Pamela Brooks Gann taught at Duke Law from 1975-1988 and served as Dean of the Law School from 1988-1999. As a professor she specialized in federal income taxation, international taxation, international trade, and international business transactions. She continued to teach in international trade while Dean. She has visited at the University of Virginia and the University of Michigan; she has taught abroad in the People’s Republic of China and Paris, France; and she has been a faculty member in the Seminar in American Law and Legal Institutions, The Salzburg Seminar in Salzburg, Austria. She was awarded an International Affairs Fellowship by the Council on Foreign Relations, through which she worked at the International Monetary Fund and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
Gann was elected to membership in the Council of Foreign Relations, the International Women’s Forum, the Society of International Business Fellows, the American Law Institute, and she was an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). Gann was chair of the AALS Section on Deans, the AALS Committee on Electronic Publication of Legal Scholarship, and the North Carolina Chapter of the International Women’s Forum. She was a member of the Board of Governors of the Center for Creative Leadership. In 1988 Gann was awarded the “Woman Lawyer of the Year” distinction by the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys.
While Gann was Dean twelve new faculty members joined the Law School. In part through her direction the Law School is considered a leader in the application of information technology in legal education and the publication of legal scholarship. Gann expanded the Law School’s international programs, including the establishment of its Summer Institute in Transnational Law located in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Asia-America Institute in Transnational Law in Hong Kong. Under Gann’s leadership the Duke Law School became a more diverse community. The entering class the year before Gann’s departure was the most diverse in the Law School’s history, with 50 percent of the student body composed of women, and 27 percent of minorities, of which 18 percent were under-represented minorities. In addition Gann successfully led the Law School through its first capital campaign, raising over $17 million. The campaign enabled the Law School to make a $16.7 million addition to the building, and to fund three chaired professorships and several endowed student scholarships.
Gann was born in Monroe, North Carolina in 1948. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in mathematics in 1970. In 1973 she completed her law degree at Duke. While a law student she was Articles Editor of the Duke Law Journal and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Gann practiced law in Atlanta and Charlotte before returning to Duke Law in 1975 to teach.
In 1999 Gann became president of Claremont McKenna College, a private, co-educational liberal arts college in California. Gann promoted and advanced Claremont McKenna as she did Duke Law. In July 2013 Gann stepped down as president at Claremont McKenna. She continues to serve that institution as Trustee Professor of Legal Studies and George R. Roberts Fellow, Senior Fellow of the Kravis Leadership Institute, and President Emerita of the college.
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- Advanced Individual Income Taxation
- Basic Federal Income Taxation
- Bilateral Income Tax Treaties
- Corporate Taxation
- Estate and Gift Taxation
- International Business Transactions
- International Taxation
- Legal Accounting
- Partnership Taxation
- Corporate Taxation 3rd Edition (West Publishing Company, 3rd ) (with D. Kahn)
- Teacher's Manual for Corporate Taxation (West Publishing Company, 3rd ) (with D. Kahn)
Articles & Essays
- Foreword, 8 Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law 229-233 ()
- In Memoriam: Richard M. Nixon, 44 Duke Law Journal 437-438 ()
- Encouraging Public Service, Duke Law Magazine 7-9 (Winter )
- The Dean's Roundtable: Encouraging Public Service, 33 North Carolina Bar Quarterly 12 (Fall )
- What Has Happened to the Tax Legislative Process?, 86 Michigan Law Review 1196 () (reviewing J. Birnbaum & A. Murray, Showdown at Gucci Gulch: Lawmakers, Lobbyists and the Unlikely Triumph of Tax Reform)
- Book Review, 74 Academe 50 () (reviewing Tax Planning for Educators and Tax Guide for College Teachers)
- Foreword: Issues in Extraterritoriality, 50 Law & Contemporary Problems 1-10 (Summer )
- Are American Citizens Working for the Panama Canal Commission Exempt from U.S. Taxation?, Preview of U.S. Supreme Court Cases 37 ()
- Compensation Standard for Expropriation, 23 Columbia Journal of Transanational Law 615 ()
- Miscellaneous Foreign Provisions, 22 San Diego Law Review 257 ()
- Neutral Taxation of Capital Income: An Achievable Goal?, 48 Law & Contemporary Problems 77-149 ()
- Taxation of Capital Income Under Three Tax Reform Plans, 23 Tax Notes 187 ()
- The U.S. Bilateral Investment Treaty Program, 21 Stanford Journal of International Law 373 ()
- The Westinghouse Case: When Do States' Taxes Impermissibly Burden Interstate Commerce?, Preview of U.S. Supreme Court Cases 85 ()
- Percentage Depletion Deductions Under the 1975 Tax Reduction Act, Preview of U.S. Supreme Court Cases 45 ()
- Tax Case Raises Major Issues of Federalism, Jurisdiction, Preview of U.S. Supreme Court Cases 23 ()
- The Earned Income Tax Deduction, Duke Law Magazine (Summer )
- The Earned Income Tax Deduction: Congress's 1981 Response to the "Marriage Penalty" Tax, 68 Cornell Law Review 468 ()
- U.S. Report: Tax Avoidance/Tax Evasion, LXVIIIa Cahiers de Droit Fiscal International 333 ()
- The Concept of an Independent Treaty Foreign Tax Credit, 38 Tax Law Review 1-78 ()
- Abandoning Marital Status as a Factor in Allocating Income Tax Burdens, 59 Texas Law Review 1 ()
- Taxation of Stock Rights and Other Options: Another Look at the Persistence of Palmer v. Commissioner, 1979 Duke Law Journal 911-984 ()