Rachael Rubenstein

Senior Tax Fellow





B.A., 2006, Texas State University magna cum laude
J.D., 2010, St. Mary’s University School of Law cum laude
After graduation from law school, she began a clinical teaching fellowship at the Center for Legal and Social Justice (CLSJ) here at St. Mary’s University School of Law. At the CLSJ, she focused her attention on developing her chosen tax specialty in order to grow and diversify the tax education opportunities and services offered through the CLSJ. She was instrumental in bringing two federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) grants to the University. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) grant funds the various free tax preparation services the CLSJ provides to the community, in partnership with the Bill Greehey School of Business.

The Low Income Tax Clinic (LITC) grant funds the free legal services offered to individuals, including self-employed taxpayers, engaged in disputes with the IRS. Currently, she supervises clinic students assigned to tax cases at the administrative level and in various federal courts. She also teaches clinic classes on a regular basis, which focus on tax practice and procedure issues. She continues to participate in the year-round VITA program as a training instructor, technical consultant, and Saturday volunteer.


Tax controversy and tax planning/preparation for low-to-moderate income individuals and small businesses.



  • Designated Qualified Tax Expert, Low Income Tax Clinic (LITC) Program
  • Leadership Academy, State Bar of Texas Tax Section
  • Site Manager, St. Mary’s University Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, 2010-2013
  • Supervising Attorney, St. Mary’s University Schedule C Program, 2010-2013
  • Planning Committee, San Antonio Federal Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Afternoon at Federal Courthouse, 2011-2013

Bar Admissions

Texas State Bar
United States Tax Court
United States District Court – Western District of Texas
United States Court of Federal Claims