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National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Oral History Project

NBA.012.001

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Oral History Project

NBA.012.001

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Oral History Project

NBA.012.001

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives
Creator:
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (U.S.)
Title:
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Oral History Project
Date [inclusive]:
2004-2008
Call Number:
NBA.012.001
Extent:
15 items
Language:
English
Text: [Box]
1
Abstract:
The Oral History Project was begun by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ) at its 2004 Annual Meeting. The purpose of the project was to record interviews in which past presidents of the NCBJ reminisced about the organization and the role they played in it. The project later expanded to encompass oral histories of prominent bankruptcy judges. The collection chiefly includes oral histories recorded with past presidents of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. Accruals to this project include prominent members of the NCBJ who may or may not be former presidents.
Cite as:
[Identification of item], in the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Records: Oral History Project, National Bankruptcy Archives, PU-L.NBA.012.001, Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA.
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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives
Creator:
Nachman, Norman H.
Title:
Norman H. Nachman Papers
Date [bulk]:
1990-1998
Date [inclusive]:
1983-1998
Call Number:
NBA.057
Extent:
4 linear feet
Language:
English
Language of Materials note:
English
Abstract:
Norman H. Nachman (1909-2001) worked as a Chicago bankruptcy attorney for 60 years, served as President of the Chicago Bar Association, and helped to draft new bankruptcy code. His colleagues named him the “Dean of U.S. Bankruptcy Lawyers.” This collection, dated 1983-1998, consists of materials relating to Nachman’s career in bankruptcy law and includes case documents, reports on aspects of bankruptcy law, Nachman’s daily appointment calendars, business correspondence dated 1992-1998, and various publications including law journals and books authored by his colleagues.
Cite as:
[Identification of item], in the Norman H. Nachman Papers, National Bankruptcy Archives, NBA.057, Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA.
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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives
Creator:
Martin, Robert D.
Title:
Robert D. Martin Papers
Date [inclusive]:
1982-2000
Call Number:
NBA.009
Extent:
9 linear feet (About 4000 items)
Language:
English
Abstract:
Robert D. Martin (1944-) was appointed Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin in 1978. Martin was a charter fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference. He was a member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ), an organization devoted to providing to providing education and advice relating to bankruptcy legislation. Martin served on the Board of Governors of the NCBJ from 1988 to 1991, as Secretary in 1994, and as the conference's President in 1996. The collection, 1982-2000, includes materials relating to Martin's activities as a committee member, Secretary, and President of the NCBJ; as a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference, which participated in the National Bankruptcy Review Commission in the mid-1990s; as a federal judge on the Judicial Conference of the United States; as a lecturer, panelist, and participant in seminars, workshops, and meetings across the United States; as a researcher and expert on a variety of bankruptcy related issues; and related material.
Cite as:
[Identification of item], in the Robert D. Martin Papers, National Bankruptcy Archives, NBA.009, Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA.
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Biography/History

The Oral History Project was begun by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ) at its 2004 Annual Meeting. The purpose of the project was to record interviews in which past presidents of the NCBJ reminisced about the organization and the role they played in it. Bradley B. Williams of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society helped coordinate the project. The project later expanded to encompass oral histories of prominent bankruptcy judges.

Biography/History

Norman H. Nachman was born in 1909. In 1932 in the midst of the Great Depression, he graduated from the University of Chicago law school and married Anne Lev. After serving 2½ years in the Navy during World War II in the Philippines and South Pacific, he returned to Chicago to continue practicing bankruptcy law. In 1950, he and two associates founded the firm Nachman, Munitz & Sweig. As his career progressed, he worked on various high-profile bankruptcy cases including Tucker Motors, AM International, Wisconsin Steel, and others in the Chicago area. He also participated in the drafting of new bankruptcy code which Congress adopted in 1979. In 1987 Nachman, Munitz & Sweig merged with Winston & Strawn, the oldest law firm in Chicago. Then in 1994, at 85 years old, Nachman changed firms to join McDermott, Will & Emory as a counsel.

Nachman served various organizations and appointments throughout his career. Appointed by Chief Justice Earl Warren in 1960, Nachman served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States. In 1963 and 1964, he served as President of the Chicago Bar Association. In May 1988, he was appointed to the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules.

With 60 years of experience practicing bankruptcy law in Chicago, Nachman's well-respected reputation earned him the title “Dean of U.S. Bankruptcy Lawyers” from his colleagues. He died in 2001.

Biography/History

Robert D. Martin was born in Iowa City, Iowa in 1994. A graduate of the University of Chicago Law School in 1969, Robert Martin began his career in law as an Attorney with Ross and Stevens, S.C., in Madison, Wisconsin. He worked for Ross and Stevens, specializing in bankruptcy litigation, until 1978, when he was appointed Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin.

Martin was a charter fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference. From the onset of his career as a bankruptcy judge, he was a member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ), an organization devoted to providing to providing education and advice relating to bankruptcy legislation. Martin served on the Board of Governors of the NCBJ from 1988 to 1991, as Secretary in 1994, and as the conference's President in 1996.

Martin is also a reputed expert on bankruptcy law. He served as a panelist and lecturer at myriad bankruptcy seminars, conferences, and meetings. He also authored a number of volumes on bankruptcy law, including Ginsberg and Martin on Bankruptcy (written with Robert E. Ginsburg) in 2000 and, beginning in 1988,  Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice.

Scope and Contents

Chiefly oral histories recorded with past presidents of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges from 2004 to 2008. Accruals to this project include prominent members of the NCBJ who may or may not be former presidents.

Scope and Contents

The Norman H. Nachman Papers cover the career of Nachman and his practice of bankruptcy law during the years of 1990-1998. The materials cover the practice of American bankruptcy law and Nachman’s career in two Chicago firms: Winston & Strawn, and McDermott, Will & Emery.

This collection is divided into five series: Annotated Bankruptcy Case Documents; Bankruptcy Reports; Calendars; Correspondence; and Publications.

Included in the collection are annotated copies of court opinions originally published between 1983 and 1989, which have been marked up and described by Nachman. Also in the collection are his business correspondence from 1991-1998, his daily appointment books and a few Chicago Bar Association Court Calendars from 1991-1998, various law journals including one signed and sent from Elizabeth Warren and a signed and annotated publication by colleague Douglas Baird, and bankruptcy reports from the American Bar Association Forum on Health Law, American Bankruptcy Institute, and the National Bankruptcy Conference.

Scope and Contents

The Robert D. Martin Papers, 1982-2000, include materials relating to Martin's activities as a committee member, Secretary, and President of the NCBJ; as a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference, which participated in the National Bankruptcy Review Commission in the mid-1990s; as a federal judge on the Judicial Conference of the United States; as a lecturer, panelist, and participant in seminars, workshops, and meetings across the United States; as a researcher and expert on a variety of bankruptcy related issues; and related material.

Arrangement note

Alphabetical by last name.

Arrangement note

This collection is divided into five series, arranged alphabetically: Annotated Bankruptcy Case Documents; Bankruptcy Reports; Calendars; Correspondence; and Publications. Each series is organized chronologically. Bulk dates are 1990-1998 with annotated court opinions published between 1983 and 1989.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives,  2009

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives,  March 2015

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives,  2006

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Jordon Steele

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Ellison Graham, Leslie O'Neill

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Jordon Steele

Access Restrictions

The archives reserves the right to restrict access to materials of sensitive nature. Please contact the department for further information.

