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Robert B. Morton papers


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Robert B. Morton was born in Webb City, Mo. in 1912. After having received his law degree from the University of Kansas in 1935, Morton entered into private practice until the outbreak of World War II. He enlisted and served until 1945.

From 1950 to 1951, Robert Morton served as 18th Judicial District Judge. In 1962, Morton became a judge in the United States Bankruptcy Court, a position he held until 1986. Upon his retirement from the court, Morton worked for Morris, Laing, Evans, Brock and Kennedy, a law firm located in Wichita, Kan.

Morton was an active member in a number of bankruptcy and legal organizations, most notably the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, where he served as President from 1975 to 1976 and as Treasurer from 1980 to 1982.

Morton died on June 25, 2005.

The Robert B. Morton Papers, 1973-1994, include correspondence, memoranda, handwritten notes, and related material regarding Morton's activities as a member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges; as counsel to the bankruptcy department of Morris, Laing, Evans, Brock and Kennedy; and as an advocate for improved benefits for bankruptcy judges.

    Missing Title
  1. National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Materials
  2. Morris Laing Bankruptcy Department Materials
  3. Correspondence
  4. Organizational Participation
  5. Subject Files

Received from Mary Davies Scott in 2004.

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Collection Inventory

Administration, 1977-1986.
Box 1 Folder 1-11
Scope and Contents

Board of Governors minutes and correspondence, records from the Treasurer's Office, and other materials reflecting Morton's participation as President and Board of Governors members in the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges.

Bylaws Committee, 1976.
Box 1 Folder 12
Committee on the Appropriate Role of the Conference in Education, 1976-1978.
Box 1 Folder 13
Committee on the Determination of Post-Transition Judges, 1981.
Box 1 Folder 14
Ethics Committee, 1983-1985.
Box 1 Folder 15
Financial Standards Committee, 1981.
Box 1 Folder 16
Herbert M. Bierce Award Committee, 1983.
Box 1 Folder 17
Nominating Committee, 1979-1983.
Box 1 Folder 18-19
Number of 1984 Judges Committee, 1981.
Box 1 Folder 20
Policy Committee, 1979-1980.
Box 1 Folder 21
Site Selection Committee, 1976-1977, 1982-1983.
Box 1 Folder 22-23
Transition Advisory Committee, 1980.
Box 1 Folder 24
Correspondence, 1984.
Box 1 Folder 25-26
General, 1973-1979, 1985.
Box 1 Folder 27-33
Judges' Salary, 1979-1985.
Box 2 Folder 1
Technical Amendments Bill, 1979-1980.
Box 2 Folder 2
Meetings, 1977-1985.
Box 2 Folder 3-19
Scope and Contents

Programs, planning materials, and other papers related to Annual and Mid-Year Meetings of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges that Morton attended.

Scope and Contents

Issues of National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges publications collected by Morton.

American Bankruptcy Law Journal , 1974-1981.
Box 2 Folder 20
"Benchmarks", 1981.
Box 2 Folder 21
"Conference News", 1974-1981.
Box 2 Folder 22-23
Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence and a mailing list.

Morris Laing Bankruptcy Department Materials, 1986-1993.
Box 3 Folder 1-8 Box 2 Folder 24
Scope and Contents

Case files and other materials collected by Morton in his position as counsel to the firm counsel to the bankruptcy department of Morris, Laing, Evans, Brock and Kennedy.

General, 1988-1994.
Box 3 Folder 9
Norton, William L., Jr., 1979 September-1980 December.
Box 3 Folder 10
Rifkind and Sterling, 1975.
Box 3 Folder 11

Tenth Circuit Judicial Conference, 1991-1992.
Box 3 Folder 12
Wichita Bar Foundation, 1988-1990.
Box 3 Folder 13

Arrangement note

Alphabetical. Morton's original folder titles have largely been retained.

Bankruptcy Judges Legislation, 1987-1989.
Box 3 Folder 14-15
Bankruptcy Tax Act of 1980, 1980.
Box 3 Folder 16
Brown/Gillespie/Grant Thornton Trial Court Decision, undated.
Box 3 Folder 17
Carl Milles Statue, 1989-1992.
Box 3 Folder 18
Debt Adjustment of Municipalities, 1975.
Box 3 Folder 19
Educational Loan Dischargeability, 1977.
Box 3 Folder 20
Judicial Salaries, 1980-1981.
Box 3 Folder 21
Ken Klee's Comparison of Commission and Judges' Bills, 1975.
Box 3 Folder 22
Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Rules and Other Matters, 1977.
Box 3 Folder 23
Proposed Bankruptcy Legislation, 1988.
Box 3 Folder 24
Suspension of Gordon Thompson, 1979.
Box 3 Folder 25
Technical Amendments and Retirement Legislation, 1979.
Box 3 Folder 26

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