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Major Treatises & Looseleaf Sets

Collier on Bankruptcy: 16th edition at KF1524 .C634. Chapters are arranged by code section or by rule. The library also has earlier sets, including the 15th edition revised at KF1524 .C633. Collier on Bankruptcy is on Lexis, and some earlier editions are available in The Making of Modern Law (3rd through 13th editions) and in Hein Online's A History of Bankruptcy Law (1st through 12th editions).

Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice: 3d edition, available online via Westlaw. Norton is also arranged by code section. Westlaw has the Norton Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms as well.

Bankruptcy Service, Lawyers Edition.  Available online via Westlaw.


Other Bankruptcy Monographs & Treatises

Study Aids on Reserve:

  • Principles of Bankruptcy Law: Concise Hornbooks (KF1524 .3 .E67 2007)
  • Bankruptcy and Debtor/Creditor: Examples & Explanations (KF1524.85 .B58 2014)
  • Bankruptcy and Related Law in a Nutshell (KF1501 .E67 2013)
  • Understanding Bankruptcy (KF1524 .F47 2013)

Practitioner-oriented handbooks, manuals, and treatises:

Bloomberg Law:

  • Bankruptcy Deskbook (Hillman and Crouch/PLI):  2-volume looseleaf
  • Bankruptcy Deadline Checklist (ABA)
  • Business Bankruptcy Essentials (ABA)
  • Bankruptcy Litigation Manual: What Civil Litigators Need to Know


  • Bankruptcy Law Fundamentals (Aaron)
  • Bankruptcy Litigation (Steinberg): 3-volume looseleaf set, covers jurisdiction motions, and other litigation matters
  • Herzog's Bankruptcy Forms and Practice: Multi-volume set with bankruptcy forms and commentary.
  • Bankruptcy Practice Handbook: 3-volume looseleaf set, arranged by type of bankruptcy case and party represented.  Includes checklists, sample letters, and practice strategy. 
  • ABI Bankruptcy Appeals Manual
  • Bankruptcy Law Manual: Includes discussion of rules, jurisdiction, practice tips, analysis of business and consumer bankruptcy law
  • Ginsberg & Martin on Bankruptcy
  • Bankruptcy Litigation and Practice:  A Practitioner's Guide (Salerno and Kroop)
  • The Law of Debtors and Creditors:  Bankruptcy, Security Interests, and Collection.  2-volume looseleaf on consumer bankruptcy and collections. 

Lexis (In Practice Areas & Topics>Bankruptcy):

  • Collier Consumer Bankruptcy Practice Guide
  • Collier Family Law and the Bankruptcy Code
  • Collier Guide to Chapter 11
  • Collier Handbook for Creditors’ Committees
  • Collier Handbook for Trustees and Debtors in Possession
  • Chapter 11 for Individual Debtors
  • A Practical Guide to Consumer Bankruptcy (Mass. CLE)

National Consumer Law Center:

  • Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Practice
  • Fair Debt Collection
  • Foreclosures and Mortgage Servicing
  • Student Loan Law
  • Collection Actions
  • Other NCLC treatises on consumer law

Other Treatises:

  • Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law (Treister and Levin/ALI-ABA; KF 1524 .F86 2006):  Analysis with text of relevant code sections, bankruptcy process for practitioners with alerts to issues, extensive coverage in 6th ed. of BAPCPA.  
  • Chapter 13 Bankruptcy (Lundin & Brown): Available online via Chapter 13 Online (searchable, with revisions and case updates)

Bankruptcy Law Journals

Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal: PDF issues on Hein Online; also available via Westlaw

American Bankruptcy Law Journal

ABI Law Review

Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law: Available online via Westlaw


Law Journal Databases & Indexes

Westlaw: Law Reviews & Journals in Secondary Sources.

Lexis: Browse Sources>Secondary Materials>Law Reviews and Journals

Hein Online's Law Journal Library: Includes a Citation Navigator to enter a citation. Hein Online's A History of Bankruptcy Law includes selected law review articles with bankruptcy legislation.

