Mary L. Heen

Professor of Law Emerita


Professor Mary Heen specializes in the areas of tax law and policy, legislation and regulation, and feminist legal theory. Her scholarship has appeared in the Yale Journal of Law and FeminismWake Forest Law ReviewHastings Law JournalNorth Carolina Law Review, and Ohio State Law Journal, among other venues. From 2006 to 2008, Professor Heen served as General Counsel of the American Association of University Professors. She has also been a Visiting Professor of Law at the Washington & Lee University School of Law and New York University School of Law. Professor Heen is a recipient of the University of Richmond’s Distinguished Educator Award. 


Panelist, "AALS Arc of Career Program - Transitions," AALS Annual Meeting, San Francisco, Calif. (2017).

Commentator, "Comments on Shennette Garrett-Scott, Invincible Daughters of Commerce: The Independent Order of St. Luke and Black Women in Finance, 1900-1940s," Davis Seminar Series: Risk and Fortune, Princeton University (Nov. 2016).

Presenter, “Anti-Discrimination Efforts in Insurance,” Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance, Federal Insurance Office, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Washington, D.C. (May 2016). 

Bar Admissions



New York


Associate Member of Virginia State Bar

United States Supreme Court

United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Second Circuits

United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York and the Northern District of California

United States Tax Court

Professional Experience

Professor of Law (1998-2016)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.

Associate Professor of Law (1995-1998)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.

Assistant Professor of Law (1992-1995)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.

Visiting Professor of Law (2009)
Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va.

General Counsel (2006-2008)
American Association of University Professors, Washington, D.C.

Acting Assistant Professor of Law (1990-1992)
New York University, New York, N.Y.

Associate Attorney (1987-1990)
Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, New York, N.Y.

Staff Counsel (1980-1986)
National Office, ACLU, New York, N.Y.

Law Clerk (1978-1979)
Hon. James M. Fitzgerald, United States District Court, Anchorage, Alaska



Rewritten Opinion in Manufacturer’s Hanover Trust Co., as Executor of the Estate of Charlotte C. Wallace v. United States, 775 F.2d 459 (2d Cir. 1985) in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Tax Opinions (Bridget J. Crawford & Anthony C. Infanti, eds.) (Cambridge University Press 2017).

From Coverture to Contract: Engendering Insurance on Lives, in Women and the Law 405-53 (Tracy A. Thomas, ed., West 2012).

Welfare Reform, the Child Care Dilemma, the Tax Code: Family Values, the Wage Labor Market, and the Race- and Class-Based Double Standard, in Taxing America: The Social and Economic Implications of Tax Reform (Brown & Fellows, eds., New York University Press, 1996).

A Review of Federal Court Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, in Comparable Worth and Wage Discrimination: Technical Possibilities and Political Realities (H. Remick, ed.) (Temple University Press, 1984).


Congress, Public Values, and the Taxing Power, 38 Administrative and Regulatory Law News, No. 1 at 8 (Fall 2012).

A Call to Action on Post-Garcetti Policy Revisions, Virginia Conference AAUP Newsletter (November 2010).

Equally Insured? Lasting Insurance Industry Reform Came Only With a Rethinking of Race, Richmond Law (Summer 2010).

The IRS and Politically Controversial Speakers, Academe, Vol. 93, No. 5 (September/October 2007).

Should Controversial Outside Speakers Be Restricted on Campus?, Co-authored with Robert C. Post, Trusteeship magazine of Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (September/October 2006).

Providing a Framework for Learning, in Teaching the Law School Curriculum 197 (Friedland & Hess, eds., Carolina Academic Press, 2004).

Incentives for Hiring Welfare-to-Work Participants, Community Tax Law Report, Vol. 6, No.1 (Spring/Summer 2002).

The Child Tax Credit (§101), in The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, a joint publication of the ABA Section of Taxation and the ALI-ABA Committee on Continuing Professional Education, at I-D-11 (Jerald David August, ed., 1998).

Child Care, Welfare Reform, and Taxes, The Community Tax Law Report, Vol. 2, No. 4 (1997).

Welfare Reform, Work-Related Child Care, and Tax Policy: The "Family Values" Double Standard, 1 Persp. on L. & Pub. Int. [lv] (Spring 1997, Symposium on "Welfare Reform: A New Deal for the 1990s"). 

Sex Discrimination, Mortality Tables and Pensions: Improving the Economic Status of Older Women, 11 Women & Health 119 (1986). [Journal]

Insurance Rates Must Change, Perspective (op-ed), Chicago Tribune, §1, p. 15 (May 3, 1983).

Due Process Protections for Tenants in Section 8 Assisted Housing: Prospects for a Good Cause Eviction Standard, 12 Clearinghouse Review 1 (1978).


LL.M., New York University

J.D., University of California, Berkeley

M.A.T., Harvard University

B.A., Yale University

Contact Information

(804) 289-8528
(804) 289-8992 (Fax)

Areas of Expertise

Tax Law and Policy
Legislation and Regulation
Feminist Legal Theory and Sex Discrimination