Professor David Skeel to Serve as ABI Resident Scholar Through Early Fall 2006

Professor David Skeel to Serve as ABI Resident Scholar Through Early Fall 2006

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June 21, 2006, Alexandria, Va. — Prof. David Skeel will serve as the Robert M. Zinman ABI Resident Scholar for the Summer 2006 semester through early Fall. He is the S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Skeel will serve in ABI's Alexandria, Va., office from summer to fall. He will assist ABI in its educational programming and its role as the authoritative source of bankruptcy information for the Congress, media and public.

Prof. Skeel’s work focuses on corporate bankruptcy, the history of bankruptcy in the United States and corporate governance. He has appeared as an expert on corporate governance or bankruptcy issues on Nightline, CNBC and Marketplace as well as being interviewed for publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and the Economist.

'David Skeel is one of the top scholars and teachers in America and we are honored to have him join us as the Zinman Scholar', said Samuel J. Gerdano, ABI Executive Director.

Prof.  Skeel joined the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1999 with a focus on teaching corporate law, bankruptcy, corporate governance and contract law. He also was a visiting professor at Georgetown University Law Center during the fall semester of 2004. In addition to publishing articles and books on bankruptcy, corporate governance and religion, Skeel enjoys both publicly reading and publishing poetry. Prior to his teaching career, Skeel worked from 1988-90 as an associate in the Reorganization and Finance Department of Duane, Morris & Heckscher (Philadelphia) and also served as a judicial clerk for Judge Walter K. Stapleton (Wilmington, Del.) from 1987-88. He was awarded the Harvey Levin Award for Excellence in Teaching twice by the 1999 and 2002 University of Pennsylvania Law School graduating class. David Skeel received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1987 and his B.A. from the University of North Carolina in 1983.  


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 11,500 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