Cheryl D. Block

Professor of Law


B.A., 1976, Hofstra University
J.D., 1979, State University of New York at Buffalo

Curriculum Vitae




Andrea Donze- (314) 935-6422

Phone / Email

Phone: (314) 935-6444
Email: cblock@wustl.edu  


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 554

Courses Taught

Federal Income Taxation
Corporate Taxation
Tax Policy Seminar


Professor Cheryl Block’s expertise lies in the areas of basic federal income and corporate tax, federal tax policy, federal budget, and bailouts. The author of a book on corporate taxation, now in its fourth edition, she has written extensively on taxation, public policy relating to federal bailouts, legislative voting rules, social choice theory, and the interplay between tax and budget policy. She previously taught at George Washington University Law School, where she received a Distinguished Faculty Service Award, as well as at several other law schools. Professor Block lectures in numerous states on taxation for the Barbri bar exam preparation course. She has a long-standing interest in adult and early childhood literacy. She was a co-founding director of the Literacy Volunteers of America, National Capital Area, and reads on a weekly basis in St. Louis to at-risk pre-school age children through the Ready Readers program. Upon graduation from law school, she clerked for the Hon. Kevin Thomas Duffy, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, before joining the tax department of Lord, Day & Lord, a New York City law firm. 

Representative Publications


  •  Overt and Covert Bailouts: Developing an Effective Public Policy, (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2017)
  • Corporate Taxation: Examples & Explanations, Aspen Law and Business (4th ed., 2010)


  • "Federal Invervention to Assist Financially-Distressed U.S. States, Localities and Territories: The Special Case of Puerto Rico," 51 Washington University Journal of Law & Policy (forthcoming, 2017)
  • "A Contiuum Approach to Systematic Risk and Too-Big-To-Fail," 6 Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial, and Commercial Law 289 (2012) [PDF]
  • "Measuring the True Cost of Government Bailouts," 88 Washington University Law Review 149 (2010) [PDF]

Forthcoming Scholarships

  • "Taxation, Privatization, and Disaster Relief" (in manuscript)
  • "War of the Words: Congress, the President, and Budget Rhetoric" (in manuscript)
  • "The Different Faces of Consistency in the Administration of Federal Income Tax Laws" (in manuscript)
  • "Tyranny of the Superminority" (in manuscript)