Jonathan B. Forman

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Jonathan B. Forman

Alfred P. Murrah Professor of Law, College of Law
University of Oklahoma

In Memoriam

Jonathan Barry Forman was the Alfred P. Murrah Professor of Law at the University of Oklahoma. He had also served as the professor in residence for the Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System.

Author or co-author of more than 300 scholarly publications on tax reform, public pensions, pension policy and related topics, Forman has published op-eds in Barron's, Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News, and numerous other newspapers and magazines. He earned his law degree from the University of Michigan and has master's degrees in economics and psychology.

Professional Achievements

  • Won the Actuarial Foundation's 2015 John Hanson Memorial Prize for best paper on an employee benefits topic for “Tontine Pensions,” 163(3) University of Pennsylvania Law Review 755-831 (2015) (with Michael J. Sabin).
  • Author of Making America Work (Urban Institute Press 2006), which explains how government policies influence work and work behavior and suggests ways to promote greater economic justice.
  • Served in all three branches of the federal government before entering academia, including as tax counsel to the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY).


May 2017
Today’s retirees are living longer than ever before, creating the need for policy changes to help retirees stretch their savings accordingly.