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James L. Tatum

Lecturer in Political Science; Principal and Owner of River Park Consultancy, LLC; Analyst, City of Detroit’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer

James L. Tatum III is a lecturer in Eastern Michigan University’s Political Science Department, an analyst in the City of Detroit’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer, and Principal and Owner of River Park Consultancy, LLC. In addition to his professional duties, he is an accomplished academic. His research on debt, pensions, insolvency, Chapter 9 bankruptcy, and dissolution has been published in trade, law, and academic journals.
 

Educational Background

  • MPA, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, 2017
  • BS, in Political Science, Eastern Michigan University, 2014

Professional Affiliations

  • Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy, University of Michigan
  • Center for Local Government Finance and Policy, Michigan State University

Recent Publications

  • Cities, Economic Distress, and Dissolution. Albany Government Law Review, 15(1), 186–209 (2022).
  • A Twenty-year Review of Flint's Financial Condition (coauthored with Stephanie Leiser and Shu Wang). Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy, Online (2022).
  • Managing Volatility. Government Finance Review, 37(2), 66–69 (2021).
  • IRC Section 115 Trusts and Pension-Related Financial Stress. Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy, Online (2021).
  • A Greater Detroit. Center for Local Government Finance and Policy, Online (2021).
  • Detroit’s Bankruptcy and Market Reentry. Emory Bankruptcy Law Developments Journal, 37(1), 65–93 (2020).
  • To Disappear a City. Syracuse Law Review, 69(1), 105–125 (2019).
  • Monetizing Masterpieces in Detroit’s Bankruptcy. The Urban Lawyer, 49(2), 267–282 (2017).
  • State Sanctioned Fraud (coauthored with Nino Monea). Business & Bankruptcy Law Journal, 4(1), 1–25 (2017)
  • The Debt is Not Payable. Harvard Journal of Legislation, Online (2016).
  • Central Falls’ Bankruptcy and the Principle of Shared Pain. Public Finance and Management, 16(3), 281–300 (2016).

Contact Information

Email: jtatum3@emich.edu