Professor of Law and Arthur L. Dickson Scholar Emeritus
1933 - 2015
After receiving his law degree from Harvard, Professor Davenport practiced in San Francisco for several years before joining the staff of tax legislative counsel in the Treasury Department. Later, while teaching at the University of California at Davis, he was appointed assistant director of the Congressional Budget Office for the Tax Analysis Division. Following this tour of duty in Washington, D.C., he joined the Rutgers-Newark law faculty where he taught Federal Income Taxation, Estate and Gift Taxation, and Tax Policy. Operating under a contract with the Administrative Conference of the United States, he directed a staff that spent a year studying procedures of the Internal Revenue Service and producing a report and recommendations for improvement. With others, he wrote for the Department of Agriculture a work on the effect of tax provisions on the agricultural sector of the economy.
Professor Davenport has written several books and numerous articles and collected and edited two anthologies. For several years, he has been associated with Tax Analysts, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization in Arlington, VA that is dedicated to the publication of information about our tax systems with the purpose of improving the level of policy analysis. He has served as special reports editor, editor-in-chief, chief editorial officer, and is now consulting editor.