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Henry J. Sommer


233 S. 6th Street
Apt. 1201
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Tel: 215-515-3814

Class: II (1991)Circuit: Third


Harvard College, A.B., magna cum laude (1971)
Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude (1974)
Admitted to Pennsylvania Bar (1974)

Professional Career

Supervising Attorney, Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project (1996-2018)
Adjunct Professor of Law, Temple Law School (2010-)
Head of Consumer Law Project, Community Legal Services (1974-95)
Lecturer in Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School (1989-91)
President, National Consumer Bankruptcy Rights Center (2018-)


Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules (1991-98)
National Bankruptcy Conference (1983-)
Federal Reserve Board, Consumer Advisory Council (1983-85)
Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference, Chair (1998-99)
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys: Vice President (2001-04); President (2005-08)
American Law Institute
National Consumer Bankruptcy Rights Center, President


Collier on Bankruptcy, (16th Edition) Editor-in-Chief
Collier Consumer Bankruptcy Practice Guide Matthew Bender 1997
Collier Family Law and the Bankruptcy Code Matthew Bender 1991
Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Practice, 10th ed. National Consumer Law Center, Boston 2012
Collier Bankruptcy Manual, 3rd ed. Editor-in-Chief


Recipient of First Annual Vern Countryman National Consumer Law Award, (1990)
Recipient of Excellence in Education Award from National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, (2010)