the print and broadcast media.

Professor Shafiroff, who also teaches Wills and Trusts, is the author of California Wills and Trusts: Fundamental Principles, Ethical Considerations, and Moral Concerns. He recently created and teaches Selected Topics in American Law, a new course designed to better prepare Southwestern students for the California Bar Exam.

Professor Shafiroff has focused some of his research and writing on Jewish law and its relationship to contemporary laws and issues. "Judaism," he explains, "is not just a religion, but the world's oldest, continuously functioning legal system which American Law has often relied on for legal precedent. Jewish law, therefore, provides insight into the development of American law." As an offshoot to his years of teaching Jewish law, Professor Shafiroff teaches Trial of Jesus Seminar, "the most important trial in history," Professor Shafiroff tells his students the first day of class. He is the author of Every Christian's Book on Judaism and maintains the blog www.jesusandtheprofessor.com which explains and teaches Judaism to Christians by analyzing the New Testament in the context of Jewish law and philosophy.

Publications

Books and Chapters

FIRST YEAR LAW SCHOOL SUCCESS: LAW SCHOOL THINKING, ESSAY EXAM WRITING, AND ANALYSIS, 3rd ed. (BAR/BRI, 2010)

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE DESKBOOK, 3rd ed., No. 20 (Practicing Law Institute, 2008)

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE DESKBOOK, 3rd ed., No. 19 (Practicing Law Institute, 2008)

CALIFORNIA WILLS AND TRUSTS: FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES, ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS, AND MORAL CONCERNS (Thomson/West, 2007)

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE DESKBOOK, 3rd ed., No. 18 (Practicing Law Institute, 2007)

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE DESKBOOK 3rd ed., No. 17(Practicing Law Institute, 2007)

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE DESKBOOK, 3rd ed., No. 16 (Practicing Law Institute, February 2006)

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE DESKBOOK, 3rd ed., No. 2 (Practicing Law Institute, 1998; and updates)

EVERY CHRISTIAN'S BOOK ON JUDAISM: EXPLORING JEWISH FAITH AND LAW FOR A RICHER UNDERSTANDING OF CHRISTIANITY (Noga Press, 1998)

LIABILITY OF TAX RETURN PREPARERS (Practicing Law Institute, 1989)

Articles

The Church Only Speaks Repentance, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL and SAN FRANCISCO DAILY JOURNAL (September 2010)

Multistate Sham, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (February 2008)

When There's A Will, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (March 2008)

Just War: Invading Iraq Was Legally and Morally Correct, 9 NEXUS - A JOURNAL OF OPINION 57 (2004)

Legal License to Offend: DMV's Censoring Of Certain Vanity Plates Tramples Speech, Violates First Amendment, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (January 2002)

Dumping Books Sets Bad Precedent: Being Offended By What Others Say Is Part of the Price Paid to Live In a Free Society, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (February 2002)

Lawyers Rules of Conduct Should Reflect Moral Right, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (March 2002)

Carving Up Turf: Claims That Israel Must Relinquish Lands Don't Cite U.N. Resolution 242 With Accuracy, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (April 2002)

Igniting Your Child's Hand Is Felony Abuse in Any Society, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (May 2002)

Some Acts of Discrimination Can Ensure the Safety of All, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (June 2002)

Israel Lawfully Belongs in Land Called the West Bank, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (July 2002)

Ending Referral Fees Will Improve Client Good Will, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (January 2001)

Au Revoir Bar Card: Lawyer-Client Confidentiality Means Little If It Can Trump Innocent Life, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (March 2001)

Shooting Spree in Santee: Gun Control Is Not the Way to End Violence That Pervades Our Schools, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (March 2001)

Tax Reform With Fairness: Families and Society Would Benefit From Values-Based Legislation, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (April 2001)

Phony Purported Penitence: No Parole For Murderers Rule Concedes That Killers Cannot Easily Repent, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (May 2001)

Professional Pro Bono Policing: Measure Illegally And Immorally Forces Lawyers To Provide Free Legal Assistance, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (June 2001)

Brothers in Arms: Honor Means Keeping One's Word to Those Filipinos Who Stood by U.S., LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (July 2001)

The Parent Gap: Moms, Dads, Not Teachers, Must Shoulder Responsibility For Learning, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (August 2001)

Like Israel, We Must Take Out All Evildoers Responsible for Terror, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (September 2001)

