Anna Mikhaylina, a rising 3L at the University of Maine School of Law, has been awarded the 2017 Stanley R. Arnold State Tax Scholarship. The Scholarship is awarded annually to one law student enrolled in a qualifying tax program, who has made outstanding contributions – locally and nationally – to the state and local tax field.
Originally from Tambrov, Russia, Anna completed her undergrad at the American University in Bulgaria. While studying in undergrad she learned that she was passionate about immigration issues. Despite majoring in Business Administration, every paper she wrote had to do with migration, emigration, or immigration, with a focus on financial aspects and economics. She came to Maine Law because of the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic.
“While I remain passionate about immigration issues, my legal education took an unexpected turn when I enrolled in Individual Income Tax with Professor Jeffrey Maine in the fall semester of my 2L year,” said Anna. “To my sincere surprise, I was inspired by every lecture, every new concept, the process of deciphering the statutes, and conversations with my classmates about it all.”
Anna’s tax law education continued at the Maine Revenue Services where she learned a great deal about state tax laws and their intersection with federal tax laws. She is currently interning at Baker, Newman and Noyes, an accounting and advisory firm in Portland, Maine.
According to Professor Maine, Anna is a great example of a student entering law school expecting to pursue one career path but choosing an entirely different specialty area once here. “Anna has excelled in the broad range of tax courses offered at Maine Law, including Individual Income Tax, Corporate Tax, Partnership Tax, Taxation of Intellectual Property, and Tax Law Practicum,” he said. “We are proud to have her as a student.”
This Scholarship honors Stanley R. Arnold, the Forum’s founder and former President, for his exemplary service to the state and local tax field over the last 30 years. As this year’s award recipient, Anna will receive $5,000 and will attend the New England State and Local Tax Forum in November.