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Subchapter V Chapter 11 Small Business Bankruptcy Cases

Speaker(s): Hon. Elizabeth S. Stong, Hon. Nancy Hershey Lord, Rachel S. Blumenfeld, William K. Harrington
Recorded on: Jun. 11, 2020
PLI Program #: 301983

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, an 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 and Audit Committee of the American Law Institute, a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Practising Law Institute, co-chair of the International ADR Committee of the International Insolvency Institute, and P.R.I.M.E. Finance, an international dispute resolution organization that promotes judicial education in complex financial disputes. She serves on the ABA Standing Committee on CLE, is a member of the ABA National Conference of Federal Trial Judges Executive Committee, and is active in the leadership of the ABA Business Law Section. She chairs the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges International Judicial Relations Committee and has trained judges in North Africa, the Middle East, and the Arabian Peninsula, as an expert with the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, and U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Law Development Program. She has also consulted with the Supreme Court of China and People's High Courts in Beijing and Guangzhou, and has led judicial workshops in Brazil and Argentina. Judge Stong is an adjunct professor at St. John's University School of Law and Brooklyn Law School. 

Judge Stong previously served as President of the Harvard Law School Association, Vice President of the Federal Bar Council, Vice President of the Board of Directors of New York City Bar Fund Inc. and the City Bar Justice Center, Chair of the New York City Bar's Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and Vice Chair of its Judiciary Committee, and an officer of the ABA Business Law Section. She was also a member of 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 served on the ABA's Commission on Women in the Profession and Commission on Homelessness and Poverty.

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

Rachel S. Blumenfeld is a principal in the Law Office of Rachel S. Blumenfeld PLLC. She is a 2000 graduate of Brooklyn Law School, and has dedicated her legal career to representing individual and business debtors, creditors, and trustees in chapter 7, chapter 11 and chapter 13 bankruptcy matters.  After law school, Ms. Blumenfeld interned for the Honorable Robert E. Gerber, and she clerked for the Honorable Adlai S. Hardin, Jr., Bankruptcy Judges in the Southern District of New York. In 2004, Ms. Blumenfeld established her law firm in Brooklyn.

Ms. Blumenfeld is Board Certified in Consumer and Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Bankruptcy Institute.  Ms. Blumenfeld has been selected as a 2021 Super Lawyer.  She has appeared as an expert in bankruptcy law for dispute resolution in JAMS mediation. Ms. Blumenfeld serves on the panel of mediators for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and she is a co-chair of the Eastern District of New York Bankruptcy Court Consumer Lawyer Advisory Committee.

Ms. Blumenfeld has received numerous awards for her pro bono services including the Brooklyn Bar Association's Frieda Niscnewitz award. She is the co-author of several articles on bankruptcy law and she frequently lectures on bankruptcy topics at the Practicing Law Institute, the Brooklyn Bar Association, the New York City Bar and has lectured at Brooklyn Law School and Fordham Law School.  Ms. Blumenfeld is admitted to practice in New York and Texas. 

William K. Harrington is the United States Trustee for Region 1 and Region 2.  Mr.  Harrington was appointed as the United States Trustee for Region 1 on November 8, 2010 and as the United States Trustee for Region 2 on November 26, 2013.  Prior to his appointment as the United States Trustee for Region 1, Mr. Harrington was the Assistant United States Trustee for the District of Delaware. Prior to joining the Office of the United States Trustee, he practiced bankruptcy and reorganization law at Duane Morris LLP. Mr. Harrington is a member of the Boston Bar Association, the Delaware State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Delaware Bankruptcy American Inn of Court. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.