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Professor Katherine M. Porter

University of Iowa College of Law
Robert Braucher Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Professor of Law
Iowa City, IA, USA

Katherine Porter is a professor at the University of Iowa College of Law, where she teaches bankruptcy, commercial law, and consumer law. During the 2010-2011 academic year, she is the Robert Braucher Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School.

Porter conducts empirical research on families in financial distress and on consumer protection law. She is a principal investigator in the 2007 Consumer Bankruptcy Project and a fellow of the Bankruptcy Data Project at Harvard. Her empirical project, the Mortgage Study, generated data on the practices of mortgage servicers in bankruptcy cases and the challenges that homeowners face in trying to save their homes from foreclosure. Her current research examines the consequences of severe financial distress. Porter is also conducting an empirical study of chapter 13 cases that ended without a discharge.

Porter's recent articles include "Life After Debt" in the American Bankruptcy Institute law Review, "Saving up for Bankruptcy" in the Georgetown Law Journal, and "Misbehavior and Mistake in Bankruptcy Mortgage Claims" in the Texas Law Review. She has testified several times before Congress on consumer credit issues and has made media appearances on ABC Nightline, The Today Show, National Public Radio and in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek. She is a regular contributor to Credit Slips, a blog about credit and bankruptcy.

Before entering academia, Porter clerked for Judge Richard Sheppard Arnold of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She earned her B.A. from Yale University, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.


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