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西蒙·林赛

西蒙·林赛 (Photos by Andrew Davis Tucker/UGA)

西蒙·林赛, an assistant professor in the 法学院, teaches courses that require students to think critically about the subject matter in the context of advising real clients. 

Where did you earn degrees and what are your current responsibilities at UGA?
I earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, a Master of Education degree from the Peabody College at Vanderbilt University and a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. I am currently an assistant professor at the UGA 法学院, where I teach commercial law subjects such as bankruptcy and secured transactions.

When did you come to UGA and what brought you here?
我来到UGA如春2018年访问教授,并成为2018年秋天我很高兴来UGA,主要有三个原因,教师的专职委员。第一,我被吸引到在法学院的异常强大的师资力量。我的奖学金从数UGA法律教授我来到这里的教授很久以前的受益,我无法想象一个更好的一批学者是我的同事。第二,我是法学院的学生和校友留下深刻的印象。在我的私人执业的时候,我遇到了谁从UGA法律毕业的许多优秀的律师,我知道,这将是一种特权与当前和未来的法律专业学生一道,继续这一传统。最后,我意识到,UGA提出了我继续发展,并充分利用我的专业律师和法官的网络在格鲁吉亚的机会。这些关系提高我的奖学金,让我来帮助连接UGA学生,因为他们追求自己的职业生涯。

What are your favorite courses and why?
我偏爱我所有的课程,但我特别喜欢教“破产实践研讨会”。类是提供给二线和三年级的学生,并探讨了第11章破产企业的生命周期。在每个我们了解相关的规则和惯例的破产案件的特定阶段类别,然后我们就通过各种利益相关者(如债务人,债权人,美国受托人和法官)的角度模拟演练工作。在学期结束时,学生们认为律师在客户端的间距,洽谈,沉积,董事会会议和庭审中的作用。这是我最喜欢的课程,因为我能看到学生培养他们的实际技能和深入思考背后复杂的破产案件的诉讼策略。

What are some highlights of your career at UGA?
So far, I am most proud of placing two articles in law journals during my first year, more than doubling the number of students at the law school who are interested in pursuing bankruptcy clerkships or careers, becoming faculty advisor to the Hispanic Law Student Association, and earning a grant from the law school’s Initiative on Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging in the Legal Profession to improve the pipeline of Hispanic law students and attorneys.

How do you describe the scope and impact of your research or scholarship to people outside of your field?
我场以外的人,我会说,我的奖学金突出了破产程序的有趣的结构和程序的细微差别,得出破产和非破产诉讼之间的连接,并标识了现行的破产法和程序导致意外或不充分的结果实例。大多数个人和公司将在某个时候与破产互动,无论是一手还是通过商业或个人关系。破产的过程是非常有趣的,并已设计,秩序和稳定到一个固有的不公平的情况。然而,许多律师和学者不明白如何运作破产或其结构我们的法律制度中的适用。我的奖学金旨在神秘面纱什么是作为一个复杂和枯燥的话题,普遍认为,并解释了为什么破产制度有许多教训在其他情况下分享。

How does your research or scholarship inspire your teaching, and vice versa?
My scholarship inspires me to focus on the bankruptcy system’s structure and procedure while teaching my bankruptcy courses. It would be easy to dwell on the complexity of the Bankruptcy Code, but spending time drawing a broader picture of the bankruptcy system allows students to understand and analyze whether the Code serves its intended purpose. My experience teaching bankruptcy to law students—many of whom have only ever learned about business litigation in the civil context—reminds me how foreign and yet familiar the bankruptcy system is. I find myself inspired by the questions students ask about the process and comparisons they draw to material from other courses.

What do you hope students gain from their classroom experience with you?
首先我希望学生离开我的教室用的是什么意思,从事法律工作更具体的了解。我的课要求学生思考在现实客户,一种技能,许多初级律师没有练过建议的背景主题。而我当然希望学生理解和掌握的学说,我最希望他们学会批判性地思考如何处理客户的问题和解决客户的问题。我也希望学生获得的,商业法律问题对个人和企业的影响,强烈的意识。这些主题深深植根在绝大多数现代企业和消费者的交易,并且几乎肯定会拿出私人执业。统一商法典,这是我们在担保交易研究和破产法,这是我们在破产研究,都是技术性很强,很容易诱捕措手不及律师。学生应该离开我的班,一个坚定的认识,即使在这些主题的小失误可以有显著客户端的后果。

描述理想的学生。
My ideal student is profoundly curious; undaunted by the effort it takes to master new concepts, interested in learning from both professors and peers, energized by discovering how law impacts everyday life and—above all—kind.

Favorite place to be/thing to do on campus is …
My favorite place on campus is my office in the law school. I love the energy that flows through the halls during the semester, enjoy having colleagues stop by for coffee and conversation and appreciate the opportunities I have to mentor students about their coursework and careers.

Beyond the UGA campus, I like to …
我在UGA的角色需要我花很多时间思考,阅读和写作,所以当我从校园充值远我倾向于设法创造性和积极。很多我最喜欢的活动是从前一阶段在我的生命发扬光大。例如,我喜欢玩我的萨克斯管爵士音乐,并采取嘻哈舞蹈班,两件事情,因为我年轻时,我曾经爱过。我也喜欢解决室内设计和家装工程为朋友和家人,以及规划和烹饪餐晚宴。我强迫自己每年尝试一个完全新的活动(即使这个过程是非常震撼人心的)。今年我正在学习打网球。最后,我喜欢探索附近的位置,与我的家人分享新的体验。我们喜欢露营在当地的国家公园,哄抬到北卡罗来纳榉木山滑雪,并沿格鲁吉亚,佛罗里达州和北/南卡罗来纳州海岸参观不同的海滩。

Community/civic involvement includes …
I am on the board of the Georgia Latino Law Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to improve the diversity of the legal profession by developing the pipeline of Latinx law students and attorneys. I also serve as vice chair of the board of directors of the Georgia network of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, an organization that promotes women in careers relating to bankruptcy and restructuring. Finally, I am a Girl Scout leader for a local troop of Brownie scouts.

最喜欢的书/电影(为什么)?
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The one UGA experience I will always remember will be …
The swell of pride I felt walking around with my family at the law school’s homecoming barbecue during my first semester on the faculty. It was wonderful to see past, present and future members of the law school community come together in the spirit of the day and celebrate life and career victories. At that moment, I knew I had become a part of something very special.