Access Restrictions

The archives reserves the right to restrict access to materials of sensitive nature. Please contact the department for further information.

Access Restrictions

The archives reserves the right to restrict access to materials of sensitive nature. Please contact the department for further information.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Accruals note

Oral history of Cornelius Blackshear received in August 2009

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Received from Bradley B. Williams in June 2008 unless otherwise noted in the Accruals note.

Acquisitions Information

Received from Robert D. Martin in 2001.

Processing Information note

Processed by Jordon Steele, August 2009.

Processing Information note

Processed by Ellison Graham, March 2015.

Processing Information

Processed and encoded by Jordon Steele, October 2006.

Existence and Location of Copies note

Digital reproductions of some of these oral histories are available electronically at http://www.law.upenn.edu/bll/archives/bankruptcy/digicoll/oralhistories.html#ncbj.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

This series is a part of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Records, PU-L.NBA.012.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Audiotapes
  • Oral histories (document genres)
Personal Name(s)
  • Adler, Louise Decarl
  • Cosetti, Joseph L.
  • Lee, Joe, 1925-
  • Martin, Robert D.
  • Newsome, Randall J. (Randall Jackson), 1950-
  • Paine, George C., II
  • Thomas, A. Thomas
Subject(s)
  • Bankruptcy

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American College of Bankruptcy
  • McDermott, Will & Emery.
  • National Bankruptcy Conference (U.S.)
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (U.S.)
  • Winston & Strawn.
Personal Name(s)
  • Aldisert, Ruggero J.
  • Baird, Douglas G.
  • Coar, David H.
  • Cummings, Walter J.
  • Martin, Robert D.
  • Simon, Paul
  • Trost, J. Ronald
  • Warren, Elizabeth
Subject(s)
  • Bankruptcy
  • Chapter 11

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • National Bankruptcy Review Commission (U.S.)
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (U.S.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Patchan, Joseph
  • Rehnquist, William H., 1924-2005
Subject(s)
  • Bankruptcy

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Other Finding Aids note

A container list is available offline in spreadsheet form. Please contact the archives for more information.

Collection Inventory

Adler, Louise Decarl, 2005 July 20.

Anderson, William, 2005 June 15-16.

Blackshear, Cornelius, 2008 October 11.

Clark, Glen, 2004 October 10.

Cosetti, Joseph, 2004 October 10.

Fitzgerald, Judith K., 2004 October 12.

Houston, David W., 2004 October 12.

Kline, David, 2004 October 11.

Lee, Joe, 2005 October 19-20.

Mannes, Paul, 2004 October 11.

Martin, Robert D., 2004 October 10.

Newsome, Randall J., 2005 July 20.

Paine, George W., III, 2004 October 11.

Small, A. Thomas, 2004 October 13.

Collection Inventory

Annotated Bankruptcy Case Documents, 1983-1995.

Box Folder

S & S Industries, Inc. Notes, 1983.

1 1

Court Opinions, 1984-1985, 1987.

1 2

Heller Financial Inc v. Park Place Associates, 1989.

1 3

Enid and Allen Pesman Bankruptcy, 1994.

1 4

Lull Corporation v. Stamatakis Industries, 1995.

1

1

1

5

6

7

Bankruptcy Reports, 1990-1991, 1994, 1997.

Box Folder

Key Health Care Bankruptcy Issues, 1990 May 3-4.

1 8

American Bankruptcy Institute Report on Professional Compensation in Bankruptcy Cases, 1991 May.

1 9

Reforming the Bankruptcy Code Final Report, 1994 May 1.

1 10

Reforming the Bankruptcy Code Final Report (second copy), 1994 May 1.

2 1

Chapter 11 Committee Report Working Papers, 1997 September 8.

2 2

Calendars, 1991-1998.

Box Folder

Standard Diary, 1991.

2 3

Standard Diary, 1992.

2 4

Standard Diary, 1993.

3 1

Standard Diary, 1994.

3 2

Standard Diary, 1995.

3 3

Chicago Bar Association (CBA) Court Calendar, 1995.

3 4

Standard Diary, 1996.

4 1

CBA Court Calendar, 1997.

4 2

CBA Court Calendar, 1998.

4 3

Correspondence, 1992-1998.

Box Folder

Correspondence, 1992.

4 4

Correspondence, 1993.

4 5

Correspondence, 1994.

4 6

Correspondence, 1995.

4 7

Correspondence, 1996.

5 1

Correspondence, 1997-1998.

5 2

Publications, 1990-1994, 1996 (Bulk, 1990-1994) .

Box
5
Folder
3
Box Folder

Cardozo Law Review, 1990 October.

5 3

Cardozo Law Review, 1991 October.

5 4

The Elements of Bankruptcy, 1992.

5 5

Yale Law Journal, 1992 November.

5 6

University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 1993 January.

5 7

The American Bankruptcy Law Journal, 1994 Winter.

5 8

Evaluation of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit By the Chicago Council of Lawyers, 1994.

5 9

American College of Bankruptcy Directory of Fellows, 1996 April.

5 10

Collection Inventory

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Materials, 1982-2000.

Administrative Files, 1988-1998.

Scope and Contents note

This series includes materials relating to Martin's activities as a member of the Board of Governors, the chief governing body of the NCBJ, and as NCBJ president.

Scope and Contents note

This series includes materials relating to Martin's activities as a member of the Board of Governors, the chief governing body of the NCBJ, and as NCBJ president. It includes correspondence and related materials relating to the Office of the Secretary, Office of the Treasurer, committees, and membership.

Box
1
Folder
1-16

American Bankruptcy Law Journal, 1995-1996, 1998.

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence with editors, articles, and related material regarding the activities of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal, the official scholarly publication of the NCBJ.

Box
1
5
Folder
17
4

Committees, 1986-1999.

Scope and Contents note

Letters, memoranda, reports, minutes, and related materials regarding committees that Martin served on and oversaw as President of the NCBJ.

Academic Outreach Committee, 1999.

Box
1
Folder
19

Ad Hoc Committee on Orientation of New Governors, 1996.

Box
1
Folder
20

Ad Hoc Committee to Study Judicial Role of Bankruptcy Judges, 1994.

Box
1
Folder
21

Administrative Oversight Committee, 1993-1994.

Box
1
Folder
22

Archives Committee, 1991-1995, 1999.

Box
1
Folder
23

Automation and Technology Committee, 1995.

Box
1
Folder
24

Awards Committee, 1995-1996.

Box
1
Folder
25

Bylaws Committee, 1988-1992.

Box
1
2
Folder
26-27
1

Elections Committee, 1991-1999.

Box
2
Folder
2-3

Endowment for Education, 1995-1996.

Box
2
Folder
4

Ethics Committee, 1995.

Box
2
Folder
5

Executive Committee, 1996-1997.

Box
2
Folder
6

Finance Committee, 1995-1998.

Box
2
Folder
7-8

International Law Relations Committee, 1995-1996.

Box
2
Folder
9

Judges' Benefits Study Committee, 1996-1997.

Box
2
Folder
10

Judicial Orientation and Benefits Committee, 1995.

Box
2
Folder
11

Legislative Committee, 1995-1998.

Box
2
Folder
12-14

Liaison Committees, 1989, 1995-1996.

Box Folder

American Bar Association Liaison Committee, 1995.

2 15

American Bankruptcy Association Liaison Committee, 1995.

2 16

Association of Bankruptcy Judicial Assistants Liaison Committee, 1996.

