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Henry J. Sommer Papers

NBA.033

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives
Creator:
Sommer, Henry J.
Title:
Henry J. Sommer Papers
Date [inclusive]:
1975-2005
Call Number:
NBA.033
Extent:
20 linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Henry J. Sommer is one of the leading figures in bankruptcy, consumer law, and civil rights. Born in 1949 in Rochester, New York, Sommer received his JD cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1974. After graduating from Harvard, he worked for Community Legal Services in Philadelphia as Project Head of its Consumer Law Project until 1996. In addition to his role with Community Legal Services, Sommer has lectured at University of Pennsylvania Law School and worked as editor-in-chief of Collier on Bankruptcy. The Henry J. Sommer Papers, 1975-2005, include National Bankruptcy Conference papers, materials from Continuing Legal Education seminars and other meetings at which Sommer lectured, copies of published manuscripts and articles written by Sommer, videotapes of Sommer and colleagues holding seminars that educated practitioners about the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978, and related materials.
Cite as:
[Identification of item], in the Henry J. Sommer Papers, National Bankruptcy Archives, NBA.033, Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA.
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Biography/History

Scope and Contents

The Henry J. Sommer Papers, 1975-2005, include National Bankruptcy Conference papers, materials from Continuing Legal Education seminars and other meetings at which Sommer lectured, copies of published manuscripts and articles written by Sommer, videotapes of Sommer and colleagues holding seminars that educated practitioners about the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978, and related materials.

Arrangement note

  1. National Bankruptcy Conference
  2. National Consumer Law Center
  3. Meetings and Speaking Engagements
  4. Community Legal Services
  5. Writings
  6. Bankruptcy Seminar Videotapes
  7. Publications

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives,  2010

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 Henry J. Sommer as part of two accessions in 2008.

Processing Information note

Processed by Alison Swing, December 2009-February 2010.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Community Legal Services (Philadelphia, Pa.)
  • National Bankruptcy Conference (U.S.)
  • National Consumer Law Center
Form/Genre(s)
  • Legal files
  • Publications
  • Video recordings
Subject(s)
  • Bankruptcy
  • Cases
  • Consumer protection
  • Continuing education

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Other Finding Aids note

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Collection Inventory

National Bankruptcy Conference, 1979-1999.

General, 1983-1997.

Scope and Contents note

General correspondence and files on National Bankruptcy Conference-related matters.

Arrangement note

Loosely chronologically by file folder.

Box
1-7

Subject Files, 1983-1999.

Box Folder

Bankruptcy In forma Pauperis, 1979-1980.

7 7

Clive Bare, undated.

7 8

Chapter 7 Leases, 1988.

7 9

Comment, 1995-1997.

8 1-3

Committee on Claims and Distribution, 1986-1989.

8 4-5

Committee on Procedure and Court System, 1986-1988.

8 6

Drafts and Copies, 1989.

8

9

7

1-4

Elizabeth Warren, 1990.

9 5

Entireties, 1980-1989.

9 6-8

Federal Court Study, 1990.

10 1

Future Claims, 1988-1990.

10 2

Individual Debtors Committee, 1985-1988.

10 3

Individual Debtors Current, 1990-1991.

10 4

Individual Debtors Draft Reports, 1990.

10 5

Individual Debtors Working Groups, 1989-1990.

10

11

1-2

6-7

Love v. Pahl, 1987-1988.

11 4

Other Groups, 1987-1990.

11 5-7

Rent-To-Own Agreement, In forma Pauperis, 1987-1988.

11 8

Roach, 1987.

12 1

Simonson, McManus, 1987-1988.

12 2

Working Groups, 1989-1990.

12 3

United States Trustee Committee, 1987-1989.

12 4

National Consumer Law Center, 1991-1997.

Box Folder

8th Annual Conference, 1999.

12

13

5-7

1

Basic Consumer Law Training, 1991.

13 2-3

Consumer Law Conference, 1993.

13 4

"National Advanced Consumer Law Training", New Orleans, 1985.

13

14

1-2

5-6

4th Annual Conference, 1995.

14 3

5th Annual Conference, 1996.

14 4

6th Annual Conference, 1997.

14 5

Pamphlets, undated.

15 1

Substantive Law Conference, 1991.

15 2

Meetings and Speaking Engagements, 1975-1999.

Box Folder

1986.

15 3

1995.

15 4

Section 110, undated.

15 5

Section 348(f), 1995 October 9.

