Justin Bernbrock, ’12, Honored as Distinguished Law Student by American College of Bankruptcy

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The American College of Bankruptcy has selected Justin R. Bernbrock as the Distinguished Law Student for the Seventh Circuit for 2012. Only one student is selected from each Circuit, and students undergo a rigorous nomination process.

“I am personally humbled by this award, and I am proud of what it confirms: The University of Illinois College of Law offers the country's preeminent course of instruction in bankruptcy law,” said Justin Bernbrock, Class of 2012.

photo of Justin R. Bernbrock

Professors Charles Tabb, Ralph Brubaker, and Robert Lawless – all American College of Bankruptcy fellows – nominated Justin.

“This is a huge honor, and Justin is deserving for many reasons,” said Professor Tabb. “Perhaps most notably, he was a member of the University of Illinois College of Law team that finished 3rd in the country in the national Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court competition in New York City, out of over 40 schools.”

Having taken nearly every course taught on the subject at the College, Justin has excelled in the study of bankruptcy law. In addition to serving as an editor for the internal bankruptcy moot court competition, he coached College's external bankruptcy team. During last year's internal competition, he was named best oral advocate, and his team went on to place third at the 19th Annual Duberstein Moot Court Competition.

Justin is currently a judicial extern to the Honorable Eugene Wedoff of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and after graduation, he will be joining the bankruptcy and restructuring group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.  

Prior to law school, Justin served in the U.S. Navy for 10 years, making three, six-month-long overseas deployments. He was onboard the first P-3 to patrol northern Iraq at the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003. 

The Induction Ceremony and Events will take place March 16 – 17, 2012 at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.