2 17

Commercial Law League of America Liaison Committee, 1995-1996.

2 18

Federal Bar Association Liaison Committee, 1995.

2 19

Federal Courts Study Liaison Committee, 1989.

2 20

National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees Liaison Committee, 1995-1996.

2 21

National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees Liaison Committee, 1995-1996.

2 22

National Bar Association Liaison Committee, 1996.

2 23

National Bankruptcy Review Commission Liaison Committee, 1995-1996.

2 24

National Conference of Bankruptcy Clerks Liaison Committee, 1995-1996.

2 25

United States Trustee Liaison Committee, 1995-1996.

2 26

Membership Committee, 1995-1996.

Box
2
Folder
27

Memorials Committee, 1995.

Box
2
Folder
28

Newsletter Committee, 1995-1996.

Box
2
Folder
29

Site Selection Committee, 1986-1999.

Box
2
3
Folder
30-33
1-5

Correspondence, 1988-1996.

Scope and Contents note

Letters, memoranda, and related material regarding Martin's legislative and administrative activities on behalf of the NCBJ.

Box
3
Folder
6-7

Meetings, 1982-2000.

Scope and Contents note

As a member and president of NCBJ, Martin participated in and planned a number of NCBJ meetings, especially the organization's annual conference. This series includes correspondence, memoranda, planning materials, reports, programs, minutes, and related material.

Box
3
4
5
Folder
8-24
1-25
1-3

Subject Files, 1994-1996.

Box Folder
Conference Comparison Study, 1996.
Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, research materials, and related materials regarding a NCBJ study of the annual conference pay structure of other legal organizations, initiated in an effort to determine an appropriate fee for the NCBJ's own annual meetings.

5 5
NCBJ History, 1994-1996.
Scope and Contents note

Correspondence and copies of articles relating to the history of the NCBJ.

5 6

Trustee Matters, 1995-1996.

5 7-8

National Bankruptcy Review Commission Materials, 1995-1997.

Scope and Contents note

In 1995, a congressional task force was formed to study existing bankruptcy legislation and suggests revisions to the Bankruptcy Code. Many of the members of the National Bankruptcy Review Commission (NBRC) were affiliated with the National Bankruptcy Conference, of which Martin was a member. This series includes correspondence, reports, meeting agenda, meeting minutes, and related material regarding Martin's participation, on behalf of the National Bankruptcy Conference, in the activities of the NBRC.

Box
5
6
Folder
9-21
1-2

Judicial Conference of the United States Materials, 1994-1996.

Scope and Contents note

As a bankruptcy judge in the 7th Federal Judicial Circuit, Martin was a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States, the official organization of federal judges. This series includes correspondence, meeting programs, and related material regarding Martin's activity within the Judicial Conference.

Box Folder

Judicial Conference Committee, 1994.

6 3

Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System, 1996.

6

9

4-5

4

Organizational Participation, 1983-1999.

Scope and Contents note

Programs, correspondence, and related material regarding Martin's participation as a lecturer, panelist, and attendee of organizational meetings on bankruptcy across the United States.

Box Folder

American Bankruptcy Institute Annual Meeting, 1990.

6 6

Association of Insolvency Accountants Annual Bankruptcy and Reorganization Conference, 1996.

6 7

Bankruptcy Administration and Trustee Seminar, 1983.

6 8

Central California Bankruptcy Institute Annual Meeting, 1999.

6 9

Commercial Law League of America Bankruptcy and Insolvency Education Program, 1991 April 9.

9 8

Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter 13 Debtor Education/Credit Rehabilitation Program, 1996.

6 10

Federal Bar Association of Western District of Michigan Annual Bankruptcy Section Seminar, 1995.

6 11-12

Federal Judicial Center Meetings, 1988-1998.

6

7

1-10

13

Federal Judicial Circuit Meetings, 1992-1994.

8 1-3

National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees Annual Convention, 1997.

8 4

Northwest Bankruptcy Institute, 1997.

8 5

Norton Bankruptcy Litigation Institute Annual Meetings, 1995-1998.

8

9

1

6-8

Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute Meeting, 1988-1989.

9 9

"A View from the Bench" Panel, Third Annual Midwestern Bankruptcy Conference, 1993.

9 2

Visa Member Executive Conference, 1996 July.

9 3

Subject Files, 1995-1996.

Scope and Contents note
Box Folder
Bingham Legislative Alerts, 1995-1996.
Scope and Contents note

A collection of memoranda that details pending bankruptcy legislation, issued by bankruptcy law practitioner Suzanne Bingham to interested members of the bankruptcy community, including Martin.

9 5
Judges' Pay Issue, 1996.
Scope and Contents note

Correspondence and related materials regarding bankruptcy legislation that concerned the financial compensation and benefits of federal bankruptcy judges.

9 6
Podesta Memoranda, 1995-1996.
Scope and Contents note

A collection of memoranda that details pending bankruptcy legislation, issued by the lobbying firm Podesta Associates, sent to interested members of the bankruptcy community, including Martin.

9 7

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Oral History Project

NBA.012.001

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Oral History Project

NBA.012.001

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Oral History Project

NBA.012.001

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives
Creator:
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (U.S.)
Title:
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Oral History Project
Date [inclusive]:
2004-2008
Call Number:
NBA.012.001
Extent:
15 items
Language:
English
Text: [Box]
1
Abstract:
The Oral History Project was begun by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ) at its 2004 Annual Meeting. The purpose of the project was to record interviews in which past presidents of the NCBJ reminisced about the organization and the role they played in it. The project later expanded to encompass oral histories of prominent bankruptcy judges. The collection chiefly includes oral histories recorded with past presidents of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. Accruals to this project include prominent members of the NCBJ who may or may not be former presidents.
Cite as:
[Identification of item], in the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Records: Oral History Project, National Bankruptcy Archives, PU-L.NBA.012.001, Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA.
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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives
Creator:
Nachman, Norman H.
Title:
Norman H. Nachman Papers
Date [bulk]:
1990-1998
Date [inclusive]:
1983-1998
Call Number:
NBA.057
Extent:
4 linear feet
Language:
English
Language of Materials note:
English
Abstract:
Norman H. Nachman (1909-2001) worked as a Chicago bankruptcy attorney for 60 years, served as President of the Chicago Bar Association, and helped to draft new bankruptcy code. His colleagues named him the “Dean of U.S. Bankruptcy Lawyers.” This collection, dated 1983-1998, consists of materials relating to Nachman’s career in bankruptcy law and includes case documents, reports on aspects of bankruptcy law, Nachman’s daily appointment calendars, business correspondence dated 1992-1998, and various publications including law journals and books authored by his colleagues.
Cite as:
[Identification of item], in the Norman H. Nachman Papers, National Bankruptcy Archives, NBA.057, Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA.
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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives
Creator:
Martin, Robert D.
Title:
Robert D. Martin Papers
Date [inclusive]:
1982-2000
Call Number:
NBA.009
Extent:
9 linear feet (About 4000 items)
Language:
English
Abstract:
Robert D. Martin (1944-) was appointed Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin in 1978. Martin was a charter fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference. He was a member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ), an organization devoted to providing to providing education and advice relating to bankruptcy legislation. Martin served on the Board of Governors of the NCBJ from 1988 to 1991, as Secretary in 1994, and as the conference's President in 1996. The collection, 1982-2000, includes materials relating to Martin's activities as a committee member, Secretary, and President of the NCBJ; as a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference, which participated in the National Bankruptcy Review Commission in the mid-1990s; as a federal judge on the Judicial Conference of the United States; as a lecturer, panelist, and participant in seminars, workshops, and meetings across the United States; as a researcher and expert on a variety of bankruptcy related issues; and related material.
Cite as:
[Identification of item], in the Robert D. Martin Papers, National Bankruptcy Archives, NBA.009, Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA.
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Biography/History

The Oral History Project was begun by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ) at its 2004 Annual Meeting. The purpose of the project was to record interviews in which past presidents of the NCBJ reminisced about the organization and the role they played in it. Bradley B. Williams of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society helped coordinate the project. The project later expanded to encompass oral histories of prominent bankruptcy judges.

