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Christine Manolakas

Christine Manolakas

Professor of Law
Director, Tax and Business Concentrations
B.A., University of Southern California
J.D., Loyola University, Los Angeles
LL.M. (Taxation) New York University


Phone: 916.739.7110
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Monday and Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and by appointment.


"I am proud of the extensive and diverse tax and business curriculum at McGeorge, allowing our students to graduate with the necessary legal knowledge and skills. Almost every area of law has tax implications, and almost every client has both domestic and international business concerns. Whether a general business practice or a specialized business practice, such as international trade, banking, bankruptcy, land use, employment law, or intellectual property, our graduates are prepared to practice law in the field of their choice." — Professor Christine Manolakas

For nearly 40 years, Professor Manolakas has taught federal income tax courses at McGeorge School of Law, eventually adding community property law to her repertoire. She has also taught courses at King Hall, University of California at Davis, and tax classes at various locations throughout California for the California CPA Education Foundation. Prior to joining the faculty at McGeorge, Professor Manolakas earned an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University, and was an attorney in the tax department of a major oil company located in San Francisco.

From 2005 to 2008, Professor Manolakas served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. During that period, she supported and strengthened many of the programs that continue to benefit the students at McGeorge. Professor Manolakas is the Director of the Tax Concentration and the Business Concentration, which allows her to provide students with both academic and professional counseling. As a result of her contributions to the law school, an award was established, the "Manolakas Extraordinary Contribution Award," which is conferred annually on a member of the faculty or administrative staff.

Professor Manolakas is thoroughly committed to her students, and strives to make the difficult material covered in her tax courses accessible to each of them. Professor Manolakas has said that a basic understanding of tax law is essential for all students. One of the most difficult aspects of teaching tax law is to remove the students' fear of the subject and help them to appreciate and understand a complex and interesting field of law. Professor Manolakas also teaches Community Property law, which is a very different type of law but equally as challenging. Students enjoy learning in the relaxed atmosphere she creates in her classroom.

Recently, Professor Manolakas' scholarship examined the federal income taxation of such individuals as thieves and their victims, and artists and the acquirers of art. She also published articles on the qualified residence interest deduction, the taxation of natural disasters, and the tax treatment of mixed-use personal residences. For many years, Professor Manolakas' scholarship focused on issues relating to international tax law, the interpretation of tax treaties, and the comparison of the tax laws of the NAFTA countries. She has also published works centered on community property law.

Courses: Federal Income Taxation, Taxation of Real Estate Transactions, Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders, U.S. Taxation of International Transactions, Community Property

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