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Appleberry, Nicole

Clinical Professor of Law
Low Income Taxpayer Clinic

3136 Jeffries 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, and domestic violence law, the empowerment of adversaries through mediation, and advancing social justice and developing legal skills through intergroup dialogue. 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 & Clark PC in Ann Arbor, where she specializes in tax-related matters. She is a 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

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"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.


Presented "Cross-Cultural Lawyering" to the Washtenaw County ACLU Lawyer's Committee, September 2019.

Presented "Story Telling and Story Listening: Using Dialogue to Build Lawyering Skills" at the Seventh Biennial Applied Legal Storytelling Conference, Boulder, July 2019.

Presented a webinar on "IRS Collections Alternatives" at the State Bar of Michigan Pro Bono Referral Panel, June 2019.

Presented a half-day training, "Cross-Cultural Lawyering for the Criminal Defense Attorney," at the 2019 Annual Two-Day Criminal Law Training for Washtenaw County sponsored by the Office of the Washtenaw County Public Defender, the Washtenaw County Bar Association–Criminal Law Section, and the Criminal Defense Resource Center of the State Appellate Defender Office, June 2019.

Presented a three-hour workshop on the intersection of tax and domestic violence for the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, December 2018.

Presented "Debt and Taxes: 1099s and Other Tax Issues Arising from Debt Reduction, Judgments, and Settlements" for the Michigan Poverty Law Program Roadshow, October 2018.

Presented "IRS Collections Alternatives," a webinar training provided for the State Bar of Michigan tax pro bono referral panel participants, June 2017 and June 2018.