About Abbye Atkinson
Abbye Atkinson’s research focuses on the law of debtors and creditors as it affects economically disenfranchised communities. Her work examines how certain legal institutions—such as consumer bankruptcy—that were created with a purpose of improving economic health do not attend to and may actually exacerbate existing inequalities experienced by economically disenfranchised groups. Her recent work has explored structural inequality in the Bankruptcy Code, and whether and how bankruptcy law might serve as a back-stop against debt that results from social problems such as intractable mortgage discrimination and policing for profit.
|Present||Assistant Professor of Law, Berkeley Law|
Articles and Book Reviews (4)
Consumer Bankruptcy, Nondischargeability, and Penal Debt Vanderbilt Law Review (2017)
This Article examines the issue of categorically nondischargeable debts in the Bankruptcy Code. These debts are excepted from discharge ostensibly because they indicate that the debtor incurred the debt through some misconduct, there is an ...
Modifying Mortgage Discrimination in Consumer Bankruptcy Arizona Law Review (2015)
The subprime mortgage crisis that helped bring on the Great Recession resulted in the decimation of housing-related wealth among economically disenfranchised groups and communities. These losses were, in significant part, the direct result of the ...
Race, Educational Loans & Bankruptcy Michigan Journal of Race and Law (2010)
This Article reports new data from the 2007 Consumer Bankruptcy Project revealing that college graduates and specifically White graduates are less likely to file for bankruptcy than their counterparts without a college degree. Although these ...