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American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review

Founded in 1993, the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review (ABI Law Review) is a partnership between St. John's School of Law and the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Circulating to over 12,000 and publishing articles and student notes on cutting edge issues of bankruptcy law and practice, we are widely regarded as the nation's premier scholarly bankruptcy journal. At the request of the American Bar Association, we updated an expanded version of our first  issue as a hardcover book on single asset real estate transactions. It is now considered a foremost authority on the subject and is sold nationwide.

In addition to publishing the ABI Law Review biannually, our members help organize and run the prestigious Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition, the only bankruptcy moot court competition in the nation. We conduct the research and create the fact patterns that form the basis of the competitors' arguments. We also prepare the bench memo for the Competition's judges, field two ghost teams that litigate alongside the competitors and serve as bailiffs in the preliminary rounds.

As members of the ABI Law Review, students are highly encouraged to author notes on major bankruptcy issues affecting various legal disciplines. They also help choose topics for each issue. Student editors and staff have complete control over the journal editing process.Members also contribute to the ABI Bankruptcy Case Blog and the St. John’s Bankruptcy Research Library, offering current research on bankruptcy’s most cutting edge cases and issues.

20th Anniversary Celebration

The American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review is one of the premier scholarly publications in the field of bankruptcy law. In January 2012, the bankruptcy law community came together at the Loeb Boathouse Central Park to mark 20 years of successful partnership between the American Bankruptcy Institute and St. John's School of Law as co-producers of the ABI Law Review.


Judge Wes Steen Writing Prize

Bankruptcy Judge Wes Steen has retired from the bench, after 17 years of distinguished service in both the Southern District of Texas and the Middle District of Louisiana. A past President of the ABI (the only judge to serve as President), he was also a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review advisory board.

To honor Judge Steen, ABI has established an annual ABI Law Review prize in his name, for the best article published in the ABI Law Review in a particular year as selected by the advisory board. Upon publishing with the ABI Law Review, each author is automatically eligible for the prize.

The first award of $5,000 will be funded in 2011 by a donation from the Houston Bar Association Bankruptcy Section, the Moeller Foltz Inn of Court and the Houston Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.

Contact Us

Learn more about the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review and our initiatives:

American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review
St. John’s School of Law
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
Tel: 718-990-6751
Fax: 718-990-8095

Editor in Chief
Dean Katsionis

Faculty Advisor
G. Ray Warner

For publication inquiries and submissions, please e-mail [email protected].

For all other inquiries, please e-mail [email protected].