IJA International Judicial Academy

Director Detail

Hon. Nancy V. Alquist


United States Bankruptcy Judge, District of Maryland

Judge Alquist was appointed as bankruptcy judge for the District of Maryland in 2004. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Temple University School of Law. Prior to joining the bench, Judge Alquist practiced law in Philadelphia, Chicago and Baltimore/Washington. She began her career in the litigation department of Philadelphia’s Clark, Ladner, Fortenbaugh & Young. She was a partner of Winston & Strawn in Chicago, and of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll in its Baltimore/Washington DC office. She practiced in federal courts throughout the United States. Judge Alquist has served on the Board of the Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and is a former President of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland. She is a member of the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute. She is the author of numerous articles and has lectured extensively. Prior to joining the bench, she was listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Judge Alquist has been twice named by The (Baltimore) Daily Record as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women. Since being appointed to the bench, Judge Alquist has had a special interest in international matters, and has participated in numerous international judicial education and technical support programs. She was part of the U.S. State Department-sponsored judicial capacity building program for Algerian judges in Oran, Alergia. Under auspices of the U.S. Commerce Department, she led a delegation (all women) to Doha, Qatar to conduct a seminar for Qatari judges (in the first such program in that country). Also with the U.S. Commerce Department, she traveled to Manama, Bahrain to present a technical program for Bahraini judges. Judge Alquist participates in Open World Rule of Law orientation programs for Russian judges in the District of Columbia, and has presented bankruptcy law seminars to members of the Arbitrazh Court. She has been part of the colloquium on Rule of Law in the Russian Federation presented by the Federal Judicial Center and the Russian think tank INDEM. She assisted in hosting the visits of Saudi Arabian and Bahraini judicial delegations to the District of Maryland. The judges observed a trial and participated in seminars on federal procedure and case administration. Judge Alquist was a member of the U.S. judicial delegation to the Second Circuit Judicial Council’s Bankrupty Study Tour for Judges from the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China. Judge Alquist is a member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and is Vice Chair of its International Judicial Relations Committee. She is a member of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC).

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