Donna M. Byrne

Professor of Law

“I enjoy the challenges inherent in teaching tax law. Many students expect the subject to be boring and tedious. It never fails to gratify me when students are pleasantly surprised to discover that tax law is not about number crunching, that it is interesting, and that it makes sense.”


B.S., 1980, B.A., 1981, Oregon State University
M.S., 1990, University of Minnesota
J.D., 1990, Temple University School of Law


William Mitchell College of Law: professor of law, 2001-; associate professor of law, 1997-2001.

Widener University School of Law: associate professor of law 1996-97; assistant professor of law, 1993-96.

Adjunct professor, Temple University School of Law, 1991.

Associate, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, Philadelphia, 1990-93.

Admitted: Pennsylvania, 1990.

Professional Focus

Professor Byrne keeps current on tax issues, particularly tax policy, and food law issues, including food safety, organic standards, genetic engineering, FDA approval and labeling requirements, as well as nutrition and diet-related health outcomes. She has spoken on progressive taxes, taxation of mutual funds, and gender bias in the federal income tax. She edits Food Law Profs Blog, which is part of the Law Professor Blogs Network.


Secretary, Subcommittee for the Rewrite of Subchapter M, Committee on Regulated Investment Companies, Am. Bar Assn., 1996-97; Volunteer tax law consultant, Farmers’ Legal Action Group, St. Paul, 1997-