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Professor Chrystin Ondersma Named to Board of Coalition for Debtor Education

July 28, 2014 – 

Chrystin Ondersma, Associate Professor of Law at Rutgers School of Law–Newark and a rising scholar in the areas of bankruptcy and personal indebtedness, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Coalition for Debtor Education (CDE). An independent non-profit housed at Fordham Law School, CDE offers classes to help consumers, especially vulnerable populations, understand and improve their ability to manage their financial affairs.

“I’m thrilled to be involved in this important organization,” said Ondersma. “The CDE does wonderful work to educate and empower consumers, including helping domestic violence victims gain economic independence.”

Professor Ondersma has presented her scholarship at several conferences, including the annual meetings of the Association of American Law Schools, the Law and Society Association, and the National Business Law Scholars Conference. Her publications include “Undocumented Debtors” in the Michigan Journal of Law Reform (2012) and “Shadow Banking and Financial Distress: The Treatment of ‘Money-Claims’ in Bankruptcy” in the Columbia Business Law Review (2013). Her article “A Human Rights Framework for Debt Relief,” forthcoming in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, was cited by Human Rights Watch in its recent report “Shattered Dreams: Impact of Spain’s Housing Crisis on Vulnerable Groups.” 

Professor Ondersma joined the Rutgers–Newark Law faculty in 2010 from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York, where she was an associate in the Business Finance and Restructuring Department. Prior to that she clerked for the Hon. Michael Daly Hawkins of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She received her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School where she was the recipient of a Goldsmith Academic Fellowship and an executive editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.