S. Elizabeth Gibson is a Burton Craige Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she teaches courses in bankruptcy, federal jurisdiction, and civil procedure. Her research has centered on the structure and operation of the federal bankruptcy system, including the use of bankruptcy to resolve mass torts. She is the author of Case Studies of Mass Tort Limited Fund Class Action Settlements & Bankruptcy Reorganizations (Federal Judicial Center 2000) and the forthcoming Judicial Management of Mass Tort Cases Under the Bankruptcy Code (Federal Judicial Center). She is a contributing author to Collier on Bankruptcy and has published articles in the Minnesota, UCLA, University of Pennsylvania Law Reviews, and the American Bankruptcy Law Journal. Professor Gibson has twice been selected by the graduating class at the UNC School of Law to receive the award for teaching excellence.
Professor Gibson is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute. She serves on the Federal Judicial Center’s Bankruptcy Education Committee and was a member of the Program Committee for the 2003 National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Annual Meeting. In 2000 she was nominated by President Clinton to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. (The Senate adjourned without taking any action on her nomination.) She is a frequent lecturer at national and regional bankruptcy education programs, including those sponsored by the Federal Judicial Center, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the American College of Bankruptcy, the Commercial Law League of America, and the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges.
Professor Gibson is a graduate of Duke University and the University of North Carolina School of Law. Following her graduation from law school, she clerked for Judge J. Braxton Craven, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for Justice Byron R. White on the U.S. Supreme Court. She practiced law with the Washington, D.C. firm of Shea & Gardner before beginning her academic career.