Melissa B. Jacoby

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Melissa B. Jacoby is the Graham Kenan Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and, for Spring 2016, the Robert M. Zinman Scholar for the American Bankruptcy Institute. She teaches bankruptcy, lending transactions, and contracts. In 2015, her research on corporate bankruptcy and secured credit won the Grant Gilmore Award from the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers and the Chadbourn Award from UNC Law. She was the inaugural winner, in 2009, of the Byrd Award for teaching at UNC Law.

Jacoby is an elected member of the American Law Institute, the National Bankruptcy Conference, and the American College of Bankruptcy, for which she also is a member of the Board of Regents. For her professional service contributions, she won UNC Law's Pro Bono Publico Award for Faculty member of the year in 2012.  

Jacoby clerked for the Honorable Robert E. Ginsberg of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She also worked on a wide spectrum of bankruptcy policy and reform issues, principally as a staff attorney for the National Bankruptcy Review Commission. She graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, as well as Penn's College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in history. 

Jacoby contributes to Credit Slips. She also is active on Twitter at @melissabjacoby.

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Selected Publications

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  • Federalism Form and Function in the Detroit Bankruptcy, 33 YALE J. ON REG. (forthcoming 2016). [SSRN]
  • Superdelegation and Gatekeeping in Bankruptcy Courts, 87 TEMP. L. REV. 875 (forthcoming 2015). [SSRN]
  • What Should Judges Do in Chapter 11, 2015 U. ILL. L. REV. 571 (2015). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Bankruptcy During Foreclosure: Home Preservation Through Chapters 7 and 13 (with M. R. Lindblad, R. G. Quercia, L. Wang, and H. Zhao), HOUSING POLICY DEBATE (2014). [SSRN]
  • Ice Cube Bonds: Allocating the Price of Process in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy (with E. J. Janger), 123 YALE L. J. 862 (2014). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Managing Medical Bills on the Brink of Bankruptcy (with M. Holman), 10 YALE J. HEALTH POL'Y L. & ETHICS 239 (2010). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Beyond Hospital Misbehavior: An Alternative Account of Medical-Related Financial Distress (with E. Warren), 100 NW. U.L. REV. 535 (2006). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Fast, Cheap, and Creditor-Controlled: Is Corporate Reorganization Failing? 54 BUFF. L. REV. 401 (2006) (reviewing Lynn M. Lopucki, COURTING FAILURE: HOW COMPETITION FOR BIG CASES IS CORRUPTING THE BANKRUPTCY COURTS (2005)). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress KF1526 .L67 2005]
  • Does Indebtedness Influence Health? A Preliminary Inquiry, 30 J. L. MED. & ETHICS 560 (2002). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, BEPress]
  • Foreclosing on Fame: Exploring the Uncharted Boundaries of the Right of Publicity, 77 N.Y.U. L. REV. 1322 (2002) (with D. Zimmerman) (reprinted in 11 J. BANKR. L. & PRAC. (2002)). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
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