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Professor Lois Lupica wins national writing award

June 19, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine – University of Maine School of Law Professor Lois Lupica, a nationally acclaimed expert in the area of bankruptcy law, won the Wes Steen ABI Law Review Writing Prize this spring from the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Lupica was honored for her article, “The Consumer Bankruptcy Fee Study: Final Report,” which appeared in the 2012 Spring edition of the ABI Law Review. The award came with a prize of $5,000. Lupica was the reporter and principal investigator for the Consumer Fee Study, which examined the changes in 2005 to bankruptcy law, and how those changes impacted debtors, trustees and lawyers. Research for the Consumer Fee Study included review of more than 11,000 bankruptcy cases filed in 90 judicial districts around the country. Lupica concluded that the 2005 changes made the bankruptcy system more cumbersome and more expensive for people to navigate. Courts and bankruptcy practitioners are using the results of the study to help improve the fairness and efficiency of the system.

Lupica also served on the ABI National Ethics Task Force, established in 2011 to address ethics problems encountered by bankruptcy professionals and judges. The Ethics Task Force released its final report in April. The report provides recommendations for uniform ethical standards in bankruptcy practice.

A professor at Maine Law since 1995, Lupica is co-coach and faculty advisor to the school’s Duberstein Moot Court team. She is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, and is actively involved in numerous professional and academic organizations.

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Media contact: Trevor Maxwell, communications director at Maine Law
Office: 207-228-8037/ Cell: 207-286-4431/ email: trevor.maxwell@maine.edu

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