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Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives [Contact Us]
1982-2013
(Bulk: 1985-1996)
Creator:
American Bankruptcy Institute
Extent: 21 linear feet (50 boxes and one photo album box)
Harry Dixon Jr. (1944-2006), a lawyer from Nebraska, wanted to form an organization with the dual purpose of providing Congress with expert and unbiased views on legislation and creating an institution that could keep the bankruptcy community aware of legislative activities affecting them. In February 1982, Dixon incorporated under Nebraska law this new organization which was to be called the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI). The records of the American Bankruptcy Institute document two main areas of the organization: the history and operating activities of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the organization's professional activities, publications, and research on bankruptcy related issues. The materials date from 1982-2013, with the bulk from 1985-1996. Materials are largely in paper format, comprising correspondence, memos, facsimiles, resumes/c.v., financial records, by-laws, articles of incorporation, certificates, lease agreement, newsletters, marketing materials, clippings, press releases, scripts, white papers, meeting files which typically include agendas, minutes, and sign-in sheets, committee files, conference and seminar material, Library of Congress reports, information bulletins, Congressional reports, records, and bills, court records, briefs, procedures, Congressional hearing testimonies and remarks, publications, monographs, and other related printed matter. The records also include audiovisual materials such as photographs, VHS tapes, audio cassette tapes, DVDs, and CDs. The strengths of the American Bankruptcy Institute records are the documentation of the Board of Directors files; ABI conference and seminar files; ABI's effort to expand membership; Committee files; and the organization's analysis of bankruptcy legislation from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. Extensive areas of analysis by ABI include the U.S. Trustee Program which include numerous oversight hearings; Chapter 7 Substantial Abuse; Chapter 12 Family Farmer Bankruptcy; additional bankruptcy judgeships; the Bankruptcy Amendments and Federal Judgeship Act of 1984 (BAFJA) including the Bankruptcy Survey Project conducted by the ABI after the law (BAFJA) went into effect; judicial salaries; leveraged buyouts (LBO); pension plans and retirement benefits; proposed amendments to bankruptcy rules and forms; significant Supreme Court cases; S. 1985 National Bankruptcy Review Commission Act, S. 1559 Bankruptcy Technical Corrections Act, and testimonies before various Congressional committees from 1989-1996.
title
American Bankruptcy Institute Records
creator
American Bankruptcy Institute
id
PU-L.NBA.048
repository
University of Pennsylvania Biddle Law Library
extent
21 linear feet (50 boxes and one photo album box)
inclusive date
1982-2013
bulk date
1985-1996
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Harry Dixon Jr. (1944-2006), a lawyer from Nebraska, wanted to form an organization with the dual purpose of providing Congress with expert and unbiased views on legislation and creating an institution that could keep the bankruptcy community aware of legislative activities affecting them. In February 1982, Dixon incorporated under Nebraska law this new organization which was to be called the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI). The records of the American Bankruptcy Institute document two main areas of the organization: the history and operating activities of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the organization's professional activities, publications, and research on bankruptcy related issues. The materials date from 1982-2013, with the bulk from 1985-1996. Materials are largely in paper format, comprising correspondence, memos, facsimiles, resumes/c.v., financial records, by-laws, articles of incorporation, certificates, lease agreement, newsletters, marketing materials, clippings, press releases, scripts, white papers, meeting files which typically include agendas, minutes, and sign-in sheets, committee files, conference and seminar material, Library of Congress reports, information bulletins, Congressional reports, records, and bills, court records, briefs, procedures, Congressional hearing testimonies and remarks, publications, monographs, and other related printed matter. The records also include audiovisual materials such as photographs, VHS tapes, audio cassette tapes, DVDs, and CDs. The strengths of the American Bankruptcy Institute records are the documentation of the Board of Directors files; ABI conference and seminar files; ABI's effort to expand membership; Committee files; and the organization's analysis of bankruptcy legislation from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. Extensive areas of analysis by ABI include the U.S. Trustee Program which include numerous oversight hearings; Chapter 7 Substantial Abuse; Chapter 12 Family Farmer Bankruptcy; additional bankruptcy judgeships; the Bankruptcy Amendments and Federal Judgeship Act of 1984 (BAFJA) including the Bankruptcy Survey Project conducted by the ABI after the law (BAFJA) went into effect; judicial salaries; leveraged buyouts (LBO); pension plans and retirement benefits; proposed amendments to bankruptcy rules and forms; significant Supreme Court cases; S. 1985 National Bankruptcy Review Commission Act, S. 1559 Bankruptcy Technical Corrections Act, and testimonies before various Congressional committees from 1989-1996.
