My first week as the American Bankruptcy Institute "Resident Scholar" has proved interesting. I had been active as a member of the ABI as a practicing lawyer and had remained involved after switching to the law teaching side. Back in 2010 I received a call about serving as what's impressively called "resident scholar" and was finally able to fit it into our schedules for the spring 2013 semester. I'm still teaching a light load home at Regent but until I got here, I didn't really know what I'd be doing.
I've taught bankruptcy and secured transactions many times and have published on both topics but a large part of my spring gig will be helping to design a continuing legal education program. I've done individual CLE presentations in the past but here I'll be working on an all-day "Nuts & Bolts" program for new lawyers or lawyers new to the bankruptcy practice.
Over the years I've used three bankruptcy casebooks and have wrestled with the amount of practice-oriented detail to mix with policy (along with a soupçon of a theology of debt relief) and very challenging material. I hope to use the results of this project to give my future students a leg up on the world of practice without sacrificing the deeper, more analytical aspects of a law school class.