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Prof. Melissa B. Jacoby

Professor of Law

Current Position

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
UNC School of Law
160 Ridge Road
CB 3380
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380

Tel: 919-962-8114
Fax: 919-962-1277

Class: XXIV (2013)Circuit: Fourth


University of Pennsylvania, B.A.; J.D.

Professional Career

Law professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Law professor, Temple University
Law Clerk, Hon. Marjorie O. Rendell, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Law Clerk, Hon. Robert E. Ginsberg, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Counsel, National Bankruptcy Conference
Staff Attorney, National Bankruptcy Review Commission
Summer associate (permanent offers extended), Wolf Block and Saul Ewing, Philadelphia


National Bankruptcy Conference, Elected member (1999-)
American Law Institute, Elected member (2004-)
Rethinking Regulation Working Group, Duke University Kenan Institute of Ethics (2010-)
Bankruptcy Data Project at Harvard, Fellow (2006-)
Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules, Judicial Conference of the United States, Consultant (2001-02, 2011-)
Credit Slips blog, Contributor (2006, 2011-)


"In or Out of Mortgage Trouble? A Study of Bankrupt Homeowners," 85 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 291 2011 Co-author with McCue & Belsky
"Managing Medical Bills on the Brink of Bankruptcy," 10 Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law & Ethics 239 2010 Co-author with M. Holman
"Fast, Cheap, and Creditor-Controlled: Is Corporate Reorganization Failing?" 54 Buffalo Law Review 401 2006 Author
"Ripple or Revolution? The Indeterminancy of Statutory Bankruptcy Reform," 79 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 169 2005 Author
"The Bankruptcy Code at Twenty-Five and the Next Generation of Lawmaking," 78 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 221 2004 Author
"Negotiating Bankruptcy Legislation through the News Media," 41 Houston Law Review 1091 2004 Author
"Foreclosing on Fame: Exploring the Uncharted Boundaries of the Right of Publicity," 77 New York University Law Review 1322 2002 Co-author with Zimmerman
"Rethinking the Debates Over Health Care Financing: Evidence From the Bankruptcy Courts," 76 New York University Law Review 375 2001 Co-author with Sullivan and Warren


UNC-Chapel Hill, Pro Bono Publico Member of the Year Award
UNC-Chapel Hill, Byrd Award for Excellence and Creativity in Teaching
American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Young Scholar Award
Temple University School of Law, Friel/Scanlan Award