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1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s
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1980s 1990s
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English
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American Bankruptcy Institute Creel, Ed DeConcini, Dennis Dixon, Harry. D., Jr. Elaesser, Ford Gerdano, Samuel, Jr. Gitlin, Richard A. Johns-Manville, Incorporated National Bankruptcy Conference (U.S.) National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (U.S.) Norton, William, Jr. Peters, Melvin Phelan, Robin E. Scott, Mary Davies, 1944- Shapiro, Keith Small, A Thomas Tatelbaum, Charles M. Teofan, Vernon O. United States. Supreme Court Vihon, Charles Whelan, Roger Whyte, Bettina M.
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Audiotapes Clippings files Drafts (documents) Legal files Legislation (legal concepts) Minutes Photographs Publications Video recordings
Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives [Contact Us]
1983-2003
Extent: 6 linear feet
The collection, 1983-2003, chiefly includes issues of newsletters, as well as journals, devoted to organizational and legislative activity in the field of bankruptcy law.
title
Bankruptcy Newsletter and Journal Collection
creator
id
PU-L.NBA.016
repository
University of Pennsylvania Biddle Law Library
extent
6 linear feet
inclusive date
1983-2003
bulk date
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The collection, 1983-2003, chiefly includes issues of newsletters, as well as journals, devoted to organizational and legislative activity in the field of bankruptcy law.
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1980s 1990s 2000s
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English
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American Bankruptcy Institute
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Serials (publications)
Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives [Contact Us]
1986-1993
Creator:
Pearson, John K.
Extent: 1.5 linear feet (about 1800 items)
John K. Pearson (born 1945) earned a J.D. from the University of California's Hastings College of Law in 1973. Pearson has served as Assistant United States Trustee to the Justice Department in Wichita, Kan., United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Districts of Kansas and Colorado, and Professor of Law at Presidents College of Law in Wichita, Kan. He has participated in a number of bankruptcy and legal organizations, including the American Bankruptcy Institute, where he served on the Board of Directors from 1989 to 1998, as Secretary from 1991 to 1995, as a member of the Executive Committee from 1989 to 1994, and as Chair of the Committee on Bankruptcy Rules. The collection, 1986-1993, includes correspondence, meeting materials, programs, handwritten notes, reports, organizational publications, and related material pertaining to Pearson's activity in the American Bankruptcy Institute, an organization founded to provide research opportunities and continuing education for issues related to bankruptcy.
title
John K. Pearson Collection of American Bankruptcy Institute Records
creator
Pearson, John K.
id
PU-L.NBA.019
repository
University of Pennsylvania Biddle Law Library
extent
1.5 linear feet (about 1800 items)
inclusive date
1986-1993
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John K. Pearson (born 1945) earned a J.D. from the University of California's Hastings College of Law in 1973. Pearson has served as Assistant United States Trustee to the Justice Department in Wichita, Kan., United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Districts of Kansas and Colorado, and Professor of Law at Presidents College of Law in Wichita, Kan. He has participated in a number of bankruptcy and legal organizations, including the American Bankruptcy Institute, where he served on the Board of Directors from 1989 to 1998, as Secretary from 1991 to 1995, as a member of the Executive Committee from 1989 to 1994, and as Chair of the Committee on Bankruptcy Rules. The collection, 1986-1993, includes correspondence, meeting materials, programs, handwritten notes, reports, organizational publications, and related material pertaining to Pearson's activity in the American Bankruptcy Institute, an organization founded to provide research opportunities and continuing education for issues related to bankruptcy.
