The American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, Center for Bankruptcy Studies and Center for Law and Religion at St. John’s School of Law are hosting a conference, “Religion and Bankruptcy,” at the Law School’s Queens campus on Friday, September 16. The conference keynote will be given by Geoffrey Miller (NYU). A description follows; the full schedule is here. — MLM
From the time of its creation and throughout its evolution, bankruptcy law has affected and been affected by religion. Important aspects of current bankruptcy law, such as the discharge of debt and the exemption of personal property, originated in religious traditions before making their way into secular law. At the same time, religious individuals and institutions are themselves often parties in bankruptcy cases, and a number of Bankruptcy Code provisions specifically address religious matters. This symposium will bring together leading bankruptcy experts and thinkers who will examine both sides of this relationship.