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Edward Zelinsky is a tax scholar on the subject of United States tax law, professor at Cardozo Law School in New York City, and frequent visiting professor at the Yale Law School.[1][2] He has also taught at Cornell, NYU and Columbia.[1]

Zelinsky has testified before the United States Congress and the House Judiciary Committee.[1][2][3][4] He has served on the New Haven Board of Aldermen, and when elected was the first person to be elected to the Board while a student at Yale University.[5]

Political views and activismEdit

In 2003, he challenged the State of New York on its so-called "convenience of the employer" doctrine which enabled New York to engage in what Zelinsky and others have alleged is unconstitutional double taxation of telecommuters.[6] The case, Zelinsky v. Tax Appeals Tribunal, was denied certiorari by the U.S. Supreme Court after the New York Court of Appeals decided against Zelinsky.[6][7] Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd subsequently attempted to introduce federal legislation that would prevent New York and other states from engaging in such taxation.[8]

Zelinsky and Justice Samuel Alito attended Yale Law School together. In November 2005, during Samuel Alito's confirmation process for the US Supreme Court, Zelinsky supported Alito in the press, identifying himself as "a Democrat for Sam".[9]

Zelinsky is critical of the Obama Administration's foreign policy toward Iran. He also believes the Logan Act is an anachronism in view of modern communications, and should be repealed.[10]


His 2007 book The Origins of the Ownership Society (OUP) examines the political and social implications of a defined contribution paradigm.


  1. ^ a b c "Edward A. Zelinsky, Morris and Annie Trachman Professor of Law". Cardozo (Yeshiva University). Retrieved 2008-01-11.
  2. ^ a b David Margolick (1991-11-12). "Yale Law Alumni Focus On Reunion, or Try To". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-11.
  3. ^ Editorial (2006-03-02). "State has right to set own tax policy". The Cincinnati Enquirer.
  4. ^ Brian Leiter estimated that Zelinsky was the 7th most cited tax-law professor in the United States.Brian Leiter (2007-08-20). "Brian Leiter's Law School Reports". Retrieved 2008-01-11.
  5. ^ Tim R. A. Cooper; Michael Horn; And Jared Stanisci (1999-09-16). "More irregularities found in Yale U. student's win in New Haven vote". Yale Daily News.
  6. ^ a b Nicole Belson Goluboo (2006-08-06). "Taxing Telecommuters". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-11.
  7. ^ Toni Kistner (2008-06-07). "Fighting for fair telework tax: New York state's practice spurs draft federal legislation". Network World. Retrieved 2008-01-11.
  8. ^ William F. Hammond Jr. (2004-08-04). "State Could Lose Telecommute Tax Revenue Under Proposal". The New York Sun.
  9. ^ Josh Gerstein (2005-09-01). "Is He a Scalia?". The New York Sun.
  10. ^ John Kerry and the Logan Act, Edward A. Zelinsky, OUPblog, 6 October 2018