By Fred Dingledy
Updated May 2018
- Journal Articles
- Looseleaf Services & Newspapers
- Worldwide Web and Database Resources
Some resources on this page are subscription databases that require a W&M ID and password for off-campus access. Be sure to access these resources using a link from the law library's or Swem Library's website.
Lexis and Westlaw require individual IDs and passwords for both off-campus and on-campus access
To search for books, journals, and audiovisual materials held by William & Mary libraries, use the online catalog.Search Tips:
- Subject Queries--
- Banking Law--United States
- Bankruptcy--United States
- Debtor and Creditor--United States
- Collection Laws—United States
- Collection Agencies--Law and Legislation—United States
- Consumer Credit--Law and Legislation--United States
- Corporate Reorganizations--United States
- Trusts and Trustees--United States
- Remember that individual jurisdictions can be searched, e.g. bankruptcy and Virginia.
Library of Congress Call Numbers for Bankruptcy Law: KF1501 to KF1544. Browse the shelves under these call numbers to locate relevant treatises.
To search for materials from other libraries, use the Worldcat database.Selected Treatises
Aaron, Richard I. Bankruptcy Law Fundamentals. Annual. KF1524 .A73. Available on Westlaw.
Adeyemo, Megan M. & Rafael X. Zahralddin-Aravena, eds. Reorganizing Failing Businesses. 3d ed. 2 vols. KF1544 .R46 2017
Collier on Bankruptcy. 16th ed. KF1524 C633 Available on Lexis.
Drake, The Hon. W. Homer (Jr.) et al. Chapter 13 Practice and Procedure. Annual. 2 vols. KF1524 .D72. Available on Westlaw.
Eisenberg, Theodore, ed. Debtor-Creditor Law. Available on Lexis.
Epstein, David G. Bankruptcy and Related Law in a Nutshell. 9th ed. KF1501 .E67 (Reserve)
Epstein, David G. and Steve H. Nickles. Principles of Bankruptcy Law. 2d ed. KF1524.3 .E67 (Reserve)
Ferriell, Jeffrey T. and Edward J. Janger. Understanding Bankruptcy. 3d ed. KF1524 .F47 (Reserve)
Hobbs, Robert J. & April Kuehnhoff. Fair Debt Collection. 9th ed. 2 vols. KF1539 .H62
Murphy, Patrick A. et al. Creditors' Rights in Bankruptcy. 2d ed. KF1524 .M87
Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice 3rd. KF1524 .N67. Available on Westlaw.
Sommer, Henry J. Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Practice. 11th ed. 2 vols. KF1527 .S58
Tabb, Charles Jordan. Law of Bankruptcy. 4th ed. KF1524 .T32 (Reserve)
Some subjects to try--
- Business failures
- Collection agencies -- law and legislation
- Consumer credit -- law & legislation
- Debtor & creditor
- Business Failures
- Debtor and Creditor
- Default (Finance)
- Chapter 11
- Collection Law
- Consumer Credit
- Municipal Bankruptcy
For more information on finding law review articles, including older ones, see Locating Legal and Non-Legal Journal Articles.Full Text Articles
- Troubled Company Reporter
News on U.S. companies with $10M+ in assets that are reorganizing or under financial distress.
- Wall Street Journal
Articles on legal and financial issues of national interest.
- American Bankruptcy Institute Journal
Contains articles on bankruptcy developments of national interest.
- American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review
Reviews important bankruptcy issues of interest to academics and practitioners.
- American Bankruptcy Law Journal
Includes documents on bankruptcy developments and other related topics of interest to students, academics, and practicioners.
- Bankruptcy Service: Lawyers Edition, Lawyers Co-operative Pub. Co.
Available on Westlaw.
- BNA's Bankruptcy Law Reporter, BNA.
Available through BNA Libraries and Newsletters.
- Norton Bankruptcy Law Adviser, Callaghan & Co.
Available on Westlaw.
- West's Bankruptcy Newsletter, West Publishing Co.
Available on Westlaw.
The website of the American Bankruptcy Institute. Contains links to information on U.S. bankruptcy legislation and bankruptcy news, as well as a very useful statistics section.
The Federal Judiciary - U.S. Bankruptcy Courts
Part of the website of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, this section for Bankruptcy Courts has links to statistical reports on judicial business which also includes bankruptcy proceedings. Includes links to court fee schedules, bankruptcy forms, and websites of individual bankruptcy courts, as well as basic information on bankruptcy and the filing process.
Aimed at the public, this section of Findlaw discusses the basics of bankruptcy (who it's for, difference between chapters 7 and 13), and has links to other resources.
Practical Law -- Bankruptcy (Westlaw ID+password required)
Contains articles and forms designed to help the practitioner through the stages of bankruptcy transactions and litigation.
Division of the U.S. Department of Justice charged with overseeing the administration of bankruptcy cases. Has links to bankruptcy factsheets, trustee-issued rules, and the U.S. Trustee Manual, among other items.
American Bankruptcy Institute
66 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 600
Alexandria, VA 22314
tel: (703) 739-0800
Non-partisan organization devoted to bankruptcy research and education. Members include attorneys, bankers, professors, and various other bankruptcy professionals.
Commercial Law League of America
3005 Tollview Dr.
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
tel: (312) 240-1400
North America's leading organization of professionals in the field of collections, creditor's rights, and bankruptcy. Membership open to law students.
National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
7433 Spout Springs Rd.
Flowery Branch, GA 30542
tel: (770) 846-3402
Organization for court-appointed trustees and others involved in bankruptcy proceedings. Website includes a bankruptcy FAQ and amicus briefs filed by the NABT.
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
NCBJ Executive Director
954 La Mirada St.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651-3751
Tel: (949) 497-3673 x1300
Organization of active and former bankruptcy judges. Website includes information links to websites with information for pro se bankruptcy filers.
National Consumer Law Center
7 Winthrop Sq.
Boston, MA 02110-1245
tel: (617) 542-8010
Washington, DC office:
1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 510
Washington, DC, 20036
Phone: (202) 452-6252
Organization dedicated to helping consumers, attorneys, and public officials use consumer laws to promote marketplace justice. Publishes several very useful books for attorneys in fields related to bankruptcy, and also monitors bankruptcy legislation.