During the Spring 2007
semester, I followed in the footsteps of many of my friends and
colleagues, serving as the twelfth ABI Robert M. Zinman Scholar in
experience as Resident Scholar was interesting, educational, and lots of
fun. I had the
pleasure of getting to know the dedicated, talented and oft-time
irreverent ABI staff – both in and out of the office. This is a group of people who take
their jobs, their softball and their next meal very
seriously. I do hope
the future Resident Scholars make at least as vital a contribution to
the team, “Going for Broke” as I did this semester
(didn’t quite make it to bat, but I did walk away with a
jersey). I shall also
miss the regular in-house e-mails announcing the presence of chocolate
cake, or “goodies from
As was the case with my predecessors, my job responsibilities varied from week to week, but rarely a day went by when I didn’t speak to members of the media about a recent bankruptcy related development, a new bankruptcy case, or about an economic, sociological or political trend and its impact on bankruptcy filings. I appreciated the professionalism of the reporters, and their interest in “getting it right,” even when the issue being discussed was complex and esoteric. On behalf of ABI, I was quoted in scores of stories over the past months.
I also had the opportunity to work with the publications’ staff and ABI authors on a variety of editing projects. I would like to express my thanks to the dedicated authors who tolerated my editorial “suggestions” with good grace and a sense of humor. I also put my rusty graphics skills to work on updating the Nuts and Bolts conference materials and slides.
I spent some time consulting with the IT staff about a variety of substantive Website improvements and conducted peer reviews of two empirical studies of new BAPCPA provisions. Now that the issue of consumer over-indebtedness garnered the attention of legislators, a series of Congressional Hearings on credit card and other fringe banking practices and their impact on consumers were held. I attended a number of these hearings and wrote articles for the electronic ABI Update newsletter on this issue and on a myriad of other current cases and developments. I also crafted many of the recent Quick Poll questions.
The Podcast Project
(brainchild of ABI staffer
I appreciated the
opportunity as Resident Scholar to meet and work with a broad range of
ABI members from around the country.
I attended and/or spoke at three ABI
conferences: The Rocky
Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, and the Annual Spring Meeting,
Bankruptcy Fundamentals: Nuts
& Bolts for New and Young Practitioners and the
Before my tenure as Resident Scholar began, I committed to teach a class at my law school. I designed a course called “Hot Topics in Bankruptcy,” with the ABI Journal as the assigned “text.” In order to give the students access to a variety of bankruptcy-related resources, a further requirement of enrollment was a membership in ABI. My experiences as ABI’s Resident Scholar enabled me to bring a very practical and current dimension to the classroom. The students deemed the course to be a success.
This past semester has
been an enriching personal and professional experience for
me. It has been
heartening to be a part of an organization that has such a dedicated and
loyal membership. I
extend my admiration and thanks to Executive Director
I offer a warm welcome the next Resident Scholar, Professor Mark S. Scarberry of Pepperdine University School of Law.
Lois R. Lupica