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  • Business Law

Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Faculty

  • Samuel Bufford

    The Hon. Samuel L. Bufford is a former United States Bankruptcy Judge in the Central District of California, where he served for twenty-five years and presided over nearly 120,000 cases. Widely regarded as one of the foremost scholars of U.S. and comparative insolvency law, his teaching interests include bankruptcy, international and comparative insolvency law, commercial transactions, and international business transactions. Judge Bufford teaches courses in insolvency law and consistently lectures throughout the year at numerous seminars sponsored by foreign judicial departments and domestic institutes.

  • Julia Lee

    Professor Lee’s research interests are in the fields of financial regulation and commercial law, with a focus on strategic decision-making and the impact of legal rules and social norms on human behavior. Prior to joining Penn State Law, she was a senior regional attorney with the FDIC in Chicago, where she advised on the supervision of troubled banks and conducted prohibition and removal actions against bank officers and directors.

  • Marie T. Reilly

    Professor Marie T. Reilly writes in the areas of commercial law, bankruptcy and corporate law. She regularly teaches Bankruptcy and has taught Sales, Secured Transactions, Payment Systems, and Contracts. She was a member of the faculty of University of South Carolina School of Law and has practiced law in Chicago, Illinois and Washington, D.C. Professor Reilly has written extensively on fraudulent transfer law. Her recent articles focus on tax lien foreclosure law and the effect of marriage on credit relationships.

  • Samuel C. Thompson Jr.

    Professor Thompson directs Penn State’s Center for the Study of Mergers and Acquisitions and teaches on the corporate, securities, tax, and antitrust aspects of mergers and acquisitions as well as international tax, investment banking, taxation of business entities, and economic growth policy. Professor Thompson has been a tax policy advisor, on behalf of the U.S. Treasure Tax Assistance Office, to the South African Ministry of Finance in Pretoria, South Africa.