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M. Carr Ferguson


Peter W. Martin

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From the video archives of the Cornell Law School Heritage Project. The interviewer is Peter W. Martin; the videographer, Jae-Hyon Ahn. This video covers Carr Ferguson's experiences as a law student, how he became a tax litigator in the Justice Department, and his career as a law teacher at Iowa and NYU.

M. Carr Ferguson was born in Washington, D.C. in 1931. He earned both a B.A. and an LL.B. from Cornell University in 1952 and then 1954. He began his career as a member of the original class of thirty lawyers of the Attorney General's Honor Graduate Recruitment Program, serving as trial attorney and special assistant to the attorney general for five years.

In 1960 he obtained an LL.M. from New York University and began a teaching career , first as Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law from 1960-62; then as Associate Professor and Denison Professor of Law at New York University from 1962-77. He is visiting Professor of Law at Stanford University, adjunct Professor of Law at New York University, and visiting Professor of Law at the University of San Diego.

President Jimmy Carter nominated Carr Ferguson to be Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Tax Division in the United States Department of Justice where he served from 1977-81.

Carr Ferguson is partner at Davis Polk & Wardell. He was with Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz from 1969-77. He has served on the comissioner's advisory board to the IRS, has counseled the Tax Division and assisted in tax reform both within the U.S. and abroad, and has served on advisory groups to the Tax Court and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.The American Bar Association Section of Taxation presented him with the 2008 Distinguished Service Award for outstanding service to the legal profession, the tax system, and tax education.

Carr Ferguson has taught, consulted, lectured, and written on international and domestic tax law. He is an expert on corporate reorganization. He is a member of the Order of the Coif and emeritus member of the Cornell Law School Advisory Council. In 2000 he established with his wife the M. Carr and Marian Ferguson Law Scholarship for second year law students for excellence in the classroom and beyond.


Cornell Law School, Cornell Law School alumni, Davis Polk & Wardell, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, Law school professors


The initial phase of this project was sponsored by a generous grant from the law firm of Sutherland Asbill and Brennan LLP.

Part 1 of 2.