Katherine Porter

Katherine Porter


Professor of Law

Biographical Information

Professor Porter earned her BA from Yale University and her JD from Harvard University, where she was the Notes editor for the Harvard Women’s Law Journal. She clerked for the Honorable Richard S. Arnold, United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit in Little Rock, AR. She practiced with the law firm of Stoel Rivers LLP, Portland, OR, and she was the Project Director for Business Bankruptcy Project Update. Her areas of interest are bankruptcy and consumer law. Professor Porter was Associate Professor of Law from 2005 to 2010, and became Professor of Law in 2011. Prior to joining Iowa Law, Prof. Porter was Associate Professor of Law at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas School of Law; after leaving Iowa Law in 2011, Professor Porter joined the faculty at the University of California - Irvine.



Katherine Porter, “The Pretend Solution: An Empirical Study of Bankruptcy Outcomes,” 90 Tex. L. Rev. 103 (2011).
Katherine Porter, “Life after Debt: Understanding the Credit Restraint of Bankruptcy Debtors,” 18 Am. Bankr. Inst. L. Rev. 1 (2010).
Katherine Porter, “Saving up for Bankruptcy,” 98 Georgetown L.J. 289 (2010) (with Ronald J. Mann).
Katherine Porter, “Interpreting Data, A Reply to Professor Pardo,” 83 Am. Bankr. L.J. 47 (2009).
Katherine Porter, “Bankrupt Profits: The Credit Industry’s Business Model for Postbankruptcy Lending,” 93 Iowa L. Rev. 1369 (2008).
Katherine Porter, “Did Bankruptcy Reform Fail? An Empirical Study of Consumer Debtors,” 82 Am. Bankr. L.J. 349 (2008).
Katherine Porter, “Misbehavior and Mistake in Bankruptcy Mortgage Claims,” 87 Tex L. Rev. 121 (2008).
Katherine Porter, “Saving Homes in Bankruptcy: Housing Affordability and Loan Modifications,” 2008 Utah L. Rev. 1123 (with John Eggum and Tara Twomey) (reprinted excerpt in 7 Norton Bankr. L. Adviser 1) (2009). Symposium volume.
Katherine Porter, “Financial Education of Bankrupt Families: Attitudes & Needs,” 24 J. of Consumer Educ. 15 (2007) (with Deborah Thorne).
Katherine Porter, “The Failure of Bankruptcy’s Fresh Start,” 92 Cornell L. Rev. 67 (2006) (with Deborah Thorne).
Katherine Porter, “The Potential and Peril of BAPCPA for Empirical Research,” 71 Mo. L. Rev. 963 (2006). Symposium volume.
Katherine Porter, “Going Broke the Hard Way: The Economics of Rural Failure,” 2005 Wisc. L. Rev. 969.
Katherine Porter, “Phantom Farmers: Chapter 12 of the Bankruptcy Code,” 79 Am. Bankr. L.J. 729 (2005) Symposium volume.

Book Reviews

Katherine Porter, “The Debt Dilemma,” review of Charging Ahead: The Growth and Regulation of Payment Card Markets, by Ronald J. Mann, 106 Mich. L. Rev. 1167 (2008).