Biography/History

Norman H. Nachman was born in 1909. In 1932 in the midst of the Great Depression, he graduated from the University of Chicago law school and married Anne Lev. After serving 2½ years in the Navy during World War II in the Philippines and South Pacific, he returned to Chicago to continue practicing bankruptcy law. In 1950, he and two associates founded the firm Nachman, Munitz & Sweig. As his career progressed, he worked on various high-profile bankruptcy cases including Tucker Motors, AM International, Wisconsin Steel, and others in the Chicago area. He also participated in the drafting of new bankruptcy code which Congress adopted in 1979. In 1987 Nachman, Munitz & Sweig merged with Winston & Strawn, the oldest law firm in Chicago. Then in 1994, at 85 years old, Nachman changed firms to join McDermott, Will & Emory as a counsel.

Nachman served various organizations and appointments throughout his career. Appointed by Chief Justice Earl Warren in 1960, Nachman served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States. In 1963 and 1964, he served as President of the Chicago Bar Association. In May 1988, he was appointed to the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules.

With 60 years of experience practicing bankruptcy law in Chicago, Nachman's well-respected reputation earned him the title “Dean of U.S. Bankruptcy Lawyers” from his colleagues. He died in 2001.

Biography/History

Robert D. Martin was born in Iowa City, Iowa in 1994. A graduate of the University of Chicago Law School in 1969, Robert Martin began his career in law as an Attorney with Ross and Stevens, S.C., in Madison, Wisconsin. He worked for Ross and Stevens, specializing in bankruptcy litigation, until 1978, when he was appointed Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin.

Martin was a charter fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference. From the onset of his career as a bankruptcy judge, he was a member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ), an organization devoted to providing to providing education and advice relating to bankruptcy legislation. Martin served on the Board of Governors of the NCBJ from 1988 to 1991, as Secretary in 1994, and as the conference's President in 1996.

Martin is also a reputed expert on bankruptcy law. He served as a panelist and lecturer at myriad bankruptcy seminars, conferences, and meetings. He also authored a number of volumes on bankruptcy law, including Ginsberg and Martin on Bankruptcy (written with Robert E. Ginsburg) in 2000 and, beginning in 1988,  Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice.

Scope and Contents

Chiefly oral histories recorded with past presidents of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges from 2004 to 2008. Accruals to this project include prominent members of the NCBJ who may or may not be former presidents.

Scope and Contents

The Norman H. Nachman Papers cover the career of Nachman and his practice of bankruptcy law during the years of 1990-1998. The materials cover the practice of American bankruptcy law and Nachman’s career in two Chicago firms: Winston & Strawn, and McDermott, Will & Emery.

This collection is divided into five series: Annotated Bankruptcy Case Documents; Bankruptcy Reports; Calendars; Correspondence; and Publications.

Included in the collection are annotated copies of court opinions originally published between 1983 and 1989, which have been marked up and described by Nachman. Also in the collection are his business correspondence from 1991-1998, his daily appointment books and a few Chicago Bar Association Court Calendars from 1991-1998, various law journals including one signed and sent from Elizabeth Warren and a signed and annotated publication by colleague Douglas Baird, and bankruptcy reports from the American Bar Association Forum on Health Law, American Bankruptcy Institute, and the National Bankruptcy Conference.

Scope and Contents

The Robert D. Martin Papers, 1982-2000, include materials relating to Martin's activities as a committee member, Secretary, and President of the NCBJ; as a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference, which participated in the National Bankruptcy Review Commission in the mid-1990s; as a federal judge on the Judicial Conference of the United States; as a lecturer, panelist, and participant in seminars, workshops, and meetings across the United States; as a researcher and expert on a variety of bankruptcy related issues; and related material.

Arrangement note

Alphabetical by last name.

Arrangement note

This collection is divided into five series, arranged alphabetically: Annotated Bankruptcy Case Documents; Bankruptcy Reports; Calendars; Correspondence; and Publications. Each series is organized chronologically. Bulk dates are 1990-1998 with annotated court opinions published between 1983 and 1989.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives,  2009

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives,  March 2015

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives,  2006

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Jordon Steele

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Ellison Graham, Leslie O'Neill

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Jordon Steele

Access Restrictions

The archives reserves the right to restrict access to materials of sensitive nature. Please contact the department for further information.

Access Restrictions

The archives reserves the right to restrict access to materials of sensitive nature. Please contact the department for further information.

Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Accruals note

Oral history of Cornelius Blackshear received in August 2009

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Received from Bradley B. Williams in June 2008 unless otherwise noted in the Accruals note.

Acquisitions Information

Received from Robert D. Martin in 2001.

Processing Information note

Processed by Jordon Steele, August 2009.

Processing Information note

Processed by Ellison Graham, March 2015.

Processing Information

Processed and encoded by Jordon Steele, October 2006.

Existence and Location of Copies note

Digital reproductions of some of these oral histories are available electronically at http://www.law.upenn.edu/bll/archives/bankruptcy/digicoll/oralhistories.html#ncbj.

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Related Archival Materials note

This series is a part of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Records, PU-L.NBA.012.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Audiotapes
  • Oral histories (document genres)
Personal Name(s)
  • Adler, Louise Decarl
  • Cosetti, Joseph L.
  • Lee, Joe, 1925-
  • Martin, Robert D.
  • Newsome, Randall J. (Randall Jackson), 1950-
  • Paine, George C., II
  • Thomas, A. Thomas
Subject(s)
  • Bankruptcy

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American College of Bankruptcy
  • McDermott, Will & Emery.
  • National Bankruptcy Conference (U.S.)
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (U.S.)
  • Winston & Strawn.
Personal Name(s)
  • Aldisert, Ruggero J.
  • Baird, Douglas G.
  • Coar, David H.
  • Cummings, Walter J.
  • Martin, Robert D.
  • Simon, Paul
  • Trost, J. Ronald
  • Warren, Elizabeth
Subject(s)
  • Bankruptcy
  • Chapter 11

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • National Bankruptcy Review Commission (U.S.)
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (U.S.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Patchan, Joseph
  • Rehnquist, William H., 1924-2005
Subject(s)
  • Bankruptcy

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Other Finding Aids note

A container list is available offline in spreadsheet form. Please contact the archives for more information.

Collection Inventory

Adler, Louise Decarl, 2005 July 20.

Anderson, William, 2005 June 15-16.

Blackshear, Cornelius, 2008 October 11.

Clark, Glen, 2004 October 10.

Cosetti, Joseph, 2004 October 10.

Fitzgerald, Judith K., 2004 October 12.

Houston, David W., 2004 October 12.

Kline, David, 2004 October 11.

Lee, Joe, 2005 October 19-20.

Mannes, Paul, 2004 October 11.