Index to Legal Periodicals and Books: Includes legal treatises as well as journal articles.  Field searching including by subject, court case, and statute.  Results include links to pdf full text or to Emory databases with the article.

Current Index to Legal Periodicals: Find new articles by journal or subject, including bankruptcy.


Other Journals

Databases@Emory: Find journals in Emory databases by subject, including Business, Economics, and Statistics and Demography. Get links to databases with full text journals, including JSTOR, Proquest, and EBSCO journals. You can also search for databases with terms in the database name or description.

discoverE: Search in multiple databases by topic areas including Business Information and Social Sciences. DiscoverE is a good choice for searching non-law journals if you aren’t sure which database to search.

Goizueta Business Library: Business databases available at Emory, arranged by subject including Companies, Finance, Industries, and Market Research Reports, and notes on access restrictions. Goizueta also has research guides on business subjects written by the Goizueta Business Library librarians.


Newsletters & Current Awareness Sources

Subscription databases with newsletters for tracking issues in bankruptcy law and related subjects.

Bloomberg BNA's Bankruptcy Law Reporter: Weekly publication with topically arranged articles on developments in bankruptcy law, sometimes with full text documents including opinions, petitions, and bills. Find articles by Bankruptcy Code section, topic, or advanced search. Tables include the Supreme Court scoreboard (current bankruptcy cases before the court), recent Chapter 11 filings, plan confirmations, asset sales, and emergences. The Bankruptcy Law News Monitor tracks bankruptcy news stories from other news sources. The Bankruptcy Law Resource Center also has the Bankruptcy Code and Rules with summary and notes. Sign up for email updates from the Bankruptcy Law Reporter and other BNA publications.

Bloomberg Law: BNA publications, including the Bankruptcy Law Reporter, are also available on Bloomberg Law, which has the BNA newsletter publications in pdf. The Bankruptcy Practice Center also has a Bankruptcy News page with new filings, emergences, and other news.  You can set up Docket Tracking on Bloomberg Law to alert you to new filings in dockets of interest.

ABI Bankruptcy Brief Newsletter, Bankruptcy Headlines, and Legislative News offer news in bankruptcy law. To see password-protected sections of the website, Emory Law students should ask at the reference desk, or get updates by email with a discounted student membership.

Lexis has Mealey’s Daily News Update – Bankruptcy and LexisNexis Bankruptcy Report for bankruptcy law news. Go to Browse Sources>Practice Areas & Topics>Bankruptcy.  Lexis Advance also has the Troubled Company Reporter, a daily newsletter of developments in large companies involved in restructuring or that are experiencing financial strains, including companies in Chapter 11.

Westlaw Practitioner Insights for Bankruptcy: Include the Westlaw Bankruptcy Daily Briefing, featured new filings, and other bankruptcy news. Search Bankruptcy Legal News & Newspapers jointly or individually.



Legal blogs are a good free resource for finding news and developments in bankruptcy law. Many are written by bankruptcy attorneys, some by law professors. Search for bankruptcy blogs, or find blog posts by category(including bankruptcy), using Justia Blawgsearch. The ABI Bankruptcy Blog Exchange compiles entries from several bankruptcy blogs.

Useful blogs for finding bankruptcy and related news include:


Government & Other Reports

Reports from government agencies and other sources may give you background on legislation, the courts, government operations, and the economy.

GAO Reports: The GAO investigates federal spending.  Find reports and testimony by topic or agency, including on topics like foreclosures, federal spending and debt, and federal employees.

CRS Reports: The Congressional Research Service prepares reports for Congress on legislative topics. Find the reports in:

Federal Judicial Center: Publications on federal court operations and history, including the Biographical Directory of Federal (Article III) Judges 1789-present.

Hein Online's Congress and the Courts Library: Federal Judicial Center publications, legislative histories on organization of the courts, and selected law review articles.

Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System: Reports on improvement of the courts and judicial selection, including a 2013 report on the selection of bankruptcy judges.

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