University of Minnesota Law School

McKnight Presidential Professor in Law

Distinguished McKnight University Professor

Harlan Albert Rogers Professor in Law


Professor Kristin E. Hickman

is recognized nationally and internationally as a leading authority in the fields of tax administration, administrative law, and statutory interpretation.  She co-authors (with Richard J. Pierce, Jr.) the renowned Administrative Law Treatise and a popular administrative law textbook.  She has written dozens of articles, essays, book chapters, and commentaries concerning Treasury Department and IRS regulatory practices, the Chevron, Skidmore, and Auer judicial deference doctrines, and various other legal topics.  Her scholarship has appeared in Columbia Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Georgetown Law Journal, Virginia Tax Review, and other print and online outlets.

Professor Hickman’s work is cited regularly in court briefs and judicial opinions, including on several occasions by the United States Supreme Court.  She assists other lawyers and their clients with issues of tax law, tax administration, and administrative law in both regulatory and litigation contexts.  Kristin Hickman is a frequent speaker at law conferences in the United States and abroad.

For informal opinions and information, Professor Hickman blogs regarding legal and policy matters at the Kristin Hickman Of Interest Blog (  Kristin Hickman uses twitter primarily to communicate interesting events in the legal academy.  Professor Hickman's twitter handle is @khickmanjd and her twitter profile can be accessed at  

Professor Hickman is a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, a member of the American College of Tax Counsel, and a member of the governing council of the American Bar Association’s Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section.  Kristin E. Hickman has served as a Special Adviser to the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in Washington, D.C., and as a law clerk to the Honorable David B. Sentelle of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Northwestern University, J.D.

Trinity University, B.S.

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