Nancy Shurtz

Nancy Shurtz, Professor of Law, University of Oregon

Nancy E. Shurtz is a chaired professor at the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene, Oregon.  She is a national columnist for Estate Planning Magazine and a Senior Editor of the Media/Book Products Committee of the ABA’s Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section.  She has published numerous articles on the topics of critical taxation, estate planning, and women and the law.

Paper Title:

“Seeking Citizenship in the Shadow of Domestic Violence:  Good Moral Character Requires Tax Compliance"

Paper Summary: 

This article examines the general requirements of naturalization, specifically addressing how a foreign spouse married to a U.S. citizen faces difficulties in complying with the “legal permanent resident” and “good moral character” requirements.  The article demonstrates how domestic violence poses additional immigration and tax challenges, and then makes some suggestions for reform.