A TRIBUTE TO PROFESSOR ELIZABETH WARREN
Each year, the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal honors an
individual who has made a significant impact on the field of bankruptcy law
with the Distinguished Service Award for Lifetime Achievement. Past
recipients of the Distinguished Service Award include the Honorable William
L. Norton, Jr. (1999), Kenneth N. Klee (2000), Frank R. Kennedy (2001),
Harvey R. Miller (2002), the Honorable David H. Coar (2003), Gerald K.
Smith (2004), the Honorable Conrad B. Duberstein (2005), Senator Dennis
DeConcini (2006), the Honorable W. Homer Drake (2007), and Douglas G.
Baird (2008). At our annual banquet on March 17, 2009, we had the privilege
of presenting Professor Elizabeth Warren with the Eleventh Annual
Distinguished Service Award.
Professor Elizabeth Warren has been the Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at
Harvard Law School since her appointment in 1995. Professor Warren’s
prolific bankruptcy scholarship and public involvement makes her one of the
nation’s leaders in the field of bankruptcy. Some of her many
accomplishments include serving as the Chief Adviser to the National
Bankruptcy Review Commission, acting as a member of the FDIC’s
Committee on Economic Inclusion and the Executive Council of the National
Bankruptcy Conference, and participating as a member of the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is also the former Vice-President of the
American Law Institute and the former Chair of the Congressional Oversight
Panel, which implemented the Troubled Asset Relief Program.
To mark the occasion, Professors Frederick Tung and Katherine Porter
gave a warm welcome and tribute to Professor Warren. With Professor
Warren’s permission, we have included a revised version of her acceptance
speech. Please join us in celebrating Professor Elizabeth Warren’s lifelong
dedication and contributions to the field of bankruptcy law.
MARGUERITE LEE DE VOLL