Janet R. Spragens Federal Tax Clinic

In the Janet R. Spragens Federal Tax Clinic, student attorneys represent low income individuals who are being audited by the Internal Revenue Service.  Students are often surprised to learn that low income individuals have tax problems, or that their tax returns are audited to any significant extent. In reality, thousands of low income returns are audited each year.  Our clients, who frequently face barriers such as lack of language proficiency, accounting skills, education, cultural familiarity, and sophistication, often come to us terrified about what they may be about to face.


Our Areas of Focus

The Janet R. Spragens Federal Tax Clinic is a litigation clinic. The clinic does not fill out current tax returns for taxpayers, do bookkeeping, or provide accounting services; rather, it offers legal representation for clients before the IRS in appeals conferences and, if the cases do not settle, in U.S. Tax Court. Among U.S. law schools, our tax clinic is relatively unique, and it gives our students a special opportunity to gain skills while filling a legal services need that few others are meeting.


Meet our Faculty and Staff

Nancy Abramowitz

Professor of Practice of Law Director, Janet R. Spragens Federal Tax Clinic

Nancy Abramowitz is Professor of Practice and Director of the Janet R. Spragens Federal Tax Clinic. She specializes in taxation, employee benefits, general business law and alternative dispute resolution. She serves on the ABA Tax Section (Low Income Taxpayer Committee); Board of Academic Advisors, The Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Studies. She is a volunteer mediator/arbitrator for the D.C. Superior Court and volunteer mediator for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She is also trustee for the Abe Foras Memorial Fund, John F. Kennedy Center and former partner at Arnold and Porter.

Jonathan Grossberg


Jonathan D. Grossberg is a Practitioner-in-Residence in the Janet R. Spragens Federal Tax Clinic at American University Washington College of Law. Prior to joining the faculty at WCL, Professor Grossberg was a tax associate at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in Philadelphia and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP in New York City. He represented clients in a variety of areas, including tax-related aspects of mergers and acquisitions, partnership formation and dissolution, corporate restructuring, corporate financing and lending, renewable energy and related tax credit issues, like-kind exchanges, and tax compliance issues, especially those related to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.

Kadija Bah

Sr. Administrative Assistant


Kadija Bah is the senior administrative assistant for the Tax Clinic.