National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges records
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The National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ) was founded in 1926 to provide continuing legal education to bankruptcy judges, lawyers, and other practitioners, and to advise and influence Congress in an effort to represent the interests of bankruptcy judges with regards to pending bankruptcy legislation, and to promote greater uniformity and understanding of existing bankruptcy law. Originally known as the National Association of Referees in Bankruptcy, the NCBJ was conceived as a response to the increasing influence of the National Bankruptcy Conference, an association which consisted primarily of bankruptcy scholars and lawyers.
The National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Records (1926-2013) include materials related to organizational activity as it relates to the field of bankruptcy law, including administrative files, committee papers, meeting materials, legislative activity, publications, and related material.
- Endowment for Education
- Legislative Activities
- Memorial Resolution Materials
- Commemorative Materials
2000 issues of Conference newsletter received from Nancy C. Dreher in 2003.
1985 Bylaws and 1988 Board of Governors meeting minutes received from Henley A. Hunter, via T. Hartley Kingsmill, on June 7, 2005.
Shipment received from Christine J. Molick in March 2006.
Proceedings of the 36th Conference (1962) received from Harvey I. Forman on May 26, 2006.
Memorial Resolutions from 2005 and 2006 received from Randall L. Dunn in November 2006.
2002-2004 issues of American Bankruptcy Law Journal received from Christine J. Molick on December 8, 2006.
Selected issues of American Bankruptcy Law Journal from 2005 and 2006; program materials from the 2006 NCBJ Annual Conference; a "save the date" magnet for the 2007 NCBJ Annual Conference; and video and audiotaped proceedings of the 2004-2006 annual conferences received from Christine J. Molick on January 10, 2007.
Selected issues of the Journal of the National Association of Referees in Bankruptcy received from Mary Davies Scott in February 2007.
Received in multiple shipments from Robert D. Martin, Henley A. Hunter, Frank Koger, Mary D. Scott, Samuel Bufford, and Christine J. Molick, all on behalf of the NCBJ, from 2002 to 2004.
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Additional processing by Emily Johns, September 2014
Additional processing by Leslie O'Neill, April 2013 and September 2014
Processed and encoded by Jordon Steele, October 2006.
Collection guide revised by Jordon Steele, November 2006.
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Records regarding administrative activities of the NCBJ.
Correspondence, reports, minutes, photographs, and related material, created by and submitted to the Board of Governors, the chief governing body of the NCBJ.
Letters of acceptance to the NCBJ, applications, Administrative Office Memoranda of Judicial Appointments, correspondence, membership rosters, and related records.
Chiefly NCBJ committee reports. The series also includes reports submitted to the NCBJ by organizations unaffiliated with the conference, and related material.
Records regarding committee activity.
Description of function of committee.
Meeting programs, educational programs, correspondence, memoranda, "Judges' Roundtable" materials, photographs, and related material.
Program materials and materials from the 25-Year Judges and Referees Ceremony.
Include "Legends of the Law" discussion.
Includes photograph of participants from 1999.
A selection of handbags, t-shirts, coffee mugs, and related material given out at NCBJ annual meetings.
Photographs taken of Elizabeth Kelly, Dean Mike Fitts, Mary Davies Scott, Ray Shapiro, and others during the ceremony at the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges' Annual Meeting, at which the agreement to establish the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Archives was signed.
The NCBJ established the Endowment for Education in 1995 to provide grants, stipends, and other financial support for bankruptcy research and education in an effort to improve the judicial administration of bankruptcy cases and proceedings.
Includes charter, grant application procedures, and a report.
A compilation of committee documents, including charters, funding history, grant proposals, minutes, and related material. The materials were assembled for use by board members of the Endowment for Education.
A selection of issues from the NCBJ's first publication, which initially existed to document proceedings of conference meetings.
The entire run of the newsletter (which lasted only three issues), and a letter from A.D. Kahn to Mary Scott regarding the history of "The Silver Whistle."
Administrative materials, correspondence, meeting materials, and journal issues.
Telegram from President Ronald Reagan to Hal Bonney, congratulating Bonney on his election as President of the NCBJ.
Mary Davies Scott writes Kelley asking him for help in bringing the records of the NCBJ to the National Bankruptcy Archives. Attached is previous correspondence between Scott and Kelley.
A history of the conference, written by a Russell L. Hiller, to commemorate the founding of the conference.
A commemorative copy of S. 1917, which installed progressive reforms to the retirement benefits of bankruptcy judges, with an enclosed letter from Ralph H. Kelley to Chris Molick, Executive Director of the NCBJ.
Assorted photographs documenting activities of the NCBJ, including meetings. This series also includes photographs of judges who were members of the NCBJ, perhaps used in issues of "Conference News."Container Summary
About 400 items
For detailed information about this series, please see NBA.012.001, which is available here.Physical Description