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Laura Napoli Coordes

Associate Professor of Law
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9520
Biography: 

Laura Coordes's research focuses on bankruptcy and financial distress and includes commercial law, large corporate reorganizations, and local government finance and policy. She teaches Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Advanced Bankruptcy, Secured Transactions (in-person and online), and Contracts. Professor Coordes is an active member of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) and was honored as a member of the ABI's 40 Under 40 in 2020. Professor Coordes is on the board of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal and is an Honorary Master of the Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court. She also serves on the Education Committee for the 2021 National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Annual Meeting and the Education Committee for Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE). Professor Coordes received her J.D. with honors from The University of Chicago Law School, where she was a Bradley Fellow and served on The University of Chicago Law Review. She completed a legal fellowship at the Student Press Law Center after receiving her degree. Before coming to the College of Law, Professor Coordes practiced in the Business, Finance and Restructuring Department at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York.

Education: 
  • J.D. (Honors), University of Chicago Law School 2010
  • B.A., summa cum laude, New York University 2006
Research Interests: 

Access to bankruptcy, municipal bankruptcy, large corporate reorganizations

Publications: 

Necessity or Overreach? Weighing the Costs and Benefits of State Law Interpretation in Oil and Gas Bankruptcy Cases, 6 Oil & Gas, Nat. Resources & Energy J. 1 (2020).

Narrowing Equity in Bankruptcy, 94 Am. Bankr. L.J. 303 (2020).

Reorganizing Health Care Bankruptcy, 61 B.C.L. Rev. 419 (2020).

Beyond the Bankruptcy Code: A New Statutory Bankruptcy Regime for Tribal Debtors, 35 Emory Bankr. Dev. J. 363 (2019).

When Borders Dissolve, 93 Chi-Kent L. Rev. 649 (2018) (symposium piece).

Formalizing Chapter 9's Experts, 116 Mich. L. Rev. 1249 (2018).

Gatekeepers Gone Wrong: Reforming the Chapter 9 Eligibility Rules, 94 Wash. U.L. Rev. 1191 (2017).

New Rules for a New World: How Technology and Globalization Shape Bankruptcy Venue Decisions, 17 Asper Rev. Int'l Bus. & Trade L. 85 (2017).

Predictors of Municipal Bankruptcies and State Intervention Programs: An Exploratory Study, 105 Kentucky L.J. 493 (2017; with Thom Reilly).

Restructuring Municipal Bankruptcy, 2016 Utah L. Rev. 307 (2016).

The Geography of Bankruptcy, 68 Vand. L. Rev. 381 (2015).

Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 515Contracts
LAW 622Secured Transactions
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
LAW 791Seminar
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 622Secured Transactions
LAW 781Independent Study
LAW 784Internship
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 622Secured Transactions
LAW 655Chapter 11
LAW 770Law Journal
LAW 781Independent Study
LAW 791Seminar
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 515Contracts
LAW 622Secured Transactions
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
LAW 791Seminar
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 781Independent Study
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 781Independent Study
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 515Contracts
LAW 622Secured Transactions
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 781Independent Study
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 781Independent Study
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 515Contracts
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
LAW 791Seminar
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 781Independent Study
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 622Secured Transactions
LAW 655Chapter 11
LAW 781Independent Study
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 655Chapter 11
LAW 781Independent Study
Honors / Awards: 

ABI 40 Under 40 (2020)

2018 American Bankruptcy Law Journal Academic Fellow

Editorships: 

Bankruptcy Law Letter (contributing editor)

ABI Volo (volunteer editor)

Professional Associations: 

New York State Bar; United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; American Bankruptcy Institute; The American Bankruptcy Law Journal; Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court; Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE) Education Committee

Service: 

Co-Chair, Municipalities Committee, Bankruptcy & COVID-19 Working Group

Organizer of roundtable faculty teaching workshops

Faculty co-advisor, Corporate and Business Law Journal

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