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Francis R. Kirkham Law Clerk Papers

NBA.032

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives
Creator:
Kirkham, Francis R. (Francis Robison), 1904-1996
Title:
Francis R. Kirkham Law Clerk Papers
Date:
circa 1935-1938
Call Number:
NBA.032
Extent:
1.3 linear feet (About 25 items)
Language:
English
Text: [Box]
1-2
Abstract:
Francis Kirkham (1904-1996) was born in Utah in 1904. After earning his undergraduate and law degrees from George Washington University, Kirkham clerked for two Supreme Court Justices, including former Chief Justice Evan Hughes. During his time as a law clerk, Kirkham drafted a report suggesting revisions to the way people filed for bankruptcy, which was a pertinent issue in the wake of the Great Depression. This report, "Suggested Revisions to the General Orders and Forms of Bankruptcy," was published in 1939. The collection, circa 1935-1939, includes correspondence with Supreme Court Justices, drafts, reports, National Bankruptcy Conference drafts, and related material regarding Kirkham's activity as a Supreme Court law clerk drafting the "General Order and Rules of Bankruptcy," which was published in 1939.
Cite as:
[Identification of item], in the Francis R. Kirkham Papers, National Bankruptcy Archives, NBA.032, Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA.
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Biography/History

Francis Kirkham was born in Utah in 1904. After earning his undergraduate and law degrees from George Washington University, Kirkham clerked for two Supreme Court Justices, including former Chief Justice Evan Hughes. During his time as a law clerk, Kirkham drafted a report suggesting revisions to the way people filed for bankruptcy, which was a pertinent issue in the wake of the Great Depression. This report, "Suggested Revisions to the General Orders and Forms of Bankruptcy," was published in 1939.

Kirkham joined the law firm of Pillsbury Madison and Sutro in 1936, becoming a partner in 1940. He remained there until his retirement.

During his career, Kirkham served on many legal boards and committees. He was Chair of the antitrust section of the American Bar Association, and he was appointed to the National Commission on the Revision of the Federal Appellate System in the 1970s.

Kirkham died in 1996.

Scope and Contents

The Francis R. Kirkham Law Clerk Papers, circa 1935-1939, include correspondence with Supreme Court Justices, drafts, reports, National Bankruptcy Conference drafts, and related material regarding Kirkham's activity as a Supreme Court law clerk drafting the "General Order and Rules of Bankruptcy," which was published in 1939.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

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

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Received from James Joannides of Pillsbury Madison and Sutro in March 2009.

Processing Information note

Processed by Jordon Steele, April 2009.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • National Bankruptcy Conference (U.S.)
  • United States. Supreme Court
Form/Genre(s)
  • Legislation (legal concepts)
Subject(s)
  • Bankruptcy

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