Shelley C. Chapman was sworn in as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York on March 5, 2010. At the time of her appointment, she was a partner in the law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in the Business Reorganization and Restructuring Department, where her practice included the representation of debtors, creditors, and other parties in interest in major chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings.
Judge Chapman received a B.A. with distinction in all subjects from Cornell University in 1978 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, from which she graduated cum laude in 1981. She served as an editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.
Prior to joining Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in 2001, Judge Chapman was a partner at Sidley & Austin and served as an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School in 1985-86. From 2001 through 2007, she served on the Board of Directors of inMotion, a non-profit organization that provides pro bono legal services to indigent women and children in New York City, primarily in the areas of matrimonial, family, and immigration law. She served as Board Chair from 2004 to 2007, overseeing a broad expansion of the services provided throughout the five boroughs of the city.
Prior to her appointment, she served on the Executive Committee of the UJA-Federation of New Yorks Bankruptcy and Reorganization Group and on the Advisory Board of the ABI New York City Bankruptcy Conference, and was active in Cornell University and Harvard Law School alumni affairs. She is a Conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference, a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, and a member of the International Insolvency Institute. She is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, served on an advisory committee of the ABI Commission to Study Chapter 11 Reform, and serves as judicial co-chair of the ABI New York City Bankruptcy Conference. Judge Chapman also is a member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and has served on the NCBJ Education Committee. In April 2015, she was appointed by the Chief Justice of the United States to serve as the Chair of the Federal Judicial Centers Bankruptcy Judge Education Advisory Committee and acts as a mentor judge for the Centers Orientation Program for Newly Appointed Bankruptcy Judges. In July 2016, she became a member of the FDICs Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee. She also serves on the Editorial Board of Collier on Bankruptcy as a Contributing Author and on the Second Circuit Committee on Civic Education Committee. She is a frequent lecturer on a variety of U.S. bankruptcy and international insolvency topics at conferences around the country and abroad.
Judge Chapman has been married since 1981to Dr. Paul B. Chapman, an attending physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where he specializes in the treatment of melanoma. They have two daughters: Rebecca Chapman, a 2015 graduate of Harvard Law School who works as a public defender, and Dr. Talia Chapman, a 2014 graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons who is a resident in orthopaedic surgery.