Edward R. Morrison

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Biography

Biography

Columbia Law School

Professor of Law, 2007 – present

Milton Handler Fellow, 2005 – 2007

Associate Professor of Law, 2003 – 2007

John M. Olin, Jr. Fellow, Center for Law and Economics Studies, 2002–03

University of Chicago Law School

Visiting Professor, Spring 2008

Hon. Antonin Scalia, U.S. Supreme Court

Judicial Clerk, 2001-02

Hon. Richard A. Posner, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Judicial Clerk, 2000-01

Other: Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, New York, NY, Summer Associate, 1999; Jackson & Kelly, Washington, DC, Summer Associate, 1995; Bureau of Economic and Business Research, Salt Lake City, UT, Research Associate, 1993-94

Education

University of Chicago Law School

J.D., with High Honors, 2000

Activities: Articles Editor, University of Chicago Law Review, 1998-99; Staff Member, 1997-98

Honors: John M. Olin Prize, to the outstanding graduate in Law and Economics, 2000; Olin Student Fellowship in Law and Economics, 1995-96, 1997-00; Bradley Foundation Economics Fellowship, 1997-00; Joseph Henry Beale Prize, for outstanding work in the first-year legal research and writing program, 1995

University of Chicago, Department of Economics

Ph.D., 2003; M.A., 1997

Thesis: Bankruptcy Decision-Making: An Empirical Study of Small-Business Bankruptcies

Teaching: Teaching Assistant to Profs. Gary S. Becker, James J. Heckman and José S. Scheinkman

Honors: State Farm Foundation Dissertation Award, 2000-01; Bradley Foundation Scholarship, 1997-99; Honorary Scholar, Univ. Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Economics, 2000–2001

University of Utah

B.S., summa cum laude, in Economics and Accounting, with Honors Program Degree, 1994

Honors: Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship, 1994; Honors Baccalaureate Scholarship, 1994; First Prize, Beta Alpha Psi undergraduate manuscript contest, 1993; Outstanding Scholar Scholarship, School of Business, 1993-94; Honors Foreign Study Scholarship in Greece, 1992; full-tuition scholarship, 1989-93

Teaching

Bankruptcy Law: Fall 2003, Spring 2004, Fall 2005, Fall 2007, Spring 2008 (at Univ. Chicago), Fall 2008

Contracts: Fall 2004, Fall 2005, Fall 2006, Fall 2008

Law and Economics Seminar: Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Fall 2008

Empirical Law and Economics Seminar: Spring 2008 (at Univ. Chicago)

Current Issues in Corporate Reorganization: Spring 2004, Spring 2006, Spring 2009

Law & Economics Workshop: 2004-05, 2005-06

Publications

Articles: Bankruptcy Decisionmaking: An Empirical Study of Continuation Bias in Small Business Bankruptcies, 50 J. L. Econ. (2007)

Serial Entrepreneurs and Small Business Bankruptcies, 105 Colum. L. Rev. 2310 (2005) (with Douglas G. Baird)

Financial Contracts and the New Bankruptcy Code: Insulating Markets from Bankrupt Debtors and Bankruptcy Judges, 13 Am. Bankr. Inst. L. Rev. 641 (2005) (with Joerg Riegel)

Adversary Proceedings in Bankruptcy: A Sideshow, 79 Am. Bankr. L. J. 951 (2005) (with Douglas G. Baird)

Derivatives and the Bankruptcy Code: Why the Special Treatment?, 22 Yale J. Reg. 91 (2005) (with Franklin R. Edwards)

Bankruptcy Decisionmaking, 17 J. Law, Econ. & Org. 356 (2001) (with Douglas G. Baird)

Chapters: Timbers of Inwood Forest, the Economics of Rent, and the Irrelevance of Supreme Court Precedent, in Bankruptcy Stories (Foundation Press: Robert K. Rasmussen, ed.) (forthcoming 2007)

