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Expert resume of Hon. Elizabeth Stong

P.R.I.M.E. Finance Advisory Board; Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York; member, Council on Foreign Relations; member, Council of the American Law Institute; Trustee, Practising Law Institute; Advisory Board Member, American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Innovation; Co-chair, ABA Business Law Section Pro Bono Committee; Advisory Committee member, Columbia University Committee on Global Thought; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert

Judge Elizabeth S. Stong has served as U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of New York since 2003.  Before entering on duty, she was a litigation partner and associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York, associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and law clerk to Hon. A. David Mazzone, U.S. District Judge in the District of Massachusetts.  

Judge Stong is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Council and Awards Committee of the American Law Institute, and the New York County Lawyers Association Board of Directors.  She is also a Trustee of the Practising Law Institute, an Advisory Board member of P.R.I.M.E. Finance, an international dispute resolution organization that promotes judicial education in complex financial disputes, and a Director of the Harvard Law School Association of New York City.  She serves on the Advisory Board of the ABA Center for Human Rights, Secretary of the ABA’s National Conference of Federal Trial Judges, Co-Chair of the ABA Business Law Section’s Leadership Development Committee, and Council member of the ABA Section of International Law.  She is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School and St. John’s University School of Law.

Judge Stong is active in international judicial capacity building and has trained judges on five continents, including in Central Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and the Arabian Peninsula as an expert with the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Law Development Program, and ABA-ROLI.  She is an elected member of the European Law Institute and an Adviser to the ELI-UNIDROIT Principles of Transnational Civil Procedure project. 

Judge Stong previously served as President of the Harvard Law School Association, chair of the International Judicial Relations Committee of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Co-Chair of the New York Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, Vice President of the Federal Bar Council, Vice President of the Board of Directors of the City Bar Justice Center, Chair of the New York City Bar’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Co-Chair of its Council on the Profession, and Vice Chair of its Judiciary Committee, member of the Board of the International Insolvency Institute and Co-Chair of its ADR Committee, and an officer, Council member, and committee chair of the ABA Business Law Section.  She served on the board of MFY Legal Services, Inc., one of the largest providers of free civil legal services to low-income residents of New York City, and on the ABA’s Board of the Center for Innovation, Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, Standing Committee on the American Judicial System, Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education, Commission on Women in the Profession, and Commission on Homelessness and Poverty.

Judge Stong received the NCBJ’s President’s Award, the Brooklyn Bar Association’s Freda Nisnewitz Award for Pro Bono Service, the New York Institute of Credit’s Hon. Cecelia H. Goetz Award, the ABA Business Law Section’s Glass Cutter Award, and the MFY Legal Services Scales of Justice Award, among other recognitions.

Judge Stong received her A.B. magna cum laude and her J.D. from Harvard University.