Morgantown, West Virginia — Elaine Wilson, associate professor of law, is the 2016-17 president of the West Virginia Tax Institute.
The West Virginia Tax Institute is the state’s largest collection of attorneys and accountants and educators. Its goals are to improve the level of tax knowledge and practice in West Virginia and to promote cooperation among attorneys, accountants and other groups.
“The institute works with state revenue agencies, so it serves as a way to bring together government regulators, the State Bar and the accounting community,” Wilson said. “It’s great for educators to continue to be in touch with both the government and practicing tax community so we stay up-to-date on relevant topics and can provide updated, quality education for our students.”
As president, Wilson will organize the 2017 West Virginia Tax Institute meeting, a continuing legal education event for attorneys and accountants. She will also lead board meetings and handle administrative duties for the Board of Directors.
Wilson joined the faculty at the College of Law in 2012. She teaches teaching federal income tax, taxation of business entities, estate and gift taxation, and nonprofit organizations as the head the college’s tax law curriculum.
She is also chair of the American Bar Association’s Charitable Planning and Exempt Organization Group of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Section.
Prior to joining the Law School faculty, Wilson worked as an associate in the Estates & Personal Department at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City and then as a partner at Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis.
In 2007, Wilson joined the Chicago office of Quarles & Brady as a partner in the Tax-Exempt Organizations Group. While in practice, she was listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year from 2007 to 2012.
In 2012, Wilson was named “Lawyer of the Year” in Chicago for Non-Profit/Charities Law by The Best Lawyers in America.
Wilson earned her bachelor’s degree and her J.D. from Boston University.