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November 17, 2006

Press Contacts: Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or, or Dee Welborn, UT Law, 512-232-1315.

UT Conference Named in Honor of Distinguished Bankruptcy Professor Jay Westbrook

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Professor Jay Westbrook

AUSTIN, Texas—Beginning this year, The University of Texas School of Law's annual bankruptcy conference will be named the Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference, in honor of its founder, Professor Jay Westbrook.

One of the nation's most distinguished scholars in the field of bankruptcy, Professor Westbrook was instrumental in establishing the UT Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Bankruptcy Conference 25 years ago.

Westbrook, who holds the Benno C. Schmidt Chair of Business Law at UT, has taught at the Law School since 1980 and has co-authored several leading books on consumer credit and bankruptcy. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and the University of London, and is a member of the American Law Institute, the National Bankruptcy Conference, and the American College of Bankruptcy.

This week in Austin, the Bankruptcy Conference celebrated its 25th anniversary and included a special tribute to Westbrook Friday morning at the Four Seasons Hotel.

The conference brought together leading members of the bankruptcy bench, bar, and academia for presentations of consumer and business bankruptcy issues. A nationally-recognized faculty presented recent developments and pending issues including valuation uncertainty in large Chapter 11 reorganizations, inter-creditor issues and fee requests and growth of federal bankruptcy jurisdiction.

This year’s conference opened on Wednesday evening with the John C. Akard Distinguished Lectureship Program with a lecture by Professor Harry Rajak of the Sussex Law School, who presented "Bankruptcy in the United States and the United Kingdom—Contrast and Convergence."

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