Wayne State University
Laura B. Bartell
Laura B. Bartell
Professor of Law
Room 3207
(313) 577-3540

Education

J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., Stanford University
 

Biography

Professor Laura 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 & Sterling, specializing in bank financing and bankruptcy work. She is a member of the American Law Institute and 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. She teaches Property, Secured Transactions, Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights and Effective Oral Communication for Lawyers.

Courses Taught

Advanced Topics in Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights
Effective Oral Communication for Lawyers
Property
Secured Transactions

Books

Visualizing Secured Transactions, 2nd edition
Visualizing Secured Transactions, 2nd edition (LexisNexis) 2013

Visualizing Secured Transactions takes the basic areas covered by Article 9 and creates a visual aid for the statutory provisions typically assigned in connection with those areas. Some visual aids cover a single section while others summarize a number of sections bearing on a single topic. The overarching goal of Visualizing Secured Transactions is to help students see the organizational structure and create visual clues for remembering content. This unique book, updated to reflect changes in the law since the first edition was published in 2005, uses visual aids such as charts and diagrams to foster student understanding and application of the law governing secured transactions. The organization of the material tracks the outline and scope of traditional Secured Transactions casebooks and covers Article 9 of the UCC and related UCC provisions and sections of the Bankruptcy Code.

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Visualizing Bankruptcy
Visualizing Bankruptcy (LexisNexis) 2011

This unique study guide uses visual aids such as charts and diagrams to foster student understanding and application of the law governing bankruptcy.They are organized not by chapter of the Bankruptcy Code (for the most part) but chronologically by the normal course of a bankruptcy case. Some visual aids cover a single provision or concept while others summarize several bearing on a single topic. The overarching goal is to help students see the organizational structure and create visual clues for remembering content.

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A Guide to the Judicial Management of Bankruptcy Mega-Cases, 2nd edition
A Guide to the Judicial Management of Bankruptcy Mega-Cases, 2nd edition (Federal Judicial Center) 2009 update of the 2007 version

Building on the 1992 first edition, this guide pools the knowledge of bankruptcy judges and clerks of court experienced in handling mega-cases in a written resources for others. It describes the general time line of a mega-case, issues that are likely to arise, and how other judges have approached those issues. The revised guide reflects management strategies currently set by statute, case law, local rules and general orders, and employed by individual judges. It expands coverage of topics that have gained prominence since the guide was first published.

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Visualizing Secured Transactions
Visualizing Secured Transactions 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.

The Law Clerk Handbook
The Law Clerk Handbook (Federal Judicial Center) 1989 revised edition with Alvin B. Rubin

This handbook provides an overview of chambers operations and the work of the federal courts; it does not provide detailed procedures on every aspect of a law clerk's daily tasks or review the procedures of each individual court (this is in large part because the duties of law clerks vary from judge to judge).

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Selected Publications

Extinction and Creation of Property Interests Encumbered by Liens The Strange Legacy of Farrey v. Sanderfoot, 87 Am. Bankr. L.J. 375 (2013)

Pension Plan Loans and Means Testing The Pernicious Endurance of Villarie, 87 Am. Bankr. L.J. 89 (2013)

Bankruptcy Court Adjudication by Consent After Stern, 2012 Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law 5 (2012)

Making Assumptions About the Individual Debtors 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 (December 2008)

Accomplishments

April 23, 2014
Laura B. Bartell spoke Wednesday, April 23, to the Municipal Law Committee of the Oakland County Bar Association about the Detroit bankruptcy proceedings during the committee's regular meeting at the OCBA office in Bloomfield Hills.


February 16, 2011
Laura B. Bartell recently served on the faculty for the Bankruptcy Boot Camp program sponsored by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education.

In The News

July 22, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Reuters article printed in the Daily News (Virginia) titled "Detroit workers, retirees give bankruptcy plan a boost."

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July 22, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Michigan Radio report titled "Detroit retirees said 'yes' to the city's bankruptcy restructuring plan. What's next?" 

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July 13, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "One year into bankruptcy, a grand coalition emerges to move Detroit forward."

