Pamela  Foohey

Pamela Foohey

Associate Professor of Law

  • B.S., New York University 2004
  • J.D., Harvard University 2008
  • Expert on bankruptcy, commercial, and consumer law
  • Current research centers on consumer bankruptcy and non-profit entities and bankruptcy
  • Contributor to the legal blog Credit Slips
  • Clerked for Hon. Thomas L. Ambro, Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and Hon. Peter J. Walsh, Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware

Professor Pamela Foohey’s research centers on bankruptcy, commercial law, and consumer law. Her work primarily involves empirical studies of bankruptcy and related parts of the legal system, combining quantitative and qualitative, interview-based research. Her work in business bankruptcy focuses on non-profit entities, with a particular emphasis on how churches and other religious organizations use bankruptcy. The results of this research have been featured in media outlets such as the New York Times, Bloomberg, CBS News Moneywatch, and Reveal. Professor Foohey also is a co-investigator on the Consumer Bankruptcy Project, a long-term research project studying persons who file bankruptcy which has been the leading empirical study of consumer bankruptcy for the past 35 years.

Professor Foohey joined the Maurer faculty in 2014 after two years as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Law. Prior to teaching, she clerked for the Honorable Thomas L. Ambro of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, worked as an associate in the Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Group of Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis, and clerked for the Honorable Peter J. Walsh of the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. 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 a J.D. cum Laude from Harvard Law School, from which she also received a post-graduate research fellowship.
Selected Works

“No Money Down” Bankruptcy, 90 S. Cal. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2017) (with Robert M. Lawless, Katherine Porter, and Deborah Thorne)

Calling on the CFPB for Help: Telling Stories and Consumer Protection, 80 Law & Contemp. Probs.  __ (forthcoming 2017)

Lender Discrimination, Black Churches, and Bankruptcy, 50 HOUS. L. REV. ___ (forthcoming 2017)

When Faith Falls Short: Bankruptcy Decisions of Churches, 76 OHIO ST. L.J. 1319 (2015)

Secured Credit in Religious Institutions' Reorganizations, 2015 U. Ill. L. Rev. Slip Opinions 51 (2015)

When Churches Reorganize, 88 AM. BANKR. L.J. 277-306 (2014)

Bankrupting the Faith, 78 MO. L. REV. 719-776 (2013) 

Chapter 11 Reorganization and the Fair and Equitable Standard: How the Absolute Priority Rule Applies to All Nonprofit Entities, 86 ST. JOHN’S L. REV. 31-85 (2012) 

Paying Women for Their Eggs for Use in Stem Cell Research, 30 PACE L. R. 900-926 (2010)

Child Support and (In)ability to Pay: The Case for the Cost Shares Model, 13 UC DAVIS J. JUV. L. & POL’Y 35-97 (2009)