May 5, 2009 16:30 Age: 5 yrs

Emory Law Students Recognized for Bankruptcy Law Papers

Three Emory Law students have been honored for their work on the topic of bankruptcy law.

A student comment by Chelsey Tulis 10L was selected for publication in the peer-reviewed American Bankruptcy Law Journal, published by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. “Get Real: Reframing the Debate Over How to Calculate Projected Disposable Income in §1325(b)" addresses how courts should calculate payments plans for chapter 13 consumer debtors.

In her comment, Tulis examines whether §1325(b) dictates the use of the formulaic means test as a substitute for judicial discretion or whether courts can consider sources beyond the means test when calculating a debtor’s payment plan. She argues that §1325(b) does not support the use of judicial discretion.

Tulis is an incoming executive managing editor of the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal. Emory Law visiting professor Laura Spitz served as her comment adviser.

Students R. Travis Santos 09L and Taejin Kim 09L were selected as the second- and third-place winners, respectively, in the American Bankruptcy Institute’s inaugural Student Writing Competition. Twenty-nine law students submitted papers on current topics in bankruptcy jurisdiction, bankruptcy litigation and evidence related to bankruptcy cases or proceedings.

Santos’ paper, “Credit Default Swaps and Plan Confirmation,” and Kim’s “Limitation of Professional Compensation by the Bankruptcy Court Under U.S.C. §328” will be published in the ABI Bankruptcy Litigation Committee’s quarterly newsletter. The students also received cash awards and one-year memberships to the ABI.

Santos served as symposium editor and a notes and comments editor and Kim as a managing editor of the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal. Emory Law adjunct professor James A. Pardo reviewed the two papers.

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