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Leon S. Forman papers


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Leon S. Forman was born in 1915. He graduated from University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1939. Forman joined the law firm of Blank, Rome, Comisky and McCauley in 1984, where he remained as partner until his death in 2006.

Leon Forman was an active lecturer and advisor within the bankruptcy community, particularly in the areas of creditors' rights and the Uniform Commercial Code. He was a member of numerous legal and bankruptcy organizations, including the American College of Bankruptcy and the National Bankruptcy Conference.

In 1941, Forman joined the firm of Wexler, Weisman, Forman, and Shapiro, where he developed a nationally recognized expertise in bankruptcy law. The firm merged with Blank Rome in 1984. Forman worked on many high-profile bankruptcy cases, and often testified before Congress on subjects of bankruptcy legislation and reform. He also served as a legislative consultant to a House committee developing legislation to reform the bankrupty process.

Forman also lectured at Temple Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, wrote numerous articles on bankruptcy, contributed to many publications and textbooks, and was honored by the ABA for his work in legal education.

The Leon S. Forman Papers, 1978-1997, chiefly includes correspondence, reports, and related material regarding Forman's activity as a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference.

Documents in the collection include a comprehensive series of notes, correspondence, resolutions, and writings from the National Bankruptcy Conference from 1994 through 1998.

Also included are brief documents on other ABA bankruptcy committees and task forces, focused on both bankruptcy and business law.

Forman's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on behalf of the National Bankruptcy Conference on the subject of bankruptcy reform and House bills HR-31 and HR-32 is included in full text.

As well, there are various proposal and miscellaneous pieces, book chapters concerning bankruptcy reform written by both Leon Forman and associated collagues included.

A full set of the American College of Bankruptcy Bylaws circa 1989-2001 is included, as well as a rough series of meeting minutes and correspondence of ACB meetings from 1990-2001.

Received from Harvey I. Forman on May 26, 2006.

Processed and encoded by Jordon Steele, December 2006.

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Collection Inventory

National Bankruptcy Conference, 1994-1998.
Box 1 Folder 1 Box 1 Folder 5 Box 1 Folder 4 Box 1 Folder 3 Box 1 Folder 2
ABA Joint Task Force on Bankruptcy, 1996.
Box 1 Folder 6
ABA Business Law Report on Bankruptcy Venue, 1996.
Box 1 Folder 7
National Conference on Bankruptcy Judges Review , 1996.
Box 1 Folder 8
Testimony to House Judiciary Committee, undated.
Box 1 Folder 9
Miscellaneous Proposals, 1996.
Box 1 Folder 10
Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1978-1995.
Box 1 Folder 11
American College of Bankruptcy Bylaws, 1989-2001.
Box 2 Folder 1-2
ACB Meeting Minutes & Correspondence, 1990-2002.
Box 2 Folder 3

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