Professor Porter specializes in commercial and consumer law, including bankruptcy, mortgage foreclosure, and credit cards. Her research focuses on empirical studies of consumer bankruptcy and has been published in journals including the Texas Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, the American Bankruptcy Law Journal, and the Cornell Law Review.
In March 2012, Prof. 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 is a principal investigator in the 2007 Consumer Bankruptcy Project, a fellow of the Bankruptcy Data Project at Harvard, and a member of the World Bank Insolvency and Creditor/Debtor Regimes Task Force Working Group on Natural Persons’ Insolvency. She is a frequent speaker at judicial education and continuing legal education programs.
She blogs about credit and debt issues at www.creditslips.org.
Professor Porter previously was on the faculty at the University of Iowa College of Law and has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, UC Berkeley Law, the University of Illinois College of Law, and the UNLV Boyd School of Law. She practiced bankruptcy law in Portland, Oregon, and clerked for the Honorable Richard S. Arnold of the Eighth Circuit. She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. from Yale University.
Expertise: Bankruptcy, commercial law, consumer law, mortgages, credit and debit cards, empirical studies of legal systems
Current Courses: Consumer Protection Clinic
Prior Courses Taught: Consumer Bankruptcy Seminar, Consumer Law, Secured Transactions, Bankruptcy, Credit Cards, Consumer Protection Clinic
In the News