Scholarship fund in honor of Professor Pat Randolph
Professor Pat Randolph joined the faculty at the UMKC School of Law in 1980. In his over 30 years of service at the Law School, Professor Randolph has touched many lives and helped shape many outstanding careers.
In 2000, Realtor Magazine named Professor Randolph one of the 25 most influential people in American real estate. He has been named in many compilations of the world’s and Missouri’s best real estate lawyers. His treatise – Randolph Edition of Friedman on Leases, is the leading authority nationwide on leasing matters.
In spring 1994, Professor Randolph served as a visiting professor at the Peking University Department of Law in Beijing, China, beginning a new avocation as writer, observer and commentator on Chinese real estate law. In 2006, the Beijing Municipal Government awarded Professor Randolph the Great Wall Friendship Prize, in recognition of his many contributions to the Chinese legal system. In 2008, the Chinese National Government awarded him the National Friendship Prize medal. Each is the highest award given to a foreigner. Professor Randolph directs the UMKC Summer Study Program at Peking University in China.
It is because of his hard work and dedication to many that we would like to honor Professor Randolph by establishing an endowed scholarship at the UMKC School of Law in his name. This endowment will continue the Edgar Snow Scholarship that Pat established for Chinese students to study at UMKC, but will do so under his name. This will assure that is contribution and legacy will live on in the Law School ad infinitum.
We hope you will join us with a contribution to this scholarship fund.
The Kansas City Tax Clinic
The Kansas City Tax Clinic, which began in 1999, offers quality representation to low income individuals and to offer a clinical experience to law students. The clinic operates under the guidelines for a Low Income Tax Clinic as established by the Internal Revenue Service, which defines low income as less than 250 percent of the poverty guidelines based on the size of the family unit.
During 2011, 118 non-filers were brought back into the tax system when 243 returns were filed. In 80 cases, levies were threatened on wages, social security and/or other assets. In most of these cases, the levies were released after the accounts were placed in currently not collectable or the taxpayer entered an installment agreement for payment. In 31 cases the clinic filed offers in compromises for taxpayers. In most of these cases the liability was discharged based on a payment of 5 to 15 percent of the tax. In eight cases, the taxpayer had additional tax due as a result of identity theft. In seven of these cases, the clinic was able to establish that the income was not the taxpayers and the liability was eliminated. Through the actions of the clinic the taxpayers in the above cases are able to meet their other obligations.
The cash cost of operations, exclusive of in-kind contributions by UMKC, has been constant at approximately $165,000 per year for the past five years; salaries and wages account for $139,788. The clinic is in need of additional equipment to carry out its mission. The fax machine is 11 years old and needs to be replaced. The clinic has three computers that are six years old and printers that are 10 years old. Replacing this equipment and adding more computers would allow the clinic to operate more efficiently.