Matthew Bruckner

Associate Professor of Law

J.D., 2007, New York University School of Law
B.A., 2000, Binghamton University


Matthew Adam Bruckner is an Associate Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law. He teaches a variety of business and commercial law courses, including Contracts, Consumer Finance and Bankruptcy. Professor Bruckner has previously taught at St. John’s University School of Law and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. His academic interests center on commercial and nonprofit bankruptcy issues. Professor Bruckner’s most recent work is focused on bankruptcy issues faced by institutions of higher education.

Prior to law teaching, Professor Bruckner was an attorney practicing in the areas of bankruptcy, bank regulatory, M&A, and other general transactional matters with Allen & Overy, LLP. Professor Bruckner also undertook a number of pro bono engagements for the Public International Law and Policy Group, where he led a team working on comparative constitutional law issues. After leaving Allen & Overy, Professor Bruckner clerked for the Honorable Allen L. Gropper of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. In a prior life, he was a stagehand at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.

Professor Bruckner is a member of the New York Bar.


Higher Ed "Do Not Resuscitate" Orders, (2017),
available at:

Bankrupting Higher Education, Am. Bankr. L. J. (forthcoming 2017),
available at:

Crowdsourcing (Bankruptcy) Fee Control, 46 Seton Hall L. Rev. 361 (2016).

The Virtue in Bankruptcy, 45 LOY. U. CHI. L J. 233 (2013). 

Improving Bankruptcy Sales by Raising the Bar: Imposing a Preliminary Injunction Standard on Objections to Section 363 Sales, 62 CATHOLIC U. L. REV. 1 (2012).

  • Cited in In re Eastman Kodak Co., 2012 WL 2255719 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. June 15, 2012)  

The Paradox of Social Instability in China and the Role of the Xinfang System, 4 CAMBRIDGE STUDENT L. REV. 92 (2008).

Presentations, Panels & Workshops

Presentation, “Higher Ed ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ Orders,” University of Kentucky College of Law, March 3, 2017

Presentation, “Higher Ed ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ Orders,” Howard University School of Law, Feb. 16, 2017

Presentation, “Higher Ed ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ Orders,” Sharing Scholars, Building Teachers, Feb. 4, 2017

Presentation, “Higher Ed ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ Orders,” Brooklyn Law School, Young Bankruptcy Scholars' Work-in-Progress Workshop, Nov. 3-4, 2016

Presentation, “Higher Ed ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ Orders,” Howard University School of Law, junior faculty forum, June 15, 2016

Attendee, Teaching Consumer Law, Center for Consumer Law, May 20-21, 2016

Presentation, “Bankrupting Higher Education,” Mid-Atlantic People of Color conference, January 29, 2016

Presentation, “Crowdsourcing (Bankruptcy) Fee Control for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises,” American Association of Law Schools, Section on Creditors’ and Debtors’ Rights, January 9, 2016

Presentation, “Crucial Concepts in Drafting Contracts (Beyond the Basics),” American Bankruptcy Institute’s Central States Bankruptcy Workshop, June 11-13, 2015 (invited participant)

Presentation, “Bankrupting Higher Education,” National Business Law Scholars Conference, June 4, 2015

LEC Workshop for Law Professors on Empirical Methods, George Mason University School of Law, May 18-22, 2015 (invited participant)

Presentation, “Crowdsourcing (Bankruptcy) Fee Control,” Howard University School of Law, February 19, 2015

Presentation, “Crowdsourcing (Bankruptcy) Fee Control,” Mid-Atlantic People of Color conference, January 30, 2015

Commentator, “Vindicating Bankruptcy Rights” by Kara Bruce, Mid-Atlantic People of Color conference, January 30, 2015

Presentation, “Crowd-sourcing Fee Control,” the University of Kentucky’s Developing Ideas conference, May 22, 2014

Presentation, “Technology in Teaching,” Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, February 26, 2014

Presentation, “Clinical Pedagogy in Action,” Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, January 16, 2014

Presentation, “The Virtue in Bankruptcy,” Howard University School of Law, November 20, 2013

Presentation, “A Theory of Feedback in the Legal Writing Classroom”, Villanova University School of Law, May 10, 2013

Presentation, “The Virtue in Bankruptcy,” Albany Law School, February 1, 2013

Workshop on the Economics of Contracting, George Mason’s Law & Economics Center, January 25-28, 2013 (invited participant)

Presentation, “The Virtue in Bankruptcy,” Mid-Atlantic Law and Society Association, October 19, 2012

Presentation, “The Virtue in Bankruptcy,” St. John’s University School of Law, September 17, 2012

Presentation, “Imposing a Preliminary Injunction Standard on Objections to Section 363 Sales: Implications for Kodak,” Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, March 26, 2012

Panel, “The Broadway Street Closures and the Future of Our City’s Streets,” New York City Bar Association, Nov. 10, 2009, Moderator

Other Writing

Professional Contributions/Service​

Bike Cleveland, Cleveland, OH Jan. 2013 – June 2014

Board Member

  • Provided legal assistance (through Cleveland Marshall’s transactional law clinic) on proposed corporate restructuring.

  • Provided “best practices” information on corporate minute-taking.

I Challenge Myself, New York, NY

Secretary, Board of Directors May 2012 – Feb. 2014

  • Provided strategic guidance and development assistance for I Challenge Myself, which is a non-profit, youth development organization that uses physical challenges to teach transferable goal-setting skills to high school students in low-income New York City public schools.

Ronald H. Brown Prep Program for College Students, Queens, NY

Interviewer Sept. 2011 – Aug. 2013

  • Conducted screening and exit interviews for students applying to the Ronald H. Brown Center’s path-breaking and successful pipeline initiatives designed to increase the pool of students of color going to law school, lawyers of color entering legal academia and lawyers of color interested in higher education administration.

Cleveland Marshall Community Service Awards, Cleveland OH

Committee Member Oct. 2013

  • Evaluated applications for the Dean’s community service awards, which are designed to recognize Cleveland-Marshall students who have demonstrated a commitment to public