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Katherine Porter

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Professor Katherine Porter has been recognized for both her academic and service work, including selection as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California in 2012 and receipt of the Champion of Consumer Rights Award from the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. In 2012, Professor Porter was appointed by California Attorney General Kamala Harris to be the state's independent monitor of banks in a nationwide $25 billion mortgage settlement. She has been a principal investigator in several original empirical projects on consumer bankruptcy and has testified before Congress on consumer credit issues. Professor Porter is a co-author of The Law of Debtors and Creditors (Wolters Kluwer 2014) and the editor of Broke: How Debt Bankrupts the Middle Class (Stanford Press 2012). She previously was on the faculty at the University of Iowa College of Law and has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and UC Berkeley Law.
J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., Yale University