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Samuel Bufford Papers

NBA.035

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives
Creator:
Bufford, Samuel L. (Samuel Lawrence), 1943-
Title:
Samuel Bufford Papers
Date [inclusive]:
1980-2010
Call Number:
NBA.035
Extent:
21 linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Honorable Samuel L. Bufford is a former United States Bankruptcy Judge in the Central District of California, where he served from 1985 to 2010 and presided over nearly 100,000 cases. After graduating with a B.A. from Wheaton College in Illinois, Judge Bufford earned his law degree from the University of Michigan, where he was an editor of the Michigan Law Review and of the Journal of Law Reform and a Ph.D in Philosophy from the University of Texas. He practiced corporate, bankruptcy, antitrust, securities, and other types of business law in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, and New York between 1974 and his appointment to the bench, except for a stint teaching law and urban planning at The Ohio State University between 1975 and 1977. Widely regarded as one of the foremost scholars of U.S. and comparative insolvency law, Bufford has authored one book, United States International Insolvency Law (Oxford University Press, 2009), and numerous law review articles and more than 75 published opinions. In addition, he is a frequent lecturer throughout the United States and abroad on issues of bankruptcy law and legal ethics. Bufford has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California Law Center and has taught at The Ohio State University and during the winter, 2004 term, as Nomura Lecturer on Law, taught a course in international and comparative insolvency law. He now lectures at the Dickinson School of Law at Penn State as a Distinguished Scholar in Residenice on issues of bankruptcy, international and comparative insolvency law, commercial transactions, and international business transactions. He has taught foreign seminars sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, USAID, the International Insolvency Institute, and the U.S. Commerce and State Departments and has given seminars in the United States for foreign judges. Bufford was a member of the 2004 Global Judges Forum, which provided advice to the World Bank on formulating international standards and best practices for insolvency laws and practices. Bufford is past chair of the National Conference of Federal Trial Judges of the American Bar Association and serves on the board of directors for Volunteers of America Los Angeles. He serves on the editorial advisory boards for the International Insolvency Review and the West Annual Review of International Insolvency. Bufford served as editor in chief of the America Bankruptcy Law Journal from 1990 to 1994. Rulings, correspondence, and related material regarding Bufford's activity as a bankruptcy judge, his role in the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, and his activity working with other countries on international insolvency matters.
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[Identification of item], in the [Collection Name], National Bankruptcy Archives, NBA.XXX, Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA.
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Biography/History

The Honorable Samuel L. Bufford is a former United States Bankruptcy Judge in the Central District of California, where he served from 1985 to 2010 and presided over nearly 100,000 cases. After graduating with a B.A. from Wheaton College in Illinois, Judge Bufford earned his law degree from the University of Michigan, where he was an editor of the Michigan Law Review and of the Journal of Law Reform and a Ph.D in Philosophy from the University of Texas.

He practiced corporate, bankruptcy, antitrust, securities, and other types of business law in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, and New York between 1974 and his appointment to the bench, except for a stint teaching law and urban planning at The Ohio State University between 1975 and 1977. Widely regarded as one of the foremost scholars of U.S. and comparative insolvency law, Bufford has authored one book, United States International Insolvency Law (Oxford University Press, 2009), and numerous law review articles and more than 75 published opinions. In addition, he is a frequent lecturer throughout the United States and abroad on issues of bankruptcy law and legal ethics.

Bufford has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California Law Center and has taught at The Ohio State University and during the winter, 2004 term, as Nomura Lecturer on Law, taught a course in international and comparative insolvency law. He now lectures at the Dickinson School of Law at Penn State as a Distinguished Scholar in Residenice on issues of bankruptcy, international and comparative insolvency law, commercial transactions, and international business transactions. He has taught foreign seminars sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, USAID, the International Insolvency Institute, and the U.S. Commerce and State Departments and has given seminars in the United States for foreign judges.

Bufford was a member of the 2004 Global Judges Forum, which provided advice to the World Bank on formulating international standards and best practices for insolvency laws and practices. Bufford is past chair of the National Conference of Federal Trial Judges of the American Bar Association and serves on the board of directors for Volunteers of America Los Angeles. He serves on the editorial advisory boards for the International Insolvency Review and the West Annual Review of International Insolvency. Bufford served as editor in chief of the America Bankruptcy Law Journal from 1990 to 1994.

