Willbankshttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/People/DispForm.aspx?ID=66WillbanksStephanie WillbanksVice Dean for Administration and Student AffairsProfessor of Law<img alt="" src="http://www-assets.vermontlaw.edu/Assets/directories/people/Willbanks_Stephanie.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />JD, University of Minnesota, 1978BA, University of Minnesota, 1972802-831-1277<p>Professor Stephanie J. Willbanks is an expert in federal transfer taxation, income taxation, probate, intestacy, wills and trusts. The courses she has taught at Vermont Law School include Business Taxation, Estate and Gift Taxation, Estate Planning, Estates, Income Taxation, Tax Policy, and Torts. She is the author of "Federal Taxation of Wealth Transfers: Cases and Problems" as well as "Federal Estate and Gift Taxation: Quick Review."</p> <p> Professor Willbanks received her BA degree, magna cum laude, in 1972 and her JD degree, magna cum laude, in 1978, both from the University of Minnesota. After graduation from law school, she clerked for the Honorable Rosalie E. Wahl of the Minnesota Supreme Court. She then practiced law for two years with the firm Henson & Efron PA in Minneapolis before joining the VLS faculty in 1981. In 1986, she became the first female faculty member to receive tenure at VLS. She is currently serving as the Vice Dean for Administration and Student Affairs. She served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 1989 to 1994 and from 1997 to 2002, and as Vice Dean for Academic Affairs from 2005 to 2009. She also served as Director of Academic Technology from 2002 to 2005.</p> <p> Professor Willbanks is an academic fellow of the American College of Trust and Estates Counsel (ACTEC), a member of the American Law Institute, and a commissioner on the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. She served as reporter to the Vermont Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Rules of Probate Procedure from 1998 to 2005. She served on the Association of American Law Schools' Membership Review Committee from 2004 to 2006 and on numerous accreditation teams for the ABA and AALS. She is currently the Consultant on Membership Review for the AALS. She has presented lectures on estate planning and tax reform at numerous seminars and has served on a number of commissions in the state of Vermont, including the Vermont State Commission on Tax Policy and the Governor's Commission on Property Tax Reform. She has also served as a member of the Vermont Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Judicial Education, the Vermont Supreme Court's Judicial Performance Review Committee, and the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board. She is a member of the American Bar Association's Tax Section, Real Property, Trust and Estates Section as well as the Vermont Bar Association's Probate and Trust Section and Tax Section.</p> GP0|#bb17ad26-6a14-4509-9538-65dd1edbef15;L0|#0bb17ad26-6a14-4509-9538-65dd1edbef15|Wills and Trusts;GTSet|#d472df4a-bfc1-44e1-aba0-d9d3ce47ddf9;GP0|#cc1151a3-9852-47db-bba7-df96c56599bc;L0|#0cc1151a3-9852-47db-bba7-df96c56599bc|Estate Planning and TaxGP0|#84094f35-8eaa-4481-b414-8bc4beec3f97;L0|#084094f35-8eaa-4481-b414-8bc4beec3f97|Faculty;GTSet|#f56df0fa-9bdb-4e22-abac-ddf5f696a71d;GPP|#d56ffc52-3a80-49e2-95fd-f49b2d4639a1<a href="http://www-assets.vermontlaw.edu/Assets/directories/FacultyDocuments/WillbanksStephanie_CV.pdf" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/_layouts/15/IMAGES/icpdf.png" />Curriculum Vitae</a>Estate and Gift Tax; Estates; Income Taxation

