Faculty Profiles

Kenneth Klee

Kenneth N. Klee

Professor of Law Emeritus
A.B. Stanford, 1971
J.D. Harvard, 1974
UCLA Faculty Since 1979


Bankruptcy and the Supreme Court: 1801-2014 (with Whitman L. Holt). West Academic (2015). West Academic
Business Reorganization in Bankruptcy: Cases and Materials (with Mark Scarberry, et al.). 4th ed. Thomson Reuters (2012). Prior editions: 3rd, 2006; 2nd, 2001; and 1st (1996).
Bankruptcy and the Supreme Court. LexisNexis (2008). Chapter 1 Excerpt
Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law 4th ed. (edited by George M. Treister, Kenneth N. Klee, et al.). American Law Institute, ABA Committee on Continuing Legal Education (1996). Prior editions: 3rd, 1993; 2nd, 1988; and 1st, 1986.  Supplement: 1998.
Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice 2nd ed. (edited by Kenneth N. Klee, et al.). Clark Boardman Callaghan (1993).
Collier on Bankruptcy 15th ed. (edited by edited by Kenneth N. Klee).

Articles and Chapters

Rethinking Chapter 11, 21(5) Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice 465 (2012).
Recalibrating Consent in Bankruptcy (with Daniel Bussel), 83 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 663-748 (2009). Full Text
The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 - Business Bankruptcy Amendments (with Brendt C. Butler), 38 Uniform Commercial Code Law Journal 301-71 (2006).
Teaching Transactional Law, 27 California Bankruptcy Journal 295-311 (2004). Full Text
Asset-Backed Securitization, Special Purchase Vehicles and Other Securitization Issues (with Brendt C. Butler), 35 Uniform Commercial Code Law Journal23-67 (2002).
One Size Fits Some: Single Asset Real Estate Bankruptcy Cases, 87 Cornell Law Review 1285-1332 (2002).
Tithing and Bankruptcy, 75 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 157-96 (2001). Full Text
Sovereign Piracy (with G. Mitu Gulati), 57 The Business Lawyer 635-51 (2001). Full Text
State Defiance of Bankruptcy Law (with James O. Johnson and Eric Winston), 52 Vanderbilt Law Review 1527-1606 (1999). Abstract
Barbarians at the Trough: Riposte in Defense of the Warren Carve-Out Proposal, 82 Cornell Law Review 1466-82 (1997).
Restructuring Individual Debts, 71 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 431-51 (1997).
The Future of the Bankruptcy Rules, 70 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 277-86 (1996).
Adjusting Chapter 11: Fine Tuning the Plan Process, 69 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 551-72 (1995).
A Brief Rejoinder to Professor LoPucki, 69 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 583-88 (1995).
Creditors' Committees Under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code (with K. John Shaffer), 44 South Carolina Law Review 995-1066 (1993).
Tax Procedure Considerations in Chapter 11 Reorganizations, 20 Taxation for Lawyers 289-94 (1992).
Cram Down II, 64 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 229-44 (1990).
The Scope of the Chapter 11 Discharge, 15 ALI-ABA 83-98 (1990).
Timbers, Ahlers, and Beyond, 1989 Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law 1-27 (1989).
Commencing a Case Under the Bankruptcy Code (with George M. Treister, et al.), 34 Practical Lawyer 17 (1988).
Ignoring Congressional Intent: Eight Years of Judicial Legislation, 62 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 1-36 (1988).
The Bankruptcy Aspects of Franchising, in 13AFranchising (edited by G. Glickman, Matthew Bender, 1986).
Collective Bargaining Agreements in Bankruptcy, 10 ALI-ABA 41 (1986).
The Individual Debtor's Fresh Start Under the Bankruptcy Code (with George M. Treister et al.), 32 Practical Lawyer 43 (1986).
Tax Planning for the Financially Troubled Company: A Panel Discussion (with Richard Bacon, et al.), 36 University of Southern California Law School Law Tax Institute 14-1(63) (1984). Also printed in 36 Major Tax Planning 14.1-.63 (1984).
Conferences on the Bankruptcy Tax Act of 1980 (with Paul H. Asofsky et al.), 39 Institute on Federal Taxation 57-1(161) (1981).
Caveat Creditor: The Consumer Debtor Under the Bankruptcy Code (with Marc S. Cohen), 58 North Carolina Law Review 681-721 (1980).
A Lending Officer's Primer on the New Bankruptcy Code, 97 Banking Law Journal 388-425 (1980).
Legislative History of the New Bankruptcy Law, 28 DePaul Law Review 941-60 (1979). Reprinted in 1979 Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law 21 (1979); and in 54 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 275-97 (1980).
Contributor, in Collier on Bankruptcy 15th ed. (edited by Lawrence P. King, Matthew Bender, 1979).
All You Ever Wanted to Know About Cram Down Under the New Bankruptcy Code, 53 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 133-71 (1979).
The Impact of the New Bankruptcy Code on the "Bankruptcy Out" in Legal Opinions (with Robert Harter), 48 Fordham Law Review 277 (1979).
Secured Creditors Under the New Bankruptcy Code (with Ronald S. Orr), 11 Uniform Commercial Code Law Journal 312 (1979).


