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Elizabeth Warren

E-mail address: professorelizabethwarren@gmail.com

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Elizabeth Warren is the Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law Emeritus at Harvard University and the senior United States Senator from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. While in teaching, she twice won the Sacks-Freund Award for Teaching Excellence at Harvard Law School, as well as other teaching prizes at the University of Houston, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pennsylvania. She has written ten books and more than a hundred scholarly articles dealing with credit and economic stress. Warren has been a principal investigator on empirical studies funded by the National Science Foundation and more than a dozen private foundations. Warren served as Chief Adviser to the National Bankruptcy Review Commission. She also served as Vice-President of the American Law Institute, and she has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. During the financial crisis, Warren was the Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, and she later served as Adviser to the President and Special Adviser to the Secretary of the Treasury to set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. 

Education
J.D. 1976, Rutgers University
B.S. 1970, University of Houston

 

Jay Lawrence Westbrook

E-mail address: jwestbrook@law.utexas.edu

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One of the nation's most distinguished scholars in the field of bankruptcy, he has been a pioneer in this area in two respects: empirical research and international/comparative studies. Professor Westbrook also teaches and writes in commercial law and international business litigation. He practiced in all these areas for more than a decade with Surrey & Morse(now part of Jones, Day) in Washington, D.C., where he was a partner, before joining the faculty in 1980. He is co-author of The Law of Debtors and Creditors (Aspen, 7th ed., 2014), As We Forgive Our Debtors: Bankruptcy and Consumer Credit in America (Oxford, 1989), The Fragile Middle Class (Yale, 2000) and A Global View of Business Insolvency Systems (Martinus Nijhoff  2010). He has been Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School and the University of London, and is a member of the American Law Institute, the National Bankruptcy Conference, and the American College of Bankruptcy. He serves as a consultant to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. He was the United States Reporter for the ALI's Transnational Insolvency Project and co-head of the United States delegation to the UN (UNCITRAL) conference on cross-border insolvency. He is an emeritus director of the International Insolvency Institute and a director and former President of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law. He has twice been named the Outstanding Teacher at The University of Texas School of Law.
 
Education
J.D.  1968, University of Texas at Austin
B.A. 1965, University of Texas at Austin

 

Katherine Porter

E-mail address: kporter@law.uci.edu

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Professor Katherine Porter has been recognized for both her academic and service work, including selection as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California in 2012 and receipt of the Champion of Consumer Rights Award from the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. In 2012, Professor Porter was appointed by California Attorney General Kamala Harris to be the state's independent monitor of banks in a nationwide $25 billion mortgage settlement. She has been a principal investigator in several original empirical projects on consumer bankruptcy and has testified before Congress on consumer credit issues. Professor Porter is a co-author of The Law of Debtors and Creditors (Wolters Kluwer 2014) and the editor of Broke: How Debt Bankrupts the Middle Class (Stanford Press 2012). She previously was on the faculty at the University of Iowa College of Law and has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and UC Berkeley Law.
 
Education
J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., Yale University

 

John Pottow

E-mail address: pottow@mich.edu

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John A. E. Pottow is an internationally recognized expert in the field of bankruptcy and commercial law. His award-winning scholarship concentrates on the issues involved in the regulation of cross-border insolvencies as well as consumer financial distress. He has testified before Congress and argued bankruptcy cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including his successful pro bono representation of the respondent in Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison (2014). Prior to joining the Michigan faculty in 2003, he worked at several bankruptcy firms, including Weil, Gotshal and Manges of New York and the former Hill & Barlow of Boston. His practice focused on debtor representation in complex Chapter 11 restructurings. He is a member of the International Insolvency Institute and has been an NGO observer for UNCITRAL Working Groups on Arbitration and Insolvency. In 2005, he was presented the L. Hart Wright Award for Excellence in Teaching and, in 2012, received a pro bono award from the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Michigan.

Education
J.D., Harvard Law School
A.B., Harvard College