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              Testimony before the Vermont House Judiciary Committee on H.11Testimony before the Vermont House Judiciary Committee on H.11<div class="ExternalClassACA417571C9545F5A89BDA8EF4EB78D6"><div>​Testimony before the Vermont House Judiciary Committee on H.11 (Intestacy and Spousal Share), January 2009.</div>​</div>3128Publication
              Testimony before the Vermont House Ways and Means Committee on H.79Testimony before the Vermont House Ways and Means Committee on H.79<div class="ExternalClassF04188FE07D14F9D872554E36553BF82"><div>​Testimony before the Vermont House Ways and Means Committee on H.79 (The Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protected Persons Jurisdiction Act), January 2011.​</div></div>3127Publication
              Changes to Vermont's Probate Law: Increasing the Surviving Spouse's Share and Other MeasuresChanges to Vermont's Probate Law: Increasing the Surviving Spouse's Share and Other Measures<div class="ExternalClassBF211B37C3434CC682E6E88A9C05242D"><div>​<em>Changes to Vermont's Probate Law: Increasing the Surviving Spouse's Share and Other Measures</em>, 35 Vt. Bar Ass. J.​ 26 (2009) (with Jonathan D. Secrest).</div></div>3124Publication
              Interstate Guardianship Jurisdiction: A Solution to "Granny Snatching"Interstate Guardianship Jurisdiction: A Solution to "Granny Snatching"<div class="ExternalClassFCBA53389FAA43C4AD52E7AEFC2084CA"><div>​<em>Interstate Guardianship Jurisdiction: A Solution to "Granny Snatching,"</em> 37 Vt. Bar. Ass. J. 24 (2011) (with Judge George Belcher)​.​</div></div>3123Publication
              Law as a Crossword PuzzleLaw as a Crossword Puzzle<div class="ExternalClass85986CBDDA444A4FA50579A6E0B98154"><div>​<em>Law as a Crossword Puzzle</em>, reprinted in Techniques for Teaching Law 2, edited by Gerald F. Hess, Steven I. Friedland, Michael Hunger Schwartz, and Sophie Sparrow (Carolina Academic Press 2011).​​</div></div>3122Publication
              Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow; But ​Does It Have to be So Complicated? Transmission of Property at Death in VermontParting is Such Sweet Sorrow; But ​Does It Have to be So Complicated? Transmission of Property at Death in Vermont<div class="ExternalClass20776DA060844B1EBE75DFCD1F677A0F"><div><em>​Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow, But Does It Have to be So Complicated? Transmission of Property at Death in Vermont</em>, 29 Vt. L. Rev. 895 (2005)​.</div></div>3121Publication
              Taxing Once, Taxing Twice, Taxing Joint Tenants (Again) at Death Isn't NiceTaxing Once, Taxing Twice, Taxing Joint Tenants (Again) at Death Isn't Nice<div class="ExternalClass25B25D1120D140858DACF826DEFCD581"><div>​<em>Taxing Once, Taxing Twice, Taxing Joint Tenants (Again) at Death Isn't Nice</em>, 9 U. Pitt. Tax Rev. 1 (2011).</div></div>3120Publication
              What's in a Name? Would a Rose by Any Other Name Really Smell as Sweet?What's in a Name? Would a Rose by Any Other Name Really Smell as Sweet?<div class="ExternalClass0631B31172AB4E83A690D464EEFB84B1"><div> <em>​What's in a Name? Would a Rose by Any Other Name Really Smell as Sweet?</em> 63 J. Leg. Ed. 647 (2014).​</div></div>3119Publication
              Federal Estate and Gift Taxation: QuickReviewFederal Estate and Gift Taxation: QuickReview<div class="ExternalClassBB5CD48FEBFC4B1F81EBECFD794DC951"> <span style="font-variant:small-caps;">​Federal Estate and Gift Taxation: Quick​Review</span> (2d edition, Thomson West Publishing Co. 2014)​.</div>2954Publication
              Teacher's Manual: Federal Taxation of Wealth TransfersTeacher's Manual: Federal Taxation of Wealth Transfers<div class="ExternalClass68DA217654F943A08861F5C65F75B5E4"> <span style="font-variant:small-caps;">Teacher's Manual: Federal Taxation of Wealth Transfers</span>​ (3d edition, Wolters Kluwer Publishers 2012)​ (4th edition will be published spring 2016)​. </div>170Publication
              Federal Taxation of Wealth Transfers: Cases and ProblemsFederal Taxation of Wealth Transfers: Cases and Problems<div class="ExternalClass8A17F8FBDB274839879E11990717C51F"> <span style="font-variant:small-caps;">Federal Taxation of Wealth Transfers: Cases and Problems</span> (3d edition, Wolters Kluwer Publishers 2012)​ (4th edition will be published spring 2016)​.</div>168Publication
              Wealth Transfer Taxation: Tax PlanningWealth Transfer Taxation: Tax Planning<div class="ExternalClass95A02DFAA902416EBBE5DC3592DCC130"> <em>Wealth Transfer Taxation: Tax Planning</em>, in Jesse Dukeminier, Robert Sitkoff, and James Lindgren, WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATES​ (8th edition, Wolters Kluwer Publishers 2009).​​</div>165Publication
              Teacher's Manual: Wealth Transfer Taxation: Tax PlanningTeacher's Manual: Wealth Transfer Taxation: Tax Planning<div class="ExternalClassD6C533B091CE4A66B22E74C1B0DF90B9"> <em>Teacher's Manual: Wealth Transfer Taxation: Tax Planning</em> for Jesse Dukeminier, Robert Sitkoff, and James Lindgren, WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATES (8th edition, Wolters Kluwer Publishers 2009).​</div>164Publication
              Federal Estate and Gift Taxation: An Analysis and CritiqueFederal Estate and Gift Taxation: An Analysis and Critique<div class="ExternalClass18CCFB8B49FF4B00B1B75C8A74297572"> <span style="font-variant:small-caps;">Federal Estate and Gift Taxation: An Analysis and Critique</span> ​(3d ed., Thomson West Publishing Co. 2004).​​ </div>160Publication
              Testimony before the Vermont House Ways and Means Committee on the Miscellaneous Tax BillTestimony before the Vermont House Ways and Means Committee on the Miscellaneous Tax Bill<div class="ExternalClassB34D40800C05419081DDA1E3D6A4B1D2">​Testimony before the Vermont House Ways and Means Committee on the Miscellaneous Tax Bill, ​February 2009. </div>156Publication