Klee on the Supreme Court's Grant of Certiorari in In re Bellingham, 2013 Emerging Issues 7052 (2013).
How We Got To Where We Are Today: A Presentation to the UCLA School of Law Board of Advisors on the Current and Historic Downturns (2009). (pdf version of presentation)
Bankruptcy and Commercial Law: Creation of the Chapter 11 Reorganization Option, 25 Los Angeles Lawyer 24-6 (2002).
Recent Developments in Valuation and Cramdown, American Bankruptcy Association Conference (2000).
Acceptance Speech of the Bankruptcy Developments Journal Distinguished Service Award March 23, 2000, 17 Bankruptcy Developments Journal 5-7 (2000).
Recent Developments in Valuation of Secured Claims for Cram Down Under 1129(B) (with Mareta C. Hamre), ALI-ABA Course of Study 139 (1998).
Dealing with the Government: Sovereign Immunity, Eleventh Amendment, and Bureaucratic Impunity (with James O. Johnston and Eric Winston), ALI-ABA Course of Study 159 (1998).
The Effect of Bankruptcy on Intellectual Property Rights (with Isaac Pachulski, David Fidler and Eric Watson), 69 ALI-ABA Course of Study (1998). (Updated 2002, 2001, and 2000.)
Book Review, 23 California Bankruptcy Journal 325-29 (1997). Reviewing Buying and Selling Real Estate in Bankruptcy, by John Collen.
Bankruptcy Reform Past, Present and Future, (October 1997). Paper presented at the Seventy-first Annual National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
Bankruptcy Jurisdiction Cases in the Courts of Appeals, (August 1996). New York University Advanced Workshop on Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization. Program Materials.
Defining Success in Business Bankruptcies, (May 6, 1995). Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Bankruptcy Institute
The Concept of "Impairment" in Business Reorganization, (August 1994). New York University Advanced Workshop on Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization. Program Materials.
What the Turnaround Professional Can Do to Control Fees in Reorganization Cases, Magazine for Turn Around Managers (1993).
Privileges in Bankruptcy, (August 1993). New York University Advanced Workshop on Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization. Program Materials.
Public Utilities Under the Bankruptcy Code, (August, 1991). Paper presented at the New York University Bankruptcy Institute
Toxic Claims Polluting Bankruptcy Law, Legal Times at 22 (June 5, 1989). Also printed in New Jersey Law Journal at 7 (July 6, 1989).
Bit by Bit, Special Interests Eat Away at Bankruptcy Code: Everyone Agrees That, To Permit Troubled Businesses to Regroup, Chapter 11 Must Cover All Parties. The Problem Is, Everyone Also Seems to Want an Exemption, Legal Times at 17 (July 4, 1988).
Chapter 11: This Once-Powerful Social Planning Tool May Be Undercut By Legislative Meddling, Los Angeles Daily Journal at 4 (Mar. 15, 1988).
Special Interests are Eroding Chapter 11, New Jersey Law Journal at 6 (Aug. 25, 1988).
Congress and the Bankruptcy Act of 1976, ABA Bar Journal at 1268 (Oct. 1975).