About Chief Judge Bucki
Carl L. Bucki began his service as a United States Bankruptcy Judge on December 30, 1993. Since January 1, 2007, he has served as Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of New York.
Judge Bucki earned his B.A. degree magna cum laude from Cornell University in 1974, and his J.D. degree cum laude from Cornell Law School in 1976.
From 1976 until 1977 Judge Bucki served as confidential legal assistant to Judge Matthew Jasen of the New York Court of Appeals. From 1977 until 1990 he practiced with the law firm of Moot & Sprague in Buffalo, as an associate until 1983 and thereafter as a partner. From 1990 until his judicial appointment in 1993 he was a partner in the law firm of Cohen, Swados, Wright, Hanifin, Bradford & Brett. During much of his period in private practice (1986 until 1993), Judge Bucki was national attorney for the Polish Union of America.
Judge Bucki is former Chair of the Young Lawyers Section, New York State Bar Association, and a former member of the Association's House of Delegates (1991-1993) and its Nominations Committee (1990-1994). He served as a member of the Executive Committee, Young Lawyers Section, American Bar Association from 1987 until 1989. He is past Chair, Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Committee, Erie County Bar Association.
Judge Bucki is a member of the Board of Managers of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, and served as its President from 1996 to 2001. He served as the Second Circuit Representative on the Board of Governors of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges from 2001 to 2004. He now serves as an Associate Editor of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal.