Hon. Stuart M. Bernstein

Adjunct Professor
B.A., cum laude, Queens College of the City University of New York
J.D., cum laude, Fordham Law School

Hon. Stuart M. Bernstein was sworn in as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York on November 24, 1993, and served as Chief Judge of the Court for ten years. He also served as a member of the Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System from 2006 through 2012, and currently serves as a member of the of Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules.  In addition to his judicial duties, he has served as an adjunct professor of law at the Cardozo Law School and St. John’s University Law School, authored several articles and lectured on behalf of ALI-ABA, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the New York State Bar Association and the Georgetown Law Center. 

Judge Bernstein is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the American Bar Association and the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a Member of the International Insolvency Institute and INSOL International. 

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Bernstein practiced with the Manhattan law firm of Kensington & Ressler P.C., and also served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. 

Judge Bernstein teaches Reorganization Under Chapter 11 with Professors Graham and Rosen.