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Faculty name: Adam Levitin

Note: This bibliography changes the order of authors so that Georgetown authors are listed first.

Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • Adam Levitin, Consumer Finance: Law, Business, and Economics (Wolters Kluwer forthcoming).   
  • Adam Levitin & Susan M. Wachter, The Bubble: The Rise and Fall of the American Housing Market (Harvard University Press forthcoming).   
  • Adam Levitin & William W. Bratton, The New Bond Workouts, (working paper).    [SSRN]
  • Adam Levitin, Pandora's Digital Box: The Promise and Perils of Digital Wallets, 166 U. Penn. L. Rev. (forthcoming).    [SSRN]
  • Adam Levitin, An Analysis of the Proposed Interchange Fee Litigation Settlement, (working paper).    [SSRN]
  • Adam Levitin, Clearing the Mortgage Market Through Principal Reduction: A Bad Bank for Housing (RTC 2.0), (working paper).    [WWW]
  • Adam Levitin, Public-Private Competition in Payments: The Role of the Federal Reserve, (working paper).    [SSRN]
  • Adam Levitin, A Critique of the American Bankers Association's Study on Credit Card Regulation, (working paper).    [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Adam Levitin & Joshua Goodman, The Effects of Bankruptcy Strip-Down on Mortgage Interest Rates: Summary of Initial Findings, (working paper).    [Gtown Law]
  • Adam Levitin, Rough Justice? The Nature and Limits of Equitable Subordination, (working paper).    [SSRN]

