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Judge Elizabeth Stong Receives Mayre Rasmussen Award

Hon. Elizabeth Stong of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York has been honored with the 2024 Mayre Rasmussen Award for Advocacy for Women in International Law by the American Bar Association.

This prestigious award is given to outstanding women lawyers who have significantly contributed to increasing women’s opportunities for social inclusion and active participation in the field of international law.

Judge Stong, who has served as a U.S. bankruptcy judge since 2003, was elected to the American Law Institute (ALI) in 1998 and to the ALI Council in 2009. She was granted emeritus status in May 2024. Stong is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of several legal organizations, including the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, the Practicing Law Institute, the New York County Lawyers’ Association, and the New York Law Institute.

Judge Elizabeth Stong of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York, recipient of the 2024 Mayre Rasmussen Award for the Advancement of Women in International Law. Eagle photo by Rob Abruzzese

Judge Stong also serves on the Advisory Board of Columbia University’s Global Thought Committee and the Advisory Board of PRIME Finance, an international dispute resolution and judicial training organization based in The Hague. Stong regularly serves as a delegate to the Working Groups on Arbitration and Conciliation and Bankruptcy of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and is an elected member of the European Law Institute. He chairs the ABA Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education and holds leadership positions in the International Insolvency Institute, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and various ABA sections.

Judge Stong’s contributions extend beyond the courtroom. She is an associate professor at Brooklyn Law School and has trained judges in over 30 countries through her work at the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Trade Law Development Program, and ABA-ROLI. Her efforts have significantly encouraged women to engage in international law, particularly trade law, UNCITRAL, and international arbitration.

The Mayre Rasmussen Award recognizes Judge Stong’s long-standing mentorship and global influence on the advancement of women in the legal profession.