Martin, Robert D., 2004 October 10.

Newsome, Randall J., 2005 July 20.

Paine, George W., III, 2004 October 11.

Small, A. Thomas, 2004 October 13.

Collection Inventory

Annotated Bankruptcy Case Documents, 1983-1995.

Box Folder

S & S Industries, Inc. Notes, 1983.

1 1

Court Opinions, 1984-1985, 1987.

1 2

Heller Financial Inc v. Park Place Associates, 1989.

1 3

Enid and Allen Pesman Bankruptcy, 1994.

1 4

Lull Corporation v. Stamatakis Industries, 1995.

1

1

1

5

6

7

Bankruptcy Reports, 1990-1991, 1994, 1997.

Box Folder

Key Health Care Bankruptcy Issues, 1990 May 3-4.

1 8

American Bankruptcy Institute Report on Professional Compensation in Bankruptcy Cases, 1991 May.

1 9

Reforming the Bankruptcy Code Final Report, 1994 May 1.

1 10

Reforming the Bankruptcy Code Final Report (second copy), 1994 May 1.

2 1

Chapter 11 Committee Report Working Papers, 1997 September 8.

2 2

Calendars, 1991-1998.

Box Folder

Standard Diary, 1991.

2 3

Standard Diary, 1992.

2 4

Standard Diary, 1993.

3 1

Standard Diary, 1994.

3 2

Standard Diary, 1995.

3 3

Chicago Bar Association (CBA) Court Calendar, 1995.

3 4

Standard Diary, 1996.

4 1

CBA Court Calendar, 1997.

4 2

CBA Court Calendar, 1998.

4 3

Correspondence, 1992-1998.

Box Folder

Correspondence, 1992.

4 4

Correspondence, 1993.

4 5

Correspondence, 1994.

4 6

Correspondence, 1995.

4 7

Correspondence, 1996.

5 1

Correspondence, 1997-1998.

5 2

Publications, 1990-1994, 1996 (Bulk, 1990-1994) .

Box
5
Folder
3
Box Folder

Cardozo Law Review, 1990 October.

5 3

Cardozo Law Review, 1991 October.

5 4

The Elements of Bankruptcy, 1992.

5 5

Yale Law Journal, 1992 November.

5 6

University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 1993 January.

5 7

The American Bankruptcy Law Journal, 1994 Winter.

5 8

Evaluation of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit By the Chicago Council of Lawyers, 1994.

5 9

American College of Bankruptcy Directory of Fellows, 1996 April.

5 10

Collection Inventory

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Materials, 1982-2000.

Administrative Files, 1988-1998.

Scope and Contents note

This series includes materials relating to Martin's activities as a member of the Board of Governors, the chief governing body of the NCBJ, and as NCBJ president.

Scope and Contents note

This series includes materials relating to Martin's activities as a member of the Board of Governors, the chief governing body of the NCBJ, and as NCBJ president. It includes correspondence and related materials relating to the Office of the Secretary, Office of the Treasurer, committees, and membership.

Box
1
Folder
1-16

American Bankruptcy Law Journal, 1995-1996, 1998.

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence with editors, articles, and related material regarding the activities of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal, the official scholarly publication of the NCBJ.

Box
1
5
Folder
17
4

Committees, 1986-1999.

Scope and Contents note

Letters, memoranda, reports, minutes, and related materials regarding committees that Martin served on and oversaw as President of the NCBJ.

Academic Outreach Committee, 1999.

Box
1
Folder
19

Ad Hoc Committee on Orientation of New Governors, 1996.

Box
1
Folder
20

Ad Hoc Committee to Study Judicial Role of Bankruptcy Judges, 1994.

Box
1
Folder
21

Administrative Oversight Committee, 1993-1994.

Box
1
Folder
22

Archives Committee, 1991-1995, 1999.

Box
1
Folder
23

Automation and Technology Committee, 1995.

Box
1
Folder
24

Awards Committee, 1995-1996.

Box
1
Folder
25

Bylaws Committee, 1988-1992.

Box
1
2
Folder
26-27
1

Elections Committee, 1991-1999.

Box
2
Folder
2-3

Endowment for Education, 1995-1996.

Box
2
Folder
4

Ethics Committee, 1995.

Box
2
Folder
5

Executive Committee, 1996-1997.

Box
2
Folder
6

Finance Committee, 1995-1998.

Box
2
Folder
7-8

International Law Relations Committee, 1995-1996.

Box
2
Folder
9

Judges' Benefits Study Committee, 1996-1997.

Box
2
Folder
10

Judicial Orientation and Benefits Committee, 1995.

Box
2
Folder
11

Legislative Committee, 1995-1998.

Box
2
Folder
12-14

Liaison Committees, 1989, 1995-1996.

Box Folder

American Bar Association Liaison Committee, 1995.

2 15

American Bankruptcy Association Liaison Committee, 1995.

2 16

Association of Bankruptcy Judicial Assistants Liaison Committee, 1996.

2 17

Commercial Law League of America Liaison Committee, 1995-1996.

2 18

Federal Bar Association Liaison Committee, 1995.

2 19

Federal Courts Study Liaison Committee, 1989.

2 20

National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees Liaison Committee, 1995-1996.

2 21

National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees Liaison Committee, 1995-1996.

2 22

National Bar Association Liaison Committee, 1996.

2 23

National Bankruptcy Review Commission Liaison Committee, 1995-1996.

2 24

National Conference of Bankruptcy Clerks Liaison Committee, 1995-1996.

2 25

United States Trustee Liaison Committee, 1995-1996.

2 26

Membership Committee, 1995-1996.

Box
2
Folder
27

Memorials Committee, 1995.

Box
2
Folder
28

Newsletter Committee, 1995-1996.

Box
2
Folder
29

Site Selection Committee, 1986-1999.

Box
2
3
Folder
30-33
1-5

Correspondence, 1988-1996.

Scope and Contents note

Letters, memoranda, and related material regarding Martin's legislative and administrative activities on behalf of the NCBJ.

Box
3
Folder
6-7

Meetings, 1982-2000.

Scope and Contents note

As a member and president of NCBJ, Martin participated in and planned a number of NCBJ meetings, especially the organization's annual conference. This series includes correspondence, memoranda, planning materials, reports, programs, minutes, and related material.

Box
3
4
5
Folder
8-24
1-25
1-3

Subject Files, 1994-1996.

Box Folder
Conference Comparison Study, 1996.
Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, research materials, and related materials regarding a NCBJ study of the annual conference pay structure of other legal organizations, initiated in an effort to determine an appropriate fee for the NCBJ's own annual meetings.

5 5
NCBJ History, 1994-1996.
Scope and Contents note

Correspondence and copies of articles relating to the history of the NCBJ.

5 6

Trustee Matters, 1995-1996.

5 7-8

National Bankruptcy Review Commission Materials, 1995-1997.

Scope and Contents note

In 1995, a congressional task force was formed to study existing bankruptcy legislation and suggests revisions to the Bankruptcy Code. Many of the members of the National Bankruptcy Review Commission (NBRC) were affiliated with the National Bankruptcy Conference, of which Martin was a member. This series includes correspondence, reports, meeting agenda, meeting minutes, and related material regarding Martin's participation, on behalf of the National Bankruptcy Conference, in the activities of the NBRC.

Box
5
6
Folder
9-21
1-2

Judicial Conference of the United States Materials, 1994-1996.

