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Steven Resnicoff

  • Professor of Law, Co-Director of Center for Jewish Law and Judaic Studies
  • Full-time
  • (312) 362-8137
  • 709 Lewis Center

Professor Resnicoff is an internationally known scholar who has written and lectured extensively on a wide variety of subjects, including alternative dispute resolution, bankruptcy, commercial paper, legal ethics, and medical ethics. Drawing on his formal Talmudic training as well as law firm experience, Professor Resnicoff analyzes these issues from both secular and religious perspectives, often exploring how these disparate systems interact. As holder of DePauls prestigious Wicklander Chair for Professional Ethics in 2001, he focused on honesty and integrity in the legal profession and in legal education. His purely commercial law writings have also commanded attention. His proposal to amend the Bankruptcy Code, made in "Is it Morally Wrong to Depend on the Honesty of Your Partner or Spouse? Bankruptcy Dischargeability of Vicarious Debt," was explicitly endorsed by the American Bar Associations ad hoc committee on partnerships in bankruptcy. His works also have been cited favorably by academics and courts.


BA, Princeton University; JD, Yale University; Rabbinic, Beth Medrash Govoha

Courses Taught

  • Bankruptcy
  • Bioethics & the Law
  • Contracts
  • Jewish Law
  • Legal Profession
  • Negotiable Instruments


  • Articles
  • Books
  • Book Chapters
  • Book Reviews
  • Miscellaneous


2012 Jewish Law and the Tragedy of Sexual Abuse of Children - The Dilemma Within the Orthodox Jewish Community, 13 Rutgers J. L. & Rel. ___ (2012) string;#Click Here
2012 Jewish and American Bankruptcy Law: Their Similarities, Differences and Interactions, 19 Am. Bankr. Inst. L. Rev. 551 (2012) string;#Click Here
2011 Shooting Down Suicide Airplanes – What Does Law Got to Do With It?, 10 Issues Aviation L. & Pol'y. 281 (2011) string;#
2009 Autonomy in Jewish Law-in Theory and in Practice 24 J. L. & Religion 507 (2009). string;#Click Here
2006 Does Corporate Decision Making Allow Room for Religious Values?, 11 Fordham J. Corp. & Fin. L. 547 (2006). string;#Click Here
2006 Supplying Human Body Parts: A Jewish Law Perspective, 55 DePaul L. Rev. 851 (2006). string;#Click Here
2006 Jewish Law and Socially Responsible Corporate Conduct, 11 Fordham J. of Corp. & Fin. L. 681 (2006). string;#Click Here
2003 Jewish Law: Duties of the Intellect, 1 U. St. Thomas L. Rev. 386 (2003). string;#Click Here
2002 Lying and Lawyering: Contrasting American and Jewish Law, 77 Notre Dame L. Rev. 937 (2002). string;#Click Here
2002 Lying and Lawyering: An Honest Perspective, 7 DePaul Academic Affairs Quarterly 6 (2002). string;#
2000 The Attorney-Client Relationship: A Jewish Law Perspective, 14 Notre Dame J.L. Ethics & Pub. Pol’y 349 (2000). string;#Click Here
1999 The Jewish Perspective on the Theft of Artworks Stolen During World War II, 10 DePaul-LCA J. Art & Ent. L. & Pol’y 67 (1999). string;#Click Here
1999 Jewish Law Perspectives on Suicide and Physician-Assisted Dying, 13 J.L. & Religion 289 (1999). string;#Click Here
1999 A Jewish Look at Lawyering Ethics - A Preliminary Essay, 15 Touro L.Rev. 73 (1998). string;#Click Here
1999 Physician-Assisted Dying: Halachic Perspective, XXXVII J. Halacha & Contemp. Soc'y. 47 (1999). string;#
1997 Physician Assisted Suicide under Jewish Law, 1 DePaul J. Health Care L. 589 (1997). string;#Click Here
1997 With Michael Broyde, Jewish Law and Modern Business Structures: The Corporate Paradigm, 43 Wayne L.Rev. 1685 (1997). string;#Click Here
1993 Interaction Between Bankruptcy Law and State Law: What Illinois Judges Need to Know, 24 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 437 (1993). string;#Click Here
1992 Is It Morally Wrong to Depend on the Honesty of Your Partner or Spouse? Bankruptcy Dischargeability of Vicarious Debt, 42 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 147 (1992) (reprinted in 67th Annual Meeting of the Nat. Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Orlando, Florida, 10/17-10/20 (1993)). string;#Click Here
1992 Bankruptcy Law - A Viable Halachic Option?, XXIV J. Halacha and Contemp. Soc'y 5 (1992). string;#
1990 Barring Bankruptcy Banditry: Revision of Section 523(a)(2)(C), 7 Bankr. Dev. J. 427 (1990). string;#Click Here
1990 The End of a Judicial Odyssey? A Legislative Answer to Equity in Utility Connection Fees, 11 Seton Hall Legis. J. 295 (1988)(reprinted in Public Utility Law Anthology, Vol. XII (1990)). string;#Click Here
1990 Dischargeability in Bankruptcy of Debts Incurred by "Purported Purchasers", 64 St. John's L. Rev. 253 (1990). string;#Click Here
1989 A Commercial Conundrum: Does Prudence Permit the Jewish "Permissible Venture"?, 20 Seton Hall L. Rev. 77 (1989). string;#Click Here
1985 Contributor, Taxation of Computer Software (Part II), 26 Jurimetrics J. 77 (1985). string;#Click Here
1985 Durable Power of Attorney, N.J. Law., Aug. 1985, at 35. string;#


