Rembrandt van Rijn, Bankrupt Printmaker. Art, Love, and Insolvency in the Seventeenth Century
Thursday, March 26th, 2020 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
The Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology and the Arts, the Department of Art History and Art, and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities
event is free
Due to COVID-19, the university will not hold campus events for the near future. This lecture has been canceled.
Judge Clarkson’s hour-long lecture and PowerPoint presentation of the life and 1656 Bankruptcy of the Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn paints a unique picture of art, personality, the loves of his life, and his overwhelming financial successes and failures. Descriptions of unusual mortgages and defaults, disingenuous bankruptcy planning, fraudulent transfers, litigation and appeals, secret corporations to avoid creditors, and disputes with patrons — all of which present remarkable similarities between the Dutch legal system of the 17th Century and Title 11 (the U.S. Bankruptcy Code) in the United States today.
Scott C. Clarkson has served as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California since January 20, 2011. His undergraduate degree is from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and he received his J.D. degree from George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia (1982).
From 1977 to 1982, Judge Clarkson was legislative assistant to United States Congressman Harold L. Volkmer in Washington, D.C., assigned to the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, where he was a direct observer of and participant in the creation of the 1978 Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Prior to his appointment, Judge Clarkson practiced bankruptcy law and bankruptcy litigation for more than 20 years in Los Angeles, and served as chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section from 2008 to 2009.
Judge Clarkson is also an established documentary photographer. As a photojournalist, he has documented events throughout the United States, Southeast and Central Asia and South America for over 20 years. His book of photographs, Windows to Vietnam- A Journey in Pictures & Verse, was published in 2007 and is now in its second edition. The book was designated as “Editors Choice” by the United States Military Academy (West Point) Association of Graduates Alumni Magazine in 2008.
CWRU Law Moot Courtroom (A59)
The Honorable Scott C. Clarkson, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California