A. Thomas Small papers
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Judge A. Thomas Small of North Carolina attended Duke University, followed by Wake Forrest University School of Law. Before joining the Fouth Circuit bench and the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges in 1982, Small worked for the legal division of First Union Bank (now Wachovia/Wells Fargo). Her served as Chief Justice from 1992 to 1999 and 2006 to 2007. Durning this time he presided over many significant consumer and corporate bankruptcy cases. He was a board member of the American College of Bankruptcy, the American Bankrutpcy Institute and the Federal Judicial Committee. Appointed by Supreme Court Justice Rehnquist, Small chaired the Federal Bankruptcy Rules Committee. Her served as the President of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and was the first representative of bankruptcy judges to the Judicial Committee of the United States. Small was also on the Editorial Board of the treatise Collier on Bankruptcy and the Vice President of the North Carolina Bar Association Board. During the farm crisis of the 1980s, Judge Small was integral in drafting Chapter Twelve legislation and later helped to create a Chapter Eleven fast track for small businesses. Small retired in 2009, but has continued involvement in the bankruptcy community.
This collection contains Judge Small's professional papers from 1982 to 2009 including correspondence, notes, research, and legislation. Topics include Chapter 12 family farmer bankruptcy, the trustee system, appellate panels, the Marathon decision, and long range plans of the NCBJ and the USJC.
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CHapter 12 legislation not only laid out the terms of family farm bankruptcy, but also set up a system of Bankruptcy Trustees.
This series specifically documents the creation of the Trustee system, and compares it to other systems of bankruptcy court refereeing.
The Long Range Planning Committee of the United States Judicial Conference relied strongly on existing committees to submit advice; many of these committees fromed subcommittees to develop specialized long range plans. Judge Small participated in the Bankruptcy Committee's SubCommittee for Long Range Planning, which dealt with issues concerning Chapter 11, funding the bankruptcy system, Article III, and changes to the two-tier appeal system.