William Z. (Bill) Kransdorf
Adjunct Professor of Law
Coordinator, NYC Bankruptcy Assistance Project
Legal Services NYC
Professor Kransdorf is coordinator of the NYC Bankruptcy Assistance Project (NYC BAP or the Project) at Legal Services NYC, which provides free bankruptcy assistance to low-income New Yorkers. He earned his BA from the University of Chicago and his JD from Harvard Law School. He has worked in legal services since 1992, first at Legal Aid of Marin, near San Francisco and, later, at the former Legal Aid of Alameda County. He also worked for the workers’ rights law firm of Van Bourg, Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld, and later went into private practice as a bankruptcy attorney in Oakland, California. Bill later returned to Legal Aid of Marin where he eventually became Director of Legal Services. He has been coordinator of NYC BAP since 2005. The Project employs pro bono attorneys from New York’s top law firms, as well as law students from top law schools, to assist debtors in the preparation of bankruptcy petitions as well as with contested matters in the bankruptcy courts. The Project has become a national model of pro bono and bankruptcy advocacy.