Benjamin Weintraub Distinguished Professor of Bankruptcy Law
Alan N. Resnick has taught in the bankruptcy, corporate reorganization, commercial law and contracts areas for more than 30 years. He served as interim dean of the Law School in 2004-2005, and as associate dean from 1979 to 1981. He was a visiting professor at New York University School of Law in 2004.
Professor Resnick is a nationally recognized authority on bankruptcy law. He is editor-in-chief of Collier on Bankruptcy (15th ed.), the leading multi-volume treatise on the subject of bankruptcy. He also was the author of a one-volume treatise, Bankruptcy Law Manual (5th ed. 2002). He was editor of Bankruptcy Practice and Strategy, and co-editor (with the late Professor Eugene M. Wypyski) of the 17-volume Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978: A Legislative History. Professor Resnick's articles have appeared in Boston College Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Rutgers Law Review, William and Mary Law Review, American Bankruptcy Law Journal, American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, Banking Law Journal, Commercial Law Journal, and in other professional publications. He also was the author of a quarterly column on bankruptcy law published in the Uniform Commercial Code Law Journal. Professor Resnick's writings have been cited in more than 150 judicial opinions, including opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States and the United States Court of Appeals in several circuits.
Professor Resnick is of counsel to the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in New York City, where he consults on bankruptcy, insolvency, and commercial law issues in connection with complex debt restructurings, chapter 11 reorganization cases, and corporate transactions.
In 1987, Professor Resnick was appointed by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist to serve as reporter to the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States. As reporter, Professor Resnick acted as the initial drafter and consultant to the Advisory Committee regarding amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure promulgated by the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice appointed Professor Resnick to serve as a member of the Advisory Committee in 1999, and he served in that capacity until 2005. Since 2003, Professor Resnick also has served as chairman of the Local Rules Committee of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
Professor Resnick also has been active in other law reform activities, having testified on federal bankruptcy law issues before committees of the House of Representatives and the National Bankruptcy Review Commission. He participated at meetings on law reform sponsored by such organizations as the Rand Institute, the Executive Office for the United States Trustees, and the Judicial Conference of the United States.
A frequent speaker at professional seminars, Professor Resnick has lectured to audiences of bankruptcy judges in every region of the nation and has addressed the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges at several of its annual conventions. He has taught at seminars for newly appointed bankruptcy judges, sponsored by the Federal Judicial Center. He has been a regular member of the faculty of the annual New York University Bankruptcy and Reorganization Workshop.
Professor Resnick is an elected member of the American Law Institute, in which he serves on an advisory consultation group on Transnational Insolvency. He is an elected member of the National Bankruptcy Conference and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He also is an elected Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and had served as that organization's scholar-in-residence from 1999 to 2005. Professor Resnick had been a member of the panel of commercial arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association.