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              The ABA Site Inspection ProcessThe ABA Site Inspection Process<div class="ExternalClassF0D9B3C22DDE4829913F83381E54DFAA"> <em>​The ABA Site Inspection Process - The Role of the Association of American Law Schools, and Writing the Faculty Section of the Report,</em> AALS Annual Meeting, October 2010, October 2011, October 2012, October 2013, September 2014​.​ </div>147Presentation
              The AALS Site Inspection Workshop: Writing the ReportThe AALS Site Inspection Workshop: Writing the Report<div class="ExternalClass39B705863D85472FA99D0D86F34DB716"><em>​The AALS Site Inspection Workshop: Writing the Report,</em> AALS Annual Meeting, 2012, 2013, 2014​.​ </div>149Presentation
              ABA Academic Deans' Conference PresentationsABA Academic Deans' Conference Presentations<div class="ExternalClass0C08325FA6B449AB9C4E7705A79E32E2"><em>Managing Decanal Transitions</em>, <em>​Knowing When to Quit</em>, <em>Nudging Towards Learning Outcomes</em> (Moderator), <em>A Day in the Life</em> (Moderator), ABA Academic Deans' Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, <span style="font-size:13.63636302948px;">June 27, 2010​​</span>.​ </div>152Presentation
              The AALS Site Inspection Process: The Reporter's PerspectiveThe AALS Site Inspection Process: The Reporter's Perspective<div class="ExternalClassA0D1943B33024B44860B99BB586F4604"><em>The AALS Site Inspection Process: The Reporter's Perspective,</em> AALS Annual Meeting, 2002, 2003, 2010, 2011​. </div>154Presentation
              Year in Review: Probate & Trusts: Ramifications of S.26Year in Review: Probate & Trusts: Ramifications of S.26<div class="ExternalClass3B3682A9FAA54B4D959B4C6367FDE7DD"><em>​Year in Review: Probate & Trusts: Ramifications of S.26</em>, Vermont Bar Association Annual Meeting, Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee, Vermont, September 25, 2009​.​ </div>155Presentation
              Changing Vermont's Spousal ShareChanging Vermont's Spousal Share<div class="ExternalClass5A0A8911087646A686537A367F87205C"><em>​Changing Vermont's Spousal Share</em>, Vermont Bar Association annual meeting, Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee, Vermont, ​September 26, 2008.​ </div>158Presentation
              Strategic Change as Impacted by Bar ExaminersStrategic Change as Impacted by Bar Examiners<div class="ExternalClassF6D66A84E8234348824C38C65F010D7C"> <em>​Strategic Change as Impacted by Bar Examiners</em>, ABA Academic Deans' Conference, June 13, 2008, Inglewood, Color​ado.​​ </div>159Presentation
              Guardianship over Adults: Establishing Jurisdiction and Resolving Jurisdictional SupportGuardianship over Adults: Establishing Jurisdiction and Resolving Jurisdictional Support<div class="ExternalClassD2FC39D93FDC46CF8A2A8F043C910D87"><em>Guardianship over Adults: Establishing Jurisdiction & Resolving Jurisdictional Support,</em> Lexis Online CLE, 2013.​​ </div>3125Presentation
              Managing for MissionManaging for Mission<div class="ExternalClass77E480FD232C43A0AA0FD557820A55D0"><div> <em>Managing for Mission</em>, ABA Academic Deans' Conference, June 2006​.</div>​</div>3126Presentation

