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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, including commercial law, large corporate reorganizations, and local government finance and policy. She teaches Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Advanced Bankruptcy, Secured Transactions, and Contracts. Professor Coordes is an active member of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) and frequently publishes in the ABI's committee newsletters. She serves as a volunteer editor for the ABI's Volo project, which summarizes and disseminates bankruptcy-related circuit court opinions. Professor Coordes has served as a peer reviewer for the American Bankruptcy Law Journal and is an Honorary Master of the Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court.

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. New York University 2006
Research Interests

Access to bankruptcy, municipal bankruptcy, large corporate reorganizations

Publications

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

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
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 515Contracts
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 622Secured Transactions
LAW 655Chapter 11
LAW 781Independent Study
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 515Contracts
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 781Independent Study
Editorships

ABI Volo (volunteer editor)

Professional Associations

New York State Bar United States District Court for the Southern District of New York American Bankruptcy Institute International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court

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