Hon. Cecilia G. Morris

Adjunct Professor
B.S., West Texas State University
J.D, John Marshall Law School

Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge
Southern District of New York

Chief Judge Cecelia G. Morris began her official tour of duty as United States Bankruptcy  Judge  for  the  Southern  District  of  New  York  on  July  1,  2000,  and commenced her service as Chief Judge on March 1, 2012.   Chief Judge Morris is a Bachelor of Sciences graduate of West Texas State University, and received her Juris Doctorate from John Marshall Law School.

Prior to her appointment to the bench, Chief Judge Morris served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Child Support Recovery Unit of the District Attorney’s Office of the Spalding Judicial District headquartered in Griffin, Georgia.   Chief Judge Morris worked in private practice and ultimately served as Clerk of the Court for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (1988-2000), the first bankruptcy court to implement electronic filing of original documents to the court via the Internet.

Chief  Judge  Morris  has  lead  efforts  by  attorneys  representing  debtors  and secured creditors to implement a model Chapter 13 plan and order, and a detailed worksheet   that   requires   disclosure   of   arrearages  and   other   current  mortgage information as part of a motion seeking relief from the automatic stay concerning residential real estate and cooperative apartments.   She also collaborated with other judges and practitioners to develop loss  mitigation  procedures for  residential  real estate, resulting in the adoption of a court-supervised program that is the first of its kind in the United States.

Chief  Judge  Morris serves  as  an  editor  of  a  bankruptcy  treatise  being developed by Bloomberg Law, and published an article describing the history and legal basis of the Court’s loss mitigation program in the Spring 2011 edition of the ABI Law Review. Chief Judge Morris has authored several articles on electronic filing, including a chapter on electronic case filing in Collier on Bankruptcy, and has published articles on mediation, the consumer credit counseling requirement in bankruptcy, and cross-border insolvency cases under Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code. Chief Judge Morris has testified before Congress and served on the Bankruptcy Judges Advisory Board to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.  

Chief Judge Morris currently serves as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States Committee on Information Technology and is a permanent member of the Global Restructuring Organization’s Scientific Committee.  She has recently received the Annual Conrad B. Duberstein Memorial Award for Excellence and Compassion in the Bankruptcy Judiciary and the New York Law Journal Impact Award for pioneering the use of e-filing in federal court.

Chief Judge Morris teaches Bankruptcy Ethics Fraud and Malpractice with Judge Cyganowski.