Temple University Beasley School of Law and the American Bankruptcy Law Journal (ABLJ) are pleased to announce the release of the ABLJ’s first-ever digital issue, Volume 97, Issue 1, which is now available on the newly launched ABLJ website. Developed in partnership with Temple University Beasley School of Law, the new website promises to offer an enriching and comprehensive experience for insolvency professionals, judges, researchers, and students interested in bankruptcy law. 

In 2021, the ABLJ’s editors launched an initiative to evolve from a print journal to an online journal, providing an enhanced user experience and offering greater accessibility to bankruptcy law scholarship. The editors also recognized that partnering with a law school could bring valuable benefits both to the Journal and to the participating law school and its students. The ABLJ invited a number of schools to compete for the opportunity to partner with ABLJ.  

Temple Law, led by Dean Rachel Rebouché, Professor Jonathan Lipson, and Assistant Dean Shyam Nair, presented a proposal that highlighted Temple’s strengths as a potential partner to ABLJ, including that Professor Lipson had previously served as a Faculty Advisor to the ABLJ and was, from 2011 to 2017, the Content Officer of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. 

“I am thrilled about the partnership between Temple Law and the American Bankruptcy Law Journal, and excited to see the opportunities this partnership will create for our students and faculty in the years to come,” said Dean Rachel Rebouché. 

The partnership between Temple Law and NCBJ has created opportunities for Temple Law students through collaborations with judges and authors, and to support the new platform. This collaboration provides valuable professional experience and mentoring to the students, allowing them to gain insight into the work of insolvency professionals as well as the academic publishing process and engage with legal scholarship.

“The ABLJ is not only the leading academic publication on the law of bankruptcy and insolvency,” Professor Jonathan Lipson explained, “but is unparalleled in quality due to its peer-review and peer-editing processes.”

The ABLJ’s inaugural digital issue (vol. 97:1) presents a range of insightful articles that cover various topics, including the historical context of gambling debts and bankruptcy, the impact of “deal-making” in bankruptcy cases, embezzlement, “bankruptcy-remote” structuring, and ways to ensure more debtors obtain their discharge. The new website allows users to access these articles effortlessly and at no charge on any device, including computers, tablets, and smartphones, in both .pdf and dynamic formats. 

In the future, the ABLJ plans to further enhance its website by incorporating author interviews, educational opportunities announcements, and potentially a blog. The possibilities for the platform are virtually limitless. “We’re excited to partner with Temple Law School on this project,” said the Honorable Terrence L. Michael, United States Bankruptcy Chief Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma, ABLJ Editor-in-Chief. “We are eager to provide a valuable resource for the bankruptcy law community.” 

The new ABLJ website is now live and accessible to all at this link. There, you can sign up to subscribe to receive updates from ABLJ as new content is posted.