Laura Beth Bartell
Office: Room 3207
Telephone: (313) 577-3540
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J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., Stanford University
Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights
Effective Oral Communication for Lawyers
Advanced Topics in Bankruptcy
Professor Bartell joined the faculty in 1996 after 17 years of private practice in New York. After graduating from Harvard Law School, where she was an officer on the Harvard Law Review, she clerked for Judge Alvin B. Rubin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans. She then entered practice in New York where she became a partner in Shearman and Sterling, specializing in bank financing and bankruptcy work. She is a member of the American Law Institute and the American Bankruptcy Institute, and has published articles on bankruptcy topics, federal court-awarded attorneys' fees and costs, and the attorney/client privilege and work-product doctrine. Prior to coming to Wayne State, she was an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law. She teaches Property, Secured Transactions, Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights and Effective Oral Communication for Lawyers.
Visualizing Secured Transactions December 2007
Law students, perhaps more than the population at large, tend to be visual learners. Visualizing Secured Transactions takes the text of Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code (and related statutes) and puts them into the form of easily-understandable charts to facilitate comprehension of this technical commercial subject.
Bankruptcy Court Adjudication by Consent After Stern, 2012 Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law (2012
Making Assumptions About the Individual Debtor’s Right to Assume Under § 365(p)(2), 85 Am. Bankr. L. J. 265 (2011)
The Appeal of Direct Appeal – Use of the New 28 U.S.C. § 158(d)(2), 84 Am. Bankr. L. J. 145 (2010
Straddle Obligations Under Prepetition Contracts – Prepetition Claims, Postpetition Claims or Administrative Expenses, 25 Emory Bankr. Dev. J. 39(2008)
Awards of Costs in Bankruptcy Court, 17 NORTON J. Bankr. L. & Practice 869 (Dec. 2008)
Staying the Serial Filer – Interpreting the New Exploding Stay Provisions of § 362(c)(3) of the Bankruptcy Code," American Bankruptcy Law Journal 62 (2008): 201
"From Debtors’ Prisons to Prisoner Debtors: Credit Counseling for the Incarcerated," Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal 24 (2008): 15
"The Peripatetic Debtor: Choice of Law and Choice of Exemptions," Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal 22 (2006): 101
"Due Process for the Unknown Future Claim in Bankruptcy - Is this Notice Really Necessary?" American Bankruptcy Law Journal 78 (2004): 339
"The Implied Waiver Solution to the Problem of Privilege in the Individual Bankruptcy Case," Bankruptcy Developments Journal 20 (2003): 25
"The Lease Cap and Letters of Credit - A Reply to Professor Dolan," Banking Law Journal 120 (Oct. 2003): 828
"Why WARN? - The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act in Bankruptcy," Bankruptcy Developments Journal 18 (2002): 243
"Getting to Waiver - A Legislative Solution to State Sovereign Immunity in Bankruptcy After Seminole Tribe," Bankruptcy Developments Journal 17 (2000): 17
"The Lease of Money in Bankruptcy -- Time for Consistency?" Bankruptcy Developments Journal 16 (2000): 266
"Revisiting Rejection: Secured Party Interests in Leases and Executory Contracts," Dickinson Law Review 103 (1999): 497
"In Defense of Language, The Supreme Court and Congress: A Reply to Professor Chemerinsky," American Bankruptcy Law Journal 71 (1997): 131
"Contempt of the Bankruptcy Court -- A New Look," University of Illinois Law Review 1 (1996)
- February 16, 2011
Laura Bartell recently served on the faculty for the Bankruptcy Boot Camp program sponsored by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education.
- October 18, 2010
Laura Bartell is currently serving as resident scholar at the American Bankruptcy Institute in Alexandria, Virginia. In that role she prepares podcasts and moderates media teleconferences, as well as summarizes cases and legislation for the ABI website.
- September 5, 2008
Laura Bartell has two forthcoming articles. Her piece on "Awards of Costs in Bankruptcy Court" will be published in the December 2008 issue of the Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice. Her article on "Straddle Obligations Under Prepetition Contracts -- Prepetition Claims, Postpetition Claims or Administrative Expenses?" has been accepted by the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal.
- April 21, 2008
Laura Bartell article "From Debtors' Prisons to Prisoner Debtors: Credit Counseling for the Incarcerated" was just published in 24 Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal 15 (2008).
Her article "Staying the Serial Filer -- Interpreting the New Exploding Stay Provisions of Section 362(c)(3) of the Bankruptcy Code" is scheduled for publication in the forthcoming volume of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal published by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges.
She continues to serve on the Editorial Board of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal, and on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Certification, a national organization that certifies bankruptcy and creditors' rights lawyers.
- November 13, 2006
Laura Bartell has been appointed by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges to serve as a member of the Advisory Board to the American Bankruptcy Law Journal.
- August 23, 2006
Laura Bartell recently published "The Peripatetic Debtor: Choice of Law and Choice of Exemptions" in the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal.
She continues to work on the 2d edition of "A Guide to the Judicial Management of Bankruptcy Mega-Cases" for the Federal Judicial Center.
She was elected to the Board of Directors of Grosse Pointe Theatre, and was elected President of the Board of Trustees of the Grosse Pointe Public Library, and a member of the Board of the Grosse Pointe Library Foundation.
She is working on a new book, "Visualizing Secured Transactions", which she hopes to complete and submit for publication this fall.
- Laura Bartell was quoted in an article in Card Hub.com titled "Why Can't You Discharge Student Loans in Bankruptcy? Or Can You?"
- Laura Bartell was quoted in a Crain's Detroit Business article titled "New EM act to quicken city's action."
- Laura Bartell was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Borders to shut down for good after deal collapses." Borders Group, the 40-year-old retailer that started as a used bookstore in Ann Arbor, decided Monday to liquidate its remaining 399 stores, conceding a battle with competitors, technology and itself. It filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Feb. 16. "The news seemed like a formality after the bid for Borders fell apart last week," Bartell said. "The physical bookstore has become a thing of the past," she said.
- Laura Bartell stressed the importance of having a will or letter expressing the wishes of the deceased when it comes to real estate and other property in Detroit Free Press article titled "Widow sues cemetary after stepson is interred in husband's plot. "There's nothing you can't take care of while you're alive," Bartell said. She said cemetery officials should ask more questions to avoid conflicts as to who in the family has authority.
- Laura Bartell commented in a Bloomberg article titled "Michigan Foreclosures-by-Advertising Catch Homeowners Off Guard."
- Laura Bartell provided legal expertise in a recent Herald Palladium article.
- Laura Bartell commented in a Birmingham News story highlighting a decrease in bankruptcy filings among Alabama residents.
- Laura Bartell was quoted in a Michigan Lawyers Weekly article titled "No bankruptcy violation if creditor investigates claim before filing, says 6th Circuit." (Subscription required)
- Laura Bartell commented in a Detroit Free Press article regarding the bankruptcy of General Motors Corp. Bartell speculated that GM's path will be smoother than Chrysler's because of differences in how each company is handling secured creditors.
- Laura Bartell appeared on the PBS evening news program, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. She was interviewed on the bankruptcy filing of General Motors.
- Laura Bartell provided her legal expertise in bankruptcy law in an article titled "Saving Chrysler at what cost?" on Guardian.co.uk.