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TJOGEL Symposium

Come network with industry professionals at TJOGEL's annual CLE Symposium! This year's Symposium has a fantastic lineup of speakers who will discuss an array of topics.

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Aequalitas: A Conference About Women in Law

TNH 2.100 (Susman Godfrey Atrium)

Please join a variety of panelists for programming about the realities of being a woman in the legal field. Hosted by Texas Law Review and Baker Botts.

Lunch provided and happy hour reception to follow.

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Faculty Colloquium - Angie Littwin, Texas Law

TNH 2.111 (Sheffield-Massey Room)

Bartenwerfer v. Buckley and Coerced Debt

In Bartenwerfer v. Buckley, the Supreme Court held that Mrs. Kate Bartenwerfer could be denied the discharge of a debt under Section 523(a)(2) of the Bankruptcy Code on the basis of fraud that her partner and husband, Mr. David Bartenwerfer, committed in selling a house that he remodeled and both spouses owned. Partnership was key to the decision; the Court embraced a Nineteenth Century precedent holding that the fraud of one partner prevented an innocent partner from discharging the debt. And the concurrence explicitly stated that the decision is limited to partners, defined using principals of agency law. Because the Bartenwerfers were both martial and business partners, a key question is which type of partnership is relevant. Fortunately for debtors with liabilities created by domestic violence, the Supreme Court characterized the Bartenwerfers as “business partners,” and caselaw under the precedent Bartenwerfer embraced largely limits partnership-imputed denials of discharge to business partnerships. Thus, much coerced debt – debt created by an abusive partner using fraud or coercion – should not be subject to denial of discharge under Bartenwerfer, because most coerced debt appears to be consumer debt. Unfortunately, in both the case law and our data, marital and business debt are not mutually exclusive. This manuscript uses data from the first in-depth study of coerced debt to argue that bankruptcy is an important avenue for relief from coerced debt, and that while Bartenwerfer is unlikely to broadly limit the discharge of coerced debt, it still may have negative effects on a narrower band of cases.

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Animal Law Workshop: Starting from Principles: Human and Animal Research Policy

TNH 3.125 (Denius Classroom)

Drawing on her work in human and animal research ethics, Dr. Hope Ferdowsian will discuss how starting from clear ethical principles has informed human research policy, and how a similar approach could better inform research policy surrounding the use of animals in research—resulting in improvements in medicine, science, and ethics and greater protections and benefits for people and animals. Join us in-person in TNH 3.125 or online via Zoom ( Meeting ID: 921 5597 9467 Passcode: 242422

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Business Law Workshop - Emily Strauss, UC Law San Francisco

TNH 3.124 (Neathery Classroom)

Emily Strauss presenting an original paper in the Business Law Workshop

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