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Richard Lieb

Distinguished Scholar in Residence and Director

Of, Counsel, Cooley LLP
St. John's Institute for Bankruptcy Policy

Professor Lieb directs the St. John’s Institute for Bankruptcy Policy and serves as the Distinguished Scholar in Residence for the LL.M. in Bankruptcy program.  A leader in both bankruptcy scholarship and in the bankruptcy practice, Professor Lieb was a founding partner in 1958 of Kronish Lieb Weiner & Hellman LLP (now Cooley LLP) in New York City and has been of counsel to the firm since 2001.  Professor Lieb is a Principal Contributing Editor of Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice 2d and the Editor-in-Chief of two leading bankruptcy law journals, the Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law and the Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, both published by Thomson Reuters.  For several years he was a lecturer on Chapter 11 for the Legal Education Institute conducted by the Executive Office for United States Attorneys of the United States Department of Justice.  He is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

A graduate of New York University School of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review, Professor Lieb has written extensively on bankruptcy law issues.  He has authored or co-authored numerous amicus briefs in United States Supreme Court bankruptcy cases for groups of amicus curiae law professors including the case of United States Supreme Court in Tennessee v. Hood, 124 S. Ct. 1905 (2004), where the Court adopted his theory in holding that a discharge in bankruptcy of state-held claims is an in rem adjudication that does not subject a state to coercive judicial process and thus does not implicate the state’s immunity from suit in a federal court under the Eleventh Amendment to the United States Constitution. 

Professor Lieb teaches Bankruptcy Theory; Development of Modern Bankruptcy: The Innovators (with Professor Zinman); and the Amicus Brief Writing Course.  He also supervises each student’s writing of a Masters thesis, which is the focus of the Advanced Bankruptcy Research Seminar in the LL.M. in Bankruptcy Program.