8.04.14 — Ashley McCormack '15 has been awarded a 2014 American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Medal of Excellence. Top law students from around the country are recognized through this program.  Winners receive engraved medals and certificates, as well as a one-year ABI membership. 

“In the final assignment for my consumer bankruptcy course, Ashley represented a married couple in filing a chapter 13 bankruptcy.  Chapter 13 is difficult under the best of circumstances, but there were unique problems in this case that made it especially complicated.  Ashley handled the case like a seasoned professional, drafting flawless documents that addressed all the issues.  At the hearing on plan confirmation, the bankruptcy trustee found her plan to confirmable without amendment. This is client representation at its best," said Professor Dan Austin.

"The consumer bankruptcy course is the kind of course that has become essential to the Northeastern experience because it combines both substantive law and its practical application. Professor Austin comes from a background in practicing bankruptcy law and is very knowledgable in the field, which made for great anecdotes in class discussions and a deeper understanding of the material," said McCormack, who is currently on co-op with the US Army JAG Corps in Fort Drum, New York, and has completed co-ops with the US Attorney's Office, Boston and the Joint Committee on Revenue, MA State Legislature. "Professor Austin's background also provided the ability for the class to draft bankruptcy filings for ficticious clients, based on issues he saw in practice - allowing us to solve legal issues that actually arise in practice today. His witty sense of humor, passion for the subject and investment in training lawyers to be strong advocates makes Professor Austin's class a must-take for anyone interested in business law."