Melissa B. Jacoby

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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 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, for which she also is a member of the Board of Regents. She has won awards for her teaching, service, and scholarship -- most recently, in the latter category, the Grant Gilmore Award from the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers and the Chadbourn Award from UNC Law.

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

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Selected Publications

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  • Federalism Form and Function in the Detroit Bankruptcy, 33 YALE J. ON REG.  (forthcoming 2015).
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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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