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Hon. Stuart M. Bernstein

Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge

Current Position

U.S. Bankruptcy Court
New York, NY 10004

Class: XIV (2003)Circuit: Second


Queens College, B.A., cum laude (1972)
Fordham Law School, J.D., cum laude (1975)
Fordham Law Review

Professional Career

Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court (1993-)
Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court (2000-10)
Adjunct Professor of Law, St. John's Law School (2010-)
Adjunct Professor of Law, Cardozo Law School (1998-00)
Member, Kensington & Ressler, P.C. (1989-93)
Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, Fordham Law School (1984-86)
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York (1978-82)
Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics, Association of the Bar of the City of New York (1996-99; 04-07)
Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System (2006-)


Association of the Bar of the City of New York
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
Fordham Law Alumni Association, Director (2002-)
International Insolvency Institute


"Is Chapter 11 Dead?" 5 Fordham J. Corp. & Fin. L. 1 2009 Author/Lecturer
"Mass Torts & Bankruptcy," 24 ABA Litigation J. 5 1997 Author
"The Impact of Bankruptcy on Civil Litigation," CA 27 ALI-ABA 287 1995 Author
"How Bankruptcy Affects Civil Litigation," 6 The Practical Litigator 77 1995 Author
"The Evolving Right of Due Process at Prison Disciplinary Proceedings," 42 Fordham L. Rev. 878 1974 Author


Fordham Law School Moot Court Board, Distinguished Alumnus Award (1997)
New York Institute of Credit, Credit Education Leadership Award (2004)