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Robert B. Morton Papers

NBA.018

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives
Creator:
Morton, Robert B. (Robert Ball), 1912-2005
Title:
Robert B. Morton Papers
Date [inclusive]:
1973-1994
Call Number:
NBA.018
Extent:
3 linear feet (About 3,000 items)
Language:
English
Abstract:
Robert B. Morton (1912-2005) earned his law degree from the University of Kansas in 1935. In 1962, Morton became a judge in the United States Bankruptcy Court, a position he held until 1986. Upon his retirement from the court, Morton worked for Morris, Laing, Evans, Brock and Kennedy, a law firm located in Wichita, Kan. Morton was an active member in a number of bankruptcy and legal organizations, most notably the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, where he served as President from 1975 to 1976 and as Treasurer from 1980 to 1982. The collection, 1973-1994, includes correspondence, memoranda, handwritten notes, and related material regarding Morton's activities as a member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges; as counsel to the bankruptcy department of Morris, Laing, Evans, Brock and Kennedy; and as an advocate for improved benefits for bankruptcy judges.
Cite as:
[Identification of item], in the Robert B. Morton Papers, National Bankruptcy Archives, NBA.018, Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA.
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Biography/History

Robert B. Morton was born in Webb City, Mo. in 1912. After having received his law degree from the University of Kansas in 1935, Morton entered into private practice until the outbreak of World War II. He enlisted and served until 1945.

From 1950 to 1951, Robert Morton served as 18th Judicial District Judge. In 1962, Morton became a judge in the United States Bankruptcy Court, a position he held until 1986. Upon his retirement from the court, Morton worked for Morris, Laing, Evans, Brock and Kennedy, a law firm located in Wichita, Kan.

Morton was an active member in a number of bankruptcy and legal organizations, most notably the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, where he served as President from 1975 to 1976 and as Treasurer from 1980 to 1982.

Morton died on June 25, 2005.

Scope and Contents

The Robert B. Morton Papers, 1973-1994, include correspondence, memoranda, handwritten notes, and related material regarding Morton's activities as a member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges; as counsel to the bankruptcy department of Morris, Laing, Evans, Brock and Kennedy; and as an advocate for improved benefits for bankruptcy judges.

Arrangement of Collection

  1. National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Materials
  2. Morris Laing Bankruptcy Department Materials
  3. Correspondence
  4. Organizational Participation
  5. Subject Files

Administrative Information

Publication Information

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

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.

Use Restrictions

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

Acquisitions Information

Received from Mary Davies Scott in 2004.

Processing Information

Processed and encoded by Jordon Steele, November-December 2006.

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Related Materials

Related Collections

Robert Morton Collection, MS 97-1, Wichita State University Department of Special Collections.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (U.S.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Norton, William L.
Subject(s)
  • Bankruptcy

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Collection Inventory

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Materials, 1973-1986.

Administration, 1977-1986.

Scope and Contents note

Board of Governors minutes and correspondence, records from the Treasurer's Office, and other materials reflecting Morton's participation as President and Board of Governors members in the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges.

Box
1
Folder
1-11

Committees, 1976-1985.

Box Folder

Bylaws Committee, 1976.

1 12

Committee on the Appropriate Role of the Conference in Education, 1976-1978.

1 13

Committee on the Determination of Post-Transition Judges, 1981.

1 14

Ethics Committee, 1983-1985.

1 15

Financial Standards Committee, 1981.

1 16

Herbert M. Bierce Award Committee, 1983.

1 17

Nominating Committee, 1979-1983.

1 18-19

Number of 1984 Judges Committee, 1981.

1 20

Policy Committee, 1979-1980.

1 21

Site Selection Committee, 1976-1977, 1982-1983.

1 22-23

Transition Advisory Committee, 1980.

1 24

Correspondence, 1984.

Box
1
Folder
25-26

Legislative Activity, 1973-1985.

Box Folder

General, 1973-1979, 1985.

1 27-33

Judges' Salary, 1979-1985.

2 1

Technical Amendments Bill, 1979-1980.

2 2

Meetings, 1977-1985.

Scope and Contents note

Programs, planning materials, and other papers related to Annual and Mid-Year Meetings of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges that Morton attended.

Box
2
Folder
3-19

Publications, 1974-1981.

Scope and Contents note

Issues of National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges publications collected by Morton.

Box Folder

American Bankruptcy Law Journal , 1974-1981.

2 20

"Benchmarks" , 1981.

2 21
"Conference News" , 1974-1981.
Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence and a mailing list.

2 22-23

Morris Laing Bankruptcy Department Materials, 1986-1993.

Scope and Contents note

Case files and other materials collected by Morton in his position as counsel to the firm counsel to the bankruptcy department of Morris, Laing, Evans, Brock and Kennedy.

Box
2
3
Folder
24
1-8

Correspondence, 1975-1994.

Box Folder

General, 1988-1994.

3 9

Norton, William L., Jr., 1979 September-1980 December.

3 10

Rifkind and Sterling, 1975.

3 11

Organizational Participation, 1988-1992.

Box Folder

Tenth Circuit Judicial Conference, 1991-1992.

3 12

Wichita Bar Foundation, 1988-1990.

3 13

Subject Files, 1975-1992 and undated.

Arrangement note

Alphabetical. Morton's original folder titles have largely been retained.

Box Folder

Bankruptcy Judges Legislation, 1987-1989.

3 14-15

Bankruptcy Tax Act of 1980, 1980.

3 16

Brown/Gillespie/Grant Thornton Trial Court Decision, undated.

3 17

Carl Milles Statue, 1989-1992.

3 18

Debt Adjustment of Municipalities, 1975.

3 19

Educational Loan Dischargeability, 1977.

3 20

Judicial Salaries, 1980-1981.

3 21

Ken Klee's Comparison of Commission and Judges' Bills, 1975.

3 22

Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Rules and Other Matters, 1977.

3 23

Proposed Bankruptcy Legislation, 1988.

3 24

Suspension of Gordon Thompson, 1979.

3 25

Technical Amendments and Retirement Legislation, 1979.

3 26