Hon. Joan N. Feeney has been a U.S. Bankruptcy
Judge for the District
of Massachusetts in Boston since 1992 and is currently the Chief
She has also been a member of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for
First Circuit since 1996. Judge Feeney is a member of the
Advisory Group to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts,
of the Board of Governors of the National Conference of
and a co-chair of the Massachusetts Local Rules Advisory
was recently elected a Fellow of the American College of
She is judicial chair of ABI’s Northeast Bankruptcy
Prior to her appointment, Judge Feeney was a partner in the
of Hanify & King, where she practiced in bankruptcy and
matters. A frequent author and lecturer on bankruptcy law
Feeney received her B.A. from Connecticut College and her J.D.
University Law School.
Hon. David Winston Houston III is a U.S.
Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern
District of Mississippi in Aberdeen, Miss. He is a member of the
Judicial Center, the Mississippi Trial Lawyers Associates,
Bankruptcy Law Institute and the South Florida, Memphis and
Bar Associations. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge
was a special agent with the FBI, a partner at Houston,
Houston in Aberdeen, the city attorney for Aberdeen and the
district attorney for the First Circuit Court District of
A past member of ABI’s Board of Directors, he earned his
degree from the University of Mississippi and his J.D. at the
of Mississippi Law School.
Hon. Linda B. Riegle was appointed to a
14-year term of office as a
Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Nevada in 1988 and was
to a second term in 2002. She served as the Chief Bankruptcy
the District of Nevada from July 1993 to October 1999, and
the Chair of the Chief Bankruptcy Judges for the Ninth Circuit
1998 to October 1999. Judge Riegle was employed at Lionel Sawyer
in Las Vegas from 1977-88, becoming the first female partner in
firm in 1983. She has served as the Chair of the Local Rules
for the District of Nevada, a member of the Board of Governors
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ), on the Ninth
Bankruptcy Judges Education Committee, and on the Legislative
of the NCBJ. She also has sat as a pro tem judge for the
Panel of the Ninth Circuit and she has lectured on gaming and
issues for the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Annual
the Mississippi State Bar and the International Association of
Attorneys. She has also lectured at the Southern Methodist
Bankruptcy Litigation Institute, ABI’s Southwest
and the Norton Bankruptcy Institute on various bankruptcy
earned her B.S. magna cum laude from Shepherd College, her M.A.
the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the State University of
York at Albany and her J.D. from Albany Law School, where she
editor of the Law Review.
Hon. Mary F. Walrath was appointed U.S.
Bankruptcy Judge for the District
of Delaware in Wilmington and became Chief Bankruptcy Judge on
9, 2003. Judge Walrath was an associate at Clark Ladner
Fortenbaugh & Young
from 1982-87 and a partner from 1987 until its dissolution in
then became a partner at Walrath & Coolidge in 1996 and
later a shareholder
of Jacoby Donner PC. Judge Walrath’s 17 years of legal
as an attorney concentrated in the areas of debtor/creditor
commercial litigation. She received an A.B. in history from
University, where she received four varsity letters and was
the women’s basketball team. She earned her J.D. cum laude
Villanova University, where she was a member of the Villanova
for two years and was awarded the Order of the Coif.