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  • Analysis of bankruptcy data reveals patterns that underscore broader social, economic trends

    Photo of Robert M. Lawless, the Max L. Rowe Professor of Law at Illinois

    A new paper co-written by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign law professor Robert M. Lawless, a leading consumer credit and bankruptcy expert, provides the first comprehensive overview of bankruptcy filers in more than 30 years, shining a spotlight on the economic stressors faced by U.S. debtors.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer


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  • Editor’s notes: To contact Robert M. Lawless, call 217-244-6714; email

    The paper “Portraits of bankruptcy filers” is available online.

    DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.3807592