About Christine Speidel

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Christine SpeidelChristine Speidel directs the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic at Vermont Legal Aid. In June of 2018 she will transition to Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law as Assistant Professor and Director of the Federal Tax Clinic.

At Vermont Legal Aid Christine represents low-income individuals in a wide variety of IRS controversy and collection matters. Christine also advises pro se litigants as a participant in the U.S. Tax Court calendar call program, conducts taxpayer education events, and engages in systemic advocacy in collaboration with other Low-Income Taxpayer Clinics nationwide. Christine currently serves as a Chair of the Pro Bono and Tax Clinics Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation. She writes and lectures on issues affecting low-income taxpayers, particularly issues related to the Affordable Care Act.

Christine is a deputy editor of the 7th Edition of the ABA Tax Section publication, “Effectively Representing Your Client Before the IRS.” She is the primary author of the Affordable Care Act chapter.

Christine has practiced law at Vermont Legal Aid since 2006, focusing in tax since 2008. She has also practiced in the areas of domestic violence, health care, and public benefits. She was a member of the Family Rules Committee of the Vermont Supreme Court from 2008 to 2018. Christine earned her J. D. from Harvard Law School and her undergraduate degree from Pomona College.