John Patrick Hunt is Professor of Law at the University of California Davis School of Law. His area of scholarly interest is law and finance. His scholarship has addressed student-loan bankruptcy and forgiveness; municipal bankruptcy; credit rating agencies; and mortgage securitization, transfer, and modification. Before joining the UC Davis faculty in 2009, John was Research Director of the Law and Finance Program at the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy. He has also worked as a regulatory lawyer and litigator at two major law firms and as a credit derivatives research analyst. He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and a Master’s in Financial Engineering from the U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.