Neil L. Sobol
Associate Professor of Law and Director of Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing Program
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Courses: Analysis, Research & Writing; Elements of Legal Studies; and Legislation & Regulation
Professor Neil Sobol joined the full-time faculty in 2003 after serving since 1997 as an adjunct professor of legal analysis, research, and writing. He was appointed director of the legal analysis, research & writing program in 2010. Professor Sobol has also taught in the Summer Enrichment Program since 2005. Professor Sobol began private practice in 1988 with a large firm in Dallas and opened his law partnership in 1992. Professor Sobol’s practice consisted primarily of consumer protection and bankruptcy-related work. In his representation of creditors, debtors, and trustees, his clients have included fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, and individuals. His broad coverage in bankruptcy included work in complex chapter 11 reorganizations and chapter 7 liquidations as well as individual chapter 7 and 13 filings.
In his current scholarship, Professor Sobol is analyzing consumer-protection issues. He is also interested in applying his background in economics and statistics to the practice of law, analyzing the extent to which the logical principles of mathematics can apply to outcomes in the legal arena. He has been voted Legal Writing Professor of the Year for 2005-06, 2006-07, 2008-09, and 2009-10 as well as Outstanding 1L Night Writing Professor for 2001-02 and 2002-03.
Professor Sobol holds his J.D. from Southern Methodist University School of Law where he graduated cum laude, was a member of the Order of Coif, and served as a notes and comments editor of the Southwestern Law Journal (now known as the SMU Law Review). He earned a B.A. in economics with distinction and a M.S. in statistics from Stanford University in 1985.
Since 2002, Professor Sobol has also served as marathon coach for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team-in-Training program. During that time, he has trained over 1000 athletes who have raised over $1.5 million for this cause.
Bankruptcy Law: Dot Coms or Dot-Gones?, 16 Texas Lawyer 75 ( 2000) (with Michelle Roberts). [Westlaw]
Current Bankruptcy Law Issues Relating to Oil and Gas Industry, Forty-First Annual Institute on Oil and Gas Law and Taxation (1990) (with John Flowers).
Determining Limitation Periods for Actions Arising Under Federal Statutes, 41 Southwestern Law Journal 895 (1987). [Hein] [Westlaw]