S. Elizabeth Gibson

Burton Craige Professor of Law

Education

  • J.D. (high honors, Order of the Coif), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1976)
  • B.A. (cum laude), Duke University (1972)

Elizabeth Gibson, a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, earned her J.D., with high honors, from UNC School of Law in 1976. After law school she clerked for Judge J. Braxton Craven Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (1976-77) and for Justice Byron R. White of the U.S. Supreme Court (1977-78). Following her judicial clerkships she practiced law with the Washington, D.C., law firm of Shea & Gardner (now Goodwin Proctor), where she became a partner prior to her entry into teaching.

Gibson returned to the School of Law in 1983 as an associate professor of law. She became a professor of law in 1988 and a Burton Craige Professor of Law in 1993. Gibson teaches courses in civil procedure, federal jurisdiction and bankruptcy. She was the recipient of the 1988 and 1991 McCall Awards for Teaching Excellence at the School of Law, and is a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference and the American College of Bankruptcy.  In 2000 she was nominated by President Clinton to serve as a judge on the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  The Senate adjourned without taking any action on her nomination.  Since 2008 she has served as the reporter for the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules.  She was selected for the position by Chief Justice John Roberts.

Curriculum Vitae PDF

Selected Publications

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  • Part VII: Bankruptcy Rules (ch. 7026-7037), in 10 COLLIER ON BANKRUPTCY ¶¶ 7026.01-7037.RH (Alan N. Resnick & Henry J. Sommer, eds.) (16th ed. LexisNexis 2009). [KF1524 .C654 16th]
  • Sovereign Immunity, in 2 COLLIER ON BANKRUPTCY ¶ 106 (Alan N. Resnick & Henry J. Sommer, eds.) (16th ed. LexisNexis 2009) [KF1524 .C654 16th]
  • JUDICIAL MANAGEMENT OF MASS TORT BANKRUPTCY CASES (Federal Judicial Center 2005). [KF1527 .G54 2005 ]
  • Sovereign Immunity, in COLLIER ON BANKRUPTCY (Matthew Bender 2004). [KF1524 .C654 15th Re]
  • A Response to Professor Resnick: Will This Vehicle Pass Inspection?, 148 U. PA. L. REV. 2095 (2000). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, BEPress]
  • CASE STUDIES OF MASS TORT LIMITED FUND CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENTS AND BANKRUPTCY REORGANIZATIONS (Federal Judicial Center 2000). [Document Link JU 13.2:T 63/2]
  • How to Deal with Bankruptcy in a Post-Seminole World, 73 ANNUAL MEETING OF THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF BANKRUPTCY JUDGES 2 (1999).
  • Mass Torts Limited Fund & Bankruptcy Reorganization Settlements: Four Case Studies, in REPORT OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON CIVIL RULES AND THE WORKING GROUP ON MASS TORTS TO THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE UNITED STATES AND TO THE  JUDICIAL CONFERENCE OF THE UNITED STATES (Federal Judicial Center 1999). [JU 13 .2 :L 71 /4]
  • Assuring Equal Access to Education, 88 CHURCH & SOC'Y 96 (Jan./Feb. 1998).
  • Sovereign Immunity in Bankruptcy: The Next Chapter, 70 AM. BANKR. L.J. 195 (1996). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein]
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