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1980s 1990s
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English
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Pearson, John K. American Bankruptcy Institute
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Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives [Contact Us]
1972-2001
(Bulk: 1989-1992)
Creator:
Cosetti, Joseph L.
Extent: 3 linear feet (about 1400 items)
Joseph L. Cosetti was appointed United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania in 1980, where he served as Chief Judge until 1994. He served as President of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ) from 1991 to 1992. The NCBJ, which provides continuing legal education to judges, lawyers and other involved professionals, aims to secure a greater degree of quality and uniformity in the administration of the bankruptcy system and to improve the practice of law in the bankruptcy courts. Papers in the collection span the period of 1972-2001, with the majority of the documents created in the years 1989-1992. Chiefly represented are materials created by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and collected by the Office of the President from 1989 to 1992.
title
Joseph L. Cosetti Papers
creator
Cosetti, Joseph L.
id
PU-L.NBA.025
repository
University of Pennsylvania Biddle Law Library
extent
3 linear feet (about 1400 items)
inclusive date
1972-2001
bulk date
1989-1992
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Joseph L. Cosetti was appointed United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania in 1980, where he served as Chief Judge until 1994. He served as President of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ) from 1991 to 1992. The NCBJ, which provides continuing legal education to judges, lawyers and other involved professionals, aims to secure a greater degree of quality and uniformity in the administration of the bankruptcy system and to improve the practice of law in the bankruptcy courts. Papers in the collection span the period of 1972-2001, with the majority of the documents created in the years 1989-1992. Chiefly represented are materials created by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and collected by the Office of the President from 1989 to 1992.
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1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1980s 1990s
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English
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Cosetti, Joseph L. American Bankruptcy Institute American Bar Association National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (U.S.)
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Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives [Contact Us]
1984-2002
Creator:
Scott, Mary Davies, 1944-
Extent: 7 linear feet (about 3,000 items)
Mary Davies Scott (born in 1944) earned her J.D. from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, in 1978. Scott was appointed Bankruptcy Judge to the Eastern District of the United States Federal Court in 1987, where she remained until her retirement in 2002. From 1996 to 2002, she served as a member of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Scott is a member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, where she has served in a number of leadership roles. She has served on the Board of Directors of the American College of Bankruptcy since 2002. Scott planned and taught at various workshops and seminars for the Federal Judicial Center, an organization that provides continuing education to the federal judiciary, including bankruptcy judges. As chair of the American College of Bankruptcy's Archives Committee, Scott was instrumental in creating and developing the National Bankruptcy Archives at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. The collection, 1984-2002, chiefly include correspondence, meeting materials, and related records pertaining to Scott's activities as a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the American College of Bankruptcy, the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Judicial Center, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, and the Office of the United States Trustees.
title
Mary Davies Scott Papers
creator
Scott, Mary Davies, 1944-
id
PU-L.NBA.017
repository
University of Pennsylvania Biddle Law Library
extent
7 linear feet (about 3,000 items)
inclusive date
1984-2002
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Mary Davies Scott (born in 1944) earned her J.D. from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, in 1978. Scott was appointed Bankruptcy Judge to the Eastern District of the United States Federal Court in 1987, where she remained until her retirement in 2002. From 1996 to 2002, she served as a member of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Scott is a member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, where she has served in a number of leadership roles. She has served on the Board of Directors of the American College of Bankruptcy since 2002. Scott planned and taught at various workshops and seminars for the Federal Judicial Center, an organization that provides continuing education to the federal judiciary, including bankruptcy judges. As chair of the American College of Bankruptcy's Archives Committee, Scott was instrumental in creating and developing the National Bankruptcy Archives at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. The collection, 1984-2002, chiefly include correspondence, meeting materials, and related records pertaining to Scott's activities as a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the American College of Bankruptcy, the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Judicial Center, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, and the Office of the United States Trustees.
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1980s 1990s 2000s
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English
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Scott, Mary Davies, 1944- American Bankruptcy Institute American College of Bankruptcy Federal Judicial Center King, Lawrence P., 1929-2001 National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (U.S.)
