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Dec. 8, 2006

Law Professor Porter Named To Bankruptcy Law Oversight Board

University of Iowa law professor Katherine Porter has been named to a panel that oversees and certifies bankruptcy attorneys in the United States.

Porter has been appointed to the board of directors of the American Board of Certification, a non-profit organization that certifies attorneys in consumer bankruptcy law, business bankruptcy law and creditor's rights law. The ABC oversees certification standards and testing of candidates for certification and recognizes those attorneys who are experts in those fields.

The ABC is co-sponsored by The American Bankruptcy Institute and the Commercial Law League of America.

Porter teaches bankruptcy, commercial and consumer law at the UI College of Law. Porter's current research examines mortgage claims in consumer bankruptcies and is funded by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges' Endowment for Education. She is a principal investigator in a new study of consumer bankruptcy that will begin in 2007, the Consumer Bankruptcy Project IV.

Her recent publications include "Going Broke the Hard Way: The Economics of Rural Failure" (Wisconsin Law Review 2005), "The Failure of Bankruptcy's Fresh Start" (Cornell Law Review 2006), and "The Potential and Peril of Empirical Research after Bankruptcy Reform" (Missouri Law Review 2006), which may be viewed online at

Porter is a contributor to "Credit Slips," a blog dedicated to news, research and trends in bankruptcy and credit law edited by several leading bankruptcy law researchers in the country. The blog may be found online at

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