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July 13, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a USA Today article titled "New cooperative tone helps Detroit weather bankruptcy."

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July 11, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "What to expect in Detroit's $18 billion bankruptcy vote due today."

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June 20, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in an article by American Public Media's "Marketplace" titled "Detroit's revamped pension plan may set new precedents."

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June 8, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Make-or-break questions for pensioners in grand bargain vote."

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May 19, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Michigan Radio report titled "Will objections slow Detroit's trip through bankruptcy?"

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May 16, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Secret documents show retirees, creditors were close to deal to force DIA art sale."

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May 13, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Orr pleads with lawmakers for Grand Bargain cash, creditors plot legal strategy."

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May 11, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Q&A: Answers to your Detroit bankruptcy ballot questions."

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May 5, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Judge approves bankruptcy documents: Now creditors get to vote."

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April 20, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Susan Tompor: Detroit's bankruptcy plan looks to recoup interest from retiree savings."

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April 17, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Michigan Radio report titled "Now it's up to Lansing to make Detroit's 'grand bargain' work."

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April 16, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Detroit pension leaders, city reach landmark deal on retiree cuts."

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April 16, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Reuters news story printed in the Chicago Tribune titled "Detroit pension deal approved by one retirement system."

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April 10, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Michigan Radio report titled "Bond insurer ups the ante in battle over the Detroit Institute of Arts."

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April 9, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit News article titled "Investor groups prepare bids for DIA's treasures."

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April 1, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Detroit pension fight heats up after deeper cuts, fund management shake-up plan."

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April 1, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was interviewed on "The Craig Fahle Show" on WDET radio for a news segment titled "Voluntary Employee Benefits Association for Detroit."

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March 31, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Legal expert says DIA subpoena is too broad."

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March 30, 2014
Laura B. Bartell spotted an error in Detroit bankruptcy documents. Detroit Free Press columnist Susan Tompor wrote about Bartell's discovery in a column titled "Error on Detroit police, fire pension cuts to be corrected in Monday filing."

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March 30, 2014
Laura B. Bartell is quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "170,000 creditors will soon vote on Detroit's future, and their own."

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March 23, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was interviewed for a report in USA Today originally in the Detroit Free Press titled "Emergency manager confident of Detroit rebound."

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March 6, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit Free Press report titled" Detroit reaches new $120M loan deal with Barclays to improve services."

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March 3, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit Free Press report titled "Detroit reaches deal $85M debt swaps settlement with banks, cites millions saved by taxpayers"

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March 2, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Detroit bankruptcy's bedrock dispute: Kevyn Orr talks tough as pensions cry foul."

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March 2, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was interviewed for a news report on WWJ radio about disputes over pension plan cuts in Detroit's ongoing bankrupcty proceedings.

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February 26, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Reuters article published in Yahoo News titled "Detroit uses stick and carrot to sell bankruptcy plan."

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February 26, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Metro Times report titled "Bankruptcy judge sticks to ‘aggressive timetable' for Detroit case."

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February 24, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was interviewed on "The Craig Fahle Show" on WDET radio for a report titled "Law Professor Dissects Plan of Adjustment."

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February 21, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was interviewed for a report on WDET radio about Detroit's bankruptcy restructuring plan. The report was titled "What's written in pencil and what's in permanent marker?"

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February 21, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit News article titled "Bankruptcy exit plan riles Detroit retirees."

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February 21, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Yahoo Finance report titled "City Of Detroit Files Bankruptcy Exit Plan."

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February 21, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "DIA: Orr's plan would protect artwork, but it's not a done deal yet."

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February 21, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Fortune magazine report in CNN Money titled "Detroit proposes a lose-lose bankruptcy plan."

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February 19, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Detroit's new debt deal could get ball rolling on restructuring."

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February 18, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Detroit's bankruptcy blueprint due out this week: Here's what to expect."

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February 18, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in an Associated Press news report published in the New York Times and the San Jose Mercury News titled "Detroit readying blueprint for bankruptcy exit."