Derivatives and Systemic Risk: What Role Can the Bankruptcy Code Play?, in Systemic Financial Crises (World Scientific Press: Douglas D. Evanoff and George G. Kaufman, eds.) (2005) (with Franklin R. Edwards)

In Progress: Bargaining around Bankruptcy: Small Business Distress and State Law

Creditor Control and Conflict in Chapter 11 (with Kenneth Ayotte)

Health Shocks and Bankruptcy (with Larry Cook, Heather Keenan, and Lenora Olson)

Credit Cards, Mortgages, and Debt Substitution (with Christopher Mayer)

Lien Stripping in Bankruptcy and the Availability of Home Mortgages (with Richard Hynes and Christopher Mayer)

The Bankruptcy Lag (with Richard Hynes)

Economics of Bankruptcy (Edward Elgar: Edward R. Morrison, ed.)

Comment: Judicial Review of Discount Rates Used in Regulatory Cost-Benefit Analysis, 65 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1333 (1998)

Older work: Off-Balance Sheet Risks: What Are They and Why is Their Disclosure Important?, 11 J. Acct. Educ. 313 (1993)

Impact of the Salt Lake City Airport on the Utah Economy, 53 Utah Econ. & Bus. Rev. 1 (1993) (second author, Boyd L. Fjeldsted)

Government Reports

Small Business Bankruptcy and the Bankruptcy Abuse and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 commissioned by the Small Business Administration (Government Contract No. SBAHQ-06-A-0023), pursuant to the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, Pub. L. No. 109-8 § 443

Invited Presentations

Health Shocks and Bankruptcy

Harvard/Texas Conference on Commercial Law Realities, February 2008

Columbia Law School, October 2007

Creditor Control and Conflict in Chapter 11

University of Virginia Law School, April 2008

University of Southern California Law School, March 2008

Case Western Law School, February 2008

Columbia Law School, November 2007

University of Pennsylvania School of Law, November 2007

Conference on Empirical Legal Studies (CELS), November 2007

Oxford University, October 2007

Triangle Law & Economics Conference, Duke University, April 2007

Harvard/Texas Conference on Commercial Law Realities, April 2007

Westpoint Stevens in Chapter 11: A Class of Titans

Turnaround Management Association (TMA)/The Deal Distressed Investing Conference, January 2008

Financial Contracts and the Bankruptcy Code: Safe Harbors with Broad Scope and Uncertain Justification

Lawrence P. King and Charles Seligson Workshop on Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization, October 2007

Columbia Law School, Deals Roundtable, October 2006

Bankruptcy’s Rarity: An Essay on Small Business Bankruptcy in the United States

European Company and Finance Review (ECFR) Conference, October 2007

Bargaining around Bankruptcy: Small Business Distress and State Law (and previous titles)

Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum, May 2007

American Law and Economics Association (ALEA) Annual Meeting, May 2007

Fordham Junior Faculty Forum, March 2007

University of Toronto Faculty of Law, March 2007

Columbia Law School, Faculty Lunch Series, March 2007

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), March 2007

Columbia Law School, Contracts and Economic Organization Workshop, March 2007

University of Chicago Law School, February 2007

AALS Annual Meeting, January 2007

Northwestern University, School of Law, November 2006

Georgetown University Law Center, April 2006

Harvard/Texas Conference on Commercial Law Realities, April 2006

Hedge Fund Failures

American Bankruptcy Institute Insolvency Symposium, February 2007

Serial Entrepreneurs and Small Business Bankruptcy

American Law and Economics Association (ALEA) Annual Meeting, May 2005

Harvard/Texas Conference on Commercial Law Realities, April 2005

University of Virginia School of Law, February 2005

Boalt Hall, November 2004

Columbia Law School, October 2004

Cornell Law School, October 2004

Derivatives and Systemic Risk: What Role Can the Bankruptcy Code Play?

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago International Conference on “Systemic Financial Crises: Resolving Large Bank Insolvencies,” September 2004

Bankruptcy Decisionmaking: An Empirical Study of Continuation Bias in Small Business Bankruptcies (and other titles)

Columbia Business School, April 2004

William & Mary School of Law, April 2004

University of Virginia School of Law, February 2004.

