Robert D. Martin papers
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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.
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.
Received from Robert D. Martin in 2001.
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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.
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.
Correspondence with editors, articles, and related material regarding the activities of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal, the official scholarly publication of the NCBJ.
Letters, memoranda, reports, minutes, and related materials regarding committees that Martin served on and oversaw as President of the NCBJ.
Letters, memoranda, and related material regarding Martin's legislative and administrative activities on behalf of the NCBJ.
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.
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.
Correspondence and copies of articles relating to the history of the NCBJ.
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.
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.
Programs, correspondence, and related material regarding Martin's participation as a lecturer, panelist, and attendee of organizational meetings on bankruptcy across the United States.
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.
Correspondence and related materials regarding bankruptcy legislation that concerned the financial compensation and benefits of federal bankruptcy judges.
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.