Most people are not well-versed in bankruptcy law and view it negatively, says Kristie-Ann Yamane ‘17. But she enjoyed the equity and diversity of the legal specialty -- a viewpoint that recently earned her a distinguished law student award.
Yamane is the 2017 Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar Distinguished Law Student.
Since 2013, the Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar has awarded a Distinguished Law Student prize to honor a law student from the Tri-State area of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, who has excelled academically and exhibited a strong interest in the bankruptcy and restructuring field, as well as to encourage their pursuit of a career in the field. Dozens of nominees were submitted by their law schools based on the recommendation by law school faculty, achievements and academic excellence.
“I never realized how much bankruptcy interacts with other areas of law and how it can be a balancing act between federal and state laws. I learned that to be truly successful as a bankruptcy lawyer you must be flexible and knowledgeable about more than one area of law,” she said. “I believe that the diverse nature of bankruptcy is one of the most important things I learned because it further confirmed that I want to practice bankruptcy law after I graduate.”
Yamane recently took the New York bar exam and is currently interviewing for bankruptcy clerkship positions. She said she is looking forward to practicing law in this area, which she never thought she’d come to enjoy when she first began her law school journey.
“Bankruptcy law focuses on giving the debtor a fresh start. It allows a person who has made mistakes to restart and overcome their financial problems. I enjoy helping people, and the equitable nature of bankruptcy directly allows me to do that.”