              Awards & Accomplishments

              Awards & Accomplishments

               

               

              Teacher of the Year AwardTeacher of the Year Award<div class="ExternalClass52428851F9844A60A2CCF5B6AAE7BBC7">Teacher of the Year Award: 1984, 1987, and 2012.​</div>400Award, Honor or Grant

               

               

               

               

              ​First female faculty member to receive tenure at Vermont Law School​First female faculty member to receive tenure at Vermont Law School<div class="ExternalClass0245E97751704DA0BF1963F7D45D821C"><p>​First female faculty member to receive tenure, Vermont Law School, 1986​<br></p></div>403Affiliation
              Member of Vermont State Commission on Tax PolicyMember of Vermont State Commission on Tax Policy<div class="ExternalClass810113D3CDFE4797A2C61CBF814D7763"><p>​Advised State of Vermont on tax policy as member of Vermont State Commission on Tax Policy: 1986​<br></p></div>398Affiliation
              Member of Governor's Commission on Property Tax ReformMember of Governor's Commission on Property Tax Reform<div class="ExternalClass47FF65EC88084CCEB9AEFC2267293405"><p>​Advised Governor of Vermont on property tax reform as member of Governor's Commission on property Tax Reform: 1988​<br></p></div>397Affiliation
              ​Reporter to the Vermont Probate Rules Committee​Reporter to the Vermont Probate Rules Committee<div class="ExternalClassBCC3FDB35D3545C2963645DD46D7BA0C"><p>​Reporter to the Vermont Probate Rules Committee: 1998-2005​<br></p></div>395Affiliation
              Member, American Law InstituteMember, American Law Institute<div class="ExternalClassF9E06E76FE8A4BFD845B4EB4362E99CE"><p>​Member, American Law Institute: 2010-present​​<br></p></div>394Affiliation
              ​Member, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel​Member, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel<div class="ExternalClass0529261968C34BAD806FBEE7E5922AFC"><p>​Member, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel: 2009-present​</p></div>393Affiliation
              ​Member, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws​Member, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws<div class="ExternalClassE9FDA548878C4317BA3A77340A9F60BD"><p>​Member, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws​: 2001-present​​.<br></p></div>392Affiliation
              ​Member, Vermont State Commission on Tax Policy​Member, Vermont State Commission on Tax Policy<div class="ExternalClass1477556A273A47DCBB4C9A81A04C6158"><p>​Member, Vermont State Commission on Tax Policy: 1986​<br></p></div>391Affiliation
              Member, Governor's Commission on Property Tax ReformMember, Governor's Commission on Property Tax Reform<div class="ExternalClass67C0FA440D7D4159B9F4ADF263EA628A"><p>​Member, Governor's Commission on Property Tax Reform: 1988​</p></div>389Affiliation
              ​Chair, Vermont Supreme Court Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board​Chair, Vermont Supreme Court Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board<div class="ExternalClass923551B80C1843D8AFC6327C5501B8E9"><p>​Chair, Vermont Supreme Court Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board: 1991-94, and Member: 1990-2002​<br></p></div>388Affiliation
              ​Member, Vermont Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Education​Member, Vermont Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Education<div class="ExternalClass2E782B034BBA4FB8BFF6477B13FAFEA6"><p>​Member, Vermont Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Education: 1993-2001​</p></div>386Affiliation
