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David H. Adams Papers

NBA.041

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:
Adams, David
Title:
David H. Adams Papers
Date [inclusive]:
1984-2006
Call Number:
NBA.041
Extent:
3.5 linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Judge David H. Adams is a retired American bankruptcy attorney and judge, having practiced privately many years and served as a US Bankruptcy Court judge. This collection includes his personal materials ranging from 1984-2006, consisting mainly of materials concerning the National Conference of Bankruptcy judges, in which Judge Adams was heavily involved, on its Board of Governors from 1996-1999, its secretary in 2000, and its president in 2004. The collection includes much correspondence between NCBJ members from 1984-2006, event and conference data from many of the yearly NCBJ conferences, as well as budget, committee, and resolution data from those years, illustrating the planning processes and behind the scenes information about the NCBJ and its activities, members, and meetings.
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[Identification of item], in the David H. Adams papers, National Bankruptcy Archives, NBA.041, Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA.
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Biography/History

Judge David H. Adams is a retired American bankruptcy attorney and judge primarily associated with the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and the US Bankruptcy Court of the Eastern District of Virginia. He attended Washington and Lee University, receiving his A.B. in 1965 and his J.D. in 1968, and shortly thereafter began his career as a law clerk for US District Judge John A. MacKenzie. Judge Adams practiced privately from 1969 to 1993, after which he served as a judge in the US Bankruptcy Court of the Eastern District of Virginia from 1993-2008 and subsequently served as a recalled judge in the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida in 2008 and 2010-2011, respectively. He is known for his involvement with the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, having served as its president in 2004, secretary in 2000, and on its Board of Governors from 1996-1999.

Scope and Contents

The David H. Adams Papers, 1984-2006 consist of materials related to Judge Adams’ activities as a bankruptcy attorney and bankruptcy judge, specifically involved with the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, as an attendee and as its president in 2004 and secretary in 2000. The entire collection consists of NCBJ materials, correspondence, and planning of its yearly conference to smaller committees, ranging in date from 1984 to 2006.

The series “National Conferences of Bankruptcy Judges” includes Judge Adams’ materials from various NCBJ conferences from 1984 to 2006. Materials for each conference generally include brochures, attendee, event, and program information, and correspondence for each conference.

The series “NCBJ Mid-Year Conferences” includes Judge Adams’ materials from three NCBJ mid-year conferences from 2003-2005. These materials also include brochures, attendee, event, and program information, and correspondence for each conference.

“NCBJ Board of Governors Meetings” covers material from each executive Board of Governors meeting at each annual NCBJ conference. The specific conferences included are 2000-2001, and 2003-2005. The materials for these meetings include minutes, event data, yearly committee listings and information, operating budget data/financial information, and correspondence pertaining to each specific meeting. Also included is specific budget material from a separate budget meeting in 2001, as well as loose correspondence concerning Board of Governors meetings from 1996-2001.

“NCBJ Judicial Relations Committee” includes materials from this specific subcommittee of the NCBJ itself. Because there is so much material for this singular committee, it was organized and boxed separately from the other committee listings. Materials mainly include correspondence of committee members between 2003-2005, minutes of meetings, committee resolutions, and committee membership information.

“NCBJ Committees” is a comprehensive series of all the other NCBJ subcommittees for which Judge Adams had information. Because this series contains material from a scattering of years that Judge Adams was involved with the NCBJ, materials are organized alphabetically by committee, and then chronologically for each yearly instance of the committee. For each committee, materials consist chiefly of correspondence, resolutions, and planning materials for the yearly conferences, as well as future planning.

“Miscellaneous” is a series of materials associated with the NCBJ that lacked a concrete place in the other series, namely singular, non-repeating collections of files or events, in this case including recognition or memorial services for distinguished NCBJ members, outside correspondence with other groups, and brief material on the American Bankruptcy Journal. More information can be found in the individual listings for each file in the series.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives,  October 2012

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Will Chim

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.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (U.S.)
Subject(s)
  • Bankruptcy

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Collection Inventory

National Conferences of Bankruptcy Judges, 1984; 1990-1991; 1993; 2001; 2003-2006.

Box Folder

General materials, 2006.

1 1

General materials, 2005.

1 2-3

General materials, 2004.

1 4

General materials, 2003.

1 5

General materials, 2001.

2 1

General materials, 1993.

2 2

General materials, 1991.

2 3

General materials, 1990.

2 4

General materials, 1984.

2 5

NCBJ Mid-Year Conferences, 2003-2005.

Box Folder

2005 conference, 2005.

2 6

2004 conference, 2004.

2 7

2003 conference, 2003.

2 8

NCBJ Board of Governors Meetings, 1995-2005.

Box Folder

2005 meeting, 2005.

3 1

2004 meeting, 2004.

3 2

2003 meeting, 2003.

3 3

2001 meeting, 2001.

3 4

Annual Budget Meeting, 2001, 2001.

4 1

2000 meeting, 2000.

4 2

Correspondence, 1999-2001, 1999-2001.

4 3

Correspondence, 1997-1998, 1997-1998.

4 4

Correspondence, 1996, 1996.

4 5

NCBJ Judicial Relations Committee, 2003-2005.

Box Folder

Correspondence, 2005, 2005.

5 1-2

Correspondence, 2004, 2004.

5 3

Correspondence, 2003, 2003.

5 4

NCBJ Committees, 2004-2006.

Box Folder

National Assembly of Court Associations, 2004, 2004.

6 1

Archives, 2004-2005, 2004-2005.

6 2

Benefits, 2004-2005, 2004-2005.

6 3

Budget Policy, 2004-2005, 2004-2005.

6 4

Convention Review, 2005, 2005.

6 5

Endowment, 2004-2005, 2004-2005.

6 6

Executive, 2006, 2006.

6 7

Executive, 2005, 2005.

7 1

Executive, 2004, 2004.

7 2

Executive, 2003, 2003.

7 3

Executive, 2001, 2001.

7 4

Executive, 2000, 2000.

7 5

Future Conferences, 2005-2006, 2005-2006.

7 6
Hurricane Fund, 2005, 2005.
Scope and Contents note

Materials in this collection consist of correspondence concerning the NCBJ Hurricane Fund committee, in regards to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The NCBJ created a charitable relief fund for its members to contribute assistance to those affected by the hurricane.

8 1

International Law Relations, 2004-2005, 2004-2005.

8 2

Long Range Planning, 2004-2005, 2004-2005.

8 3

Mediation & Practice of Law, 2003, 2003.

8 4

Memorials/Retired Judges, 2004-2005.

8 5

Nominating, 2005, 2005.

8 6

President's Reports, 2003-2005, 2003-2005.

8 7

Public Outreach, 2004, 2004.

8 8

Taxes, 2003, 2003.

8 9

Site Selection, 2004-2005, 2004-2005.

8 10

Technology, 2004-2005, 2004-2005.

8 11

NCBJ Miscellaneous, 1998-2006.

Box Folder

American Bankruptcy Law Journal, 2005, 2005.

9 1

Bill Anderson's 25th Year Celebration, 2005, 2005.

9 2

Connie Duberstein Memorial, 2006, 2006.

9 3

Frank Sczcebak Recognition, 2005, 2005.

9 4

Law Clerk Issues, 2005, 2005.

9 5

National Bar Association Correspondence, 2004, 2004.

9 6

"Just the Beginning" Foundation, undated.

9 7

Planning Committees, 2005, 2005.

9 8

Correspondence, 1998-2001, 1998-2001.

9 9