Books

  • Adam Levitin, Business Bankruptcy: Financial Restructuring and Modern Commercial Markets (New York: Wolters Kluwer 2016).   
  • Adam Levitin, Lauren K. Saunders, Margot Saunders, Cathy Lesser Mansfield & Mark Budnitz, Consumer Banking and Payments Law: Bank Accounts; Remittances; Money Orders; Prepaid Cards; Electronic Benefit Payments; Electronic Records and Signatures (Boston: National Consumer Law Center 5th ed. 2013).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Adam Levitin, Safe Banking: Finance and Democracy, 83 U. Chi. L. Rev. 357-455 (2016).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Adam Levitin, Prioritization and Mutualization: Clearinghouses and the Redundancy of the Bankruptcy Safe Harbors, 10 Brook. J. Corp. Fin. & Com. L. 129-154 (2015).    [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Adam Levitin & Susan M. Watcher, Second Liens and the Leverage Option, 68 Vand. L. Rev. 1243-1294 (2015).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Adam Levitin, A Lawyer and Partner, and Also Bankrupt . . . for Reasons that Have Nothing To Do with Being a Non-Equity Partner . . ., 4 J.L. (4 The Post) 93-97 (2014).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Adam Levitin & Joshua Goodman, Bankruptcy Law and the Cost of Credit: The Impact of Cramdown on Mortgage Interest Rates, 57 J.L. & Econ. 139-158 (2014).    [W] [SSRN]
  • Adam Levitin, The Politics of Financial Regulation and the Regulation of Financial Politics: A Review Essay, 127 Harv. L. Rev. 1991-2068 (2014) (reviewing Anat Admati & Martin Hellwig, The Bankers' New Clothes (2013), Sheila Bair, Bull by the Horns (2012), Neil Barofsky, Bailout (2012), Ben S. Bernanke, The Federal Reserve and the Financial Crisis (2013), Alan S. Blinder, After the Music Stopped (2013) & Jeff Connaughton, The Payoff (2012)).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Adam Levitin & William W. Bratton, A Transactional Genealogy of Scandal: From Michael Milken to Enron to Goldman Sachs, 86 S. Cal. L. Rev. 783-868 (2013).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN]
  • Adam Levitin, Response: The Tenuous Case for Derivatives Clearinghouses, 101 Geo. L.J. 445-466 (2013).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Adam Levitin, Skin-in-the-Game: Risk Retention Lessons from Credit Card Securitization, 81 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 813-855 (2013).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Adam Levitin & Susan M. Wachter, The Commercial Real Estate Bubble, 3 Harv. Bus. L. Rev. 83-118 (2013).    [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Adam Levitin, The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: An Introduction, 32 Rev. Banking & Fin. L. 321-369 (2013).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Adam Levitin, The Paper Chase: Securitization, Foreclosure, and the Uncertainty of Mortgage Title, 63 Duke L.J. 637-734 (2013).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Adam Levitin & Susan M. Wachter, The Public Option in Housing Finance, 46 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1111-1173 (2013).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Adam Levitin, Bankrupt Politics and the Politics of Bankruptcy, 97 Cornell L. Rev. 1399-1459 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Adam Levitin & Susan M. Wachter, Explaining the Housing Bubble, 100 Geo. L.J. 1177-1258 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Adam Levitin, Andrey D. Pavlov & Susan M. Wachter, The Dodd-Frank Act and Housing Finance: Can It Restore Private Risk Capital to the Securitization Market?, 29 Yale J. on Reg. 155-180 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN]
  • Adam Levitin & Susan M. Wachter, What's Next for Housing Finance, Wharton Real Est. Rev., Spring 2012.    [WWW]
  • Adam Levitin, In Defense of Bailouts, 99 Geo. L.J. 435-514 (2011).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN]
  • Adam Levitin & Tara Twomey, Mortgage Servicing, 28 Yale J. on Reg. 1-90 (2011).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Adam Levitin, Rate-Jacking: Risk-Based and Opportunistic Pricing in Credit Cards, 2011 Utah L. Rev. 339-367 (2011).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Adam Levitin, Back to the Future with Chapter 13: A Response to Professor Scarberry, 37 Pepp. L. Rev. 1261-1276 (2010).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Adam Levitin, Private Disordering?: Payment Card Fraud Liability Rules, 5 Brook. J. Corp. Fin. & Com. L. 1-48 (2010).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Adam Levitin, Bankruptcy Markets: Making Sense of Claims Trading, 4 Brook. J. Corp. Fin. & Com. L. 64-109 (2010).    [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Adam Levitin, Helping Homeowners: Modification of Mortgages in Bankruptcy, 3 Harv. L. & Pol'y Rev. Online (2009).    [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Adam Levitin, Remote Deposit Capture: A Legal and Transactional Overview, 126 Banking L.J. 115-122 (2009).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN]