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February 14, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit News article titled "Detroit retirees, banks fight for assets."

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February 10, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a New American report titled "Detroit's Bankruptcy Plan Reveals Fraud in Funding Pensions."

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January 21, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Voice of America report titled "Deal Emerges to Save Detroit Institute of Arts Collection."

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January 20, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Yahoo News article from Reuters titled "Analysis: Gambling revenue at heart of Detroit's dilemmas, new and old."

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January 17, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was interviewed on WDET radio for a news segment on "The Craig Fahle Show" titled "Sorting Through Detroit Bankruptcy Legalese."

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January 16, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Rhodes steers Detroit bankruptcy down his own legal path."

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January 16, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Detroit bankruptcy judge denies proposal to pay off disastrous debt deal."

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January 13, 2014
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit News article titled "Closing arguments resume in pension debt deal case."

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January 8, 2014
Laura B. Bartell is quoted in a Detroit News article titled "Bankruptcy negotiations gain urgency."

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December 20, 2013
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in an NPR story titled "Bankruptcy Casts Shadow Over Detroit's Plan To Fix Streetlights."

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December 5, 2013
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a USA Today report titled "Detroit bankruptcy judge releases 150-page order."

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December 4, 2013
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit News article titled "Detroit pensions fair game as bankruptcy begins."

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December 4, 2013
Laura B. Bartell was interviewed for WDET's "The Craig Fahle Show" for a segment titled "Fallout of Judge Rhodes decision on Detroit bankruptcy."

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December 3, 2013
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "6 ways Detroit bankruptcy eligibility ruling could go."

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December 3, 2013
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Judge rules Detroit eligible for historic Chapter 9 bankruptcy, says pensions can be cut."

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November 26, 2013
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Yahoo News report titled "Detroit's Bankruptcy Bid Could Still Fall Apart."

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November 25, 2013
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Judge Rhodes to issue Detroit bankruptcy ruling - and talk it over - Dec. 3."

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November 24, 2013
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "10 revealing exchanges: How Judge Rhodes is conducting Detroit's bankruptcy."

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November 21, 2013
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Detroit bankruptcy judge's ruling: 6 different ways it could go."

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November 11, 2013
Laura B. Bartell  quoted in a Detroit News article titled "Detroit nears deadline to clear lawsuits in bankruptcy case." Read Article

October 29, 2013
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in an MSNBC article titled "Gov. Snyder won't say whether Detroit needs pension cuts."

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October 21, 2013
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit News article titled "Detroit bankruptcy hits pivotal phase."

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October 15, 2013
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit News article titled "Detroit bankruptcy eligibility decision moves forward with hearings Tuesday."

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August 27, 2013
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Reuters news article titled "Judge speeds hearing on Detroit bankruptcy eligibility."

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August 21, 2013
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in an opinion column in the Metro Times titled "Eleventh Hour Motion to be Filed in EM Challenge."

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August 19, 2013
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit News article titled "Detroit bankruptcy objections expected as deadline looms."

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July 31, 2013
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Yahoo News report titled "Michigan attorney general sees no conflict in defending Detroit retirees."

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July 24, 2013
Laura B. Bartell Was quoted in a Reuters report titled "Fight over Detroit bankruptcy begins in federal court."

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July 19, 2013
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit News article titled "Detroit will need to prove it is financially insolvent."

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July 18, 2013
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a CNN article titled "Detroit's bankruptcy could spell good-bye for Howdy Doody."

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June 21, 2013
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "How a Chapter 9 bankruptcy could affect Detroit pensions, health care."

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June 13, 2013
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "What to know: How Detroit bankruptcy could unfold."

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June 9, 2013
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a column in the Detroit Free Press titled "Susan Tompor: Detroit retirees fear their own financial crunch as city works out its fiscal troubles."

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May 30, 2013
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Bill aims to safeguard DIA artwork in the event of Detroit bankruptcy."

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March 13, 2013
Laura B. Bartell was quoted in an article in Card Hub.com titled "Why Can't You Discharge Student Loans in Bankruptcy? Or Can You?"

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