An Introduction and Guide to Bankruptcy Research at New York Law Institute

 

Primary Sources

Bankruptcy Code

Title 11 is divided into several chapters.  For historical reasons, all but one of the chapters are odd-numbered—1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, and 15.  Chapters 1, 3, and 5 are general provisions that are applicable in all bankruptcy proceedings, unless explicitly made inapplicable in a specific context. The remaining chapters each govern a different type of bankruptcy proceeding.

Statutes

Federal Bankruptcy Code – Title 11  

Title 11 is currently subdivided into eight chapters. Find detail at the same Cornell site
Chapter 1. General Provisions, Definitions and Rules of Construction
Chapter 3. Case Administration
Chapter 5. Creditors, the Debtor, and the Estate
Chapter 7. Liquidation
Chapter 9. Adjustment of the Debts of Municipality
Chapter 11. Reorganization
Chapter 12. Adjustment of the Debts of a Family Farmer with Regular Annual Income
Chapter 13. Adjustment of the Debts of An Individual With Regular Income

Bankruptcy Rules

Published by the Legal Information Institute, Cornell Law School   

Secondary Sources 

Books 

  1. Bankruptcy deskbook / by William C. Hillman, Margaret M. Crouch.  Author: Hillman, William C. Call Number: KF1524 .L435 2014  Publisher: New York, NY : Practising Law Institute, c2014-
  1. Fair debt collection / Robert J. Hobbs ; contributing authors ; Carolyn L. Carter, O. Randolph Bragg, Joanne S. Faulkner, Richard Rubin, Charles Delbaum, Danial A. Edelman. Call Number: KF 1024 .H54 2014 Publisher: Boston, MA : National Consumer Law Center, c2014.
  1. Bankruptcy and the Supreme Court / by Kenneth N. Klee Call Number: KF1524 .K54 2009. Publisher: Newark, NJ : LexisNexis, 2009
  1. Reorganizing failing businesses : a comprehensive review and analysis of financial restructuring and business reorganization. Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Call Number: KF1544 .R452 Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Section of Business Law, American Bar Association, 2006.
  1. Collier bankruptcy practice guide / Lawrence P. King, editor-in-chief. Call Number: KF1524 .C54 Publisher: New York : Matthew Bender, c1981-
  1. Collier on bankruptcy / Lawrence P. King, editor-in chief. Call Number: KF1524 .C64 1996 Publisher: New York : Matthew Bender, 1996-
  1. Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978 : a Legislative History. Author: Resnick, Alan and Wypiski, Eugene. Call Number: KF1524 .U55 Publisher: New York : William S. Hein & Co.. 1979.
  1. Bankruptcy / by David G. Epstein, Steve H. Nickles, James J. White. Call Number: KF1524 .E67 1993 Publisher: St. Paul, Minn. : West, 1993.
  1. Fundamentals of bankruptcy law / George M. Treister … [et al.] ; seventh edition by Richard B. Levin. Call Number: KF1524 .T73 2010. Publisher: Philadelphia, Pa. : ALI ABA, c2010.
  1. Bankruptcy and related law in a nutshell / by David G. Epstein. Call Number: KF1501 .E67 2005. Publisher: St. Paul, MN : Thomson West, c2005.

 

 

Practising Law Institute publishes proceedings of annual courses.  See a sample of the most current materials here. 

 

  1. Bankruptcy & reorganizations, 2012 : current developments / chair, Joseph Samet. Call Number: PLI COMM 947-948. Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Practising Law Institute, c2012.
  1. Bankruptcy & reorganizations, 2013 : current developments / chair, Joseph Samet. Call Number: PLI COMM 959-960. Publisher: New York, NY : Practising Law Institute, c2013.
  1. Bankruptcy & reorganizations, 2014 : current developments / chair, Joseph Samet. .Call Number: PLI COMM 970-971. Publisher: New York, New York : Practising Law Institute, c2014.
  1. Bankruptcy & reorganizations, 2015 : current developments / chair, Joseph Samet. Call Number: PLI COMM 980-981. Publisher: New York, New York : Practising Law Institute, [2015].
  1. Bankruptcy deskbook / by William C. Hillman, Margaret M. Crouch. Call Number: KF1524 .L435 2014. Publisher: New York, NY : Practising Law Institute, c2014-
  1. Bankruptcy deskbook / William C. Hillman, Margaret M. Crouch. Call Number: SUPRS’D KF1524 .L424. Publisher: New York City : Practising Law Institute, c[2006]-[2013].
  1. Consumer bankruptcy cases, 2013 / co-chairs, Rachel S. Blumenfeld, Lori Lapin Jones. Call Number: PLI COMM 962. Publisher: New York, NY : Practising Law Institute, c2013.
  1. Nuts & bolts of corporate bankruptcy, 2013 / chairs, Andrew P. DeNatale, Howard J. Weg. Call Number: PLI COMM 964. Publisher: New York, NY : Practising Law Institute, c2013.
  1. Nuts and bolts of corporate bankruptcy, 2012 / chairs, Andrew P. DeNatale, Howard J. Weg. Call Number: PLI COMM 952. Publisher: New York, NY : Practising Law Institute, c2012.
  1. Nuts and bolts of corporate bankruptcy, 2014 / chairs, Andrew P. DeNatale, Howard J. Weg. Call Number: PLI COMM 974. Publisher: New York, NY : Practising Law Institute, c2014.
  1. Nuts and bolts of corporate bankruptcy, 2015 / chairs, Andrew P. DeNatale, Howard J. Weg. Call Number: PLI COMM 984. Publisher: New York, New York : Practising Law Institute, [2015].

