Kristin Hickman

Prof. Kristin Hickman

Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Harlan Albert Roger, Corporate Institute

Professor Kristin E. Hickman joined the Law School in 2004. She teaches and writes primarily in the areas of tax law, administrative law, and statutory interpretation. She held the Law School’s Julius E. Davis Chair in Law in 2010-11, was the Donald C. Alexander Visiting Professor in Tax Law at Harvard Law School for the 2012-13 academic year, and also taught at Northwestern University School of Law as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2003-04.

Professor Hickman has written extensively in the areas of federal tax administration and judicial review in the federal income tax and general administrative law contexts. Her articles on these topics have appeared in the Columbia Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Vanderbilt Law Review, and Virginia Tax Review, among other publications. She also co-authors the Administrative Law Treatise and a casebook on federal administrative law with Richard J. Pierce, Jr. One of Professor Hickman’s articles, “Chevron’s Domain” (co-authored with Thomas W. Merrill), was cited by the United States Supreme Court in United States v. Mead Corp. (2001), and by the dissenting Justices in City of Arlington v. FCC (2013), and her work is cited regularly in judicial opinions and court briefs.

Professor Hickman received her B.S. degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting and a second major in history from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. After practicing for several years as a certified public accountant, she earned her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law, where she was awarded the Raoul Berger Prize for her work on “Chevron’s Domain” and the Lowden-Wigmore Prize for her work on “Should Advance Pricing Agreements Be Published?” Following law school, Professor Hickman clerked for the Honorable David B. Sentelle of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and practiced law as an associate with the Chicago office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, concentrating on corporate and international tax transactions and matters.


  • Trinity University, B.S.
  • Northwestern University, J.D.
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