Melissa B. Jacoby

Graham Kenan Professor of Law

Melissa B. Jacoby studies and teaches bankruptcy and lending transactions. The topics of her research include rethinking going-concern sales of business in chapter 11 and the entitlements of secured creditors, the role of judges and courts in the debt adjustment of cities such as Detroitmedical-related financial distress in households, and the overpromotion of homeownership and mortgage debt. Before joining the legal academy, she 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 senior staff attorney for the National Bankruptcy Review Commission.

Jacoby is an elected member of the American Law Institute, the National Bankruptcy Conference, and the American College of Bankruptcy. At UNC, Jacoby won the law school's inaugural Byrd Award for Excellence and Creativity in Teaching, and, more recently, the Pro Bono Publico Faculty Member of the Year Award. At Temple, where Jacoby taught for four years before joining the UNC faculty with tenure, she won the Friel/Scanlan award for an article about personal bankruptcy reform, as well as the Young Scholar award from the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics for an article exploring how debt influences health.

Jacoby contributes to the blog Credit Slips and is @melissabjacoby on Twitter.

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Selected Publications

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  • 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]
  • Financial Fragility, Medical Problems, and the Bankruptcy System (with Mirya Holman), in WORKING AND LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF FINANCIAL FRAGILITY (M. Crain & M. Sherraden, eds.) (Oxford University Press, 2014).
  • 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]
  • The Detroit Bankruptcy, Pre-Eligibility, 41 FORDHAM URB. L. J. 849 (2014). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis]
  • H.R. 2533, The Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Venue Reform Act of 2011, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law of the House Committee on the Judiciary (2011) (Congressional Witness Testimony). [SSRN]
  • 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]
  • Ripple or Revolution? The Indeterminacy of Statutory Bankruptcy Reform, 79 AM. BANKR. L.J. 169 (2005). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, 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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