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Arthur N. Votolato papers

NBA.046

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:
United States Trustees. United States Trustees.
Creator:
Votolato, Arthur
Title:
Arthur N. Votolato papers
Date [inclusive]:
1968-1986
Call Number:
NBA.046
Extent:
1 linear foot
Language:
English
Language of Materials note:
English
Abstract:
Judge Arthur N. Votolato was the first bankruptcy judge to sit in Rhode Island, and for 44 years, he was the only U.S. bankruptcy judge to serve the state. He served on the First Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, Massachusetts and Maine panels. He was Chief Judge, Massachusetts’ B.A.P. from 1981 to 1984. The Judge Arthur N. Votolato papers is a small collection of material relating to Votolato’s work in bankruptcy law. The collection contains Bankruptcy Appellate Panel materials including correspondence, notes, and outlines, as well as case files, reports, publications including The Conference Newsletter, The Silver Whistle, and other related documents.
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[Identification of item], in the Arthur N. Votolato papers, National Bankruptcy Archives, NBA.046, Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA.
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Biography/History

Judge Arthur N. Votolato was the first bankruptcy judge to sit in Rhode Island, and for 44 years, he was the only U.S. bankruptcy judge to serve the state. Arthur N. Votolato was born on Born August 20, 1930. He earned his Bachelors degree in 1953 at the University of Rhode Island. Three years later he earned his Bachelor of Laws degree at the Boston University School of Law in 1956. From 1962 to 1968 Vololato was the Chief Special Council of the State of Rhode Island, Dept. of Public Works. He served on the First Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, Massachusetts and Maine panels. He was Chief Judge, Massachusetts’ B.A.P. from 1981 to 1984. Votolato published numerous opinions and texts including A Review of Recent Equal Protection Challenges to the Dischargeability of Alimony; Provisions of Section 17A(7) of the Bankruptcy Act, Suffolk Law Review, 1979; Injunctions and Restraining orders Under the Bankruptcy Act, Rhode Island Bar Annual, 1970-71. Additionally, he served as Editor of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ) Newsletter from 1970 to 1975. Judge Votolato is the longest continuously serving active bankruptcy judge in U.S. history, a distinction he has much enjoyed. He was appointed the U.S. District Court's Bankruptcy referee in 1968 and when a separate U.S. Bankruptcy Court was created in Rhode Island in 1978, he was named its first and only judge.

Scope and Contents

The Judge Arthur N. Votolato papers is a small collection of material relating to Votolato’s work in bankruptcy law. The collection contains Bankruptcy Appellate Panel materials including correspondence, notes, and outlines, as well as case files, reports, publications including The Conference Newsletter, The Silver Whistle, and other related documents. Researchers may be especially interested in Votolato’s notes regarding the United States Trustees Pilot Program. An item of note that is within the collection is Votolato’s judge appointment to the United States District Court in 1974.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives,  2014

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Leslie O'Neill

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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.

Processing Information note

Processed by Leslie O'Neill, 2014 March.

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Controlled Access Headings

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

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Appointment to United States District Court, Bankrutcy Judge, 1974 June 25.

1 1

Bankruptcy Appellate Panel correspondence, 1981.

1 2

Bankruptcy Appellate Panel notes, undated.

1 3

Bankruptcy Appellate Panel outline, Undated.

1 4

Bankruptcy Bar Bulletin, 1986-1975.

1 5

Bankruptcy Judges Transition Term Litigation, In Re Benny, Volume I, 1984.

1 6

Bankruptcy Judges Transition Term Litigation, In Re Benny, Volume II, 1984.

1 7

Cases. Lundin, McFeeley, et al versus Ralph Meecham, Director of Administrative Office of the United States Courts. Brief of Appellate Bankruptcy Judges, 1992 October 14.

2 1

Cases. Lundin, McFeeley, et al versus Ralph Meecham, Director of Administrative Office of the United States Courts. Joint appendix.

2 2

Cases. Votolato versus Freeman, Administrator of the General Services Administration. C.A. No. 80-394, 1982 August 7.

2 3

The Conference Newsletter, May 1971. Newsletters, drafts, correspondence, 1971.

2 4

The Conference Newsletter, July 1971. Newsletters, drafts, correspondence, 1971.

2 5

The Conference Newsletter, 1975, 1976, 1984. Newsletters, correspondence, notes, 1975, 1976, 1984.

2 6

Correspondence. Administrative Office, 1980.

2 7

Federal Judicial Center "Seminars in Referees in Bankruptcy", 1972.

2 8

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. Internal documents, 1980, 1981, 1983.

2 9

Reports to Chief District Judge Raymond Pettine, 1971-1973.

2 10

The Silver Whistle, 1970-1971.

2 11

Suffolk University Law Review by Honorable Arthur N. Votolato and Vincent Cannon. "A Review of Recent Equal Protection Challenges to the Dischargeability of Alimony Provisions of Section 17a(7) of the Bankruptcy Act.", 1979.

2 12

United States Trustees Pilot Program. Memorandum and correspondence, 1979-1981.

2 13

United States Trustees Pilot Program. Notes and miscellaneous, undated.

2 14

Miscellaneous. Notes, correspondence, memorandums, drafts, 1968-1971.

2 15