  • Adam Levitin & Anna Gelpern, Rewriting Frankenstein Contracts: Workout Prohibitions in Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities, 82 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1075-1152 (2009).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Adam Levitin, Susan M. Wachter & Andrey D. Pavlov, Bad and Good Securitization, Wharton Real Est. Rev., Fall 2009, at 23-34.   
  • Adam Levitin, The Crisis Without a Face: Emerging Narratives of the Financial Crisis, 63 U. Miami L. Rev. 999-1010 (2009).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN]
  • Adam Levitin, Hydraulic Regulation: Regulating Credit Markets Upstream, 26 Yale J. on Reg. 143-227 (2009).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN]
  • Adam Levitin, Resolving the Foreclosure Crisis: Modification of Mortgages in Bankruptcy, 2009 Wis. L. Rev. 565-655.    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Adam Levitin, Priceless? The Social Costs of Credit Card Merchant Restraints, 45 Harv. J. on Legis. 1-58 (2008).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Adam Levitin, Priceless? The Economic Costs of Credit Card Merchant Restraints, 55 UCLA L. Rev. 1321-1405 (2008).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN]
  • Adam Levitin, Finding Nemo: Rediscovering the Virtues of Negotiability in the Wake of Enron, 2007 Colum. Bus. L. Rev. 83-177.    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN]
  • Adam Levitin, Second Circuit Holds Compliance with Bankruptcy Code Priority Scheme is an Important Factor in Approving a Settlement, 124 Banking L.J. 824-832 (2007).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Adam Levitin, The Problematic Case for Incentive Compensation in Bankruptcy, 156 U. Pa. L. Rev. PENNumbra 88-101 (2007).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Adam Levitin, Payment Wars: The Merchant-Bank Struggle for Control of Payment Systems, 12 Stan. J.L. Bus. & Fin. 425-485 (2007).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN]
  • Adam Levitin, The Merchant-Bank Struggle for Control of Payment Systems, 17 J. Fin. Transformation 73-84 (2006).    [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Adam Levitin, Toward a Federal Common Law of Bankruptcy: Judicial Lawmaking in a Statutory Regime, 80 Am. Bankr. L.J. 1-87 (2006).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN]
  • Adam Levitin, The Antitrust Super Bowl: America's Payment Systems, No-Surcharge Rules, and the Hidden Costs of Credit, 3 Berkeley Bus. L.J. 265-336 (2005).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Adam Levitin, Commentary & General Discussion, The Economics of Retail Payments Security, in The Puzzle of Payments Security: Fitting the Pieces Together to Protect the Retail Payments System 69-87 (Kansas City, Mo.: Fed. Reserve Bank of Kansas City 2015).   
  • Adam Levitin & Janneke H. Ratcliffe, Rethinking Duties To Serve in Housing Finance, in Homeownership Built to Last: Balancing Access, Affordability, and Risk After the Housing Crisis 317-350 (Eric S. Belsky, Christopher E. Herbert & Jennifer H. Molinsky eds., D.C.: Brookings Institution 2014).    [BOOK]
  • Adam Levitin, Fiscal Federalism and the Limits of Bankruptcy, in When States Go Broke: The Origins, Context, and Solutions for the American States in Fiscal Crisis 214-228 (Peter Conti-Brown & David A. Skeel, Jr. eds., New York: Cambridge University Press 2012).    [BOOK]
  • Adam Levitin & Susan M. Wachter, Mortgage Market Regulation: North America, Entry, in International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home 403-409 (Susan J. Smith ed., Amsterdam, Neth.: Elsevier 2012).   
  • Adam Levitin & Susan M. Wachter, Mortgage Market, Character and Trends: United States, Entry, in International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home 492-500 (Susan J. Smith ed., Amsterdam, Neth.: Elsevier 2012).   
  • Adam Levitin & Susan M. Wachter, Regulation or Nationalization? Lessons Learned from the 2008 Financial Crisis, in Regulatory Breakdown? The Crisis of Confidence in U.S. Regulation 68-85 (Cary Coglianese ed., Phila., Pa.: University of Pennsylvania Press 2012).    [BOOK]
  • Adam Levitin & Susan M. Wachter, Information Failure and the U.S. Mortgage Crisis, in The American Mortgage System: Crisis and Reform 243-270 (Susan M. Wachter & Marvin M. Smith eds., Phila., Pa.: University of Pennsylvania Press 2011).    [SSRN] [BOOK]
  • Adam Levitin, Modification of Mortgages in Bankruptcy, in Lessons from the Financial Crisis: Causes, Consequences, & Our Economic Future 601-607 (Robert W. Kolb ed., Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons 2010).    [BOOK]

