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Prof. Jay L. Westbrook


Current Position

Benno C. Schmidt Chair of Business Law
University of Texas at Austin
School of Law
727 East Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX 78705

Tel: 512-232-1303
Fax: 512-471-6988

Class: IV (1993)Circuit: Fifth


University of Texas School of Law, J.D. (1968)

Professional Career

Partner, Surrey & Morse (until 1980)


National Bankruptcy Conference
American Law Institute
ABA Business Bankruptcy Committee, International Bankruptcy Subcommittee
International Insolvency Institute, Board
International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law


"The Control of Wealth in Bankruptcy," 82 Tex. L. Rev. 795 2004
"Less Stigma or More Financial Distress: An Empirical Analysis of the Extraordinary Increase in Bankruptcy Filings," 59 Stan. L. Rev 213 2006 Co-author
"Contracting Out of Bankruptcy: An Empirical Intervention," 118 Harv. L. Rev. 1197 2005 Co-author
The Fragile Middle Class Yale University Press 2000 Co-author
As We Forgive Our Debtors: Bankruptcy and Consumer Credit In America Oxford University Press 1989 Co-author
"International Statement of United States Bankruptcy Law," American Law Institute 1997 Reporter
"Principles of Cooperation in Transnational Insolvency Cases Among the Members of the North American Free Trade Agreement," American Law Institute 2000 Reporter
"A Global Solution to Multinational Default," 98 Mich. L. Rev. 2276 2000
The Law of Debtors and Creditors: Text, Cases and Problems Aspen, 5th ed. (2005); 6th ed. 2008 Co-author
"A Functional Analysis of Executory Contracts," 74 Minn. L. Rev. 227 1989


American Bar Association, for As We Forgive Our Debtors, Silver Gavel Award