Lawyers are People Too: An Interview with Aki Koyama, Staff Attorney to Chapter 13 Standing Trustee Kathy Dockery

(Used with permission,Volume 1, Issue 3:3 6 March, 2022 cdcbaa) By M. Jonathan Hayes, 9th Circuit BAP Law Clerk (Los Angeles, CA)

Jon: Hi Aki. I can’t believe after knowing you for 30 years now that I don’t know where you were born.

Aki: Ha! I was born in Tokyo, Japan although we moved . . . → Read More: Lawyers are People Too: An Interview with Aki Koyama, Staff Attorney to Chapter 13 Standing Trustee Kathy Dockery

Meet a New AND Newish Trustee

Krista M. Preuss was appointed as the Chapter 13 Standing Trustee for the Southern District of New York on February 1, 2018. She succeeded Jeffrey Sapir after his retirement. On October 1, 2021, she was appointed as the Chapter 13 Standing Trustee for the Eastern District of New York, succeeding Marianne DeRosa upon her . . . → Read More: Meet a New AND Newish Trustee

From 5 Divisions to 4 Grandchildren, 3+ pets, 2 Hobbies and 1 Private Practice: The “Retirement” of Robert Wilson

By Katherine L. Davis, Chapter 13 Standing Trustee for the Northern District of Texas (Lubbock)

“The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off!” [Abe Lemons] There is no better way to describe Robert Wilson in his career as an attorney, as a trustee, in his life thus far, and surely . . . → Read More: From 5 Divisions to 4 Grandchildren, 3+ pets, 2 Hobbies and 1 Private Practice: The “Retirement” of Robert Wilson

Mary Ida Townson Appointed U.S. Trustee for Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

By: Guy A. Van Baalen, Assistant U.S. Trustee Office of the U.S. Trustee Middle and Southern Districts of Florida

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland recently appointed Mary Ida Townson as the U.S. Trustee for Florida, Georgia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (Region 21). Ms. Townson assumed her duties . . . → Read More: Mary Ida Townson Appointed U.S. Trustee for Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

TFS Bill Pay Announces New Attorney Report Center

TFS Bill Pay has launched a new powerful tool to help you succeed; the Attorney Report Center located in your AttorneyPortal.

In the current bankruptcy environment, it is absolutely essential that your firm receives all of the compensation for the valuable work it has already done. TFS now provides you with pre-set, real-time . . . → Read More: TFS Bill Pay Announces New Attorney Report Center

Passing of Affable, Humanitarian Trustee

By Dynele Schinker-Kuharich, Chapter 13 Standing Trustee (Canton, OH)

On Thursday, September 16, 2021, the bankruptcy community lost a good friend and esteemed colleague, Robert S. Thomas II. In an effort to pay tribute to Robert, who was loved and respected by so many, The NACTT Academy is privileged to share comments, thoughts, and . . . → Read More: Passing of Affable, Humanitarian Trustee

Phil Lamos – Humble Sage

By Academy Staff

Phil was a quiet, humble man. He loved his family, loved the law, and loved to serve others.

Philip D. Lamos, age 53 of Painesville Township, passed away suddenly on June 11, 2021. He was a hometown boy who loved his family, especially his son Matthew and daughter Emily. Phil . . . → Read More: Phil Lamos – Humble Sage

Serendipity, a Tribute to Judge Jack B. Schmetterer

By Mark S. Wheeler, Staff Attorney to M.O. Marshall, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee (Chicago, IL)

(Used with expressed permission. Published February 2021 in the Northern District of Illinois Bankruptcy Court Liaison Committee Newsletter.)

Despite appearing before the Senior Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Illinois perhaps hundreds of times over the last 29 . . . → Read More: Serendipity, a Tribute to Judge Jack B. Schmetterer

An Open Thank You Letter to NACTT - Reflections from a New(er) Trustee: My First Two Years

By Dynele Schinker-Kuharich, Chapter 13 Standing Trustee (Canton, OH)

I vividly remember getting the call that I was to be appointed as a Standing Chapter 13 Trustee (effective October 1, 2018). I was so honored, and humbled, and excited. At the time I was a panel Chapter 7 Trustee, but my heart had always . . . → Read More: An Open Thank You Letter to NACTT – Reflections from a New(er) Trustee: My First Two Years

The Chapter 13 Business Model

By John M. Hauber, Chapter 13 Standing Trustee (Indianapolis, IN)

I have recently written an article for the NACTT Quarterly, that may or may not be published at the time of this writing, which is simply a stream-of-conscious style response to Senator Elizabeth Warren’s desire to modify the Bankruptcy Code based upon her perception . . . → Read More: The Chapter 13 Business Model