Harvard Law School, February, March 2003

Cornell Law School, January 2003

NYU School of Law, January 2003

University of Pennsylvania Law School, January 2003

Northwestern University School of Law, January 2003

Columbia Law School, January 2003

Yale Law School, December 2002

Georgetown Law Center, December 2002

Vanderbilt Law School, December 2002

Theory and Evidence on the Costs of Damages Rules (and other titles)

American Law and Economics Association (ALEA) Annual Meeting, May 2001

University of Chicago Department of Economics, October 2000

Vanderbilt University Law School, October 2000

Bankruptcy Decisionmaking

University of Chicago Law School, May 2000 (with Douglas Baird)

American Law and Economics Association (ALEA) Annual Meeting, May 2000

University of Virginia School of Law, April 2000 (with Douglas Baird)

Commentary And Other Presentations

Commentator on Adair Morse, Payday Lenders: Heroes or Villains?, Conference on the Law and Economics of Consumer Credit, University of Virginia School of Law, February 2008

Commentator on Lynn M. LoPucki and Joseph W. Doherty, The Determinants of Professional Fees in Large Bankruptcy Reorganization Cases Revisited, Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, November 2007

Commentator on Kenneth S. Reinker and David Rosenberg, Improving Medical Malpractice Liability by Allowing the Insurers to Take Charge, University of Chicago Conference on Current Research on Medical Malpractice Liability, May 2006

Commentator on Katharina Pistor, Who is Tolling the Bells to Firms? Lessons from Transition Economies, Columbia Law School Faculty Lunch Series, September 2005

Commentator on Victor P. Goldberg, Alcoa v. Essex: Bad Contracts Can Make For Bad Law, Columbia Law School Faculty Retreat, November 2004

Moderator, Panel Discussion on Hedge Fund Regulation, Columbia Business Law Review 20th Anniversary Event, April 2006

Moderator, Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights II, American Law and Economics Association (ALEA) Annual Meeting, May 2004

Conference Organization

Roundtable on Hedge Funds, Creditor Control, and Restructuring, Columbia Law School Transactional Studies Program, New York, NY, Oct. 27, 2006

Federal Judicial Center and Columbia Law School Program for Bankruptcy Judges: Law and Business, Columbia Law School, New York, NY, April 26-28, 2005

Service On Committees

Co-Chair, Clerkships & Judicial Relations Committee: 2006-08

Resources and Development: Fall 2006, Fall 2007

Associates Committee: 2004-06

Business Task Force: 2004-07, Fall 2007

Information Technology: 2004-05

Admissions and Financial Aid: 2003-04

Student Services: 2003-04

Other Service to Columbia Law School

Director/Instructor, Leiden-Amsterdam-Columbia Summer Program in American Law, The Netherlands, Director, 2007-present; Co-Director, 2006; Instructor, 2004-05

Member, Board of Directors, Columbia Business Law Review, 2005-present

Advisor to Annual Survey (on bankruptcy law), Columbia Business Law Review, 2004-05

Service to Columbia University

Dissertation Committee Member for Stav Gaon, Ph.D. Candidate, Columbia Business School (Spring 2006)

Dissertation Committee Member for Nan Chen, Ph.D. Candidate, Columbia Business School (Spring 2004)

Professional Service

Conferee, National Bankruptcy Conference, 2007-present

Referee Work for Scholarly Journals

American Bankruptcy Law Journal

American Law and Economics Review

International Review of Law and Economics

Journal of Empirical Legal Studies

Journal of Law and Economics

Journal of Legal Studies

Journal of Political Economy

Law and Social Inquiry

AALS Administration

Chair, Law and Economics Section, 2008

Chair-Elect, Law and Economics Section, 2007

Secretary, Law and Economics Section, 2005

Association Membership

American Association of Law Schools

American Bankruptcy Institute

American Economics Association

American Law and Economics Association

History

Member for
7 years 49 weeks

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