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Hon. Joyce Bihary

Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge (Retired)

Atlanta, GA

Class: XI (2000)Circuit: Eleventh


Wellesley College, B.A. Economics, Durant Scholar (1972)
University of Michigan Law School, J.D., Order of the Coif (1975)

Professional Career

Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia (2003-12)
Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia (1987-12)
Partner (1979-87); Associate, Rogers & Hardin, Atlanta, Georgia (1977-79)
Associate, Alston & Bird, Atlanta, Georgia (1975-77)


Lawyers Foundation of Georgia, Fellow
Georgia Consortium for Personal Financial Literacy, Steering Committee
National Advisory Council, Credibility
Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Advisory Board
Bankruptcy Committee of the Eleventh Circuit
Coalition for Consumer Debtor Education (1999-04)
Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court, Executive Committee and Master Bencher (1987-94)
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
State Bar of Georgia
Atlanta Bar Association
Georgia Association for Women Lawyers
Emory University, Board of Visitors
University of Michigan Law School Committee of Visitors


Jane L. Mixer Award for Social Justice
Atlanta Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section, David W. Pollard Achievement Award (2006)
Metropolitan Atlanta Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, Louis C. Brown Award (2010)