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Isaac Stevens LLM‘20 wins third place in American Bankruptcy Institute Writing Competition

June 17, 2020

Isaac Stevens LLM ’20 has been awarded third place in the 2020 American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Law Student Writing Competition for his paper, “For a Mandatory Mediation in Mass Tort Chapter 11 Cases.” Stevens wrote the paper under S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law David Skeel’s supervision during an independent study he undertook as an LLM candidate.

A senior associate in the dispute resolution and insolvency group at Carey, the largest law firm in Chile, Stevens chose to pursue his LLM at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School in part because of Professor Skeel’s reputation as one of the most distinguished bankruptcy scholars in the U.S.

“Since my practice in Chile is focused on corporate restructuring, I intended to take advantage of my LLM studies to research Chapter 11 issues,” said Stevens. “It was a great privilege to conduct my independent studies with Professor Skeel.”

In his award-winning paper, Stevens argues that making mediation mandatory in mass tort Chapter 11 cases would save time and money for all parties involved in these complex disputes.

“As a foreign lawyer, one thing that caught my attention during my time at Penn Law was the quality and sophistication of American legal research,” said Stevens. “The thoroughness of the investigative work and the tools available to carry it out made the research process particularly interesting to me.”

In addition to the paper he submitted to the ABI competition, Stevens also wrote another on Chapter 11 issues during his time working with Professor Skeel.

As third place winner, Stevens will receive a $750 prize and his paper will be published in an upcoming ABI newsletter.

“I am so honored to have received this award,” said Stevens. “The American Bankruptcy Institute is a highly respected institution.”

Stevens is an Adjunct Professor of Private Law at Diego Portales University Law School in Santiago, where he completed his law degree in 2012. He has participated in domestic and international arbitration proceedings and has played a key role in some of the most significant and complex insolvency cases in Chile.

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