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Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives [Contact Us]
1989-1999
Creator:
Francis, Merrill R., 1932-
Extent: 1.5 linear feet
Merrill R. Francis (born 1932) joined the firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter, and Hampton in 1959. He specialized in commercial law, bankruptcy, and secured and unsecured creditor representation. Francis was a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a member of the American Bar Association, where he chaired a number of groups and committees. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American College of Bankruptcy since 1995. The collection, 1989-1999, includes memoranda, reports, notes and related material regarding Francis's participation in American Bar Association (ABA) groups, including the Task Force on Federal Court Structure, the Ad Hoc Committee on Bankruptcy Court Structure and Insolvency Process, and the Ad Hoc Committee on Partnerships in Bankruptcy. The collection also includes 1992 meeting materials of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), of which Francis was a member, and ABI and related reports from 1991 to 1992 and 1999.
title
Merrill R. Francis Organizational Papers
creator
Francis, Merrill R., 1932-
id
PU-L.NBA.006
repository
University of Pennsylvania Biddle Law Library
extent
1.5 linear feet
inclusive date
1989-1999
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Merrill R. Francis (born 1932) joined the firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter, and Hampton in 1959. He specialized in commercial law, bankruptcy, and secured and unsecured creditor representation. Francis was a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a member of the American Bar Association, where he chaired a number of groups and committees. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American College of Bankruptcy since 1995. The collection, 1989-1999, includes memoranda, reports, notes and related material regarding Francis's participation in American Bar Association (ABA) groups, including the Task Force on Federal Court Structure, the Ad Hoc Committee on Bankruptcy Court Structure and Insolvency Process, and the Ad Hoc Committee on Partnerships in Bankruptcy. The collection also includes 1992 meeting materials of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), of which Francis was a member, and ABI and related reports from 1991 to 1992 and 1999.
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1980s 1990s
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English
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Francis, Merrill R., 1932- American Bankruptcy Institute American Bar Association
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Biddle Law Library: American Law Institute Archives [Contact Us]
1991-1997
Creator:
American Bankruptcy Institute
Extent: 1.3 linear feet
The North American Free Trade Agreement has stimulated a large increase in economic activity that crosses the Canadian, Mexican, and United States borders. Inevitably, this has resulted in an increase in the number of bankruptcies in which creditors and assets are located in more than one of the NAFTA countries. The American Law Institute’s (ALI’s) Transnational Insolvency: Cooperation Among the NAFTA Countries arose in response to this increasing number of bankruptcies of multinational economic enterprises. The Project’s eventual goal was to develop principles and procedures for managing the general default of an economic enterprise having its center of interest in a NAFTA country and having assets, creditors, and operations in more than one NAFTA country. The collection, 1991-1997, includes drafts and related materials pertaining to the creation of international statements for United States Bankruptcy Law, Canadian Bankruptcy Law, and Mexican Bankruptcy Law.
title
Transnational Insolvency Project Records
creator
American Bankruptcy Institute
id
PU-L.ALI.04.032
repository
University of Pennsylvania Biddle Law Library
extent
1.3 linear feet
inclusive date
1991-1997
bulk date
abstract/scope/contents
The North American Free Trade Agreement has stimulated a large increase in economic activity that crosses the Canadian, Mexican, and United States borders. Inevitably, this has resulted in an increase in the number of bankruptcies in which creditors and assets are located in more than one of the NAFTA countries. The American Law Institute’s (ALI’s) Transnational Insolvency: Cooperation Among the NAFTA Countries arose in response to this increasing number of bankruptcies of multinational economic enterprises. The Project’s eventual goal was to develop principles and procedures for managing the general default of an economic enterprise having its center of interest in a NAFTA country and having assets, creditors, and operations in more than one NAFTA country. The collection, 1991-1997, includes drafts and related materials pertaining to the creation of international statements for United States Bankruptcy Law, Canadian Bankruptcy Law, and Mexican Bankruptcy Law.
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1990s
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English
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American Bankruptcy Institute
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