Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Faculty Profile

Judy Beckner Sloan

Judy Beckner Sloan

Professor of Law

B.A., Music Theory, 1967, University of Chicago; J.D., 1975, University of Maryland; National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 1981, Columbia University; United States Supreme Court Judicial Fellow, 1987; Order of the Coif; Member, Ohio State Bar

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Phone: (213) 738-6841
Office: BW359

One entire wall in Judy Sloan's office is adorned with photos of every sitting United States Supreme Court Justice, each personally inscribed to her. Several of the justices are personal friends who have stayed at her home when in Los Angeles.

"Law is power. As a teacher, I hope to inspire students so that when they exercise that power it will be done in a responsible way."

Professor Sloan's introduction to the "inner sanctum" of the nation's highest and very private court dates back to 1987 when she was chosen as a Supreme Court Judicial Fellow. At the time, she was a member of the University of Toledo law faculty who granted her a sabbatical to take advantage of this rare opportunity. As a fellow, Professor Sloan was assigned to the Federal Judicial Center's Research Division where she conducted research on court administration for circuit judges, and gave special Supreme Court tours and briefings to visitors from high courts of other countries. She also conducted empirical research on bankruptcy, which inspired her to pursue a new direction in her own research and teaching. She continues her association with the Court and the program - as a Supreme Court Fellows Commissioner and Secretary of the Fellows Association. In 2012, she received the Administration of Justice Award from the U.S. Supreme Court at the annual Supreme Court Fellows Dinner in recognition of her contributions to the Supreme Court Fellows program and long-standing dedication to the judicial system.

Professor Sloan views bankruptcy as "society's great economic safety valve." She has written a number of scholarly articles and spoken on the topic at professional forums, and has applied her expertise in helping evolving European democracies develop new bankruptcy rules. Since 1994, she has evaluated the bankruptcy codes of Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia and the Republic of Moldova, and the laws governing the Specialized Courts of the Slovak Republic, at the request of the American Bar Association's Central and East European Law Initiative.

Professor Sloan has been a member of the Southwestern faculty since 1991. "Law is power," she says. "As a teacher, I hope to inspire students so that when they exercise that power it will be done in a responsible way." In 1996, Professor Sloan was named the Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor of Law in recognition of her outstanding teaching and public service involvement



Panel Discussion Featuring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Closing Remarks, 42 SOUTHWESTERN LAW REVIEW 503 (2013)

Perspectives on Asbestos Litigation: Introduction to the Keynote Address, 37 SOUTHWESTERN LAW REVIEW 731 (2008)

Quantum Meruit: Residual Equity in the Law, 42 DE PAUL LAW REVIEW (1992)

Appellate Jurisdiction of Interlocutory Appeals in Bankruptcy, 28 U.S.C. Section 158(d): A Case of Lapsus Calami, 40 CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 265 (1991)

Bankruptcy Appellate Panels: The Ninth Circuit's Experience, 21 ARIZONA STATE LAW JOURNAL 181 (with G. Bermant; 1989)

Confidentiality of Psychotherapeutic Records, 5 JOURNAL OF LEGAL MEDICINE 435 (with B. Hall; 1984)

Book Review: Current Issues In Cross-Border Insolvency and Reorganizations, 2 SOUTHWESTERN JOURNAL OF LAW AND TRADE IN THE AMERICAS 175 (E. Leonard and C. Besant, eds.; 1995)

Selected Achievements

Administration of Justice Award, U.S. Supreme Court, 2012

Appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court Judicial Fellows Commission, 2001

Board of Advisors, "Bankruptcy Battleground West," American Bankruptcy Institute, 1998-99