Professor Littwin studies bankruptcy, consumer, and commercial law from an empirical perspective. Her current research includes studies of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's consumer complaints process as well as the relationship between consumer credit and domestic violence (DV). She has published in journals such as the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the California Law Review, and the American Bankruptcy Law Journal. Professor Littwin has been a principal investigator for a number of empirical projects. With collaborator Adrienne Adams, Professor Littwin is currently interviewing DV victims about coerced debt, which occurs when the batterer in an abusive relationship uses fraud or coercion to generate debt in the name of the victim. Professors Adams and Littwin also developed a coerced debt survey conducted by the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Previously, Professor Littwin was a principal investigator on the 2007 Consumer Bankruptcy Project, which has been the leading study of consumer bankruptcy for the past 25 years. She has also conducted a study on low-income women's use of credit cards.
Professor Littwin received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and graduated from Harvard Law School in 2002. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Rosemary Barkett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and founded ROAD (Reaching Out About Depression), a community-organizing project for low-income women. Prior to her appointment at the University of Texas School of Law, she was a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. She joined the UT faculty in 2008.
Professor Littwin teaches bankruptcy, secured credit, and a seminar on the regulation of credit cards.
November 20, 2014 – November 21, 2014
Brooklyn Law School
Presented An Initial Quantitative Look at Coerced Debt (co-authored with Adrienne Adams). Hosted by American Bankruptcy Institute and Brooklyn Law School.
November 19, 2014 – November 20, 2014
Four Seasons Hotel, Austin, TX
Presented Recent Developments in Student Loans.
October 24, 2014
Temple University Beasley School of Law
Presented draft of Why Process Consumer Complaints? Then and Now.