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Robert D. Martin Papers

NBA.009

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives
Creator:
Martin, Robert D.
Title:
Robert D. Martin Papers
Date [inclusive]:
1982-2000
Call Number:
NBA.009
Extent:
9 linear feet (About 4000 items)
Language:
English
Abstract:
Robert D. Martin (1944-) was appointed Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin in 1978. Martin was a charter fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference. He was a member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ), an organization devoted to providing to providing education and advice relating to bankruptcy legislation. Martin served on the Board of Governors of the NCBJ from 1988 to 1991, as Secretary in 1994, and as the conference's President in 1996. The collection, 1982-2000, includes materials relating to Martin's activities as a committee member, Secretary, and President of the NCBJ; as a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference, which participated in the National Bankruptcy Review Commission in the mid-1990s; as a federal judge on the Judicial Conference of the United States; as a lecturer, panelist, and participant in seminars, workshops, and meetings across the United States; as a researcher and expert on a variety of bankruptcy related issues; and related material.
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[Identification of item], in the Robert D. Martin Papers, National Bankruptcy Archives, NBA.009, Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA.
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Biography/History

Robert D. Martin was born in Iowa City, Iowa in 1994. A graduate of the University of Chicago Law School in 1969, Robert Martin began his career in law as an Attorney with Ross and Stevens, S.C., in Madison, Wisconsin. He worked for Ross and Stevens, specializing in bankruptcy litigation, until 1978, when he was appointed Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin.

Martin was a charter fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference. From the onset of his career as a bankruptcy judge, he was a member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ), an organization devoted to providing to providing education and advice relating to bankruptcy legislation. Martin served on the Board of Governors of the NCBJ from 1988 to 1991, as Secretary in 1994, and as the conference's President in 1996.

Martin is also a reputed expert on bankruptcy law. He served as a panelist and lecturer at myriad bankruptcy seminars, conferences, and meetings. He also authored a number of volumes on bankruptcy law, including Ginsberg and Martin on Bankruptcy (written with Robert E. Ginsburg) in 2000 and, beginning in 1988,  Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice.

Scope and Contents

The Robert D. Martin Papers, 1982-2000, include materials relating to Martin's activities as a committee member, Secretary, and President of the NCBJ; as a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference, which participated in the National Bankruptcy Review Commission in the mid-1990s; as a federal judge on the Judicial Conference of the United States; as a lecturer, panelist, and participant in seminars, workshops, and meetings across the United States; as a researcher and expert on a variety of bankruptcy related issues; and related material.

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.

Acquisitions Information

Received from Robert D. Martin in 2001.

Processing Information

Processed and encoded by Jordon Steele, October 2006.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • National Bankruptcy Review Commission (U.S.)
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (U.S.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Patchan, Joseph
  • Rehnquist, William H., 1924-2005
Subject(s)
  • Bankruptcy

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Collection Inventory

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Materials, 1982-2000.

Administrative Files, 1988-1998.

Scope and Contents note

This series includes materials relating to Martin's activities as a member of the Board of Governors, the chief governing body of the NCBJ, and as NCBJ president.

Scope and Contents note

This series includes materials relating to Martin's activities as a member of the Board of Governors, the chief governing body of the NCBJ, and as NCBJ president. It includes correspondence and related materials relating to the Office of the Secretary, Office of the Treasurer, committees, and membership.

Box
1
Folder
1-16

American Bankruptcy Law Journal, 1995-1996, 1998.

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence with editors, articles, and related material regarding the activities of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal, the official scholarly publication of the NCBJ.

Box
1
5
Folder
17
4

Committees, 1986-1999.

Scope and Contents note

Letters, memoranda, reports, minutes, and related materials regarding committees that Martin served on and oversaw as President of the NCBJ.

Academic Outreach Committee, 1999.

Box
1
Folder
19

Ad Hoc Committee on Orientation of New Governors, 1996.

Box
1
Folder
20

Ad Hoc Committee to Study Judicial Role of Bankruptcy Judges, 1994.

Box
1
Folder
21

Administrative Oversight Committee, 1993-1994.

Box
1
Folder
22

Archives Committee, 1991-1995, 1999.

Box
1
Folder
23

Automation and Technology Committee, 1995.

Box
1
Folder
24

Awards Committee, 1995-1996.

Box
1
Folder
25

Bylaws Committee, 1988-1992.

Box
1
2
Folder
26-27
1

Elections Committee, 1991-1999.

Box
2
Folder
2-3

Endowment for Education, 1995-1996.

Box
2
Folder
4

Ethics Committee, 1995.

Box
2
Folder
5

Executive Committee, 1996-1997.

Box
2
Folder
6

Finance Committee, 1995-1998.

Box
2
Folder
7-8

International Law Relations Committee, 1995-1996.

Box
2
Folder
9

Judges' Benefits Study Committee, 1996-1997.

Box
2
Folder
10

Judicial Orientation and Benefits Committee, 1995.

Box
2
Folder
11

Legislative Committee, 1995-1998.

Box
2
Folder
12-14

Liaison Committees, 1989, 1995-1996.

Box Folder

American Bar Association Liaison Committee, 1995.

