Bankruptcy’s Universal Pragmatist: A Celebration of the Work of Jay Lawrence Westbrook

February 2-3, 2018 at The University of Texas School of Law

The Texas Law Review will be hosting a Symposium honoring Professor Jay L. Westbrook, a once-in-a-lifetime event that will pay overdue homage to one of the most distinguished living bankruptcy scholars in the United States. In the subfield of cross-border insolvency, Professor Westbrook is probably the world’s leading expert. The Symposium’s contributors, a diverse group of preeminent scholars from across the country and world, will present original scholarship that builds upon Professor Westbrook’s research and engages with the central questions in debtor-creditor law today. The Symposium will focus on four areas in which Professor Westbrook reshaped the field: consumer bankruptcy in the U.S., comparative consumer bankruptcy, U.S. business bankruptcy, and international insolvency. It will feature a half day on consumer bankruptcy and a full day on business bankruptcy, concluding with a roundtable of distinguished lawyers that will lead a conversation from the floor of the symposium’s international topics.

Program Agenda and Speakers

Panel chairs will include Hon. Charles G. Case II, Hon. Leif M. Clark, Hon. James M. Farley, QC, Hon. Allan N. Gropper, Hon. Clifton R. Jessup, Jr., and Mr. Harold (Hal) S. Burman, Esq.

Friday, February 2, 2018 — Joe C. Thompson Conference Center

11:00am — Registration — Room 3.102

12:00pm — Lunch
Featuring Keynote Speaker
Teresa A. Sullivan, President, University of Virginia

1:30pm — Panel: Comparative Consumer (International) Bankruptcy

3:00pm — Coffee Break

3:30pm — Panel: U.S. Consumer Bankruptcy – Local Legal Culture

5:15pm — Reception — John B. Connally Center for Justice


Saturday, February 3, 2018 — John B. Connally Center for Justice

Morning — Business Domestic

8:15am — Breakfast

9:00am — Panel: Corporate Hot Topics

10:45am — Coffee Break

11:00am — Panel: Financial Institutions

12:30pm — Lunch
Featuring Keynote Speaker
Lord Leonard Hoffmann, Baron Hoffmann, Lord of Appeal in Ordinary (Ret.)

Afternoon — Business International

2:00pm — Panel: Business International

3:00pm — Coffee Break

3:20pm — Panel: Business International, continued

5:30pm — Lawyers Roundtable Discussion
Featuring Corrine Ball, John Barrett, Agustin Berdeja-Prieto, Don Bernstein, Zack Clement, Rich Levin, Robert Millner, Hon. James Peck (Ret.), Christopher Redmond, Carren Shulman, Adrian Walters, and David Ward.
Made possible by the generous sponsorship of the International Insolvency Institute.

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

Lawyers Roundtable & Symposium Co-Sponsor
International Insolvency Institute

ABI Fellows Sponsor
American Bankruptcy Institute

Reception Sponsors
Baker Botts
Vinson & Elkins

Byrnie Bass
Dykema Cox Smith
Haynes & Boone
Mackinac Parners
Okin Adams
Porter Hedges
Pulman Cappuccio Pullen Benson & Jones
Rochelle McCullough
Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Jordan, Hyden, Womble, Culbreth & Holzer
Kelly Hart & Hallman

For information about sponsoring the Symposium, please contact