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Remembering Emeritus Professor of Law David Shakow

January 21, 2021

The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School is mourning the death of Emeritus Professor David Shakow, who passed away last weekend.

Shakow joined the Law School faculty in 1982 and took emeritus status in 2000; he taught tax law and related subjects. Shakow collaborated with Alvin L. Snowiss Professor of Law Reed Shuldiner on his most research and scholarship, which examines the viability and effects of the federal estate tax.

“David was an integral part of our faculty for many years,” said Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law Theodore Ruger. “We mourn his passing, and our thoughts go out to his loved ones.”

Shakow was a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School, and he received an LLM in taxation from NYU. He served as a clerk to the Honorable William B. Hastie of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, after which he joined the New York law firm of Davis Polk and Wardwell.

Shakow also served in the Office of the Tax Legislative Counsel of the U.S. Department of the Treasure before joining the Law School faculty. After he took emeritus status, he practiced at Chamberlain Hrdlicka.

Shakow is survived by his wife Kineret Piltch Shakow and his children.