2012 Understanding Jewish Law (Matthew Bender, forthcoming 2012) string;#
2006 With Wayne K. Lewis, Negotiable Instruments and Other Payment Systems (Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender, 2006). string;#
2004 With Wayne Lewis, Negotiable Instruments and Other Payment Systems: Problems and Materials (LexisNexis, 2004). string;#
2004 With Wayne Lewis, The New Law of Negotiable Instruments (Michie, 1996) with 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2004 Supplements. string;#
1997 Contributing Co-Editor, Bankruptcy (Ginsberg and Martin, eds., 4th ed. Aspen Law and Business, 1995 with 1996 and 1997 updates). string;#
1995 Lead Author, Bankruptcy Issues for State Trial Court Judges (American Bankruptcy Institute, 1995). string;#
1994 With Wayne Lewis, Illinois Law of Negotiable Instruments (Ill. Inst. Cont. Leg. Educ., 1994). string;#
1992 Contributing Co-Editor, Bankruptcy (3d ed. Prentice-Hall, 1992). string;#
1989 Contributing Co-Author, Bankruptcy (2d ed. Prentice-Hall, 1989). string;#

Book Chapters

2012 With Donna Litman, Jewish and American Inheritance Law: Commonalities, Clashes, and Estate Planning Consequences (forthcoming in Jewish Law Association Studies) string;#
2009 Da'at Torah and Censorship, in Jewish Law Association Studies XX (Liverpool, Deborah Charles Publications, 2009). string;#
2008 May Plaintiffs Enjoy a Double Recovery? The "Collateral Source Rule " and Jewish Law, in Jewish Law Association Studies XVIII (Global Publications, 2008). string;#
2007 Keeping One's Word in Commercial & Non-Commercial Contexts, in Jewish Law Association Studies XVI (Global Publications, 2007). string;#Click Here
2007 Fraudulent Transfer Law in Illinois, in Secured Transactions (Robert M. Fishman, et al. eds., Ill. Inst. For Continuing Legal Educ. 2007). string;#
2006 Lying and Lawyering: An Honest Perspective, in Contemporary Issues in Business Ethics 183-204 (Keith W. Kraesmann and Patricia H. Werhane, eds., University Press, 2006). string;#
2005 Contemporary Halakhic Problems, in Modern Judaism: An Oxford Guide (N. De Lange & M. Freud-Kandel, eds., Oxford University Press, 2005). string;#
2004 Ends and Means in Jewish Law: Lying to Achieve Financial Justice, Jewish Law Annual XV (Nessa Olshansky-Ashtar, ed., Taylor & Francis, 2004). string;#
2003 Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Dying, in Jewish Public Policy and Social Issues (Marshall J. Breger, ed., Praeger Publishers, 2003). string;#
2002 Jewish Fraudulent Transfer Law, in Jewish Law Association Studies XIII 191-227 (Hillel Gamoran, ed., Global Publications, 2002). string;#
2001 Professional Autonomy: A Theological Critique in Law and Religion: Current Legal Issues Volume 4 (Richard O'Dair and Andrew Lewis, eds., Oxford University Press, 2001). string;#
