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.

Selected Publications and Works-in-Progress

  • Public College Bankruptcies (work in progress).
  • From the Inside Out: Revamping Undue Hardship Standards Using Administrative Regulation (with Brook Gotberg & Chrystin Ondersma) (work in progress).
  • The OCC Fintech Charter and its Consumer Protection Implications (work in progress).
  • The Poor Man’s Basic Income Guarantee (work in progress).
  • Fintech Lending & the UDAAP Authority, 72 Consumer Fin. L. Quarterly Rep. __ (forthcoming 2019).
  • Letter to the Department of Education’s in response to the Department’s Request for Information regarding Evaluating Undue Hardship Claims in Adversary Actions Seeking Student Loan Discharge in Bankruptcy Proceedings (with Dalie Jimenez, Pamela Foohey, Brook Gotberg, & Chrystin Ondersma), reprinted in 21 J. of Consumer and Commercial L. 114 (2018).
  • Regulating Fintech Lending, 37 No. 6 Banking & Fin. Services Pol'y Rep. 1 (2018).
  • The Promise and Perils of Algorithmic Lenders’ Use of Big Data, 93 Chi. Kent L. Rev. 3 (2018).
  • Terminating Tenure: Rejecting Tenure Contracts in Bankruptcy, 92 Am. Bankr. L. J. 255 (2018) (solicited).
  • Higher Ed “Do Not Resuscitate Orders, 106 Ky. L.J. 222 (2018). 

Selected Presentations

  • Discussant, Research Roundtable on the Future of Financial Regulation, Scalia Law School, Mar. 1, 2019 [to come]
  • ​Presentation, “The OCC Fintech Charter and its Consumer Protection Implications,” #FutureLaw3.0 [Duquesne Law], Nov. 9, 2018
    • Also presented at Annual Meeting on Law and Society, May 2019 [to come]
  • Presentation, “Public College Bankruptcies,” SEALS, Aug. 2018
  • Presentation, “The Poor Man’s Basic Income Guarantee,” Organizing, Deploying, and Regulating Capital Workshop at Georgia State University School of Law, Apr. 2018
    • Also presented at: (i) SEALS, Aug. 2018; and (ii) Annual Meeting on Law and Society, June 2018 
  • Symposium participant, “Giving Colleges a Fresh Start: Using the Bankruptcy Code to Retool Higher Education,” National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Oct. 10-12, 2017 (invited participant)



  • American Association of Law Schools
    Chair-elect, Commercial and Related Consumer Law Section, Jan. 2019 – present
  • Howard University School of Law, Washington DC     
    Chair, Faculty Scholarship Committee, Aug. 2018 – present
    Committee member, Clerkships, Aug. 2014 – present
    Committee member, Faculty Scholarship, Aug. 2014 – Aug. 2018
    Committee member, Bar Passage, Aug. 2014 – May 2015
  • Tzedek DC, Washington, DC
    Co-chair, Emerging Leaders Committee, Feb. 2018 – present
    Member, Emerging Leaders Committee, Sept. 2017 – Feb. 2018
  • Black Law Students Association, Howard University School of Law 
    Faculty advisor, Aug. 2016 – May 2018
  • Howard University Program Prioritization Task Force
    Member, Mar. 2017 – present