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Appleberry, Nicole

Clinical Professor of Law
Low Income Taxpayer Clinic

3154 South Hall
Professor Nicole Appleberry's research and teaching interests focus on the legal issues involved when vulnerable populations are caught up in systems beyond their experience and meaningful control—thus the intersection of tax law with other specialties such as poverty, disability, immigration, domestic violence law, the empowerment of adversaries through mediation, and the developing legal status of animals. Professor Appleberry was an assistant prosecuting attorney in Livingston County, Michigan, from 1995 to 1999, focusing on juvenile delinquency, domestic violence, and child abuse and neglect. She is currently of counsel at Ferguson & Widmayer, P.C. in Ann Arbor, where she specializes in tax-related matters. She is a Washtenaw County-approved civil mediator, was chair of the Practice and Procedure Committee of the Taxation Section of the State Bar of Michigan, and served as co-chair of the Taxation Section of the Washtenaw County Bar Association. In 2017, she was nominated for a Golden Apple Award, the only University-wide student-nominated award that recognizes outstanding teaching. Appleberry earned her BA (English, with honors, 1988) and JD (1994) from the University of Michigan, and her LLM (taxation, 2000) from Wayne State University.

Recent Publications

"Commentary on Welch v. Helvering, 290 U.S. 111(1933)." In Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Tax Opinions, edited by B. J Crawford and A. C. Infanti. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

"Past Due: The Michigan Department of Treasury Needs to Update its Income Exempt from Levy Amounts." D. Jeffrey Christensen, co-author. Mich. Tax Law. 41, no. 2 (Summer/Fall 2015): 5-8.
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Presented "IRS Collections Alternatives," a webinar training provided for the State Bar of Michigan tax pro bono referral panel participants, June 2017.

Panelist, "Roundtable Discussion of Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Tax Opinions Project," at the International Meeting on Law and Society, Mexico City, June 2017.

Presented "Income Tax Issues in Mortgage Cases" for the foreclosure training sponsored by the Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Project, Ann Arbor, March 2017.

Presented "Tax Implications in Family Law" for the Family Law Training provided by the Legal Services Committee on Regional Training (for Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia), Ann Arbor, Michigan, June 2015.​

Presented "Tax Issues for Domestic Violence Survivors: What Advocates Need to Know" on beh​alf of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, January 2015. ​