Prof. Jack Williams Receives ABIs Highest Annual Award

Prof. Jack Williams Receives ABIs Highest Annual Award

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July 30, 2010, Alexandria, Va. — The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) presented Prof. Jack Williams of Georgia State University College of Law (Atlanta) with its prestigious Annual Service Award. An ABI member since 1990, Williams is the only academic to serve two terms as ABI’s Robert M. Zinman ABI Resident Scholar: His first term in 2001 was the inaugural term of the ABI Endowment Fund-created program, and his second spanned January 2008 to May 2009. In his role as resident scholar, Prof. Williams assisted ABI with its educational programming and in its role as the authoritative source of bankruptcy information for the Congress, media and public. He also was a contributing author to ABI’s handbook, Bankruptcy and Debt under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. The Service Award, ABI’s highest membership award, is presented to the ABI member whose contributions over the past year have been extraordinary, as determined by ABI’s Advisory Board of past presidents.

Prof. Williams teaches at Georgia State University College of Law, where he instructs an assortment of courses, including Advanced Bankruptcy Seminar, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Taxation, Business Bankruptcy, Commercial Law (Lending and Payment Systems) and Federal, State and Local Income Taxation. A member of Georgia State’s faculty since 1991, Williams has been selected as one of the top 10 bankruptcy academics and one of the top 10 bankruptcy accounting and taxation specialists in the United States. He also teaches at the New York Law School LL.M. Program in Taxation, the New York University School of Law Continuing Professional Education Program for the Internal Revenue Service, and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Prof. Williams has previously taught at the University of Georgia School of Law, St. John’s University School of Law in the LL.M. program and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York.

Prof. Williams currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the ABI Law Review and is a former director for BDO Seidman, LLP (New York). Prof. Williams also serves as the resident scholar of the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, and is a member of the academic board of the Journal of Corporate Renewal and an instructor with the National Association of Credit Managers. He has held positions as the Dean of Faculty for the American Board of Certification, chairman of the Tax Advisory Committee for the National Bankruptcy Review Commission and judicial law clerk for Hon. William J. Holloway (Chief Judge, Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals). Recently, Prof. Williams was appointed by the Governor of Georgia to serve as a Board Member on the Children and Youth Coordinating Council.

Previous winners of ABI’s Annual Service Award include Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes (E.D. Mich.; Detroit) for his work in advancing ABI’s consumer programs, Rebecca Roof of AlixPartners LLP (New York) for her efforts in creating ABI’s Corporate Restructuring Competition, Ian Williams of Bryan Cave LLP (London) for his work on ABI’s international programs, Lorie Beers of the Seabury Group LLC (New York) for her work on the Complex Financial Restructuring Program, and Chip Bowles of Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC (Louisville, Ky.) for his work on ABI’s Chapter 11 Fee Study.


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 more than 12,600 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