Hon. Stacey G. C. Jernigan is Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas, initially appointed on May 12, 2006. Prior to her appointment, she practiced for 17 years in the Business Reorganization and Bankruptcy Practice Group of Haynes and Boone LLP in Dallas, where she represented debtors, committees and purchasers in large, complex chapter 11 cases and out-of-court workouts, particularly with regard to energy companies, regulated entities, real estate businesses and public companies. She was also an advisor to the California Legislature in Sacramento in connection with the California utility financial crisis in 2001. Judge Jernigan is Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification, a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a Fellow of the Texas and Dallas Bar Foundations. She is a frequent author and has been recognized by Chambers USA, D. Magazine and Texas Monthly Law & Politics. Judge Jernigan received her B.B.A. magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University in 1986 and her J.D. from the University of Texas Law School in 1989.