Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Bankruptcy Reform

February 24-25, 2006

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On April 20, 2005, President Bush signed into law the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, the most sweeping bankruptcy reform legislation to be passed by Congress in over a quarter of a century. This legislation has become the subject of contentious debate among academics, bankruptcy judges, and practitioners. Some argue that this reform legislation threatens to undermine the bankruptcy system itself. This symposium examines bankruptcy reform by gathering experts from various fields, including law, psychology, and the judiciary. Addressing topics ranging from the role of race in bankruptcy reform, to using social science research to test the assumptions underlying bankruptcy reform, to the impact of means testing on the bankruptcy system, the goal of this symposium is to afford greater insight into the future of bankruptcy.

The Symposium Presenters (PDF)

Friday, February 24

8:45 a.m.

Symposium Welcome

Dean R. Lawrence Dessem and Professor Michelle Arnopol Cecil
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law

9:00 a.m.

Panel Discussion

Presenters Professor Melissa B. Jacoby
University of North Carolina School of Law
Bankruptcy Reform and the Cost of Sickness: Exploring the Connections

Dean Daniel L. Keating
Washington University School of Law
Why the Bankruptcy Reform Act Left Labor Legacy Costs Alone

Professor Richard L. Wiener
University of Nebraska Department of Psychology
Testing the Assumptions in the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005: The Role of Social Science Research

Commentators Professor John A. E. Pottow
University of Michigan Law School

Professor Katherine M. Porter
University of Iowa College of Law

1:00 p.m.

Nelson Lecture Welcome

Dean R. Lawrence Dessem
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law

1:15 p.m.

Keynote Address

Professor James J. White
University of Michigan Law School
Changing Incentives: Changing Law

2:15 p.m.

Wine and Cheese Reception

3:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion

Presenters Professor A. Mechele Dickerson
University of Texas School of Law
Race Matters in Bankruptcy Reform

Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff
Chief Bankruptcy Judge, Northern District of Illinois
The Impact of Means Testing on the Bankruptcy System

Professor Michelle Arnopol Cecil
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
Bankruptcy Reform: What's Tax Got To Do With It?

Commentator Professor Wilson Freyermuth, Jr.
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law

Saturday, February 25

8:30 a.m.

Roundtable Discussion

The Future of Bankruptcy

Moderator Michelle Arnopol Cecil
Participants A. Mechele Dickerson
Wilson Freyermuth, Jr.
Melissa B. Jacoby
Daniel L. Keating
Katherine M. Porter
John A. E. Pottow
Eugene R. Wedoff
James J. White
Richard L. Wiener

General Information

Directions to the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law

From Interstate 70, exit at Providence Road and turn south. After approximately 1.5 miles, turn left onto Stewart Road. Turn right onto Sixth Street where Stewart Road ends. At the intersection of Sixth Street and Conley Road, go straight into the Turner Avenue Parking Garage. Visitor parking is available on levels 3, 6, and 7. From the garage, proceed two blocks east to John K. Hulston Hall, located on the corner of Conley and Missouri Avenues.

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Cost & Registration

There is no fee for the symposium. Registration is requested by Friday, February 10, 2006. To register, or for more information, please contact Michelle Cecil at (573) 882-7765 or cecilm@missouri.edu.

Continuing Legal Education Credit

This symposium is approved for 8.1 hours of mandatory continuing legal education credit in the State of Missouri.