Lawrence P. King papers
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As a teacher, scholar, lawyer, and consultant, Lawrence P. King (1929-2001) played an important role in the reform of bankruptcy law from the 1960s to his death in 2001. Larry King received his LL.B. from New York University (NYU) in 1953 and his LL.M. from University of Michigan in 1957. King joined the faculty at New York University School of Law in 1959. He became the Charles Seligson Professor of Law at NYU in 1963, where he taught commercial and bankruptcy law. He was also a visiting professor at universities throughout the world, including University of California-Berkeley, University of Houston, and Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University, both located in Israel.
King served on a number of commissions formed to analyze and reform bankruptcy law. From 1968 to 1986 he was a member of the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States, serving as Reporter from 1979 to 1983. In 1972, he was recruited as a consultant to the Commission on Bankruptcy Laws of the United States, a committee formed by Congress to analyze existing bankruptcy laws and to provide Congress with advice for reform.
King gave speeches and participated in panels regarding bankruptcy legislation for a number of seminars and educational programs. He was an active member of the National Bankruptcy Conference, an organization of bankruptcy practitioners and scholars dedicated to bankruptcy education and reform. He played leadership roles in National Bankruptcy Conference committees, including the Committee on Legislation, where he was Chairman. King also served as Associate Reporter for the American Law Institute, an association of legal experts dedicated to the promotion of greater uniformity in law through the publication of its series of "Restatements". He is well known as Editor ofCollier on Bankruptcy, a reference series that became the leading treatise on bankruptcy law during King's 40-year tenure.
King died in 2001. His career-long work as a scholar and advocate of bankruptcy reform earned him an appropriate moniker: "The King of Bankruptcy."
The Lawrence P. King Papers include materials relating to King's scholarship, teaching, writing, and professional participation from 1952 to 2001. Included are personal correspondence and professional correspondence with lawyers, judges, faculty colleagues, and fellow bankruptcy scholars; reports, correspondence, and memoranda relating to King's participation in the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy rules; reference books, articles, and other papers used by King when researching and consulting various congressional entities, including the Commission on Bankruptcy Laws of the United States; congressional hearings and testimony by King and his colleagues, including Vern Countryman, Leon Forman, and George Treister; meeting minutes, correspondence, and committee files from the National Bankruptcy Conference, of which King was an active member; programs, agenda, educational papers, workbooks, presentations, correspondence, administrative papers relating to the New York University Advanced Workshop on Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization, which King formed and taught; seminar materials from the Federal Judicial Center, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, the Association of American Law Schools, and other organizations; articles written by King; materials regarding King's visiting professorships and swap lectures as faculty member at NYU; subject files on a range of topics, including personal bankruptcy, bankruptcy reform, the Bankruptcy Code, consumer legislation, and the Marathon Pipeline bankruptcy court case; and related material used by King in the course of his scholarship. Also included are a selection of research files used by King throughout his career and work on legislation, bankruptcy reform, and his involvement in the annual NYU Bankruptcy Workshop.
- Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules
- Committee on Bankruptcy Rules and Procedure
- Commission on Bankruptcy Laws of the United States
- Preliminary Draft of Proposed Rules and Forms
- Congressional Hearings and Testimony
- National Bankruptcy Conference
- New York University Advanced Workshop for Bankruptcy
- Seminar and Meeting Materials
- Teaching Materials
- Subject Files
- Personal Effects
- Bankruptcy Education Lecture Audiotapes
Received from New York University Law School in 2002.
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- Treister, George M. -- Correspondence
- Forman, Leon S. (Leon Sidney) -- Correspondence
- Countryman, Vern -- Correspondence
- National Bankruptcy Conference (U.S.)
- National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (U.S.)
- Commission on the Bankruptcy Laws of the United States
- University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library
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Letters written and received from King, including those from the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Manfred Balz, Vern Countryman, Asa Herzog, and the American Bar Association.
For related papers, please see the "Committee on Bankruptcy Rules and Procedure" series.
Letters, memoranda, drafts, reports, and reference material related to King's research and activity as a member of the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules.
Letters, memoranda, drafts, reports, reference material, and related material regarding the activities of the Committee on Bankruptcy Rules and Procedure, which assumed the responsibilities of the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules when that committee was disbanded from 1976 to 1979.
For related materials, please see the "Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules" series.
Letters, memoranda, meeting minutes, reports, and other papers relating to the King's participation as Consultant to the Commission on Bankruptcy Laws of the United States.
Photocopies of preliminary drafts of bankruptcy rules and forms.
Congressional testimony by King and other people regarding bankruptcy legislation, and related papers. Witnesses include Vern Countryman, Leon Forman, H.P. Minkel, Gerald Smith, and George Treister.
Meeting minutes, committee papers, letters, reports, and other papers relating to King's activities as a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference, an association of bankruptcy scholars and practitioners devoted to education and advocacy in the field of bankruptcy law.
Letters from on Municipal Bankruptcy, general legislative matters, and other topics, 1968-1993.
Programs, agenda, educational papers, workbooks, presentations, correspondence, administrative papers, and other papers relating to the NYU Advanced Workshop for Bankruptcy Judges, an annual continuing legal education program for United States bankruptcy judges that King founded and oversaw for almost 30 years.
In addition to his service to the New York University Advanced Workshop for Bankruptcy Judges, King was invited to attend and lecture at many other programs for bankruptcy scholars, lawyers, judges, and other professionals. This series contains brochures, program papers, correspondence, reference papers, lectures, speeches, and related material regarding King's participation at seminars, workshops, conferences, Continuing Legal Education seminars (CLE), and other meetings.
Chiefly articles, book reviews, and chapter entries written by King and journal issues in which King's work appeared. This series also includes correspondence between King and publishers, and annotated drafts of King's writings.
Letters, syllabi, examinations, and other papers relating to King's visiting professorships, swap lectures, and classes.
Digital copies of materials created by King as a faculty member at New York University Law School.Physical Description
Alphabetical. King's original file titles have largely been retained.
Reference material, news clippings, letters, memoranda, and other papers that King arranged by subject matter.
Awards, honors, letters of Congratulation, photographs, and related material.
Educational lectures on bankruptcy law given by Frank Kennedy and George Treister.