Nicole Langston Joins the Vanderbilt Law Faculty

Dean Chris Guthrie announced the appointment of Nicole Langston as an Assistant Professor of Law.

Langston joins Vanderbilt from Boston College Law School, where she served as a Visiting Assistant Professor and taught a Consumer Bankruptcy Seminar. At Vanderbilt, she will teach Bankruptcy and the Consumer Bankruptcy Seminar.

“I am thrilled to welcome Nicole Langston to Vanderbilt,” said Dean Guthrie. “Her research brings much-needed focus to an important area of the law, and I know our students and faculty will benefit tremendously from her teaching and scholarship.”

Langston’s research examines the interplay between bankruptcy, commercial law, consumer law, and the social cost of debt to address economic inequality. Her most recent work, forthcoming in the California Law Review, examines how the inconsistent treatment of debt in the consumer bankruptcy system follows recognizable racial and socioeconomic lines of vulnerability and marginalization.

After earning her J.D. magna cum laude from University of Illinois College of Law, Langston clerked for Judge Peter J. Walsh and Judge Laurie Selber Silverstein of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, as well as Judge Bernice Donald of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. At Illinois Law, she was named American College of Bankruptcy Distinguished Law Student from the Seventh Circuit. She received her B.A. from Georgetown University.

Langston practiced as a bankruptcy litigator with Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP.