Judge Wesley Steen Named ABI
American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) announces that Judge Wesley Steen of
the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of Texas (Houston)
has been selected by the ABI Board of Directors to be President-Elect.
He will become President for a one-year term, beginning with ABI’s
Annual Spring Meeting in 2006. He has been an ABI member since 1991,
served on the 60-member ABI Board of Directors since 1999, and for the
last four years has been ABI’s Vice President of Research,
overseeing the Research Grant Committee in assessing, recommending and
approving awards from the Endowment Fund.
“I'm thrilled with having
Judge Steen named as the first judge to become ABI's President next
year,” said ABI President John D. Penn of Haynes and Boone LLP
Texas). “Having a judge as
President confirms ABI's commitment to allowing all of its members to
advance to its highest office regardless of their chosen profession.
We've already shown that the presidency is open to academics, financial
advisors, lawyers, minorities, women and professionals from all around
the nation. Opening the door for judges merely confirms that
anyone willing to put in the time and effort can advance to the
Judge Steen is a former Chief
Judge of the Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Louisiana and a
member of the Board of Governors of the National Conference of
Bankruptcy Judges. He practiced law at Winstead Sechrest & Minick
in Dallas. Judge Steen
received his J.D. from
University in 1974 and B.A.
from the University of
Virginia in 1968.
ABI is the largest multi-disciplinary,
non-partisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters
related to insolvency. ABI was founded in 1982 to provide Congress and
the public with unbiased analysis of bankruptcy issues. The ABI
membership includes over 10,700 attorneys, accountants, bankers, judges,
professors, lenders, turnaround specialists and other bankruptcy
professionals providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and
information. For additional information on ABI, visit ABI
World. For additional conference
information, visit http://www.abiworld.org/conferences.html.