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Conrad B. Duberstein collection


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Conrad B. Duberstein was born in the Bronx, NY in 1915. Although he dropped out of school to support his family at the age of 17, Duberstein earned his undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College in 1938 and his J.D. from St. John's University Law School in 1942.

From 1943 to 1945, Duberstein served in the United States Army, where he was awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, and the Combat Infantry Badge. When he left the Army following the end of World War II, Duberstein joined the Brooklyn law firm of Schwartz, Rudin, and Duberstein (the latter partner named after his uncle). In 1971, he became a partner at Otterbourg, Steindler, Houston, and Rosen, where he remained until his retirement in 1981. In 1981, he was appointed to the Eastern District Bankruptcy Court of New York. He was appointed that court's Chief Judge in 1984, a position he held for the remainder of his career.

In 1991, Duberstein was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws from St. John's University. A moot bankruptcy court competition was also created in his name by the American Bankruptcy Institute and St. John's.

Duberstein died on November 18, 2005 from complications due to cancer.

The Conrad B. Duberstein Collection, 2005, contains 5 DVDs of footage honoring the career of Duberstein. This is an artificially assembled collection created upon Duberstein's passing.

Received from David H. Adams on November 9, 2006.

Processed and encoded by Jordon Steele, December 2006.

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1-1. "The Conrad B. Duberstein Bankruptcy Courtrooms and Chambers Dedication Ceremony", 10 February 2005.
1-2. Interview with Duberstein, 3 August 2005.
1-3. 90th Birthday Celebration, 21 October 2005.
1-4. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of Brooklyn Bankruptcy Court, 21 October 2005.
1-5. Slideshow of Opening of the Brooklyn Bankruptcy Court and 90th Birthday Celebration of Duberstein, 21 October 2005.

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