One of the nation’s most distinguished scholars in the field of bankruptcy, and a pioneer in empirical studies in this area, Professor Westbrook also teaches and writes in commercial law and international business transactions. He practiced in all these areas for more than a decade with Surrey & Morse (now part of Jones, Day) in Washington, D.C., where he was a partner, before joining the faculty in 1980. He is co-author of The Law of Debtors and Creditors (Aspen, 3rd ed., 1996), As We Forgive Our Debtors: Bankruptcy and Consumer Credit in America (Oxford, 1989), and The Fragile Middle Class (Yale, 2000). He has been Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School and the University of London, and is a member of the American Law Institute, the National Bankruptcy Conference, and the American College of Bankruptcy. He is also the United States Reporter for the ALI’s Transnational Insolvency Project and co-head of the United States delegation to the UN (UNCITRAL) conference on International Insolvency.