Scope and Contents note

As a bankruptcy judge in the 7th Federal Judicial Circuit, Martin was a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States, the official organization of federal judges. This series includes correspondence, meeting programs, and related material regarding Martin's activity within the Judicial Conference.

Box Folder

Judicial Conference Committee, 1994.

6 3

Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System, 1996.

6

9

4-5

4

Organizational Participation, 1983-1999.

Scope and Contents note

Programs, correspondence, and related material regarding Martin's participation as a lecturer, panelist, and attendee of organizational meetings on bankruptcy across the United States.

Box Folder

American Bankruptcy Institute Annual Meeting, 1990.

6 6

Association of Insolvency Accountants Annual Bankruptcy and Reorganization Conference, 1996.

6 7

Bankruptcy Administration and Trustee Seminar, 1983.

6 8

Central California Bankruptcy Institute Annual Meeting, 1999.

6 9

Commercial Law League of America Bankruptcy and Insolvency Education Program, 1991 April 9.

9 8

Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter 13 Debtor Education/Credit Rehabilitation Program, 1996.

6 10

Federal Bar Association of Western District of Michigan Annual Bankruptcy Section Seminar, 1995.

6 11-12

Federal Judicial Center Meetings, 1988-1998.

6

7

1-10

13

Federal Judicial Circuit Meetings, 1992-1994.

8 1-3

National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees Annual Convention, 1997.

8 4

Northwest Bankruptcy Institute, 1997.

8 5

Norton Bankruptcy Litigation Institute Annual Meetings, 1995-1998.

8

9

1

6-8

Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute Meeting, 1988-1989.

9 9

"A View from the Bench" Panel, Third Annual Midwestern Bankruptcy Conference, 1993.

9 2

Visa Member Executive Conference, 1996 July.

9 3

Subject Files, 1995-1996.

Scope and Contents note
Box Folder
Bingham Legislative Alerts, 1995-1996.
Scope and Contents note

A collection of memoranda that details pending bankruptcy legislation, issued by bankruptcy law practitioner Suzanne Bingham to interested members of the bankruptcy community, including Martin.

9 5
Judges' Pay Issue, 1996.
Scope and Contents note

Correspondence and related materials regarding bankruptcy legislation that concerned the financial compensation and benefits of federal bankruptcy judges.

9 6
Podesta Memoranda, 1995-1996.
Scope and Contents note

A collection of memoranda that details pending bankruptcy legislation, issued by the lobbying firm Podesta Associates, sent to interested members of the bankruptcy community, including Martin.

9 7

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Oral History Project

NBA.012.001

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Oral History Project

NBA.012.001

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Oral History Project

NBA.012.001

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives
Creator:
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (U.S.)
Title:
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Oral History Project
Date [inclusive]:
2004-2008
Call Number:
NBA.012.001
Extent:
15 items
Language:
English
Text: [Box]
1
Abstract:
The Oral History Project was begun by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ) at its 2004 Annual Meeting. The purpose of the project was to record interviews in which past presidents of the NCBJ reminisced about the organization and the role they played in it. The project later expanded to encompass oral histories of prominent bankruptcy judges. The collection chiefly includes oral histories recorded with past presidents of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. Accruals to this project include prominent members of the NCBJ who may or may not be former presidents.
Cite as:
[Identification of item], in the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Records: Oral History Project, National Bankruptcy Archives, PU-L.NBA.012.001, Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA.
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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives
Creator:
Nachman, Norman H.
Title:
Norman H. Nachman Papers
Date [bulk]:
1990-1998
Date [inclusive]:
1983-1998
Call Number:
NBA.057
Extent:
4 linear feet
Language:
English
Language of Materials note:
English
Abstract:
Norman H. Nachman (1909-2001) worked as a Chicago bankruptcy attorney for 60 years, served as President of the Chicago Bar Association, and helped to draft new bankruptcy code. His colleagues named him the “Dean of U.S. Bankruptcy Lawyers.” This collection, dated 1983-1998, consists of materials relating to Nachman’s career in bankruptcy law and includes case documents, reports on aspects of bankruptcy law, Nachman’s daily appointment calendars, business correspondence dated 1992-1998, and various publications including law journals and books authored by his colleagues.
Cite as:
[Identification of item], in the Norman H. Nachman Papers, National Bankruptcy Archives, NBA.057, Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA.
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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives
Creator:
Martin, Robert D.
Title:
Robert D. Martin Papers
Date [inclusive]:
1982-2000
Call Number:
NBA.009
Extent:
9 linear feet (About 4000 items)
Language:
English
Abstract:
Robert D. Martin (1944-) was appointed Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin in 1978. Martin was a charter fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference. He was a member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ), an organization devoted to providing to providing education and advice relating to bankruptcy legislation. Martin served on the Board of Governors of the NCBJ from 1988 to 1991, as Secretary in 1994, and as the conference's President in 1996. The collection, 1982-2000, includes materials relating to Martin's activities as a committee member, Secretary, and President of the NCBJ; as a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference, which participated in the National Bankruptcy Review Commission in the mid-1990s; as a federal judge on the Judicial Conference of the United States; as a lecturer, panelist, and participant in seminars, workshops, and meetings across the United States; as a researcher and expert on a variety of bankruptcy related issues; and related material.
Cite as:
[Identification of item], in the Robert D. Martin Papers, National Bankruptcy Archives, NBA.009, Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA.
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Biography/History

The Oral History Project was begun by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ) at its 2004 Annual Meeting. The purpose of the project was to record interviews in which past presidents of the NCBJ reminisced about the organization and the role they played in it. Bradley B. Williams of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society helped coordinate the project. The project later expanded to encompass oral histories of prominent bankruptcy judges.

Biography/History

Norman H. Nachman was born in 1909. In 1932 in the midst of the Great Depression, he graduated from the University of Chicago law school and married Anne Lev. After serving 2½ years in the Navy during World War II in the Philippines and South Pacific, he returned to Chicago to continue practicing bankruptcy law. In 1950, he and two associates founded the firm Nachman, Munitz & Sweig. As his career progressed, he worked on various high-profile bankruptcy cases including Tucker Motors, AM International, Wisconsin Steel, and others in the Chicago area. He also participated in the drafting of new bankruptcy code which Congress adopted in 1979. In 1987 Nachman, Munitz & Sweig merged with Winston & Strawn, the oldest law firm in Chicago. Then in 1994, at 85 years old, Nachman changed firms to join McDermott, Will & Emory as a counsel.

Nachman served various organizations and appointments throughout his career. Appointed by Chief Justice Earl Warren in 1960, Nachman served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States. In 1963 and 1964, he served as President of the Chicago Bar Association. In May 1988, he was appointed to the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules.

With 60 years of experience practicing bankruptcy law in Chicago, Nachman's well-respected reputation earned him the title “Dean of U.S. Bankruptcy Lawyers” from his colleagues. He died in 2001.

Biography/History

Robert D. Martin was born in Iowa City, Iowa in 1994. A graduate of the University of Chicago Law School in 1969, Robert Martin began his career in law as an Attorney with Ross and Stevens, S.C., in Madison, Wisconsin. He worked for Ross and Stevens, specializing in bankruptcy litigation, until 1978, when he was appointed Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin.

Martin was a charter fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference. From the onset of his career as a bankruptcy judge, he was a member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ), an organization devoted to providing to providing education and advice relating to bankruptcy legislation. Martin served on the Board of Governors of the NCBJ from 1988 to 1991, as Secretary in 1994, and as the conference's President in 1996.

