UC Irvine School of Law
401 E. Peltason Drive
Irvine, CA 92697-8000
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Professor Katherine Porter specializes in commercial and consumer law, including bankruptcy, mortgage foreclosure, and credit cards. Her research focuses on empirical studies of consumer bankruptcy and has been published in journals including the Texas Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, the American Bankruptcy Law Journal, and the Cornell Law Review.

In March 2012, Prof. Porter was appointed by California Attorney General Kamala Harris to be the state’s independent monitor of banks in a nationwide $25 billion mortgage settlement. Her role is to provide advice and support to the California Attorney General on the implementation of the settlement. Under her leadership, the California Monitor Program has handled over 3,000 homeowner complaints and has conducted over four dozen outreach and education events.

Named one of The Daily Journal’s 2012 Top 100 Lawyers in California, she is a principal investigator in the Consumer Bankruptcy Project and a frequent speaker at judicial education and continuing legal education programs. She blogs about credit and debt issues at

Professor Porter previously was on the faculty at the University of Iowa College of Law and has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, UC Berkeley Law, the University of Illinois College of Law, and the UNLV Boyd School of Law. She practiced bankruptcy law in Portland, Oregon, and clerked for the Honorable Richard S. Arnold of the Eighth Circuit. She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. from Yale University.