              ​Member, Vermont Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Performance Review​Member, Vermont Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Performance Review<div class="ExternalClassB72143C7850D47F994254B9D5D349224"><p>​Member, Vermont Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Performance Review: 1993-2003​<br></p></div>385Affiliation
              ​Member, Tri-State Task Force on Bar Admissions​Member, Tri-State Task Force on Bar Admissions<div class="ExternalClass90F7186F75B74EDD910E9C7EC1521A7D"><p>​Member, Tri-State Task Force on Bar Admissions: 1994-2002​<br></p></div>383Affiliation
              ​Member, Vermont Bar Association Tax Law Committee​Member, Vermont Bar Association Tax Law Committee<div class="ExternalClass552A4F1B99D74C23A5FF616D30440737"><p>​Member, Vermont Bar Association Tax Law Committee: 1991-present​</p></div>380Affiliation
              ​Member, Vermont Bar Association Probate and Trust Committee​Member, Vermont Bar Association Probate and Trust Committee<div class="ExternalClass2254A8DD50554D6FA97EC95DD87B4AFB"><p>​Member, Vermont Bar Association Probate and Trust Committee: 2004-present​<br></p></div>379Affiliation
              ​Member, Association of American Law Schools Membership Review Committee​Member, Association of American Law Schools Membership Review Committee<div class="ExternalClass014470776D6B48AC83B3687CC1034DCA"><p>​Member, Association of American Law Schools Membership Review Committee: 2004-2006​</p></div>378Affiliation
              ​Member, American Law Institute​Member, American Law Institute<div class="ExternalClass634FD7DE8C794A45ADA5227BDCE8F9D2"><p>​Member, American Law Institute: 2010-present​​<br></p></div>377Affiliation
              Member, American College of Trust and Estate CounselMember, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel<div class="ExternalClassE18B6004984C452CA5E8502BED0DC7B5"><p>​Member, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel: 2009-present​​<br></p></div>375Affiliation
              ​Consultant, Membership Review, Association of American Law Schools​Consultant, Membership Review, Association of American Law Schools<div class="ExternalClassA5427E7A0B074AD0A0AE00CB8A2EB2FF"><p>​Consultant, Membership Review, Association of American Law Schools: 2010 - present​​<br></p></div>373Affiliation
              ​Director of Academic Technology at Vermont Law School​Director of Academic Technology at Vermont Law School<div class="ExternalClassC884F98C24A04493A33B5D86BC6CE4AA"><p>​Director of Academic Technology: 2002-2005​<br></p></div>372Affiliation
              ​Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Vermont Law School​Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Vermont Law School<div class="ExternalClass04BA5900B95D4D51BC25D9DF36B692B4"><p>​Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Vermont Law School​, 1989-94 and 1997-2002​.<br></p></div>371Affiliation
              Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at Vermont Law SchoolVice Dean for Academic Affairs at Vermont Law School<div class="ExternalClass7AB890EBE30F4BDBB40075E516420CBA"><p>​Vice Dean for Academic Affairs: 2005-2009​<br></p></div>370Affiliation
              Professor at Vermont Law SchoolProfessor at Vermont Law School<div class="ExternalClass0CC61C4350CF4CAF8DEE0CF92CF07B99"><p>​Professor at Vermont Law School: 1981 - present​​<br></p></div>369Affiliation