The University of Miami School of Law mourns the passing of former professor Jacquin D. Bierman, who died on March 23, 2010 at the age of 95. Professor Bierman was a well-known tax expert and the director of the Law School's graduate program in taxation. He taught at Miami Law from 1977 – 1982.
Born in New York in 1915, he received his B.S. in 1934 from New York University's School of Commerce, Accounting and Finance, where he graduated summa cum laude, and obtained his J.D. degree from Yale Law School in 1937. Professor Bierman began his career with the chief counsel's office of the IRS in Washington. While there, he worked on many critical projects, including the excess profits tax regulations, which helped pay for WWII.
In 1947, he left the chief counsel's office for private practice. He became a partner in both the national accounting firm of J.K. Lasser & Co. and its legal advisor, the law firm of Chase & Bierman. During his career, he was a prodigious writer and lecturer. Among many other works, he co-authored Income Tax Differentials with William J. Casey, former director of the CIA. He taught at the NYU Law School and was instrumental in developing the NYU master of laws program in taxation.
In 1977, at age 62, he moved to Florida, and began a second career. He became a professor at Miami Law, where then Dean Soia Mentshikoff appointed him director of the graduate law program in taxation. He left UM five years later when the IRS asked him to return as professor-in-residence to spend a year studying and making recommendations with respect to the "Underground Economy." In that capacity, he analyzed and helped draft numerous regulations.
Returning to Miami at age 77, Professor Bierman began his third career by enrolling as a student at the University of Miami and earning a master's degree in mental health counseling. Starting at age 81, he spent a number of years counseling troubled youths in Miami's Liberty City.
"I can only say that he was one of a kind, with a broad range of interests and abilities of a type that is all too rare, and I suspect will become even rarer in our increasingly complex and technical society," said Miami Law Professor Elliott Manning. "He will be sorely missed."
Bierman is survived by his wife Gloria and their four children, Adam, Joshua, Douglas, and Robin Tennant. He is also survived by this first wife Irma and their three children, Alfred, Michael, and Louise Oshatz. In addition, he is survived by seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.