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Dean Lawrence Ponoroff

Current Position

Professor Emeritus
Tulane University Law School
2413 State Street
New Orleans, LA 70118

Tel: 520-437-4493

Class: XV (2004)Circuit: Fifth


Loyola University of Chicago, A.B. (1975)
Stanford Law School, J.D. (1978)

Professional Career

Dean, The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law (2009-2012)
Professor (1994-01); Dean, Tulane University Law School (2001-09)
Professor, University of Toledo College of Law (1986-94)
Associate (1978-84); Partner (1984-86), Holme, Roberts & Owen
Dean & Professor of Law, Michigan State University College of Law (2016-)


Colorado State Bar (1978-)
American Law Institute (1998-)
Ohio State Bar (1988-)
Louisiana State Bar Association, Board of Governors (2001-03)
Louisiana Bar Foundation, Fellow (2001-)
American Board of Certification, Board Member (1998-06)
"For the Children" Literary Program, Executive Director (1995-)
Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules (2004-)
Louisiana Supreme Court Historical Society, Board Member (2005-)
Federal Judicial Center, Bankruptcy Judges Education Committee (2008-)


A Short and Happy Guide to Contracts West (with Epstein and Markell) 2012 (2d ed. 2019) Co-author
Making and Doing Deals: Contracts in Context West (with Epstein and Markell), 3d ed. 2011 Co-author
"Principles of Preclusion and Estoppel in Bankruptcy Cases," 79 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 839 2006 Co-author
Core Concepts of Commercial Law Thomson West (w/Dolan & Markell) 2004 Co-author
Making and Doing Deals: Contracts in Context Lexis Nexis (w/Epstein & Markell) 2002; 2d ed. 2006; 3d ed. 2011, 4th ed. 2014; 5th ed. 2018 Co-author
"The Dubious Role of Precedent in the Quest for First Principles in the Reform of the Bankruptcy Code: Some Lessons From the Civil Law and Realist Traditions," 74 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 173-336 2000 Author
"Having One's Property and Eating It Too: When the Article 9 Security Interest Becomes a Nuisance," 82 Notre Dame Law Review 373 2006 Author
"The Immovable Object Versus the Irresistible Force: Rethinking the Relationship Between Secured Credit and Bankruptcy Policy," 95 University of Michigan Law Review 2234-2307 1997 Co-author
"Exemption Impairing Liens Under Bankruptcy Code Section 522(f): One Step Forward and One Step Back," 70 University of Colorado Law Review 1-72 1999 Author
Rethinking Chapter 13 Arizona Law Review 2017 Author
Constitutional Limitations on State-Enacted Bankuptcy Exemption Legislation and the Long Overdue Case for Uniformity American Bankruptcy Law Journal 2014 Author Editor's Prize for 2014


University of Toledo, University Outstanding Teaching Award (1990-91)
University of Toledo, Outstanding Professor Award (Spring 1991)
Tulane University, Felix Frankfurter Distinguished Teaching Award (1997)
University of Michigan, L. Hart Wright Teaching Excellence Award (1997)
Tulane University, Black Law Students Association Community Service Award (1999)
University of Arizona College of Law, Johnhj Strong Outstanding Teaching Award (2016)