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Murray Drabkin Papers

NBA.003

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:
Drabkin, Murray, 1928-
Title:
Murray Drabkin Papers
Date [inclusive]:
1957-1999
Call Number:
NBA.003
Extent:
10 linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Murray Drabkin (1928-) was a commercial bankruptcy lawyer at Hopkins and Sutter in Washington, D.C. until 2001. He was a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference and co-authored the "Judges' bill," which, together with the "Commission bill," drafted by a federal commission to study bankruptcy laws, was the basis for the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978. The collection, 1932-1999, includes materials relating to bankruptcy reform and the jurisdiction of bankruptcy judges in the 1970s and 1980s; records and papers of the National Bankruptcy Conference, where Drabkin was an active member; material relating to two important legislative projects formed by the National Bankruptcy Conference, the Code Review Project and the Insurance Insolvency Project; correspondence related to the activities of bankruptcy committees in New York and Washington, D.C.; and published manuals, reports, and reference books.
Cite as:
[Identification of item], in the Murray Drabkin Papers, National Bankruptcy Archives, NBA.003, Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania Law School.
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Biography/History

Murray Drabkin (1928-) was a commercial bankruptcy lawyer at Hopkins and Sutter in Washington, D.C. from 1992 to 2001. He was a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference, an association consisting of bankruptcy scholars and practitioners that provided continuing education courses on bankruptcy law and lobbied Congress for bankruptcy reform. In 1969, Drabkin was appointed as counsel to the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ). Together with Joe Lee, a bankruptcy judge and member of the NCBJ, Drabkin co-authored the "Judges' bill," which articulated to Congress the position of the NCBJ on proposed bankruptcy reform in 1973. Together with the "Commission bill," drafted by a federal commission to study bankruptcy laws, the Judges' bill was the basis for the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978. The Judges bill became H.R. 32 and S. 236, while the Commission bill became H.R. 31 and S. 235.

Scope and Contents

The Murray Drabkin Papers cover the period of 1932-1999. The collection includes materials relating to bankruptcy reform and the jurisdiction of bankruptcy judges in the 1970s and 1980s; records and papers of the National Bankruptcy Conference, of which Drabkin was an active member; material relating to two important legislative projects formed by the National Bankruptcy Conference, the Code Review Project and the Insurance Insolvency Project; correspondence related to the activities of bankruptcy committees in New York and Washington, D.C.; and published manuals, reports, and reference books.

Arrangement note

Arrangement
  1. Bankruptcy Reform
  2. Bankruptcy Jurisdiction
  3. National Bankruptcy Conference
  4. Organizations
  5. Publications

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Received from Murray Drabkin in 2002.

Processing Information note

Processed by Melissa Silverman Backes.

Encoded by Jordon Steele, July 2006.

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Controlled Access Headings

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

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Other Finding Aids note

An item-level container list is available offline in spreadsheet form. Please contact the Archives for more information.

Collection Inventory

Bankruptcy Reform, 1971-1978.

Scope and Contents note

Section by section comparison of the "Judges'" and "Commission" bankruptcy reform bills, reports, testimony, handwritten notes, various law review articles and reports, and related materials collected by Drabkin that reflect bankruptcy reform initiatives in the late 1970s.

Box
1
Folder
1-7

Bankruptcy Courts Jurisdiction, 1982-1984.

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence and related materials regarding the Northern Pipeline reorganization case, which called into question the jurisdiction of the bankruptcy bench in the 1980s.

Box
1
2
Folder
8
2-3

National Bankruptcy Conference, 1969-1999.

Scope and Contents note

An administrative file, proceedings and other meeting materials, and files on the Code Review Project, Insurance Insolvency Project, and Larry King's revision of the Conference's Bankruptcy Binder. Drabkin is a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference.

Administration, 1981-1999.

Box
2
Folder
4

Meetings, 1969-1996.

Box
3-15

Code Review Project, 1993-1997.

Box
16
Folder
1-4

Insurance Insolvency Project, 1991-1995.

Box
16
17
Folder
5-6
1-4

Bankruptcy Binder Project, 1993-1999.

Box
17
18
Folder
5
1-3

Organizations, 1972-1989.

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, notes, prepared remarks, and related material regarding organizational meetings where Drabkin was invited to speak.

Box Folder

American College of Bankruptcy, 1997.

11 1

Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1979-1989.

18

19

4

1-3

Bankruptcy Committee of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, 1982.

19 4

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, 1972.

19 5

Publications, 1957-1994.

Box Folder

Bankruptcy act of 1898 Annotated, 1979.

19 6

"Federal Bar Association Bankruptcy Law Developments" , 1982 November 16-18.

19 7

"Frazier Lemke Act (farmer-debtor relief-§75 of ch. VIII): Agriculture Department study on impact on farmers & lenders" , 1957.

20 1

Understanding the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1994by Michelle League Johnson, David J. Light, Esq., 1994.

20 2