Professor of Law and Arthur L. Dickson Scholar. (Federal Income Taxation; Estate and Gift Taxation; Tax Policy.) Professor Davenport graduated from Chico State College and earned his J.D. from Harvard. He practiced in San Francisco for several years before joining the staff of tax legislative counsel in the Treasury Department. Later, he taught at the University of California at Davis. While teaching at Davis, he was appointed assistant director of the Congressional Budget Office for the Tax Analysis Division. Following his work in Washington, D.C., Professor Davenport began teaching at Rutgers-Newark and has remained here. Operating under a contract with the Administrative Conference of the United States, he directed a staff that spent a year studying procedures of the Internal Revenue Service and producing a report and recommendations for improvement. With others, he wrote for the Department of Agriculture a work on the effect of tax provisions on the agricultural sector of the economy.
Professor Davenport has written several books and numerous articles for various publications. Two anthologies were collected and edited by him. For several years, he has been associated with Tax Analysts, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization in Arlington, Virginia, that is devoted to the publication of information about our tax systems with the purpose of improving the level of policy analysis. He has served as special reports editor, editor-in-chief, chief editorial officer, and is now consulting editor.