Martin is also a reputed expert on bankruptcy law. He served as a panelist and lecturer at myriad bankruptcy seminars, conferences, and meetings. He also authored a number of volumes on bankruptcy law, including Ginsberg and Martin on Bankruptcy (written with Robert E. Ginsburg) in 2000 and, beginning in 1988,  Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice.

Scope and Contents

Chiefly oral histories recorded with past presidents of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges from 2004 to 2008. Accruals to this project include prominent members of the NCBJ who may or may not be former presidents.

Scope and Contents

The Norman H. Nachman Papers cover the career of Nachman and his practice of bankruptcy law during the years of 1990-1998. The materials cover the practice of American bankruptcy law and Nachman’s career in two Chicago firms: Winston & Strawn, and McDermott, Will & Emery.

This collection is divided into five series: Annotated Bankruptcy Case Documents; Bankruptcy Reports; Calendars; Correspondence; and Publications.

Included in the collection are annotated copies of court opinions originally published between 1983 and 1989, which have been marked up and described by Nachman. Also in the collection are his business correspondence from 1991-1998, his daily appointment books and a few Chicago Bar Association Court Calendars from 1991-1998, various law journals including one signed and sent from Elizabeth Warren and a signed and annotated publication by colleague Douglas Baird, and bankruptcy reports from the American Bar Association Forum on Health Law, American Bankruptcy Institute, and the National Bankruptcy Conference.

Scope and Contents

The Robert D. Martin Papers, 1982-2000, include materials relating to Martin's activities as a committee member, Secretary, and President of the NCBJ; as a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference, which participated in the National Bankruptcy Review Commission in the mid-1990s; as a federal judge on the Judicial Conference of the United States; as a lecturer, panelist, and participant in seminars, workshops, and meetings across the United States; as a researcher and expert on a variety of bankruptcy related issues; and related material.

Arrangement note

Alphabetical by last name.

Arrangement note

This collection is divided into five series, arranged alphabetically: Annotated Bankruptcy Case Documents; Bankruptcy Reports; Calendars; Correspondence; and Publications. Each series is organized chronologically. Bulk dates are 1990-1998 with annotated court opinions published between 1983 and 1989.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives,  2009

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives,  March 2015

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives,  2006

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Jordon Steele

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Ellison Graham, Leslie O'Neill

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Jordon Steele

Access Restrictions

The archives reserves the right to restrict access to materials of sensitive nature. Please contact the department for further information.

Access Restrictions

The archives reserves the right to restrict access to materials of sensitive nature. Please contact the department for further information.

Access Restrictions

The archives reserves the right to restrict access to materials of sensitive nature. Please contact the department for further information.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Accruals note

Oral history of Cornelius Blackshear received in August 2009

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Received from Bradley B. Williams in June 2008 unless otherwise noted in the Accruals note.

Acquisitions Information

Received from Robert D. Martin in 2001.

Processing Information note

Processed by Jordon Steele, August 2009.

Processing Information note

Processed by Ellison Graham, March 2015.

Processing Information

Processed and encoded by Jordon Steele, October 2006.

Existence and Location of Copies note

Digital reproductions of some of these oral histories are available electronically at http://www.law.upenn.edu/bll/archives/bankruptcy/digicoll/oralhistories.html#ncbj.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

This series is a part of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Records, PU-L.NBA.012.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Audiotapes
  • Oral histories (document genres)
Personal Name(s)
  • Adler, Louise Decarl
  • Cosetti, Joseph L.
  • Lee, Joe, 1925-
  • Martin, Robert D.
  • Newsome, Randall J. (Randall Jackson), 1950-
  • Paine, George C., II
  • Thomas, A. Thomas
Subject(s)
  • Bankruptcy

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American College of Bankruptcy
  • McDermott, Will & Emery.
  • National Bankruptcy Conference (U.S.)
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (U.S.)
  • Winston & Strawn.
Personal Name(s)
  • Aldisert, Ruggero J.
  • Baird, Douglas G.
  • Coar, David H.
  • Cummings, Walter J.
  • Martin, Robert D.
  • Simon, Paul
  • Trost, J. Ronald
  • Warren, Elizabeth
Subject(s)
  • Bankruptcy
  • Chapter 11

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • National Bankruptcy Review Commission (U.S.)
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (U.S.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Patchan, Joseph
  • Rehnquist, William H., 1924-2005
Subject(s)
  • Bankruptcy

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Other Finding Aids note

A container list is available offline in spreadsheet form. Please contact the archives for more information.

Collection Inventory

Adler, Louise Decarl, 2005 July 20.

Anderson, William, 2005 June 15-16.

Blackshear, Cornelius, 2008 October 11.

Clark, Glen, 2004 October 10.

Cosetti, Joseph, 2004 October 10.

Fitzgerald, Judith K., 2004 October 12.

Houston, David W., 2004 October 12.

Kline, David, 2004 October 11.

Lee, Joe, 2005 October 19-20.

Mannes, Paul, 2004 October 11.

Martin, Robert D., 2004 October 10.

Newsome, Randall J., 2005 July 20.

Paine, George W., III, 2004 October 11.

Small, A. Thomas, 2004 October 13.

Collection Inventory

Annotated Bankruptcy Case Documents, 1983-1995.

Box Folder

S & S Industries, Inc. Notes, 1983.

1 1

Court Opinions, 1984-1985, 1987.

1 2

Heller Financial Inc v. Park Place Associates, 1989.

1 3

Enid and Allen Pesman Bankruptcy, 1994.

1 4

Lull Corporation v. Stamatakis Industries, 1995.

1

1

1

5

6

7

Bankruptcy Reports, 1990-1991, 1994, 1997.

Box Folder

Key Health Care Bankruptcy Issues, 1990 May 3-4.

1 8

American Bankruptcy Institute Report on Professional Compensation in Bankruptcy Cases, 1991 May.

1 9

Reforming the Bankruptcy Code Final Report, 1994 May 1.

1 10

Reforming the Bankruptcy Code Final Report (second copy), 1994 May 1.

2 1

Chapter 11 Committee Report Working Papers, 1997 September 8.

2 2

Calendars, 1991-1998.

Box Folder

Standard Diary, 1991.

2 3

Standard Diary, 1992.

2 4

Standard Diary, 1993.

3 1

Standard Diary, 1994.

3 2

Standard Diary, 1995.

3 3

Chicago Bar Association (CBA) Court Calendar, 1995.

3 4

Standard Diary, 1996.

4 1

CBA Court Calendar, 1997.

4 2

CBA Court Calendar, 1998.

4 3

Correspondence, 1992-1998.

Box Folder

Correspondence, 1992.

4 4

Correspondence, 1993.

4 5

Correspondence, 1994.

4 6

Correspondence, 1995.

4 7

Correspondence, 1996.

5 1

Correspondence, 1997-1998.

5 2

Publications, 1990-1994, 1996 (Bulk, 1990-1994) .

Box
5
Folder
3
Box Folder

Cardozo Law Review, 1990 October.

5 3

Cardozo Law Review, 1991 October.

5 4

The Elements of Bankruptcy, 1992.

5 5

Yale Law Journal, 1992 November.

5 6

University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 1993 January.

5 7

The American Bankruptcy Law Journal, 1994 Winter.

5 8

Evaluation of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit By the Chicago Council of Lawyers, 1994.

5 9

American College of Bankruptcy Directory of Fellows, 1996 April.

