Scott B. Cohen of Engelman Berger, P.C. and Professor Laura N. Coordes of ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law published Uneven Dischargeability Standards in 26 No. 4 J. Bankr. L. & Prac.NL Art.. 1. By comparing two seemingly unrelated cases on the dischargeability exceptions under § 523(a) of U.S. Bankruptcy Code, Mr. Cohen and Professor Coordes are able to highlight the unsettling lack of uniformity concerning the culpable state of mind necessary to trigger the exceptions to discharge.
Scott B. Cohen is a shareholder of Engelman Berger and is a leading member of Arizona’s bankruptcy law community. Scott is a Past Chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Arizona (2011-2012), and serves as an expert witness in bankruptcy and anti-deficiency matters. Most recently, Scott was instrumental in the litigation of a Chapter 11 reorganization plan which was successfully defended in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on May 26th, 2017.
Laura N. Coordes is an Associate Professor of Law at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Professor Coordes’s research interests include corporate reorganizations, venue transfer and forum shopping issues, and municipal bankruptcies under chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code. Her teaching interests include bankruptcy law, secured transactions, corporations, and contracts. Before coming to the College of Law, Professor Coordes practiced in the Business, Finance and Restructuring Department at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York.