Associate Professor of Law
- E-mail email@example.com
- Phone (812) 855-1257
- Location Baier Hall 311C
- B.S., New York University 2004
- J.D., Harvard University 2008
- Expert on bankruptcy, commercial, and consumer law
- Current research centers on consumer bankruptcy and non-profit entities and bankruptcy
- Contributor to the legal blog Credit Slips
- Clerked for Hon. Thomas L. Ambro, Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and Hon. Peter J. Walsh, Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware
Professor Pamela Foohey’s research centers on bankruptcy, commercial law, and consumer law. Her work primarily involves empirical studies of bankruptcy and related parts of the legal system, combining quantitative and qualitative, interview-based research. Her work in business bankruptcy focuses on non-profit entities, with a particular emphasis on how churches and other religious organizations use bankruptcy. The results of this research have been featured in media outlets such as the New York Times, Bloomberg, CBS News Moneywatch, and Reveal. Professor Foohey also is a co-investigator on the Consumer Bankruptcy Project, a long-term research project studying persons who file bankruptcy which has been the leading empirical study of consumer bankruptcy for the past 35 years. The results of this research likewise have been featured in top media outlets, including the New York Times, NPR, U.S. News & World Report, and the Washington Post.
Professor Foohey joined the IU Maurer School of Law faculty in 2014 after two years as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Law. She currently serves as chair of the Center for Law, Society & Culture’s advisory board. In 2017, she received the Gavel Award for outstanding contribution to the graduating class; in 2018, she received the IU Trustees' Teaching Award for excellence in teaching; and in 2019, she received the Leon H. Wallace Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor given to IU Maurer School of Law faculty.
Professor Foohey is the current chair of the Creditors’ and Debtors’ Rights Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), and is a past chair of the AALS Section on Commercial and Related Consumer Law. She is a current member of the executive committees of the AALS Sections on Commercial and Related Consumer Law, Law and the Social Sciences, and Real Estate Transactions; and a co-chair of the Law and Society Association’s Household Finance Collaborative Research Network. Professor Foohey also currently serves on the editorial advisory board of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal, which is a peer-reviewed academic law review published by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges.
Prior to teaching, she clerked for the Honorable Thomas L. Ambro of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, worked as an associate in the Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Group of Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis, and clerked for the Honorable Peter J. Walsh of the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Professor Foohey received a Bachelor of Science degree Summa cum Laude from New York University’s undergraduate Stern School of Business, where she majored in economics and finance, and a J.D. cum Laude from Harvard Law School, from which she also received a post-graduate research fellowship.
In the media
- Quoted in "Residents of Carmel senior community owed $52M in development's bankruptcy," Indianapolis Business Journal (2/15/2019)
- Quoted in "USA Gymnastics bonus request raises concerns for sexual abuse survivors," Indiana Public Media (1/17/2019)
- Interviewed for "Indiana Univeristy law professor breaks down USA Gymnastics bankruptcy claim," WBOI (1/3/2019)
- Quoted in "Your student loan company just changed the terms of your agreement. What do you do next?," Marketplace (9/20/2018)
- Quoted in "Seniors filing for bankruptcy up," Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette (8/26/2018)
- Quoted in "Retired and broke: Bankruptcy filings surging for seniors," The Washington Post (8/13/2018)
- Cited in "How retired investors can avoid bankruptcy woes," US News & World Report (8/10/2018)
- Cited in "‘Too little too late’: Bankruptcy booms among older Americans," The New York Times (8/5/2018)
- Co-authored "Hiding complaints about Wall St. benefits Mulvaney donors," Law360 (6/11/2018)
- Quoted in "St. Paul archdiocese to pay $210M to clergy abuse victims," Associated Press (5/31/2018)
- Quoted in "USA Gymnastics sues insurance carriers to compel coverage in Larry Nassar lawsuits," WZZM (4/11/2018)
- Quoted in "Veteran of Catholic Chapter 11s represents Weinstein victims," The Wall Street Journal (4/8/2018)
- Appeared on "What a Chapter 11 retail bankruptcy looks like on the ground," NPR (3/23/2018)
- Quoted in "2018's Best bankruptcy credit cards," WalletHub (3/22/2018)
- Quoted in "Climate change starting to emerge as a bankruptcy issue," Law360 (1/29/2018)
- Driven to Bankruptcy, 55 WAKE FOREST L. REV. __ (forthcoming 2020) (with Robert M. Lawless and Deborah Thorne).
- A New Deal for Debtors: Providing Procedural Justice in Consumer Bankruptcy, 60 B.C. L. REV. ___ (forthcoming 2019).
- Graying of U.S. Bankruptcy: Fallout from Life in a Risk Society, __ SOCIOLOGICAL INQUIRY __ (forthcoming 2019) (with Deborah Thorne, Robert M. Lawless, and Katherine Porter).
- Medical Bankruptcy: Still Common Despite Affordable Care Act, 109 AJPH 431 (2019) (with David U. Himmelstein, Robert M. Lawless, Deborah Thorne, and Steffie Woolhandler)
- Life in the Sweatbox, 94 NOTRE DAME L. REV. 219 (2018) (with Robert M. Lawless, Katherine Porter, and Deborah Thorne).
- Jevic's Promise: Procedural Justice in Chapter 11, 93 WASH. L. REV. ONLINE 128 (2018).
- Access to Consumer Bankruptcy, 34 EMORY BANKR. DEV. J. 341 (2018)
- “No Money Down” Bankruptcy, 90 S. CAL. L. REV. 1055 (2017) (with Robert M. Lawless, Katherine Porter, and Deborah Thorne).
- Calling on the CFPB for Help: Telling Stories and Consumer Protection, 80 LAW & CONTEMP. PROBS. 177 (2017).
- Lender Discrimination, Black Churches, and Bankruptcy, 50 HOUS. L. REV. 101 (2017).
- When Faith Falls Short: Bankruptcy Decisions of Churches, 76 OHIO ST. L.J. 1319 (2015).
- Secured Credit in Religious Institutions' Reorganizations, 2015 U. ILL. L. REV. slip op. 51 (2015).
- When Churches Reorganize, 88 AM. BANKR. L.J. 277 (2014).
- Bankrupting the Faith, 78 MO. L. REV. 719 (2013).
- Chapter 11 Reorganization and the Fair and Equitable Standard: How the Absolute Priority Rule Applies to All Nonprofit Entities, 86 ST. JOHN’S L. REV. 31 (2012).
- Paying Women for Their Eggs for Use in Stem Cell Research, 30 PACE L. R. 900 (2010).
- Child Support and (In)ability to Pay: The Case for the Cost Shares Model, 13 U.C. DAVIS J. JUV. L. & POL’Y 35 (2009).
- Commercial law
- Consumer law