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April 19, 2013

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Tim Zinnecker

Scott, I agree that the bankruptcy course is a great capstone course. In addition to touching on issues from first-year courses, I'd add tax, family law, and secured transactions. I also tell students that it's a wonderful subject matter for those seeking a blended transaction / litigation practice.

Perhaps the biggest difference I have found between teaching secured transactions and bankruptcy (which I haven't taught in several years) is the clarity found in the relevant statutes. Article 9 is drafted rather tightly, with little or no room for ambiguity or creative argument. The bankruptcy code, on the other hand, is just the opposite (in my opinion). That can make teaching each class both fun and challenging, for different reasons.

An0n

And yet, for a class which is challenging to teach, bankruptcy has the highest rate of adjunct teaching of any subject area in law school. Teaching it well requires mastery of the statute, caselaw (most of which is not Supreme Court), and customary practice. Would seem exactly the sort of subject which law schools would want to recruit full-time faculty for, rather than relying on practicioners who need to sandwich class meetings between conference calls.

Matthew Bruckner

I have recently described bankruptcy as the last generalist field of law to the astonishment of law students and faculty alike. Everyone seems to think that all there is to bankruptcy is learning the Code.

They do not consider that you need to know real property (to address lease issues), secured transactions (to consider avoiding security interests), financing (DIP loans?), M&A, etc.

Scott, what else went on at the ABI meeting? I'd love to read a longer post on the content and your thoughts post-conference.

Hunting Alaska

The Annual Spring Meeting features a roster of the best national speakers while the depth and scope of topics offer something for everyone. Specifically, four concurrent workshops will cover various “tracks,” including programs for attorneys in commercial cases, a track for restructuring professionals, a track of professional development programming and a track dealing solely with consumer issues. We offer more than 16 hours of CLE/CPE in some states and ethics totaling 3 hours. In addition, committee sessions will drill down on topics covered in the larger sessions to provide you with the most practical and varied CLE/CPE experience ever.

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