 

eBooks 

  1. Bankruptcy and Insolvency Taxation. Author: Newton, Grant W. Call Number: KF6332 .N49 2012. Publisher: New York : Wiley, 2012.
  1. Bankruptcy Not Bailout : A Special Chapter 14. Author: Scott, Kenneth E. Call Number: KF1535.F56 B36 2012. Publisher: : Hoover Institution Press, 2012.
  1. Bankruptcy Not Bailout: A Special Chapter 14: Author: Scott, Kenneth E. Call Number: HB3722 — .B36 2012eb. Publisher: Stanford : Hoover Institution Press, 2012.
  1. Bankruptcy of Our Nation (Revised and Expanded) : Your Financial Survival Guide. Author: Robinson, Jerry. Call Number: HJ8119 .R57 2012. Publisher: Green Forest : New Leaf Publishing Group, Inc., 2012.
  1. China’s New Enterprise Bankruptcy Law: Context, Interpretation and Application. Author: Zhang, Haizheng. Call Number: KNQ1942. Publisher: Farnham : Ashgate Publishing Ltd, 2013.
  1. Contemporary Issues in Consumer Bankruptcy. Author: Backert, Wolfram.  Call Number: K1370 .C655 2013. Publisher: Frankfurt am Main : Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, 2013.
  1. Corporate Bankruptcy: Fundamental Principles and Processes. Author: Donoher, William J.  Call Number: HD2746.5. Publisher: New York : Business Expert Press, 2012.
  1. Debt’s Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in America. Author: Skeel, David A., Jr. Call Number: KF1524.3. Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2014.
  1. The History of Bankruptcy: Economic, Social and Cultural Implications in Early Modern Europe. Author: Safley, Thomas Max.  Call Number: HG3769.E85 H57 2012. Publisher: Florence : Taylor and Francis, 2013.
  1. How to Survive and Prosper After a Financial Misfortune: A Complete Guide to Your Legal Rights After Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, Repossession, and Eviction.  Author: Carr, Tracy. Call Number: KF1524.85 .C37 2011. Publisher: : Atlantic Publishing Group, 2012.
  1. J. K. Lasser’s the New Bankruptcy Law and You. Author: Martin, Nathalie.  Call Number: KF1524.6.M37 2006eb. Publisher: Hoboken : Wiley, 2014.

 

Databases 

 

Legislative history

  1. Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978: A Legislative History.  Also available in print.        (see #7 above)
  2. Bankruptcy Amendments and Federal Judgeship Act of 1984: P.L. 98-353: 98 Stat. 333: July 10, 1984

 

Bankruptcy journals include:

  • The American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review
  • The American Bankruptcy Law Journal
  • Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal
  • Review of Banking and Financial Law (Annual)
  • Rutgers Business Law Review (Semiannual)
  • Yale Journal On Regulation

 

Government Websites

  • United States Bankruptcy Courts
    • This site includes general information and provides links to the 94 federal district courts which handle bankruptcy filings. It has a “Bankruptcy Basics” section which explains the differences amongst the most common types of bankruptcy filings. There are online forms and links to pending changes to the bankruptcy forms and rules as well as videos on types of bankruptcy, limits of bankruptcy, filing for bankruptcy, creditors meeting, court hearings, discharge and legal assistance.
  • Admin Office of U.S. Courts  
    • The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts keeps quarterly bankruptcy statistics. Online resources include comparisons of years, types of bankruptcies filed, and time periods.
  • United States Department of Justice, United States Trustee Program
    • The webpage for the United States Trustee Program of the United States Department of Justice provides links to trustee locations, bankruptcy reform information, and statistics and includes general information about the US bankruptcy system and current developments in the area and information about credit counseling.

 

For more information, we recommend exploring more extensive bankruptcy resources:

 

Compiled by:

Ralph Caiazzo, Head of Reference

Karen Oesterle, Research Librarian