Professor Austin’s research interests include pensions and retiree healthcare in
business bankruptcy, constitutional and jurisdictional issues in bankruptcy law, and the
metrics and impact of debt and personal bankruptcy. In addition to his legal background,
Professor Austin holds a PhD in political science, a subject he has taught at the college
level. 

Prior to joining the law faculty in 2009, Professor Austin worked for 16 years as a
bankruptcy and commercial law attorney, representing a range of clients from individuals
to Fortune 500 corporations. From his years in legal practice, Professor Austin has
reached the conclusion that the legal profession must do more to make legal services more
affordable and transparent to clients. Professor Austin strives to instill this
philosophy in his teaching. 

Articles

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The indentured generation: bankruptcy and student loan debt, School of Law Faculty Publications (2013)

A generation of Americans has borrowed heavily for their education, and hundreds of thousands of...

 

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Bankruptcy and the Myth of "Uniform Laws", School of Law Faculty Publications (2012)

The Bankruptcy Clause of the Constitution empowers Congress to enact “uniform Laws on the subject...

 

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State Laws, Court Splits, Local Practice Make Consumer Bankruptcy Anything but "Uniform", School of Law Faculty Publications (2011)

The Bankruptcy Clause allows Congress to establish “uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout...

 

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The Bankruptcy clause and the eleventh amendment: an uncertain boundary between federalism and state sovereignty, School of Law Faculty Publications (2007)

This Article will examine the conflict between the Bankruptcy Code and state sovereignty. The Article...

 

Books

Graduating with Debt: Student Loans Under the Bankruptcy Code (with Susan E. Hauser) (2013)

Student loan debt in the US exceeds $1.1 trillion — more than any other type...

 

Unpublished Papers

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THE INDENTURED GENERATION: BANKRUPTCY AND STUDENT LOAN DEBT, ExpressO (2012)

A generation of Americans has borrowed heavily for their education, and hundreds of thousands of...

 

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The Indentured Generation: Bankruptcy and Student Loan Debt, ExpressO (2012)

THE INDENTURED GENERATION:

BANKRUPTCY AND STUDENT LOAN DEBT

By Daniel A. Austin

Associate Professor, Northeastern...