15 6

Section 522(f)(2), undated.

15 7

Section 522(f)(3), 1995.

15 8

Section 1322(c), undated.

15 9

Section 1322(e), undated.

15 10

"30th Annual Seminar," National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, 1995 July 1-5.

15 11

American Bar Association, 1995.

15 12

American Bar Institute, 1991.

15 13

American Law Institute-American Bar Association, "Course of Study Materials: Consumer Debtors and Bankruptcy Code", 1980-1981.

15 14-15

American Law Institute-American Bar Association, "Course of Study Materials: The Bankruptcy Code Reexamined and Updated", 1982 June 13-18.

15 16

American Law Institute-American Bar Association, "Course of Study Materials: Consumer Bankruptcy Law", 1992.

16 1

American Law Institute-American Bar Association, "Resource Materials: New Federal Bankruptcy Code", 1979.

16 2

Bankruptcy for Welfare, undated.

16 3

Bankruptcy Law Conference, "Region III Legal Services", 1981.

16 4

Bankruptcy Reform Act Outline, 1994.

16 5

Bankruptcy Training, 1979.

16 6

Bankruptcy Training, 1978-1983.

16

17

1-3

7-8

Basic Truth in Lending Agreement, 1997 November.

17 4

Bender Continuing Legal Education, 1998.

17 5

Berkeley, 1989.

17 6

Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project Dischargeability Training, undated.

17 7

Continuing Legal Education Consumer Training, 1994-1995.

17

18

8

1-2

Continuing Legal Education-University of Kentucky, 1987.

18 3

Continuing Legal Education-Los Angeles, 1997-1998.

18 4

Continuing Legal Education-New York, 1999.

18 5-6

Commercial Law League of America, "6th Annual Education Program", 1991.

19 1

Commercial Law League of America, "9th Annual Education Program", 1994.

19 2

Conference Speech, "Rising Losses from Consumer Bankruptcy", 1989.

19 3

Consumer Law Conference, 1992.

19 4

Credit Insurance, undated.

19 5

Eastern District of Pennsylvania Conference, "1st Annual Forum", 1990.

19 6

Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference, "2nd Annual Forum", 1991.

20 1

Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference, "3rd Annual Forum", 1992.

20 2

Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference, "5th Annual Forum", 1994.

20 3

Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference, "6th Annual Forum", 1995.

20 4

Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference "7th Annual Forum", 1996.

20 5

Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference "8th Annual Forum", 1997.

20 6

Executive Office for United States Trustees, "Washington Symposium", 1987.

21 1-3

Family Law, 1993.

21 4

Federal Judicial Center, D.C., 1989.

21 5

Federal Judicial Center, 1994-1995.

21 6

"Federal Judicial Center Workshop", Las Vegas; 1990 Nov 28-30, 1990.

21

22

1

7

Federal Judicial Center Workshop, 1994-1995.

22 2

"Federal Judicial Center Workshop II, Volume 1", 1995.

22 3

"Federal Judicial Center Workshop II, Volume 2", 1995.

22 4

"Federal Judicial Center Workshop III, Volume 1", 1995.

22 5

"Federal Judicial Center Workshop III, Volume 2", 1995.

23 1

"High Volume Chapter 13 Workshop;" 1989 July 30-August 1, 1989.

23 2-3

Hofstra Lecture, 1998.

23 4

In forma Pauperis.

23 5

Judge's Seminar, 1325(b), 1982-1992.

23 6

Las Vegas, 1990-1991.

23 7

Limited Liability Corporations, 1990.

23 8

Miami, 1989.

23 9

Miscellaneous Bankruptcy.

24 1

Miscellaneous Bankruptcy Consumer Training, 1986.

24 2-3

Miscellaneous Bankruptcy Consumer Training, 1987.

24 4

Miscellaneous Bankruptcy Consumer Training, 1988.

24 5

National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, 1994-1995.

24 6

National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, "28th Annual Seminar", 1993.

24

25

1-2

7

National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, "30th Annual Seminar", 1995.

25 3-5

National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, "32nd Annual Seminar", 1997.

25

26

6

1

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, 1991.

26 2

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, "65th Annual Meeting", 1991.

26 3

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Toronto, 1994.

26 4

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, 1995.

26 5

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, 1999.

26 6

New York University, 1989-1997.

26

27

1-3

7-8

Park City, 1991-1992.

27 4

Park City, undated.

27 5

Park City, Chapter 7 Overview, undated.

27 6

Park City, Secured Credit, undated.