5 10

Collection Inventory

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Materials, 1982-2000.

Administrative Files, 1988-1998.

Scope and Contents note

This series includes materials relating to Martin's activities as a member of the Board of Governors, the chief governing body of the NCBJ, and as NCBJ president.

Scope and Contents note

This series includes materials relating to Martin's activities as a member of the Board of Governors, the chief governing body of the NCBJ, and as NCBJ president. It includes correspondence and related materials relating to the Office of the Secretary, Office of the Treasurer, committees, and membership.

Box
1
Folder
1-16

American Bankruptcy Law Journal, 1995-1996, 1998.

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence with editors, articles, and related material regarding the activities of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal, the official scholarly publication of the NCBJ.

Box
1
5
Folder
17
4

Committees, 1986-1999.

Scope and Contents note

Letters, memoranda, reports, minutes, and related materials regarding committees that Martin served on and oversaw as President of the NCBJ.

Academic Outreach Committee, 1999.

Box
1
Folder
19

Ad Hoc Committee on Orientation of New Governors, 1996.

Box
1
Folder
20

Ad Hoc Committee to Study Judicial Role of Bankruptcy Judges, 1994.

Box
1
Folder
21

Administrative Oversight Committee, 1993-1994.

Box
1
Folder
22

Archives Committee, 1991-1995, 1999.

Box
1
Folder
23

Automation and Technology Committee, 1995.

Box
1
Folder
24

Awards Committee, 1995-1996.

Box
1
Folder
25

Bylaws Committee, 1988-1992.

Box
1
2
Folder
26-27
1

Elections Committee, 1991-1999.

Box
2
Folder
2-3

Endowment for Education, 1995-1996.

Box
2
Folder
4

Ethics Committee, 1995.

Box
2
Folder
5

Executive Committee, 1996-1997.

Box
2
Folder
6

Finance Committee, 1995-1998.

Box
2
Folder
7-8

International Law Relations Committee, 1995-1996.

Box
2
Folder
9

Judges' Benefits Study Committee, 1996-1997.

Box
2
Folder
10

Judicial Orientation and Benefits Committee, 1995.

Box
2
Folder
11

Legislative Committee, 1995-1998.

Box
2
Folder
12-14

Liaison Committees, 1989, 1995-1996.

Box Folder

American Bar Association Liaison Committee, 1995.

2 15

American Bankruptcy Association Liaison Committee, 1995.

2 16

Association of Bankruptcy Judicial Assistants Liaison Committee, 1996.

2 17

Commercial Law League of America Liaison Committee, 1995-1996.

2 18

Federal Bar Association Liaison Committee, 1995.

2 19

Federal Courts Study Liaison Committee, 1989.

2 20

National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees Liaison Committee, 1995-1996.

2 21

National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees Liaison Committee, 1995-1996.

2 22

National Bar Association Liaison Committee, 1996.

2 23

National Bankruptcy Review Commission Liaison Committee, 1995-1996.

2 24

National Conference of Bankruptcy Clerks Liaison Committee, 1995-1996.

2 25

United States Trustee Liaison Committee, 1995-1996.

2 26

Membership Committee, 1995-1996.

Box
2
Folder
27

Memorials Committee, 1995.

Box
2
Folder
28

Newsletter Committee, 1995-1996.

Box
2
Folder
29

Site Selection Committee, 1986-1999.

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2
3
Folder
30-33
1-5

Correspondence, 1988-1996.

Scope and Contents note

Letters, memoranda, and related material regarding Martin's legislative and administrative activities on behalf of the NCBJ.

Box
3
Folder
6-7

Meetings, 1982-2000.

Scope and Contents note

As a member and president of NCBJ, Martin participated in and planned a number of NCBJ meetings, especially the organization's annual conference. This series includes correspondence, memoranda, planning materials, reports, programs, minutes, and related material.

Box
3
4
5
Folder
8-24
1-25
1-3

Subject Files, 1994-1996.

Box Folder
Conference Comparison Study, 1996.
Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, research materials, and related materials regarding a NCBJ study of the annual conference pay structure of other legal organizations, initiated in an effort to determine an appropriate fee for the NCBJ's own annual meetings.

5 5
NCBJ History, 1994-1996.
Scope and Contents note

Correspondence and copies of articles relating to the history of the NCBJ.

5 6

Trustee Matters, 1995-1996.

5 7-8

National Bankruptcy Review Commission Materials, 1995-1997.

Scope and Contents note

In 1995, a congressional task force was formed to study existing bankruptcy legislation and suggests revisions to the Bankruptcy Code. Many of the members of the National Bankruptcy Review Commission (NBRC) were affiliated with the National Bankruptcy Conference, of which Martin was a member. This series includes correspondence, reports, meeting agenda, meeting minutes, and related material regarding Martin's participation, on behalf of the National Bankruptcy Conference, in the activities of the NBRC.

Box
5
6
Folder
9-21
1-2

Judicial Conference of the United States Materials, 1994-1996.

Scope and Contents note

As a bankruptcy judge in the 7th Federal Judicial Circuit, Martin was a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States, the official organization of federal judges. This series includes correspondence, meeting programs, and related material regarding Martin's activity within the Judicial Conference.

Box Folder

Judicial Conference Committee, 1994.

6 3

Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System, 1996.

6

9

4-5

4

Organizational Participation, 1983-1999.

Scope and Contents note

Programs, correspondence, and related material regarding Martin's participation as a lecturer, panelist, and attendee of organizational meetings on bankruptcy across the United States.

Box Folder

American Bankruptcy Institute Annual Meeting, 1990.

6 6

Association of Insolvency Accountants Annual Bankruptcy and Reorganization Conference, 1996.

6 7

Bankruptcy Administration and Trustee Seminar, 1983.

6 8

Central California Bankruptcy Institute Annual Meeting, 1999.

6 9

Commercial Law League of America Bankruptcy and Insolvency Education Program, 1991 April 9.

9 8

Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter 13 Debtor Education/Credit Rehabilitation Program, 1996.

6 10

Federal Bar Association of Western District of Michigan Annual Bankruptcy Section Seminar, 1995.

6 11-12

Federal Judicial Center Meetings, 1988-1998.

6

7

1-10

13

Federal Judicial Circuit Meetings, 1992-1994.

8 1-3

National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees Annual Convention, 1997.

8 4

Northwest Bankruptcy Institute, 1997.

8 5

Norton Bankruptcy Litigation Institute Annual Meetings, 1995-1998.

8

9

1

6-8

Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute Meeting, 1988-1989.

9 9

"A View from the Bench" Panel, Third Annual Midwestern Bankruptcy Conference, 1993.

9 2

Visa Member Executive Conference, 1996 July.

9 3

Subject Files, 1995-1996.

Scope and Contents note
Box Folder
Bingham Legislative Alerts, 1995-1996.
Scope and Contents note

A collection of memoranda that details pending bankruptcy legislation, issued by bankruptcy law practitioner Suzanne Bingham to interested members of the bankruptcy community, including Martin.

9 5
Judges' Pay Issue, 1996.
Scope and Contents note

Correspondence and related materials regarding bankruptcy legislation that concerned the financial compensation and benefits of federal bankruptcy judges.

9 6
Podesta Memoranda, 1995-1996.
Scope and Contents note

A collection of memoranda that details pending bankruptcy legislation, issued by the lobbying firm Podesta Associates, sent to interested members of the bankruptcy community, including Martin.

9 7