2 15

American Bankruptcy Association Liaison Committee, 1995.

2 16

Association of Bankruptcy Judicial Assistants Liaison Committee, 1996.

2 17

Commercial Law League of America Liaison Committee, 1995-1996.

2 18

Federal Bar Association Liaison Committee, 1995.

2 19

Federal Courts Study Liaison Committee, 1989.

2 20

National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees Liaison Committee, 1995-1996.

2 21

National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees Liaison Committee, 1995-1996.

2 22

National Bar Association Liaison Committee, 1996.

2 23

National Bankruptcy Review Commission Liaison Committee, 1995-1996.

2 24

National Conference of Bankruptcy Clerks Liaison Committee, 1995-1996.

2 25

United States Trustee Liaison Committee, 1995-1996.

2 26

Membership Committee, 1995-1996.

Box
2
Folder
27

Memorials Committee, 1995.

Box
2
Folder
28

Newsletter Committee, 1995-1996.

Box
2
Folder
29

Site Selection Committee, 1986-1999.

Box
2
3
Folder
30-33
1-5

Correspondence, 1988-1996.

Scope and Contents note

Letters, memoranda, and related material regarding Martin's legislative and administrative activities on behalf of the NCBJ.

Box
3
Folder
6-7

Meetings, 1982-2000.

Scope and Contents note

As a member and president of NCBJ, Martin participated in and planned a number of NCBJ meetings, especially the organization's annual conference. This series includes correspondence, memoranda, planning materials, reports, programs, minutes, and related material.

Box
3
4
5
Folder
8-24
1-25
1-3

Subject Files, 1994-1996.

Box Folder
Conference Comparison Study, 1996.
Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, research materials, and related materials regarding a NCBJ study of the annual conference pay structure of other legal organizations, initiated in an effort to determine an appropriate fee for the NCBJ's own annual meetings.

5 5
NCBJ History, 1994-1996.
Scope and Contents note

Correspondence and copies of articles relating to the history of the NCBJ.

5 6

Trustee Matters, 1995-1996.

5 7-8

National Bankruptcy Review Commission Materials, 1995-1997.

Scope and Contents note

In 1995, a congressional task force was formed to study existing bankruptcy legislation and suggests revisions to the Bankruptcy Code. Many of the members of the National Bankruptcy Review Commission (NBRC) were affiliated with the National Bankruptcy Conference, of which Martin was a member. This series includes correspondence, reports, meeting agenda, meeting minutes, and related material regarding Martin's participation, on behalf of the National Bankruptcy Conference, in the activities of the NBRC.

Box
5
6
Folder
9-21
1-2

Judicial Conference of the United States Materials, 1994-1996.

Scope and Contents note

As a bankruptcy judge in the 7th Federal Judicial Circuit, Martin was a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States, the official organization of federal judges. This series includes correspondence, meeting programs, and related material regarding Martin's activity within the Judicial Conference.

Box Folder

Judicial Conference Committee, 1994.

6 3

Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System, 1996.

6

9

4-5

4

Organizational Participation, 1983-1999.

Scope and Contents note

Programs, correspondence, and related material regarding Martin's participation as a lecturer, panelist, and attendee of organizational meetings on bankruptcy across the United States.

Box Folder

American Bankruptcy Institute Annual Meeting, 1990.

6 6

Association of Insolvency Accountants Annual Bankruptcy and Reorganization Conference, 1996.

6 7

Bankruptcy Administration and Trustee Seminar, 1983.

6 8

Central California Bankruptcy Institute Annual Meeting, 1999.

6 9

Commercial Law League of America Bankruptcy and Insolvency Education Program, 1991 April 9.

9 8

Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter 13 Debtor Education/Credit Rehabilitation Program, 1996.

6 10

Federal Bar Association of Western District of Michigan Annual Bankruptcy Section Seminar, 1995.

6 11-12

Federal Judicial Center Meetings, 1988-1998.

6

7

1-10

13

Federal Judicial Circuit Meetings, 1992-1994.

8 1-3

National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees Annual Convention, 1997.

8 4

Northwest Bankruptcy Institute, 1997.

8 5

Norton Bankruptcy Litigation Institute Annual Meetings, 1995-1998.

8

9

1

6-8

Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute Meeting, 1988-1989.

9 9

"A View from the Bench" Panel, Third Annual Midwestern Bankruptcy Conference, 1993.

9 2

Visa Member Executive Conference, 1996 July.

9 3

Subject Files, 1995-1996.

Scope and Contents note
Box Folder
Bingham Legislative Alerts, 1995-1996.
Scope and Contents note

A collection of memoranda that details pending bankruptcy legislation, issued by bankruptcy law practitioner Suzanne Bingham to interested members of the bankruptcy community, including Martin.

9 5
Judges' Pay Issue, 1996.
Scope and Contents note

Correspondence and related materials regarding bankruptcy legislation that concerned the financial compensation and benefits of federal bankruptcy judges.

9 6
Podesta Memoranda, 1995-1996.
Scope and Contents note

A collection of memoranda that details pending bankruptcy legislation, issued by the lobbying firm Podesta Associates, sent to interested members of the bankruptcy community, including Martin.

9 7