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. She teaches bankruptcy, commercial law, and contracts and studies the intersection of financial distress with other legal and policy issues. In 2015, her research won the Grant Gilmore Award from the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers and the Chadbourn Award from UNC Law, and she was the inaugural winner of the Byrd Award for teaching at UNC Law. Jacoby has been elected to the American Law Institute, the National Bankruptcy Conference, the American College of Bankruptcy, and, most recently, the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. In Spring 2016, she was the Robert M. Zinman Scholar for the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Earlier in her career, Jacoby clerked for the Honorable Robert E. Ginsberg of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois and for the Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Before joining the faculty at UNC, she taught for four years at Temple University in Philadelphia. Jacoby graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, as well as from Penn's College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in history.

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

Selected Publications

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  • Tracing Equity: Realizing and Allocating Value in Chapter 11 (with T. Janger), 96 TEX. L. REV. (forthcoming 2017).
  • Federalism Form and Function in the Detroit Bankruptcy, 33 YALE J. ON REG. 55 (2016). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • 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]
  • In or Out of Mortgage Trouble?  A Study of Bankrupt Homeowners (with D. McCue & E. Belsky), 85 AM. BANKR. L.J. 291 (2011). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • 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]
  • The Debt Financing of Parenthood, 72 LAW & CONTEMP. PROBS. 147 (2009). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Homeownership Risk Beyond a Subprime Crisis: The Role of Delinquency Management, 76 FORDHAM L. REV. 2261 (2008). [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]
  • 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]
  • Rethinking the Debates Over Health Care Financing: Evidence From the Bankruptcy Courts, (with T.Sullivan & E. Warren), 76 N.Y.U. L. REV. 375 (2001). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
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