Bankruptcy and Race: Is There a Relation?

On Friday, October 19, St. John’s will host a symposium on the relationship between bankruptcy and race. Co-sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, Center for Bankruptcy Studies and The Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development, the symposium is centered on the findings of a recent study by Professors Jean Braucher, Dov Cohen and Robert Lawless: the debtor’s race appears to affect the advice that lawyers give about whether to file for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Is this finding correct? And if so, what are its implications for bankruptcy law and policy? The symposium brings together leading bankruptcy, empirical, and race scholars to address these questions through commentary on the Braucher study and a reply from the primary study authors.

You can find a full list of speakers and the schedule here.

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