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Hon. Samuel L. Bufford

Samuel Bufford

Distinguished Scholar in Residence

(814) 865-5047

J.D., University of Michigan 
Ph.D., University of Texas 
B.A., Wheaton College (Illinois)

The Hon. Samuel L. Bufford is a former United States Bankruptcy Judge in the Central District of California, where he served for twenty-five years and presided over nearly 120,000 cases. Widely regarded as one of the foremost scholars of U.S. and comparative insolvency law, his teaching interests include bankruptcy, international and comparative insolvency law, commercial transactions, and international business transactions. Judge Bufford teaches courses in insolvency law and consistently lectures throughout the year at numerous seminars sponsored by foreign judicial departments and domestic institutes.

He serves on the editorial advisory boards for the International Insolvency Review and the West Annual Review of International Insolvency. In 2010, Judge Bufford joined the academic advising group to the ABA Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements. 

United States International Insolvency Law (Oxford University Press, 2009) 

"Tertiary and Other Excluded Foreign Proceedings Under Bankruptcy Code Chapter 15," 83 Am. Bankr. Inst. L. J. 101 (2009) 

Bench Book on International Insolvency for United States Judges (Federal Judicial Center, 2001) 

"Constitutional Problems in the 2005 Bankruptcy Amendments," 82 Am. Bankr. L. J. 1 (edited by Erwin Chemerinsky, 2008) 

"The New Chinese Bankruptcy Law: Text and Limited Comparative Analysis," 16 Norton J. of Bkcy L. & Prac. 5 art. 3 (2007)