Judge Joyce Bihary papers
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Judge Bihary completed her Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Wellesley College in 1972. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School three years later in 1975. Judge Bihary served as a judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of Georgia from 1987-2003. On December 1, 2003, Judge Bihary was sworn in as Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of Georgia. She served as Chief Judge from 2003 till her retirement in May of 2012.
During the latter part of her career, she was asked to participate in a discussion panel with the bar in March of 2009, when it was believed by the bar and the bench that bankruptcy judges might be given the authority to approve mortgage cramdowns in Chapter 13 cases.
The collection is divided into two series. Please note that it was in the best interest of the collection to keep all email attachments with the original email in order to preserve original order.
The first series Debtor Education Program, 1999-2000, is comprised of materials used during the 1999 Coalition for Consumer Bankruptcy Debtor Education and the Georgia Consortium for Personal Financial Literacy Program. Materials include: videotapes, memorandums, correspondence with attachments, scholarly articles, reports, and instructional materials on financial management which include guides and manuals.
The second series Mortgage "Cramdown" Legislation Materials, 2008-2009, is comprised of materials gathered by judges for the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges to weigh in on issues presented by some of the proposed bills. The materials include correspondence, emails with attachments, memorandums, newspaper articles, scholarly articles, studies, and reports, government documents which include bills and Government Accountability Office (GAO) Reports, criticisms, and related materials regarding the proposed legislation.
1. Debtor Education Program 2. Mortgage "Cramdown" Legislation Materials
- Debtor Education Program
- Mortgage "Cramdown" Legislation Materials
Received from Joyce Bihary on May 16, 2012, with possible later accruals.
Processed by Hoang Tran, July 2012.
- University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library
- Finding Aid Author
- Hoang Tran
- Finding Aid Date
- 2012 July
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Correspondence on matters regarding how to hold a debtor education program.
Published materials used and distributed at the October 29, 1999 Debtor Education Program. It features guides and handbooks for instructors and distributable information catalogs for participants.
Videotapes (VHS) feature educational videos used during the 1999 Coalition for Consumer Bankruptcy Debtor Education and the Georgia Consortium for Personal Financial Literacy Program in Atlanta, Georgia.
Includes news articles, correspondence with their attachments, and government reports and bills regarding H.R. 1106.
Email correspondence written and received along with their attachments by Judge Bihary regarding the need for the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges to weigh in on issues presented by some of the proposed bills.
Includes correspondence, news articles, and discussion panel materials regarding the 2009 National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Ad Hoc Committee.