Scope and Contents

Rulings, correspondence, and related material regarding Bufford's activity as a bankruptcy judge, his role in the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, and his activity working with other countries on international insolvency matters.

Arrangement note

  1. Calendar of Judicial Rulings
  2. National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
  3. International Insolvency Activity

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives

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 Samuel Bufford, 2010.

Processing Information note

Processed by Zev Fagin, Spring 2011.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (U.S.)
Form/Genre(s)
  • Judicial records
Subject(s)
  • Bankruptcy

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Collection Inventory

Calendar of Judicial Rulings, 2001 January-2008 June.

Scope and Contents note

This series includes summaries of rulings and related court documents accumulated by Judge Bufford when making his court decisions during the period of January 2001 through June 2008.

Box
1-11

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, 1987-2009.

Arrangement note

Files related to the Endowment for Education and one file related to the American Bankruptcy Law Journal can be found in Boxes 52-55.

Scope and Contents note

Files related to the American Bankruptcy Law Journal (for which Bufford served as editor in chief from 1990 to 1994), the International Committee, the Endowment for Education, and correspondence with members of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges.

Box
12-28, 52-55

International Insolvency Activity, 1985-2010.

Scope and Contents note

Files related to Bufford's professional foreign travel, involvement in the Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative, and work with the International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals. Much of the series is devoted to seminars given abroad and related documents.

Box
29-55
Box-folder

Abu Dhabi, 2009.

29-1

Administrative Office International Judicial Relations, 1999.

29-2

Albania, 2004.

29-3,4

American Bar Association - International Business Bankruptcy, 1994.

30-1

Armenia, 2004.

30-2

Algeria, 2004-2006.

30-3,4,5

Bankruptcy in the Post-Communist Economies of Eastern Central Europe, 1996.

30-6

Budapest, 1996-1997.

30-7

Bulgaria, 2001.

30-8

Bulgaria Law (Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative), 2002.

30-9

Bosnia, 2003-2006.

30-10

Central European and Eurasian Law Institute, 1992-2006.

(30-11) - (32-2)

Central and Eastern European Judges, 2002.

32-3

China, 2008.

32-4

Eastern European Legal Assistance Program Correspondence, etc., 1991-1995.

32-5

Eastern Europe, 1992-1996.

32-6

European Judges, 2001.

32-7

Ecuador, 2002.

33-1,2

Egypt, 2007-2008.

(33-3,4) - (34-1)

France, 2007.

34-2

Germany, 2005.

34-3

Global Judges Form, 2003.

34-4

Guidelines:Preparation for Motions for Relief from the Automatic Stay, 1985-1986.

34-5,6

General, 2001-2008.

35-1,2

Grip 21, 2009.

35-3

Guadalajara, 2008.

35-4

Hungary, 1996-1997.

35-5

International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals, 1996-2008.

(35-6) - (36-5)

International Insolvency Institute, 2007-2008.

37-1,2

International Law Institute, 2003.

37-3

International Exchange of Experience on Insolvency Law.

37-4

Judicial Appointment, 1996-1999.

(37-5) , (38-1)

Japan, 2005.

38-2

Jordan, 2007.

38-3

Korea, 2009.

38-4

Los Angeles County Bar Association - International, 2006-2008.

38-5

Luxemborg, 2010.

38-6

Morocco, 2000.

39-1,2

Montenegro, 2001-2002.

(39-3) - (40-2)

Mexico, 2008.

40-3

Oman, 2008.

40-4

Paris, 2007.

40-5

Queensland University of Technology, 2010.

40-6

"Project for Ukraine" Correspondence, 1995.

41-1

Romania, 1991-2005.

((41-2) - (44-3)) , ((51-4) - (52-2))

Russia, 1993-2001.

(45-1,2,3,4,5)

Serbia, 2003-2009.

46-1,2

Shanghai, 2008.

46-3

Slovenia, 1999.

46-4

Slovakia, 2001.

46-5

Thailand, 1998-2002.

47-1,2

Tunisia, 2006.

47-3

United Arab Emirates, 2009.

47-4

Ukraine, 1993-2000.

(48-1) - (49-4)

UN Commission on International Trade Law, 1997-2006.

50-1,2,3,4

United States Agency for International Development (USAID), 1996-1998.

(50-5) - (51-1)

Vietnam, 2002.

51-2

World Bank, 2001-2005.

51-3