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Maya Anderson, a 3L, has been selected as a 2008 Distinguished Bankruptcy Law Student and will represent the 10th Circuit at the American College of Bankruptcy's annual meeting in March.
She was chosen based on her interest and talent in bankruptcy law and will attend a variety of events, including induction ceremonies for new fellows into the prestigious, invitation-only organization. During the annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Anderson will attend seminars and events and be accompanied by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Mark McFeeley (`72) and Robert Jacobvitz, a partner with Jacobvitz, Thuma & Walker, who will both serve as her mentors.
"I think this will be an amazing experience," says Anderson. "I've never been to Washington, D.C., and am looking forward to the education seminars and networking with the nation's top bankruptcy lawyers."
Anderson first became fascinated with the field during a bankruptcy law class taught by UNM Law Professor Nathalie Martin.
"I discovered how much I liked the predictability of code-based law," she says. "That class remains my favorite in law school." Currently, she is in the Business and Tax Clinic and is working on her first bankruptcy case. She would like to practice in the field after graduation.
"I like the idea of helping people out of the mounds of debt that credit card bills can pile on them," she says, "and showing them that there is a strategy for dealing with those problems."
The American College of Bankruptcy was formed in 1989 to honor and recognize distinguished bankruptcy professionals who are committed to maintaining high standards in the insolvency community. The 650 members also contribute to the enhancement of bankruptcy and insolvency scholarship. Fostering law students is part of the organization's mission.