2001 Illinois Fraudulent Transfer Law, in Secured Transactions (R.M. Fishman et al., eds., Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2001). string;#
2000 Helping a Client Violate Jewish Law: A Jewish Lawyer’s Dilemma, in Jewish Law Association Studies X (H.G. Sprecher, ed., Global Publications, 2000). string;#Click Here
2000 The Secular Enforceability of a Beis Din Judgment, in The Ethical Imperative (Nisson Wolpin, ed., Artscroll Publications, 2000) (re-publication). string;#
2000 A Proposal for a High School Course in Torah Ethics, in The Ethical Imperative (Nisson Wolpin, ed., Artscroll Publications, 2000) (re-publication) (with I. Kasdan). string;#
1999 The Corporate Veil: A Still Shrouded Mystery, in Jewish Business Ethics: The Firm and Its Stakeholders (A. Levine ed., Yeshiva University Press, 1999) (with M. Broyde). string;#
1996 Fraudulent Transfers, in Advanced Commercial Finance and Creditors’ Rights in Illinois (Ill. Inst. for Continuing Legal Educ., 1993 with 1996 update). string;#
1995 Unsecured Claims, in Chapter 11 Theory and Practice: A Guide to Reorganization (James F. Queenan, Jr. and Philip J. Hendel, eds., LRP Publications, 1994 with 1995 update). string;#

Book Reviews

2009 Book Review, __Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies__ (forthcoming), reviewing For the Love of God and People: A Philosophy of Jewish Law by Elliot N. Dorff. (Jewish Publication Society, 2007). string;#
2002 Book Review, 17 J.L. & Religion 279 (2002), reviewing The Orthodox Forum: Rabbinic Authority and Personal Autonomy by M. Sokol ed. (Jason Aronson, Inc. 1992). string;#Click Here
1997 Book Review, 17 J.L. & Religion 193 (2002), reviewing Jewish Law and the New Reproductive Technologies by E. Feldman & J. Wolowelsky eds. (KTAV Publishing House, Inc. 1997). string;#Click Here
1989 Book Review, Bimonthly Review of Law Books (1989) reviewing Joseph J. Norton and W. Mike Baggett, Lender Liability Law and Litigation (Matthew Bender, 1989). string;#


2011 Panel, "Economics of Biotechnology: The Human Gene Patenting Debate." Annual Symposium of the Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property. 4 March 2011 string;#
1995 Lead Author, Bankruptcy Issues for State Trial Court Judges, American Bankruptcy Institute (1995) (lead author), excerpted in When Worlds Collide: Bankruptcy and its Impact on Domestic Relations and Family Law (ABI, 1997). string;#
1993 Conference Materials: The Unlimited Personal Liability of Partners: Bankruptcy Implications for Professional Partners, 67th Ann. Meeting of the Nat. Conference of Bankrupcy Judges, Orlando, Florida, 10/17-10/20 (1993). string;#
1992 Conference Materials: Bankruptcy Law and State Courts, Committee on Economic Distress, Ill. Judicial Conference, Fall, 1992. string;#