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?

What are your favorite courses and why?

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?

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?

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 …

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.

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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.