Professor Anne Lawton, Resident Scholar, Spring 2015
Prof. Anne Lawton of Michigan State University College of Law (East Lansing, Mich.) teaches bankruptcy, contracts and various commercial law courses at Michigan State University. Last year, she published a report on proposed small-business reforms for the Governance Advisory Committee of the ABI Commission to Reform Chapter 11, following up an article published in the ABI Law Review titled “An Argument for Simplifying the Code’s ‘Small Business Debtor’ Definition” (ABI Law Review Vol. 21, 55 (2013)). She also testified before the Commission on small business bankruptcy cases in 2013. Prior to Michigan State University, she taught at Roger Williams University School of Law where she earned tenure in 2007. Professor Lawton has taught in both law and business schools in her academic career. She has visited at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Ohio Northern University College of Law. Prior to teaching in law school, Professor Lawton was an assistant professor at the Richard T. Farmer School of Business at Miami University, and visited for three years at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. While at Roger Williams, Professor Lawton twice won the Teacher of the Year Award as voted by the graduating class. She also was nominated twice for a teaching award while at the Richard T. Farmer School of Business at Miami University. In addition to the ABI Law Review, Professor Lawton's scholarly works have been published in the Arizona Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Washington & Lee Law Review, George Mason Law Review, and the Kentucky Law Journal, as well as specialty law journals at Yale, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, and Emory. She has also written several articles on teaching, and the Columbia School of Business published her case study entitled “Pyramid” after it won the Runner-Up Award in the Albert Sussman Ethics in Real Estate Competition. Prof. Lawton received an A.B. with honors from the University of Michigan in 1982 and both her J.D. cum laude and M.B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1986. She clerked for the Honorable David W. McKeague, for the Honorable James D. Gregg, and the Honorable James Brickley in Michigan. Prof.Lawton also worked as a corporate attorney for the Boston firm of Brown, Rudnick and is admitted to practice in both Massachusetts and Michigan.