Nancy B. Rapoport

Distinguished Professor & Garman Turner Gordon Professor of Law
Affiliate Professor of Business Law and Ethics, Lee Business School
Expertise: Bankruptcy, Business ethics, Corporate governance, Law firm behavior, The depiction of lawyers in popular culture, Higher education governance


Nancy Rapoport's specialties are bankruptcy ethics, ethics in governance, higher education governance, law firm behavior, and the depiction of lawyers in popular culture. Among her published works are Corporate Scandals and Their Implications 3d (Nancy B. Rapoport and Jeffrey D. Van Niel, eds.; West Academic, 2018), which addresses the question of why we never seem to learn from prior corporate scandals, and Ethical Lawyering: A Guide for the Well-Intentioned (Bernard A. Burk, Veronica J. Finkelstein, and Nancy B. Rapoport; Aspen Publishers, 2021; second edition forthcoming, 2024).

Rapoport is admitted to the bars of the states of California, Ohio, Nebraska, Texas, and Nevada and of the United States Supreme Court. She has served as the fee examiner or as chair of the fee review committee in such large bankruptcy cases as Zetta Jet, Toys R Us, Caesars, Station Casinos, Pilgrim's Pride, and Mirant.

In 2001, she was elected to membership in the American Law Institute. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. She has served as the dean of faculty of the American Board of Certification, the entity that develops, grades, and certifies lawyers for specialties in business bankruptcy, consumer bankruptcy, and creditors’ rights. In 2017, she received the Commercial Law League of America's Lawrence P. King Award for Excellence in Bankruptcy.

Rapoport has also appeared in the Academy Award-nominated movie, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Magnolia Pictures, 2005) as herself. In 2009, the Association of Media and Entertainment Council presented Rapoport with the Public Service Counsel Award at the 4th Annual Counsel of the Year Awards.

In her spare time, she competes, pro-am, in American Rhythm and American Smooth ballroom dancing. In 2014, she won the national U.S. Open Pro/Am Rising Star American Smooth Competition B Division, and in 2017, she came in 2nd in the “C” Open to the World Pro/Am American Style 9-Dance Championship.


  • J.D., Stanford Law School
  • B.A., Rice University

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The Sentinel
In over 40 states, attorneys are required to take a continuing legal education (CLE) course in technology and the law, which includes AI, artificial intelligence. I had the pleasure of watching New York attorney James A. Sherer’s engaging podcast about AI on the Learn-Formula platform — a provider of continuing legal education courses.
In over 40 states, attorneys are required to take a continuing legal education (CLE) course in technology and the law, which includes artificial intelligence (AI).
Above The Law
Biglaw attorneys bill a lot. That is an uncontroversial truism. But there’s usually an ebb and flow to the work — sure, you might be working like a dog during trial but then you have a blessedly light August, and you can recharge your batteries and the cycle starts anew. But that’s not what’s happened for Sullivan & Cromwell partner Brian Glueckstein.
Law360 Pulse
For tens of thousands of consumer clients who signed up to receive debt relief services from the California-based Litigation Practice Group, the law firm's collapse into bankruptcy last year amid allegations of fraud was not the end of the story.

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Campus News | April 1, 2024

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Campus News | November 1, 2023

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Campus News | September 1, 2023

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