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Bartell, Laura

Visiting Professor
Winter 2021

333 Hutchins Hall


​Professor Laura Bartell joined the Wayne Law faculty in 1996 after 17 years of private practice in New York.

After graduating from Harvard Law School, where she was an officer on the Harvard Law Review, she clerked for Judge Alvin B. Rubin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans. She then entered practice in New York, where she became a partner in Shearman & Sterling, specializing in bank financing and bankruptcy work.

In 2017, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts appointed Professor Bartell associate reporter of the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules to the Judicial Conference of the United States. She is dean of faculty of the American Board of Certification, a national organization that certifies bankruptcy and consumer rights specialists. She is on the executive committee of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, a member of the American Law Institute and American Bankruptcy Institute, and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Professor Bartell has published numerous articles on bankruptcy topics and has been interviewed and quoted extensively by local, national and international media as an expert on the Detroit bankruptcy.