Catherine Wilson

Associate Professor of Law

219 LAW UNL 68583-0902
(402)472-1243 | Email

Areas of Expertise
  • Banking Law
  • Payment Systems
  • Secure Transactions
  • Payment Systems
  • Economic Justice Seminar
  • Bankruptcy
  • Electronic Commerce
  • J.D., 1987, University of Alabama School of Law
  • Order of the Coif, 1987
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Psychology, 1984, Creighton University


  • Assistant Professor of Law, 1993
  • Associate Professor of Law, 2002


Professor Wilson joined the faculty in 1993. She received her bachelor's degree (summa cum laude) from Creighton University. She received her law degree from the University of Alabama, where she was selected to the Orders of the Coif and Barristers. After law school, Professor Wilson served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert S. Vance, U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit. Prior to joining the Nebraska faculty, she was a litigation associate with the Atlanta law firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan. Professor Wilson teaches Banking Law, Sale Payments Law, Secured Transactions, Bankruptcy, and Electronic Commerce.

Banking Law

Law 656/G (1-4 cr) Law of commercial banking. History and structure of the American banking system; the formation of a new bank; the regulation of traditional banking activity, including lending limitations; reserve requirements; capital adequacy; equal credit laws; failed banks; branch banking; and future trends in banking.

Payment Systems

Law 627/G (1-4 cr) Negotiable instruments, bank collections, negotiable documents, selected aspects of sales, and products liability.

Secured Transactions

Law 644/644/G (1-4 cr) Lec. Creditors' remedies outside of bankruptcy, secured financing of personal property, and the impact of federal bankruptcy law on secured creditors.

Payment Systems

Law 627/G (1-4 cr) Negotiable instruments, bank collections, negotiable documents, selected aspects of sales, and products liability.

Economic Justice Seminar

Law 725/725/G (3 cr) Lec 3. A social justice critique of free markets. The relationship of legal rules to the distribution of wealth. Introduction of a range of materials and critique the economic theory underlying various approaches to law and economics. Readings will include an interdisciplinary perspective Current topics in economic inequality, e.g., access to credit, housing and others.


Law 736/G (1-4 cr) After surveying the rights of creditors and debtors under state law, considers the impact of bankruptcy upon secured and unsecured creditors and upon stockholders. The bankruptcy trustee's avoiding powers are studied. Code Chapter 12: Adjustments of Debt for Family Farmers considered in some detail. Chapters 7, 11, and 13 liquidations and reorganizations surveyed with selected topics considered in depth. The negotiated settlements and "workout agreements" which characterize this area of practice emphasized.

Electronic Commerce

Law 613/G (3 cr) Participation on Blackboard required. There are no prerequisites, although students who have taken a Uniform Commercial Code course will find that helpful. Issues arising in electronic commerce, including setting up a business in cyberspace, the privacy issues associated with online data collection, and the laws governing the sale of goods, licensing, secured transactions and payments in an electronic environment. A variety of state, federal and international legislation and directives will be considered, including the Communications Decency Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the USA Patriot Act of 2001, the financial privacy provisions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, digital signature statutes and the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.