Prof. David Gray Carlson Wins ABIs Inaugural Judge Wes Steen Law Review Writing Prize

Prof. David Gray Carlson Wins ABIs Inaugural Judge Wes Steen Law Review Writing Prize

Contact: John Hartgen
             [email protected]


March 14, 2011 Alexandria, Va. — Prof. David Gray Carlson of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (New York) won the American Bankruptcy Institute’s (ABI) Inaugural Judge Wes Steen ABI Law Review Writing Prize for his lead article, 'The Role of Valuation in Federal Bankruptcy Exemption Process: The Supreme Court Reads Schedule C,' which appeared in the 2010 Winter edition of the ABI Law Review. Prof. Carlson was awarded $5,000 for his work.
The prize’s namesake, Bankruptcy Judge Wesley Steen, retired from the bench in January after 17 years of distinguished service in both the Southern District of Texas and the Middle District of Louisiana. The only judge to ever serve as ABI President (2006-07), he was also a member of the ABI Law Review advisory board. To honor Judge Steen, ABI established an annual ABI Law Review prize in his name for the best article as selected by the advisory board.
A member of the Cardozo faculty since 1981, Prof. Carlson is a prolific scholar, with more than 90 published articles.
The first award of $5,000 to Prof. Carlson will be funded this year by a donation from the Houston Bar Association Bankruptcy Section, the Moeller Foltz Inn of Court and the Houston Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. The award will be presented to Prof. Carlson at ABI’s Annual Spring Meeting on April 2, 2011.


ABI is the largest multi-disciplinary, nonpartisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency. ABI was founded in 1982 to provide Congress and the public with unbiased analysis of bankruptcy issues. The ABI membership includes nearly 13,000 attorneys, accountants, bankers, judges, professors, lenders, turnaround specialists and other bankruptcy professionals, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. For additional information on ABI, visit For additional conference information, visit