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About the Moderators  

The 2005 Bankruptcy Amendments: Where Are We Now?
Date of Symposium: February 4, 2010

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The Honorable Judith H. Wizmur (Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, District of New Jersey)
Business Bankruptcy Panel

Judge Judith H. Wizmur was appointed as a United States Bankruptcy Judge in 1985, and was reappointed to a second term in 1999.  She was appointed Chief Judge of the Bankruptcy Court of the District of New Jersey in August 2005.  She is a graduate of Douglass College, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and the Rutgers University School of Law - Camden.  

Following a state clerkship with the Honorable Michael Patrick King, J.A.D., and several years of private practice, she served as an Administrative Law Judge and a Workers Compensation Judge in the state of New Jersey, and as Assistant Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles.  She served as the Chair of the Bankruptcy Judges Advisory Group to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, and presently serves on the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules of the Judicial Conference.  

Judge Wizmur is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and is a contributing editor of Collier on Bankruptcy.  She is a recipient of the Equal Justice Award from New Jersey Legal Services, the Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award from Rutgers Law School, and the Stanley Van Ness Leadership Award in Public Interest Advocacy from New Jersey Appleseed.


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The Honorable Morris Stern (U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, District of New Jersey)
Consumer Bankruptcy Panel

Judge Morris Stern  is an honors graduate of Rutgers University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Law Review and Dean’s Award recipient upon graduation in 1965.  He received his L.L.M. at New York University School of Law in 1975.  Judge Stern earned a B.S. Degree in Industrial Engineering from Lafayette College.

After law school, Judge Stern served as law clerk to Hon. Robert A. Matthews, Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, Hudson County.  From 1966 to 1968 he was on active duty as a Captain in the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps.

He was a partner in the law firm of Stern, Dubrow, and Marcus for thiry years, specializing in commercial litigation and transactions.  During that time, Judge Stern was an Adjunct and Visiting Professor at Rutgers University School of Law, teaching bankruptcy and commercial law on a regular basis.  He also served on a number of state and local boards and bar committees, including the Commissioner of the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority, Public Member of the New Jersey Insurance Underwriting Assocation (New Jersey Fair Plan), elected Court of New Jersey District Ethics Committee, and Member of the Editorial Board of the New Jersey Law Journal.

Judge Stern was appointed to the bench in 2001 and is sitting in the Newark vicinage of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey.