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Hon. Diane Weiss Sigmund

Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge (Retired)

PA 19066

Class: XI (2000)Circuit: Third


Pennsylvania State University, B.S. (1963)
Temple University School of Law, J.D, magna cum laude (1977)
Temple Law Review, Research Editor
Admitted to Pennsylvania Bar (1977)

Professional Career

Chief Bankruptcy Judge (2004-08)
Bankruptcy Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1993-04; 08-09)
Faculty, ALI-ABA Fundamentals of Bankruptcy (2001-04),
Lecturer on Bankruptcy Law: Temple University Law School (1997-09); Federal Judicial Center (1999-05)
Partner (1986-93), Law Firm of Blank, Rome, Comisky & McCauley (1984-93)
Attorney, Law Firm of Wexler, Weisman, Forman & Shapiro, PC (1983-84)
Attorney, Law Firm of Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen (1977-83)


American College of Bankruptcy Foundation, Director (2008-)
American College of Bankruptcy, Chair, Archives Committee (2008-)
Judicial Conference of the U.S., Committee on Automation and Technology (1997-04)
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges: Third Circuit Governor (1998-01); Endowment for Education, Chair (1996-97); Committee Member (1995; 03-08)
Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference: Steering Committee (1993-01); Secretary (1993); Treasurer (1992)
Third Circuit Task Force on Equal Treatment in the Courts, Gender Commission, Chair, Bankruptcy Committee (1995-97)
University of Pennsylvania Law School Inn of Court (2006-08)
National Association of Women Judges
American Bankruptcy Institute
American Bar Association
Philadelphia Bar Association


Collier on Bankruptcy 2009- Contributing Editor