Human Minds Cannot Catch Diseases: Insanity Defense Is Misnomer at Best, at Worst A Dodging of Responsibility, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (October 2001)

Injecting Truth Serum to Get at the Truth Is Proper, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (November 2001)

'American Taliban' Walker Should Face Consequences, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (December 2001)

Fleeting Freedom of Speech: Rocker Should Do Penance, Continue Life, Bypass Gulag Re-Education, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (January 2000)

Matrimonial Positions Magnified: Prop. 22 Foes Misstate Law In Attempt to Redefine the Marriage Vow, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (February 2000)

Birthing Bastards Is Moral Anarchy: Government Must Rebel, Tell Parents No Marriage--No Money, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (March 2000)

Moral High Ground: Justice Souter Shows That Honesty Still Supreme Value, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (April 2000)

Graduation Recommendations: Law Graduates Will Prosper If They're Proud, Loyal, Humble And Charitable, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (May 2000)

Parental Duties Ignored: Parents Should Be Responsible For the Violent Acts of Their Underage Kids, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (June 2000)

Iranian Court Symbolizes Nation's Moral Wasteland, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (July 2000)

Unethical Fiscal Penance: People Today Shouldn't Be Responsible For Actions of Slaveholders, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (August 2000)

Getting Away With Murder: The Supreme Court States It IS Possible for A Killer to Be a Member of the Bar, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (September 2000)

Quid Pro Woe: Effects of the Death Penalty Keep Value of Human Life in Moral Context, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (October 2000)

Suffer the Children in Families Separated by Divorce, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (November 2000)

In Virtuous Society, Race Shouldn't Determine Benefits, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (December 2000)

Getting Hale Into Court: Head of White Supremacist Group Is Not Morally Fit to Practice Law, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL 6 (February 1999)

Zeal Shouldn't Mean Conceal: The Pursuit of Justice Includes Speaking Out When It Is Best For Society, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (May 1999)

The Strained Quality of Mercy Is Strained: The Evil Acts of Murdering Eight Children Do Not Merit Compassion, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (July 1999)

The Values of a Law School Education: The Study of Morality Has An Important Place in Legal Curriculum, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (August 1999)

Playing by His Own Rules: Yet Another Plaintiff Uses The ADA to Take a Wild Shot in Court, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (October 1999)

Family Shelter: Tax Credit for Stay-at-Home Moms or Dads Would Put the Children First, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (December 1999)

The President Says He's Sorry, But Has He Repented? THE TIDINGS (September 1998)

Ritual Killing: Exorcism Death Can't Be Defended in the Name of Religion, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (April 1997); also printed in the SAN FRANCISCO DAILY JOURNAL

9th Circuit Court Misstated: Suicide Is Prohibited by Jewish Law,LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (March 1996); also printed in THE SAN FRANCISCO DAILY JOURNAL

Ethics in Warfare Remain a Tradition in Jewish Law, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (April 1996); also printed in the SAN FRANCISCO DAILY JOURNAL

Matters of Preference: Tenets of Judaism Support the Case for Proposition 209, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (July 1996); also printed in SAN FRANCISCO DAILY JOURNAL

Capital Punishment and Scripture: Not a Clear Mandate, THE TIDINGS (June 1994)

Judaism and Christianity: Two Peoples, One Heritage, THE TIDINGS (December 1994)

What Is Judaism?, THE TIDING (December 1994)

Jewish Law Welcomes Multiple Appeals, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (April 1993); also printed in SAN FRANCISCO DAILY JOURNAL

A Nazi Saved by Jews: Israeli Court Was Very Generous to Demjanuk, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (September 1993); also printed in SAN FRANCISCO DAILY JOURNAL

Show-Down Over the Territories: Israel's Right to Occupied Land is as Strong as U.S. Claim to Illinois, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (February 1992)

The Trial of Jesus: Biblical Account Doesn't Jibe With Ancient Jewish Law, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (April 1992)

If the Bible Became Law: Gays Aren't the Only Ones Who'd Be Banned, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (October 1992)

Prosecutors Seeking the Death Penalty Should Avoid Citing Ancient Jewish Law, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL (December 1991); also printed in SAN FRANCISCO DAILY JOURNAL

Mandatory Pro Bono Violates Lawyers' Rights, NEW YORK TIMES (May 1990)

Coping With the New Tax Shelter Pitfalls, NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL (May 1983)

Other
TAX SHELTER PROMOTER LIABILITY (Audi Lex Series) (Commerce Clearing House, 1983)