Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal


The Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal selects Staff Members from the pool of candidates in the Emory Law Journal Writing Competition and on the basis of grades. Emory University School of Law students are eligible to enter the Law Journal Writing Competition after the spring semester of the first year.

Staff Members who have successfully completed editing and writing requirements are eligible to run for an Executive Board position in the spring of the second year (or third year for some dual-degree students).

Why Should You Join?

The Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal (EBDJ) is Emory Law’s most widely distributed publication. EBDJ is the only national bankruptcy journal edited and produced entirely by law students. With its close ties to the bankruptcy bar and bench, EBDJ provides its members unique opportunities for post-graduate judicial clerkships and employment.

A Leader In Bankruptcy Scholarship

EBDJ’s continued success is due to its commitment to both practical and scholarly discussion. EBDJ is a recognized source of accurate, timely, and practical information on the Bankruptcy Code. As such, EBDJ attracts submissions of professional articles from a broad array of leading authorities in the field. In addition to serving as a leading source of information on the Bankruptcy Code, EBDJ promotes scholarship that offers innovative solutions and course of actions for some of today's leading legal issues.

Bankruptcy professionals in the U.S. and abroad as well as most U.S. bankruptcy judges receive the EBDJ. As a result, the publication is frequently cited in judicial opinions. Notably, Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court recently cited an EBDJ student comment written by Jodi F. Manko of the Class of 2005.

EBDJ: More Than Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy scholarship necessarily addresses the interrelationship between the Bankruptcy Code and other areas of law. EBDJ members gain valuable knowledge researching and writing about diverse groups of practice areas, including religion, healthcare, and international law. Writing about the Bankruptcy Code is the consistent foundation EBDJ members work from; each member is encouraged to delve into other topics and areas in which they are interested in writing on as well.

Knowledge of bankruptcy law is not a prerequisite to successful participation on EBDJ. In fact, most members begin EBDJ participation with little to no knowledge of bankruptcy. To facilitate this participation, all Staff Members are automatically enrolled in the fall semester bankruptcy course. Additionally, an interest in a career in bankruptcy is not necessary for incoming Staff Members, as the legal skills developed through EBDJ membership are transferable to other areas of law.

Students gain important statutory interpretation skills when studying the Bankruptcy Code. These skills are applicable to any federal or state statutory scheme. Some of the skills gained are how to: (1) effectively and accurately interpret statutory provisions; (2) understand and define the interrelationship of two or more provisions in the same statutory scheme; and (3) identify and apply the appropriate weight afforded to pre-Code case law.

Important legal subjects such as evidence, intellectual property, environmental law, tax, and employment law are all based on important statutory codes analogous to the Bankruptcy Code.

Benefits & Responsibilities Of Membership

EBDJ members with an invaluable educational experience that serves them well both in school and in practice. Judges, professors, and practitioners nationwide recognize.

The research, writing, and editing responsibilities inherent in membership consists exclusively of law students who have demonstrated superior ability in law school coursework, legal writing, editing, and analysis. Second-year students who are invited to join EBDJ enter as Staff Members. Staff Members cite check professional and student articles published in forthcoming volumes of EBDJ and write a student Comment of publishable quality. Rising third-year students who have successfully completed the candidacy requirements become Members of the Editorial Board and are eligible for election to Executive Editorial Board positions. EBDJ membership provide EBDJ's distinction and maintain an ongoing dialogue with its staff. Accordingly, membership on EBDJ affords its members unique opportunities for post-graduate clerkships and employment.

Staff Membership Selection

Casenotes submitted in a timely fashion and in accordance with the rules of the competition will be judged by the Journal’s Editorial Board Members. Each casenote will be read and graded by several Board Members, including at least one Executive Board Member. Casenotes will be evaluated on the basis of clarity of writing, analysis, and proper format of citations. Papers will be identified by the student identification numbers only; no names will appear on the papers. By submitting a casenote in the competition, a student is deemed to have granted permission to the Dean's Office to release his or her grades for examination by the Executive Board. Exceptional papers may be scored without regard to grades.

The Journal will notify all candidates of invitations to join the Emory Bankruptcy Development Journal as soon as possible after grades are released and competition papers are graded. The Journal anticipates notification during the first week in July.

Journal Membership Responsibilities

For Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal members, the research, writing, and editing responsibilities provide an invaluable educational experience which serves them well both in school and in practice. Many of the Journal’s members do not pursue careers in bankruptcy law, and most members begin journal participation with no knowledge of bankruptcy. All Staff Members are automatically enrolled in the fall semester bankruptcy course.

Editorial Board Members and Staff Members carry sole responsibility for the content of each issue as well as the substantive and technical accuracy of each published article. The contribution made by Journal to the law school’s prestige is entirely dependent upon the quality of legal scholarship and editorial ability of members of the journal. For these reasons, the Editorial Board takes selection of new Staff Members very seriously.