|Professor G. Ray Warner
School of Law
University of Missouri - Kansas City
SURVEY RESEARCH SERVICES PROVIDED BY:
Dr. Louis H. Primavera, Ph.D.
Dr. Bernard S. Gorman, Ph.D. Graduate School of Arts and
St. John's University
|Richard M. Meth, Esq., Chair
Honorable Samuel L. Bufford
Honorable Leif M. Clark
Honorable Lisa Hill Fenning
Susan Hersh, Esq.
John D. Penn, Esq.
M. Freddie Reiss, C.P.A.
Professor Robert M. Zinman
Samuel J. Gerdano, Esq.
Executive Director, ABI
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I know that I speak for all of the members of the Survey Steering
Committee when I say that, when we first contemplated the Survey and
envisioned this Report more than two and one-half years ago, we did not
foresee the magnitude of the task we were about to undertake, or the
nature of the challenges we were to overcome. Therefore, and precisely
because of the commitment, intellect and energies of these Committee
members, the success of and potential for contribution by the Survey to
the improvement of the bankruptcy process has been ensured.
In particular, I note that it would not have been possible for the
Survey to have been completed without the untiring assistance, patience,
wisdom, pragmatism and remarkable good humor of my "second-in-command,"
John D. Penn, of Haynes & Boone, LLP, Fort Worth, Texas. Moreover,
absent the herculean efforts and consummate professionalism of the
Survey's Reporter, Prof. G. Ray Warner, University of Missouri at Kansas
City, School of Law, this extraordinarily insightful report and analysis
of the Survey's results would never have come to fruition.
The ability to undertake and complete this Survey also required the
vision, guidance and unwavering support, financially and otherwise, of
the American Bankruptcy Institute, its Executive Committee and its Board
of Directors. The Committee also gratefully acknowledges the expertise
of and survey research services provided by Louis H. Primavera, Ph.D.;,
and the staff of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of St. John's
Many thanks go to the various ABI leaders who gave so generously of
their time and expertise in the hope (and with the expectation) that the
Survey will prove to be an invaluable resource for the National
Bankruptcy Review Commission as it continues its deliberations, as well
as for the bankruptcy community generally. These leaders include Robert
M. Zinman, Robert Fishman, the Honorable Samuel L. Bufford, the
Honorable Leif M. Clark, the Honorable Lisa Hill Fenning, Susan B. Hersh
and M. Freddie Reiss. In addition, Samuel J. Gerdano, Executive
Director, and the ABI staff provided never-ending support and
On a personal note, I want to acknowledge all of my ABI friends who
responded to my calls for assistance and were so unselfish in their
contributions to the survey's development and completion. Finally, I
would like to offer a special thanks to Marcia L. Steen, of my office,
who spent countless hours working with and providing support to me as
the survey was transformed from a "mere idea" into today's final