Founded in 1984 by legendary bankruptcy judge William L. Norton Jr. and the only student-run bankruptcy journal in the United States, the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal publishes semi-annually, featuring professional and student articles on a broad range of bankruptcy topics. This widely-read print and online journal provides a forum for research, debate, and information for practitioners, scholars, and the public. EBDJ also hosts a Symposium in the spring semester, which brings together legal scholars and practitioners from across the country to discuss timely bankruptcy law topics.
The achievement of the Journal rests on the ability and dedication of its members, which consists of second- and third-year law students who have demonstrated superior ability in legal writing and analysis. Each year, up to thirty-five second-year students are invited to join EBDJ as candidates to the Editorial Board. Those students who successfully complete the candidacy requirements are elevated to the Editorial Board and become eligible for election to the Executive Board. EBDJ board members and board candidates carry sole responsibility for the editorial content and the substantive and technical accuracy of each article published in EBDJ. The writing and editing responsibilities provide everyone involved with the daily operations of the Journal an invaluable educational experience.
Each year, EBDJ hosts its Banquet in the spring semester and honors an individual who has significantly affected the field of insolvency and restructuring law with the Distinguished Service Award for Lifetime Achievement. Previous honorees include: The Honorable William L. Norton, Jr. (1999), Kenneth N. Klee (2000), Frank R. Kennedy (2001), Harvey R. Miller (2002), The Honorable David H. Coar (2003), Gerald K. Smith (2004), The Honorable Conrad B. Duberstein (2005), Senator Dennis W. DeConcini (2006), The Honorable W. Homer Drake, Jr. (2007), Professor Douglas G. Baird (2008), Senator Elizabeth Warren (2009), Barry W. Ridings (2010), Tony Alvarez II and Bryan Marsal (2011), The Honorable Justice Geoffrey B. Morawetz (2012), Richard Levin (2013), Professor David Epstein (2014), Professor Marjorie Girth (2015), Professor Grant W. Newton (2016), Keith J. Shapiro (2017), The Honorable Mary F. Walrath (2018), James H.M. Sprayregen (2019), and Jay Alix (2020).
EBDJ is unique because the Journal is self-funded. The Journal is thankful for its sponsors, which in recent years include: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, AlixPartners, Alston & Bird, Alvarez & Marsal, Arnall Golden Gregory, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Dentons, Gibson Dunn, GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group, Greenberg Traurig, International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, Jones Day, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, King & Spalding, Morris Manning & Martin, Polsinelli, Potter Anderson Corroon, Taylor English, Troutman Pepper, Scroggins & Williamson, and SOLIC Capital Advisors.