Michael Francus

Michael Francus

Associate Professor of Law

Office: 3153 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574-631-9930
Email: mfrancus@nd.edu
Staff Assistant: Mary Juckett
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Michael Francus teaches and writes about bankruptcy law. His scholarship focuses on the use of legal entity structures in bankruptcy and how they can be better designed to address insolvency, both for government entities and corporate ones.

Francus is a graduate of Stanford Law School, where he served as an articles editor on the Stanford Law Review. After law school, he clerked for Judge Stephanos Bibas of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He also practiced as an associate at Kirkland & Ellis, where he focused on commercial and appellate litigation. Before law school, he earned his B.A. from the University of Chicago, where he graduated with Honors in Philosophy and Political Science.

Courses Taught

  • Contracts
  • Bankruptcy


Designing Designer Bankruptcy, 102 TEX. L. REV. __ (forthcoming 2024)

Death, Bankruptcy, and the Public Hospital, 41 YALE J. REG. __ (forthcoming 2024)

Disaggregating State Bankruptcy, 171 U. PA. L. REV. __ (forthcoming 2023)

Texas Two-Stepping Out of Bankruptcy, 120 MICH. L. REV. ONLINE 38 (2022)

The Law of Clarity and the Clarity of Law, 2020 U. CHI. L. REV. ONLINE 1

Digital Realty, Legislative History, and Textualism After Scalia, 46 PEPP. L. REV. 1 (2019)

In Defense of Corruption: CNN Debates, the Press Clause, and Campaign Finance Regulation, 68 STAN. L. REV. ONLINE 92 (2016)