U.S. Supreme Court Briefs

  • Brief of Amicus Curiae Professor Adam J. Levitin in Support of Petitioners, Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman, No. 15-1391 (U.S. Nov. 21, 2016).   
  • Brief of Housing Scholars as Amici Curiae in Support of Respondent, Bank of America Corp. v. City of Miami, Nos. 15-1111, 15-1112 (U.S. Oct. 7, 2016).   
  • Brief of Amicus Curiae Adam J. Levitin, Professor of Law in Support of Respondents, Bank of Am., N.A. v. Caulkett, Nos. 13-1421, 14-163 (U.S. Feb. 23, 2015).   

Congressional Testimony

  • Fostering Economic Growth: The Role of Financial Institutions in Local Communities: Hearing Before the S. Comm. on Banking, Hous. & Urban Aff., 115th Cong., June 8, 2017 (Statement of Adam J. Levitin) (CIS No.: Pending).    [WWW]
  • Making a Financial Choice: More Capital or More Government Control?: Hearing Before the H. Comm. on Fin. Servs., 114th Cong., July 12, 2016 (Statement of Adam Levitin) (CIS No.: Pending).    [WWW]
  • Preserving Consumer Choice and Financial Independence: Hearing Before the H. Comm. on Fin. Servs., 114th Cong., Mar. 18, 2015 (Statement of Adam Levitin) (CIS-No.: 2015-H371-31).    [WWW]
  • The Administrative State v. The Constitution: Dodd-Frank at Five Years: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on the Constitution of the S. Comm. of the Judiciary, 114th Cong., July 23, 2015 (Statement of Adam Levitin) (CIS-No.: Pending).    [WWW]
  • Guilty Until Proven Innocent? A Study of the Propriety & Legal Authority for the Justice Department’s Operation Choke Point: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Regulatory Reform, Commercial & Antitrust Law of the H. Comm. on the Judiciary, 113th Cong., Jul. 17, 2014 (Statement of Adam Levitin) (CIS-No.: 2014-H521-79).    [WWW]
  • The Dodd-Frank Act’s Impact on Asset-Backed Securities: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Capital Mkts. & Gov't Sponsored Enters. of the H. Comm. on Fin. Servs., 113th Cong., Feb. 26, 2014 (Statement of Adam Levitin) (CIS-No.: 2014-H371-32).    [WWW]
  • Housing Finance Reform: Fundamentals of a Functioning Private Label Mortgage Backed Securities Market: Hearing Before the S. Comm. on Banking, Hous. & Urban Aff., 113th Cong., Oct. 1, 2013 (Statement of Adam Levitin) (CIS-No.: 2014-S241-21).    [WWW]
  • Regulatory Landscape: Burdens on Small Financial Institutions: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Investigations, Oversight & Regulations of the H. Comm. on Small Bus., 113th Cong., Dec. 3, 2013 (Statement of Adam Levitin) (CIS-No.: 2014-H721-6).    [WWW]
  • Investor Protection: The Need to Protect Investors from the Government: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Capital Mkts. & Gov't Sponsored Enters. of the H. Comm. on Fin. Servs., 112th Cong., June 7, 2012 (Statement of Adam Levitin) (CIS-No.: 2012-H371-89).    [WWW]
  • Rising Regulatory Compliance Costs and Their Impact on the Health of Small Financial Institutions: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Fin. Insts. & Consumer Credit of the H. Comm. on Fin. Servs., 112th Cong., May 9, 2012 (Statement of Adam Levitin) (CIS-No.: 2012-H371-77).    [WWW]
  • The Dodd-Frank Act's Effects on Financial Services Competition: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Intellectual Prop., Competition & the Internet of the H. Comm. on the Judiciary, 112th Cong., July 10, 2012 (Statement of Adam Levitin) (CIS-No.: 2012-H521-130).    [WWW]
  • Enhanced Consumer Financial Protection After the Financial Crisis: Hearing Before the S. Comm. on Banking, Hous. & Urban Aff., 112th Cong., July 19, 2011 (Statement of Adam Levitin) (CIS-No.: 2012-S241-20).    [WWW]
  • H.R. 1697: The Communities First Act: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Fin. Insts. & Consumer Credit and Subcomm. on Capital Mkts. & Gov't Sponsored Enters. of the H. Comm. on Fin. Servs., 112th Cong., Nov. 16, 2011 (Statement of Adam Levitin) (CIS-No.: 2012-H371-47).    [WWW]
  • Housing Finance Reform: Should There Be a Government Guarantee?: Hearing Before the S. Comm. on Banking, Hous. & Urban Aff., 112th Cong., Sept. 13, 2011 (Statement of Adam Levitin) (CIS-No.: 2012-S241-30).    [WWW]
  • Legislative Proposals to Improve the Structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Fin. Insts. & Consumer Credit of the H. Comm. on Fin. Servs., 112th Cong., Apr. 6, 2011 (Statement of Adam Levitin) (CIS-No.: 2011-H371-88).    [WWW]
  • Open for Business: The Impact of the CFPB on Small Business: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Investigations, Oversight & Regulations of the H. Comm. on Small Bus., 112th Cong., July 28, 2011 (Statement of Adam Levitin) (CIS-No.: 2012-H721-7).    [WWW]
  • Who’s Watching the Watchmen? Oversight of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on TARP, Fin. Servs. & Bailouts of Pub. & Private Programs of the H. Comm. on Oversight & Gov't Reform, 112th Cong., May 24, 2011 (Statement of Adam Levitin) (CIS-No.: 2012-H601-39).    [WWW]
  • Problems in Mortgage Servicing from Modification to Foreclosure: Hearing Before the S. Comm. on Banking, Hous. & Urban Aff., 111th Cong., Nov. 16, 2010 (Statement of Adam Levitin) (CIS-No.: 2011-S241-46).    [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Robo-Signing, Chain of Title, Loss Mitigation, and Other Issues in Mortgage Servicing: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Hous. & Cmty. Opportunity of the H. Comm. on Fin. Servs., 111th Cong., Nov. 18, 2010 (Statement of Adam Levitin) (CIS-No.: 2011-H371-66).    [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Worsening Foreclosure Crisis: Is It Time to Reconsider Bankruptcy Reform?: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Admin. Oversight & the Courts of the S. Comm. on the Judiciary, 111th Cong., July 23, 2009 (Statement of Adam Levitin) (CIS-No.: 2010-S521-38).    [Gtown Law]
  • Abusive Credit Card Practices and Bankruptcy: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Admin. Oversight & the Cts. of the S. Comm. on the Judiciary, 111th Cong., Mar. 24, 2009 (Statement of Adam Levitin) (CIS-No.: 2010-S521-36).    [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Consumer Debt: Are Credit Cards Bankrupting Americans?: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Com. & Admin. Law of the H. Comm. on the Judiciary, 111th Cong., Apr. 2, 2009 (Statement of Adam Levitin) (CIS-No.: 2009-H521-96).    [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Helping Families Save Their Homes in Bankruptcy Act of 2009, and the Emergency Homeownership and Equity Protection Act: Hearing Before the H. Comm. on the Judiciary, 111th Cong., Jan. 22, 2009 (Statement of Adam Levitin) (CIS-No.: 2009-H521-97).    [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Home Foreclosures: Will Voluntary Mortgage Modification Help Families Save Their Homes? (Part II): Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Commercial & Admin. Law of the H. Comm. on the Judiciary, 111th Cong., Dec. 11, 2009 (Statement of Adam Levitin) (CIS-No.: 2010-H521-57).    [WWW]
  • Modernizing Consumer Protection in the Financial Regulatory System: Strengthening Credit Card Protections: Hearing Before the S. Comm. on Banking, Hous. & Urban Aff., 111th Cong., Feb. 12, 2009 (Statement of Adam Levitin) (CIS-No.: 2009-S241-30).    [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Helping Families Save Their Homes: The Role of Bankruptcy Law: Hearing Before the S. Comm. on the Judiciary, 110th Cong., Nov. 19, 2008 (Statement of Adam Levitin) (CIS-No.: 2009-S521-60).    [Gtown Law]
  • The Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights: Providing New Protections for Consumers: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Fin. Inst. & Consumer Credit of the H. Comm. on Fin. Servs., 110th Cong., Mar. 13, 2008 (Statement of Adam Levitin) (CIS-No.: 2008-H371-46).    [Gtown Law]