27 7

Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Family Law, 1999.

27 8

Pennsylvania Consumer Law Task Force, 1993-1994.

27 9

Pennsylvania Legal Services Center, 1975.

27 10

Professional Education Systems, Inc., 1988-1989.

27 11

Professional Education Systems, Inc., 1994.

27 12-13

Professional Education Systems, Inc.-American Bar Association, 1996.

28 1

Puerto Rico, 1995-1996.

28 2

Puerto Rico Bankruptcy Bar Association, 1996.

28 3

Seminar for Bankruptcy Judges, 1988.

28 4-6

Southeastern Bankruptcy Conference, 1989-1990.

29 1

Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute, "16th Annual Seminar", 1990.

29 2-4

Support Priority, undated.

29 5

Taxes in Bankruptcy, undated.

29 6

United States Trustee Symposium, 1987.

29 7

Workshop for Bankruptcy Judges, 1991.

29

30

8-9

1-2

Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978, 1978.

40 7

"Villanova University-New Bankruptcy Act, An Update", 1980.

40 8

Community Legal Services, 1979-1995.

Box Folder

Consumer/Housing/Energy Docket, 1986-1993.

30 3

Consumer Law Training, 1995, 1995.

31 1-6

Consumer Specialist Conference, 1979.

31

32

33

7-8

1-4

Writings, 1979-2005.

Box Folder

"American Law Institute-American Bar Association," volume 6, number 1, 1981.

33 5

American Law Institute-American Bar Association, "The Practical Lawyer, vol. 29, no. 1", 1983.

33 6

American Law Institute-American Bar Association, "The Practical Lawyer's Manual of Business Forms and Checklists", 1984.

34 1

"American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review," volume 2, number 1, 1994.

34 2

"Clearinghouse Review," volume 13, number 1, 1979.

34 3

"Collier Consumer Bankruptcy Practice Guide", 1997.

34 4

"Consumer Bankruptcy: Guide to Chapter 7 & Chapter 13 Personal Bankruptcy", 1994.

34 5

"Family Advocate," volume 14, number 3, 1992.

34 6

National Consumer Law Center, Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Practice/ 4th Edition, 1992.

35 1

National Consumer Law Center, Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Practice/ 5th Edition, 1996.

35 2

National Consumer Law Center, Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Practice/ 6th Edition, 2000.

36 1

National Consumer Law Center, Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Practice/ 7th Edition, 2004.

36 2

National Consumer Law Center, Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Practice/ Special Guide to the 2005 Act, 2005.

36 3

Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Bankruptcy: The Last Resort, 1991.

37 1

Pennsylvania Bar Institute, The Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Case, 1991.

37 2

Pennsylvania Bar Institute, The Chapter 13 Plan, 1991.

37 3

Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Current Developments in Residential Foreclosures, 1984.

37 4

Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Divorce & Bankruptcy, 1991.

37 5

Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Individual Bankruptcy: Creditors/Debtor Perspectives, 1984.

37 6

Pennsylvania Bar Institute, What every Lawyer Needs to Know about Bankruptcy, 1986.

37 7

Pennsylvania Bar Institute, What the New Bankruptcy Legislation Means for You, volume 1, 1984.

37 8

Pennsylvania Bar Institute, What the New Bankruptcy Legislation Means for You, volume 2, 1984.

38 1

Bankruptcy Seminar Videotapes, 1981.

Scope and Contents note

Videotaped seminars featuring Sommer and his colleagues, educating practitioners about the new consumer bankruptcy provisions in the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978.

Box Folder

"Automatic Stay Q&A", 1981.

38 2

"Discharges: Exceptions: Reaffirmations: Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure" by Walter Taggert, 1981 June 26.

38 3

"Exemptions" by Irwin Trauss, 1981 June 25.

39 1-2

"Secured Creditors: Redemption" by Eric Frank, 1981 June 25.

39 3

Publications, 1979-1985 and undated.

Box Folder

Bankruptcy Appeals Under the Bankruptcy Amendments & Federal Judgeship Act of 1984, Judge Thomas A Wiseman Jr., 1985.

40 1

Bankruptcy Law for the General Practitioner, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 1979.

40 2

Creditors and the New Bankruptcy Code (photocopy), William Mapother, 1979.

40 3

Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Basic Bankruptcy (photocopy), undated.

40 4

The Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy Practice, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 1981.

40 5

Recent Bankruptcy Law Developments Regarding Executory Contracts, John Dawson, undated.

40 6