Melissa B. Jacoby

Graham Kenan Professor of Law

Melissa B. Jacoby teaches and studies bankruptcy, debt, and lending transactions. Her research includes going-concern sales of businesses in chapter 11 and the entitlements of secured creditors, the role of judges and courts in municipal bankruptcies such as Detroit, medical-related financial distress at the household level, hospital billing and collection practices, and the overpromotion of homeownership and mortgage debt. Before becoming a professor, 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 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. She has won several awards for her scholarship - most recently the Grant Gilmore Award from the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers - as well as for her teaching and service.

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

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

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]
  • 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]
  • The Detroit Bankruptcy, Pre-Eligibility, 41 FORDHAM URB. L. J. 849 (2014). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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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