Selected Contributions to Other Publications

  • Adam Levitin, Financial Choice Act: Unworkable, Am. Bankr. Inst. J., Aug. 2016, at 8, 62.    [W]
  • Adam Levitin, Georgetown Professor Testifies on Volcker Rule's Impact on CLOs, Am. Bankr. Inst. J., April 2014, at 10, 107.    [W]
  • Adam Levitin & Susan M. Wachter, Why Housing?, 23 Hous. Pol'y Debate 5-27 (2013).    [SSRN]
  • Adam Levitin, David A. Skeel, Jr. & Stephen J. Lubben, Is Government "Abusing" Lenders?, Am. Bankr. Inst. J., July 2012, at 10, 72-73.    [W]
  • Adam Levitin, Cross-Routing: PIN and Signature Debit Interchangeability Under the Durbin Amendment, Lydian J., Dec. 2010, at 16-24.    [WWW]
  • Adam Levitin, Interchange Regulation: Implications for Credit Unions, (Filene Res. Inst., Research Brief No. 224, 2010).   
  • Adam Levitin, Overdraft Regulation: A Silver Lining to the Clouds?, (Filene Res. Inst., Research Brief No. 211, 2010).   
  • Adam Levitin, The Credit C.A.R.D. Act: Opportunities and Challenges for Credit Unions, (Filene Res. Inst., Research Brief No. 202, 2009).   
  • Adam Levitin, The Consumer Financial Protection Agency, Am. Bankr. Inst. J., Oct. 2009, at 10, 66-68.    [W]
  • Adam Levitin, The Limits of Enron: Counterparty Risk in Bankruptcy Claims Trading, 15 J. Bankr. L . & Prac. 389-429 (2006).    [W] [SSRN]

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