Prof. Kristin Hickman

Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Harlan Albert Rogers Professor in Law, University of Minnesota Law School and Associate Director, Corporate Institute

Professor Kristin E. Hickman joined the Law School in 2004. She teaches and writes primarily in the areas of tax law, administrative law, and statutory interpretation. She held the Law School’s Julius E. Davis Chair in Law in 2010-11, was the Donald C. Alexander Visiting Professor in Tax Law at Harvard Law School for the 2012-13 academic year, and also taught at Northwestern University School of Law as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2003-04.

Professor Hickman has written extensively in the areas of federal tax administration and judicial review in the federal income tax and general administrative law contexts. Her articles on these topics have appeared in the Columbia Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Vanderbilt Law Review, and Virginia Tax Review, among other publications. She also co-authors the Administrative Law Treatise and a casebook on federal administrative law with Richard J. Pierce, Jr. One of Professor Hickman’s articles, “Chevron’s Domain” (co-authored with Thomas W. Merrill), was cited by the United States Supreme Court in United States v. Mead Corp. (2001), and by the dissenting Justices in City of Arlington v. FCC (2013), and her work is cited regularly in judicial opinions and court briefs.

Professor Hickman received her B.S. degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting and a second major in history from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. After practicing for several years as a certified public accountant, she earned her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law, where she was awarded the Raoul Berger Prize for her work on “Chevron’s Domain” and the Lowden-Wigmore Prize for her work on “Should Advance Pricing Agreements Be Published?” Following law school, Professor Hickman clerked for the Honorable David B. Sentelle of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and practiced law as an associate with the Chicago office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, concentrating on corporate and international tax transactions and matters.


  • Trinity University, B.S.
  • Northwestern University, J.D.

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Publications and Multimedia
National Labor Relations Board v. SW General, Inc. - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 5-16-17 featuring Kristin Hickman
May 16, 2017
National Labor Relations Board v. SW General, Inc. - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 11-15-16 featuring Kristin Hickman
November 15, 2016
How Should "Administrative Law" Be Taught Today? - Podcast
Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group Podcast
October 13, 2016
The Administrative State: Within the Bounds of Law? - Event Audio/Video
17th Annual Faculty Conference
January 12, 2015
Who Judges Who is a Judge? - Podcast
Administrative Law & Regulation and Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Groups Podcast
July 18, 2014
National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 7-1-14 featuring Noel Francisco, Kristen Hickman, and Michael Rappaport
July 01, 2014
Recess Appointments Case Decided: NLRB v. Noel Canning - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
June 27, 2014
United States v. Quality Stores - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 4-8-14 featuring Kristin Hickman
April 08, 2014
United States v. Home Concrete & Supply, LLC - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 05-07-12 featuring Kristin Hickman
May 07, 2012
Goodbye Tax Exceptionalism
Engage Volume 12, Issue 3, November 2011
December 01, 2011
Internet Sales Tax - Podcast
Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group
August 05, 2009
SCOTUScast 7-14-09 featuring Kristin Hickman
United States v. Eurodif
July 14, 2009
SCOTUScast 1-27-09 featuring Kristin Hickman
United States v. Eurodif
January 27, 2009
The 25th Anniversary of Chevron - Event Audio/Video
2008 National Lawyers Convention
November 22, 2008
SCOTUScast 4-28-08 featuring Kristin Hickman
United States v. Clintwood Elkhorn Mining Co.
April 28, 2008