Cal Poly


Contact Information

Clinic Director
Lisa Sperow

Phone (877) 318-6772
Fax (805) 756-7611


Cal Poly LITC
P.O. Box 14508
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406

What We Do

The LITC clinic represents low-income taxpayers involved in controversies with the Internal Revenue Service and provides education and outreach services on the rights and responsibilities of US taxpayers to individuals who speak English as a second language. The Clinic provides these services at no charge.

Mission Statement

Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) ensure the fairness and integrity of the tax system by educating low income taxpayers about their rights and responsibilities. They do this by providing pro bono representation to taxpayers in tax disputes with the IRS, by conducting outreach and education to taxpayers who speak English as a second language (ESL), and by identifying and advocating for issues that impact low income taxpayers.


Annually, two scholarships are awarded to students who have participated in the LITC and are going on to complete their Masters at Cal Poly.

The Damitz, Brooks, Nightingale, Turner & Morrisset LITC scholarship recipients have been:

Year Recipients
2019 Bradley Bailey Matthew Bailey
2018 Austin Lovell Julia Burge
2017 Hannah Maccoux Zachary Voltmer
2016 Cody Mau Amanda McKamey


The LITC is pleased to receive an annual $100,000 matching grant from the Taxpayer Advocate Service branch of the Internal Revenue Service.

(805) 756-2920

Office 03-107A

Lisa Sperow, J.D.

Executive Director


Lisa is the Executive Director of the Cal Poly Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. She has been teaching at Cal Poly since 2001 and became the Director of the LITC in 2012. Prior to Cal Poly, Lisa served as a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice. She has been practicing law for almost 20 years and is a Judge Pro Tem for the Superior Court of California in San Luis Obispo. Lisa also holds leadership positions in various professional organizations, including Scholarship Chair of the Women Lawyers Association of San Luis Obispo County and is a Legal Consultant to the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo.


Eddy Quijano, J.D.

Founder, Pro bono Consultant


Eddy founded the Cal Poly Low Income Taxpayer Clinic in 2010 and now serves as the LITC Pro bono attorney. He has been lecturing at Cal Poly since 2003 and has served in various functions, including Chair of the Accounting and Law Area as well as Director of the Masters in Accounting Taxation Program. Prior to Cal Poly, Eddy served as a senior trial attorney with the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, in Los Angeles (1971-1975) and New Orleans (1975-1979). He also maintained a federal & state tax practice and business & corporate law practice (1979-2003) with Adams and Reese LLP.

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