Court Administration Committee Meeting Minutes
2006 Winter Leadership Conference
The Court Administration Committee held a joint meeting with the Legislation Committee on Friday morning, December 1, 2006. The Court Administration Committee was represented by Co-Chair Lynn Tavenner and the Legislation Committee was represented by R. Scott Williams, Co-Chair.
The panel discussion was jointly led by The Honorable. James D. Gregg, United States Bankruptcy Court, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Scott Williams, and Lynn Tavenner.
The discussion began with a presentation on the historical and
statutory background related to the appointment of judgeships. The
interactive dialogue then focused on the current process of the
appointment of bankruptcy judgeships and related practical
considerations. Upon the conclusion of the discussion of bankruptcy
judgeships, the presentation switched focus to the proposed revisions to
the bankruptcy rules and the need for input from bankruptcy
practitioners. The panel also addressed the current rules survey being
conducted by the ABI Bankruptcy Rules Task Force. The Task Force has
requested all ABI members to fill out the survey, which is available
online at the ABI Web site
The Committee meeting ended with open discussion with participants concerning changes expected in the new Congress and upcoming legislative priorities.
Following is a list of Court Administration committee members in attendance:
The Honorable EugeneWedoff
2006 Annual Spring Meeting
The Health Care Insolvency Committee jointly sponsored a
program with the Court Administration Committee at the 2006
Annual Spring Meeting in
This joint committee program explored the challenges faced by both professionals and the courts in connection with selection of The Right Venue for the filing, management and “successful conclusion” of a bankruptcy case. Offering differing perspectives from the debtor, the court/bankruptcy clerk’s office, creditors and “the outside world,” this program addressed the various criteria that factor into a debtor’s (and/or its counsel’s) decision to choose one bankruptcy court over another, as well as the court’s ability to administer the case once filed and its procedures for managing the debtor(s) and creditors (and their claims) going forward. In addition, the panelists explored issues such as the “best” way and time to file a motion to transfer venue, the impact of local rules and procedures, the extent to which local case law on ethics issues influences the venue selection process, and the roles and responsibilities of local counsel, the court and the clerk’s office.
2004 Annual Spring Meeting
The Court Administration Committee met to a full, standing room only, house at the Annual Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C. April 17, 2004. In addition to the chair, the panel was joined by Kathleen Farrell, Clerk of Court for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York; Gary Bockweg, Chief Technology Division of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts; and Edward Cowen and James Kathadurian, consultants of BSI (formerly Poorman-Douglas), an outside servicing center used by the courts.
The first order of business was to introduce the Court Administration Committee, which was formed last year with the first meeting chaired by co-chair Richard Kipperman of San Diego, Calif., and a chapter 7 panel trustee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California. The committee's goal is to provide a national forum for improving the relationships between the practioners and the administrative officials necessary to the court functions. (Office of the Clerk, AOUST).
Gary Bockweg then brought us up-to-date with CM/ECF nationally:
In addition to her official duties as clerk, Kathleen Farrell serves on the two technology and facilities advisory committees, one as a member and one as liaison and on two technology subcommittees working on CM/ECF. Kathleen graciously gave some "helpful hints" to using CM/ECF:
Edward Cowen and James Kathadurian helped with understanding the use of outside consultants for a more efficient use of the bankruptcy process:
After the meeting the committee added three new members.