Fordham Law

Professor Susan Block-Lieb Named to Cooper Family Chair

January 29, 2010

Fordham Law is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Block-Lieb to the Cooper Family Chair in Urban Legal Issues. Block-Lieb is a leading scholar in the field of bankruptcy, consumer credit, and commercial finance law.

"Susan is a superb teacher and a dedicated member of the Fordham Law community," said Dean William Michael Treanor. "Her contributions to the Law School have been remarkable, and it is a great pleasure to be able to announce this well-deserved recognition."

Block-Lieb joined the Fordham faculty in 1999 as a Visiting Professor and became Professor of Law at Fordham the following year. She teaches Consumer Protection, Bankruptcy, Secured Transactions, and other commercial law classes, including advanced courses on Corporate Reorganization in Bankruptcy and International Insolvency Law.

"Susan is a national leader in the protection of the financial status of vulnerable populations," added Dean Treanor. "Her pathbreaking work in this subject is of central importance in the Cooper Chair's field of urban legal affairs."

As part of this work, she has served as the Executive Director, Treasurer, and General Counsel for the Coalition for Debtor Education, an organization that works very closely with various agencies of New York City, including the NYC Housing Authority and NYC Office of Financial Empowerment. 

Block-Lieb has written numerous influential articles on consumer bankruptcy, examining such timely subjects as flaws in bankruptcy reform legislation, the psychology of consumer credit, and domestic and global lawmaking in the bankruptcy area. She has also written seminal works on the development and implementation of financial management education for the poor. 

Block-Lieb is an inducted member of the American College of Bankruptcy and the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law, chair of the ABA’s subcommittee on International Insolvency Law, and a delegate from the American Bar Association to UNCITRAL’s Insolvency and Secured Transactions Working Groups. In 2002, she was the co-recipient of the New York State Bar Association President’s Pro Bono Service Attorney Award.  

Block-Lieb is the second occupant of the Cooper Family Chair, which was established in 1999 by Jerry Cooper '53, Douglas A. Cooper '72, and Dorothy Cooper.

Contact: Stephen Eichinger