Elizabeth S. Stong has served as U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of New York since 2003. Previously, she was a litigation partner and associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and a law clerk to Hon. David Mazzone, U.S. District Judge in the District of Massachusetts.
Judge Stong is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and also serves as a member of the Council of the American Law Institute, the Board of Trustees of the Practising Law Institute, the Board of Directors of the International Insolvency Institute, and the Board of Directors of P.R.I.M.E Finance. She is also the Co-Chair of the New York City Bar’s Council on the Profession, and Co-Chair of the New York Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. Judge Stong represents the American Bar Association Judicial Division’s National Conference of Federal Trial Judges in the ABA’s House of Delegates, and also serves on the ABA’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and the Council of the ABA Business Law Section. In October 2016, she will serve as Honorary Chair of Mediation Settlement Day, a nationwide event that she helped to establish in 2001.
Judge Stong’s past positions include President of the Harvard Law School Association and ten years as chair of the NCBJ International Judicial Relations Committee. She also served on the ABA’s Standing Committees on the American Judicial System and Continuing Legal Education, as well as the Commission on Women in the Profession, and Commission on Homelessness and Poverty.
Judge Stong has trained judges in Central Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and the Arabian Peninsula with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the World Bank. 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 Cambodia, Brazil and Argentina. She has received several honors and awards including the ABA Business Law Section’s Glass Cutter Award, the New York Institute of Credit’s Hon. Cecelia Goetz Award, the Brooklyn Bar Association’s Frieda Nisnowitz Award for Pro Bono Service, and the MFY Legal Services Scales of Justice Award.
Judge Stong is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School and St. John’s University School of Law.
EDUCATION: Harvard College, A.B.; Harvard Law School, J.D.