Pamela Foohey

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

Professor Pamela Foohey’s research centers on bankruptcy, commercial law, and consumer law, with a current emphasis on how non-profit entities use and are affected by bankruptcy. Her most recent project is an empirical study of the reorganization of churches and other religious institutions under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. Her article, “Bankrupting the Faith,” forthcoming in the Missouri Law Review, examines these institutions’ characteristics, reasons for filing, and case outcomes to investigate whether Chapter 11 is an effective solution to their financial problems. This article stems from her prior doctrinal work regarding bankruptcy cases of non-profit entities and is the first in a series of empirically based articles exploring the bankruptcies of religious organizations and non-profits.

In addition, Professor Foohey’s work both while in law school and post-graduation spans individual and business bankruptcy, consumer law, and family law, and has been published in St. John’s Law Review, Pace Law Review, the Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy, the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, and the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. Professor Foohey received a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude from New York University’s undergraduate Stern School of Business, where she majored in economics and finance, and J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. At Harvard Law, she was assistant managing editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and received a post-graduate research fellowship.

Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable Peter J. Walsh of the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, worked as an associate in the Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Group of Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis, and clerked for the Honorable Thomas L. Ambro of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Professor Foohey joined the University of Illinois College of Law as a visiting assistant professor in 2012.