Professor of Law
B.A., magna cum laude Philosophy and History, Columbia University 1995, Phi Beta Kappa
M.A. Philosophy, McGill University 1996
Ph.D. Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley 2001
J.D., Stanford Law School 2006
Professor Darien Shanske holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School, a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in Rhetoric, an M.A. from McGill University in Philosophy, and a B.A. from Columbia University. Before law school, Professor Shanske worked as a financial consultant to California local governments; after law school, he worked as an attorney in the public finance department of Sidley Austin in San Francisco. Professor Shanske then clerked for Judge Pierre N. Leval of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Professor Shanske’s academic interests include taxation, particularly state and local taxation, local government law, public finance, and political theory, particularly jurisprudence. Some of his current projects are on the local property tax, the state and local fiscal relationship, the fiscal constitution of California, and the role of reciprocity in Aristotle.
Subject AreasLocal Government Law, Taxation, Jurisprudence
Selected Career Highlights
- Associate Professor of Law, UC Hastings, 2008 - 2013
- Clerk to Hon. Pierre N. Leval of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2007-2008
- Associate at Sidley Austin LLP, San Francisco, 2006-2007
- Financial analyst at Government Financial Strategies, Sacramento, 2001-2003
In the News
A Research Guide To The California Constitution, Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2014 (With Hon. Joseph Grodin and Michael Salerno). Responsible for introductory section on fiscal history and commentary on Articles IX (Education) (with Joseph Grodin), XI (Local Government), XIII (Taxation), XIIIA (Tax Limitation), XIIIB (Government Spending Limitation), XIIIC (Voter Approval for Local Tax Levies), XIIID (Assessment and Property-Related Fee Reform), XVI (Public Finance), XIX – XIXC (Motor Vehicle Revenue).
Revitalizing Local Political Economy Through Modernizing the Property Tax, TAX LAW REVIEW, forthcoming.
The Philosophy of Tax: A Review of David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King, JOURNAL OF LAW, CULTURE AND THE HUMANITIES, forthcoming.
Can Formulary Apportionment Save the World?: Apportionment and a State-Level Carbon Tax, CHAPMAN LAW REVIEW, forthcoming (invited symposium piece).
Local Fiscal Autonomy Requires Constraints: The Case for Fiscal Menus, 25 STANFORD LAW AND POLICY REVIEW, forthcoming (invited symposium piece).
Why the Text of the Affordable Care Act Authorizes Tax Credits on the Federal Exchanges: A Response to Adler and Cannon, 71 STATE TAX NOTES 229 (Jan. 27, 2014) (with David Gamage).
Thucydides and the Philosophical Origins of History, Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Thucydides and Law: A Response to Leiter, Legal Theory, forthcoming
The Philosophy of Tax: A Review of David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King, Journal of Law, Culture and the Humanities, forthcoming
A New Theory of the State Corporate Income Tax: The State Corporate Income Tax as Retail Sales Tax Complement, Tax Law Review, forthcoming 2013.
A Potential Game Changer in E-Commerce Taxation, 67 STATE TAX NOTES 747 (2013)(with Andy Haile and David Gamage).
The Case for a State-Level Debt-Financing Authority, 67 State Tax Notes 188 (2013) (with David Gamage).
The Trouble with Tax Increase Limitations, 6 Albany Government Law Review 50 (2012) (invited symposium piece) (with David Gamage).
Three Essays On Tax Salience: Market Salience and Political Salience, 65 Tax Law Review 19 (2012) (with David Gamage).
How Less Can Be More: Using the Federal Income Tax to Stabilize State and Local Finance, 31 Virginia Tax Review 413 (2012).
The Saga of State ‘Amazon’ Laws Reflections on the Colorado Decision , 65 State Tax Notes 197 (2012) (with David Gamage).
On Tax Increase Limitations: Part II – Evasion and Transcendence, 63 State Tax Notes 245 (2012) (with David Gamage).
The Supreme Court and the New Old Public Finance: A New Old Defense of the Court’s Recent Dormant Commerce Clause Jurisprudence, 43 The Urban Lawyer 659 (2011).
Going Forward by Going Backward to Benefit Taxes, California Journal of Politics and Policy, vol. 3, iss. 2, art. 14 (2011).
Thucydides and Lawfulness in Thucydides – A Violent Teacher? History and its Representations, (Georg Rechenauer and Vassiliki Pothou, eds. 2011).
On Tax Increase Limitations: Part I – A Costly Incoherence , 62 State Tax Notes 813 (2011) (with David Gamage).
Attention Carbon Auditors: There’s Low-Hanging Fruit in the PAB Regs, 127 Tax Notes 693 (2010).
Above All Else Stop Digging: Local Government Law as a Cause (and Solution) to the Current Financial Crisis, 43 University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 663 (2010).
What Might They Talk About at a California Constitutional Convention, 37 Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly 641 (2010) (invited symposium piece).
Engquist and The Erosion of the Equal Protection Clause: An Attempt to Stop the Creep of Irrational Dicta, 61 Hastings Law Journal 969 (2010).
How Should We Govern Ourselves at Home?, 6 Journal of Law, Culture and the Humanities 296 (2010) (review of: Violence and Social Orders: A Conceptual Framework for Interpreting Recorded Human History, Douglass C. North, John Joseph Wallis, Barry R. Weingast; Democracy and Knowledge: Innovation and Learning in Classical Athens, Josiah Ober; City Bound: How States Stifle Urban Innovation, Gerald E. Frug and David J. Barron).
Putting the California Constitution (Back) to Work: A Blueprint for Clearing Legal Roadblocks to Proper Infrastructure Finance, 54 State Tax Notes 567 (2009).
Hegel and the Justification for Arbitration in a Modern State, 1 Yearbook on Arbitration and Mediation 445 (2009).
What Homevoters Want and It is Not What You Might Think, 1 California Journal of Politics and Policy 18 (2009) (review of Isaac W. Martin, The Permanent Tax Revolt: How the Property Tax Transformed American Politic (2008)).
Revitalizing Aristotle’s Doctrine of Equity, 4 Journal of Law, Culture, and the Humanities 352 (2008).
Public Tax Dollars for Private Suburban Development: A First Report on a National Phenomenon, Note, 26 Virginia Tax Review 709 (2007).
Four Theses Preliminary to an Appeal to Equity, Note, 57 Stanford Law Review 2053 (2005).