Law professor wins top prize for article

Wayne State University Law School Professor Laura Bartell is being honored with the Editors’ Prize for best article published in the American Bankruptcy Law Journal in 2015.

She will accept the award at the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges annual meeting in October in San Francisco.

Bartell’s article, “Motions to Withdraw the Reference – An Empirical Study,” examined all cases in 2013 in which motions to a federal district court to withdraw a bankruptcy proceeding from a bankruptcy court were made and decided under 28 U.S.C. Section 157(d). The article found that there are many more such motions made and granted than most practitioners and scholars would think, and that the success of such motions depends in large measure on whether it is opposed, whether a jury trial request has been made and where it is brought.

Bartell joined the Wayne Law faculty in 1996 after 17 years of private practice in New York. She has taught Advanced Topics in Bankruptcy, Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights, Effective Oral Communication for Lawyers, Property and Secured Transactions.
Throughout the past three years, Bartell has been interviewed and quoted extensively by local, national and international media as an expert on the Detroit bankruptcy.

She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University. After earning her law degree from Harvard Law School, she clerked for Judge Alvin B. Rubin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans. Bartell then entered private practice in New York, where she became a partner in Shearman & Sterling, specializing in bank financing and bankruptcy work.

She is dean of faculty of the American Board of Certification, a national organization that certifies bankruptcy and consumer rights specialists, as well as a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She is on the executive committee of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and is a member of the American Law Institute and American Bankruptcy Institute.