Adjunct Professor of Law
Bankruptcy Judge, Southern District of New York
B.A., cum laude, Queens College of the City University of New
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. In addition to his judicial duties, he has served as an
adjunct professor of law at the Cardozo Law School and St. John’s
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, 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.