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Faculty Profile

Lawrence Ponoroff

Samuel M. Fegtly Chair in Commercial Law

E-mail:  Lawrence Ponoroff
Office Number: 236
Office Phone: 520.621.3984
Office Fax: 520.621.9140

Courses Taught:
Bankruptcy - Law 662A
International Bankruptcy - Law 643Q
Secured Transactions - Law 633C
Contracts - Law 600A


Curriculum Vitae
SSRN Published Papers

Biographical Information

Lawrence Ponoroff is the Samuel M. Fegtly Chair in Commercial Law at, and former Dean of, the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. Prior to joining the Rogers College, Prof. Ponoroff was the Dean of Tulane University Law School in New Orleans for eight years, where he also held the Mitchell Franklin Professorship in Private and Commercial Law. Prof. Ponoroff teaches courses in the business and commercial law curricula. Formerly, Prof. Ponoroff was a partner with the Denver-based law firm of Holme Roberts & Owen (now Bryan Cave HRO) specializing in corporate and commercial litigation.

Prof. Ponoroff is the author or co-author of numerous law review articles and essays, as well as five books in the areas of business and consumer bankruptcy, contracts, and commercial law. From 1992 through 1994, he served as the Reporter to the Long-Range Planning Subcommittee of the Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System of the Judicial Conference of the United States. He was Vice Dean of Tulane Law School from 1998-2001. A graduate of Stanford Law School, Prof. Ponoroff has previously taught as a visitor at the University of Michigan Law School, Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, and as a member of the faculty at the University of Toledo College of Law, where for two years, he also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He has received outstanding teaching awards from three different law schools.

Prof. Ponoroff is a member of the Colorado and Ohio Bars, as well as the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. He served by appointment of the Chief Justice of the United States on the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules to the U.S. Judicial Conference and the Bankruptcy Judges Education Committee of the Federal Judicial Center. Prof. Ponoroff is a member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is the former Chair of the Committee on Graduate Legal Education of the ABA's Section for Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, and has previously served on the Board of Governors of the Arizona State Bar, the Board of Governors of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Board of Directors of the American Board of Certification, the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Supreme Court Historical Society, and the Advisory Board of the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review. In 2003, Prof. Ponoroff was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

Education

Stanford University, J.D. (1978) 
Loyola University of Chicago, B.A. (1975) Graduated summa cum laude

Admitted to Practice

Colorado
U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
Ohio
U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Work Experience

Samuel M. Fegtly Chair in Commercial Law , James E. Rogers College of Law, 2012 - present
Dean & Samuel M. Fegtly Chair in Commercial Law, James E. Rogers College of Law, 2009 - 2012
Dean, Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2001 - 2009
Mitchell Franklin Professor of Private and Commercial Law, Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2000 - 2009
Vice Dean & Professor of Law, Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1998 - 2001
Visiting Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Spring 1997
Professor of Law, Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1995 - 1999
Visiting Professor of Law, Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1994 - 1995
Visiting Professor of Law, Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan, Fall 1993
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Administration, The University of Toledo College of Law, 1990 - 1992
Professor of Law, The University of Toledo College of Law, 1990 - 1995
Associate Professor of Law, The University of Toledo College of Law, 1988 - 1990
Assistant Professor of Law, The University of Toledo College of Law, 1986 - 1988
Partner,, Holme, Roberts & Owen, Denver, Colorado, 1984 - 1986
Associate, Holme, Roberts & Owen, Denver, Colorado, 1978 - 1983

Representative Publications

Making and Doing Deals: Contracts in Context (4th ed. 2014) (co-author, with David G. Epstein & Bruce A. Markell).
Reclaim This! Getting Credit Seller Rights in Bankruptcy Right, 48 U. Richmond L. Rev. 733 (2014).
Hey, the Sun is Hot and the Water's Fine: Why Not Strip Off That Lien?, 30 Emory Bankr. Dev. J. 13 (2013).
Having One's Property and Eating It Too: When the Article 9 Security Interest Becomes a Nuisance, 82 Notre Dame L. Rev. 373 (2006) (co-author, with F. Stephen Knippenberg).
Principles of Preclusion and Estoppel in Bankruptcy Cases, 79 Am. Bankr. L.J. 839 (2005) (co-author, with Christopher Klein & Sarah Borrey).
Core Concepts of Commercial Law: Past, Present & Future, with Teacher's Manual (2004) (co-author, with John F. Dolan & Bruce A. Markell).
Complete List of Publications

Organizations

American Law Institute (elected)
Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy (elected)
Fellow, American Bar Foundation (elected)
American Bar Association
American Bankruptcy Institute
Fellow, Louisiana Bar Foundation

Public Service

Arizona State Bar Board of Governors (ex officio) 2009 - present
Member, Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Judge Education (appointed by the Chief Justice of the United States) 2008 - present
Member, ABA Site Evaluation Inspection Team in connection with sabbatical reaccreditation of Emory University Law School 2008
Member, Graduate Legal Education Committee, ABA Section for Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar 2004 - present (Chair, 2006 - 2008)
Member, Board of Directors, Louisiana Supreme Court Historical Society 2005 - present
Member, Advisory Committee on Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure (appointed by the Chief Justice of the United States) 2004 - present
Member, Diversity Committee of the Louisiana State Bar Association 2004 - present
Honorary Member, Advisory Committee for The National Pro Bono Celebration, American Bar Association 2008 - 2009
Member, Advisory Board of the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review 2000 - 2006
Member, Orleans Parish School Superintendent Search Committee 2002 - 2003
Member, Board of Governors, Louisiana State Bar Association 2001 - 2003
Member, Executive Committee, AALS Section on Debtor/Creditor Rights 2002 - 2003
Member, Board of Directors, American Board of Certification, national credentialing authority for insolvency professionals 2000 - 2006
Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute Professor-in-Residence, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia 2000
Moderator for semi-annual Bankruptcy Update Program broadcast to federal bankruptcy judges over the Federal Judicial Television Network 1998 - 2002
Panelist, National Bankruptcy Review Commission Hearings on Consumer Bankruptcy Policy, Washington, D.C. 1996, 1997
Lecturer, BAR/BRI Review Course-Louisiana (negotiable instruments law) 1995 - 2009
Discussion Leader, Annual Bankruptcy Judges Roundtable, New Orleans, Louisiana 1995
Co-founder and Executive Director, "For The Children" Literacy Program, New Orleans, Louisiana 1994 - present
Reporter and Consultant, Long-Range Planning Subcommittee of the Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System of the Judicial Conference of the United States 1992 - 1994
Chair, Bankruptcy CLE Planning Committee, Toledo Bar Association 1991 - 1994
Lecturer, Ohio BAR/BRI Review Course (corporations law) 1991 - 1997

Institutional Service

Member, Tulane University Research Council 2006 - 2009
Member, President's Leadership Group 12-person team formed to coordinate the rebuilding and re-opening of Tulane's campuses after Hurricane Katrina, 2005
Faculty Advisor, Tulane Law Review 1997 - 98, 1999 - 2001

Awards

New Orleans City Business-Leadership in Law Award  2006
Black Law Students Ass'n Community Service Award, Tulane University Law School  1999
Felix Frankfurter Distinguished Teaching Award, Tulane University Law School  1997
L. Hart Wright Teaching Excellence Award, The University of Michigan Law School  1997
American Bankruptcy Law Journal Fellow (awarded by the Board of Governors of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Law Judges)  1995
Law School Outstanding Professor Award, The University of Toledo College of Law  Spring 1991
University Outstanding Teaching Award, The University of Toledo  1990 - 1991

 

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