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Friday, January 4, 2013

Dean Rapoport Quoted and Referenced in Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice

The Boyd School of Law is very pleased to announce that Interim Dean and Gordon Silver Professor of Law Nancy Rapoport was recently quoted and referenced several times by William L. Norton, Jr. in his Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice.

The quotations and references, which appear in Section 106:1 of Volume 5 of the Third Edition, relate to the complex fiduciary duties of a chapter 11 debtor-in-possession and its counsel. In one quotation, Dean Rapoport explains that:

"Representing a corporation can present numerous problems for Estate Counsel, but representing individual Debtors in chapter 11 is even trickier: 'The complex fiduciary duties of a chapter 11 debtor-in-possession and its counsel can become even more confused when the debtor(s)-in-possession are individuals.' Obviously, there is the metaphysical challenge of realizing that the human who hired you to file his chapter 11 petition is not your client in the bankruptcy case. Even though it's fairly easy, at least in theory, to understand that the president of a corporation or the managing partner of a partnership is not your client when you are representing the business entity itself, it stretches the bounds of legal fiction to comprehend the difference between the Bankruptcy Estate of an individual (your client) and the individual himself (not your client)."

Congratulations, Nancy!