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Alumna Wins Prestigious ABI Annual Service Award

April 27, 2015 | Alumni

Michelle M. Harner ‘95, a professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, was recently presented with the American Bankruptcy Institute’s (ABI) most prestigious award: The ABI Annual Service Award. She received the recognition at the 33rd annual spring meeting on April 17, 2015.

The service award is presented to ABI members whose contributions over the past year have been extraordinary, as determined by ABI’s advisory board of past presidents. Harner is the official reporter for the ABI Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11, a three-year study funded by ABI’s Endowment Fund to provide recommendations to Congress on ways to modernize chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. In addition to her recent work, Harner also notably received a research grant from the ABI Endowment Fund in March 2009 to study the role of creditors’ committees in chapter 11 reorganizations.

Harner is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy and an elected member of the American Law Institute. She additionally serves as a member of the Dodd-Frank Study Working Group for the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. She also sits on ABI’s board of directors.

Harner is an expert on matters involving corporate governance, financially distressed entities, and related legal issues. She is widely published and lectures frequently on such topics. As a professor she regularly teaches courses on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, business associations, business planning, corporate finance, and professional responsibility.

Prior to joining academia, Harner was in private practice in the business restructuring, insolvency, bankruptcy and related transactional fields, most recently as a partner in the Chicago office of international law firm Jones Day.