Richard Levin papers on the creation of the 1978 United States Bankruptcy Code
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Richard Levin, a distinguished New York based bankruptcy lawyer, served as counsel to a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee between 1975 and 1978. He dedicated those years to the penning of US Federal Bankruptcy Code. After working on US Bankruptcy Code, Levin was a shareholder at Stutman, Treister & Glatt from 1978-1994. Then he moved to Whittaker Corporation where he served as chief financial officer and general counsel from 1994-1997. In 1997 Levin left Whittaker Corporation to become a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. In 2007 Levin switched firms to join Cravath, Swaine & Moore and continued his corporate restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy practice there until 2015 when he joined Jenner & Block, where he is currently a partner and member of their Bankruptcy, Workout and Corporate Reorganization Practice. Levin's additional professional experience includes the position of Consultant to the World Bank and to the Central Bank of Brazil from 2001 to 2004, serving as a faculty member of the Federal Judicial Center from 2001 to 2007, and teaching at Harvard Law School in 2004 and 2006. Richard Levin has been named one of the world's leading corporate restructuring practitioners and is a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy law in continuing legal education programs. The Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978 became effective October 1, 1979, completely replacing the former Bankruptcy Act of 1989.
The Richard Levin Documents on the Creation of the 1978 United States Bankruptcy Code are divided into series as previously organized prior to accession. There are 30 series, 2 of which are further divided into subseries. The series include research--correspondence, reports, statements and articles--on the history of bankruptcy law, Chapter XIII, Bankruptcy Exemptions, Bankruptcy Preferences, Marital Property, and Stockbrokers Insolvency. The collection also includes Meeting Minutes; two reports for the Commission on Bankruptcy Laws; copies of HR 10792, HR 16643, HR 31 and HR32; correspondence and reports from the National Bankruptcy Conference; correspondence, statements and reports from the Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights; Judicial Determinations; Bankruptcy Statistics Tables, Bankruptcy Act Hearings including HR 31, HR 32 and HR 8200; Preliminary Drafts for code sections on administrative powers, automatic stay, case commencements, commodities brokers and dealers, bankruptcy court procedures, creditors and claims, debtors duties and benefits, definitions, estate liquidation, and uniform exemptions act; Pre-Preliminary Drafts covering general provisions, estate liquidations, municipal code, drafting notes, officers of the estate, organization of the bill, preferences, railroads reorganization, securities, stockbroker liquidations, crimes and criminal procedures, the transition period, and wage earner plans; 94th Congress Committee Prints; Advisory Committee Notes and Correspondence; HR 6 and Correspondence including from the 95th Congress, comments on HR 6, and future technical and murphy letters; Committee Prints, Drafts and Amendments; Subcommittee Prints, Drafts and Amendments; HR 8200 Amendments, Changes and Committee Prints; Floor Files from October 1977; Discussion Drafts and Technical Changes; Conference Files on HR 8200 and S 2266; 95th Congress House Amendments; DeCocini Amendments and Congressional Records; Notes on Bankruptcy Legislation; Los Angeles General HR 8200 Files; Tax Files; Legislative History; Emergency Rule Research Materials; and Miscellaneous Correspondence, Drafts and Reports.
Bulk dates are 1967-1978 with supplementary information from years 1933, 1934, 1959, 1960, 1966, and Bankruptcy Statistics Tables dated 1960-1969. The collection also includes some undated materials.
This collection is arranged into 30 series, 3 of which have been further arranged into subseries. The original organizational structure has largely been retained so the documents correspond with electronic files. The series layout showing corresponding electronic file numbers is as follows:
Bankruptcy Code Research 1959-1960, 1967, 1968, 1970-1973 and undated (e-files 000059-000174) Preliminary Research 1967, 1970-1973 (e-files 000059-000096) Chapter XIII Research 1967, 1970-1973 (e-files 000097-000133) Bankruptcy Exemptions Research 1971-1972 (e-files 000134-000148) Bankruptcy Preferences Research 1959-1960, 1968, 1970-1973 (e-files 000149-000167) Marital Property Research 1972 and undated (e-files 000168-000170) Stockbroker Insolvency Research 1971, 1972 and undated (e-files 000171-000174) Meeting Minutes 1971-1977 (e-files 000175-000231) Commission on Bankruptcy Laws Reports 1973, 1974 (e-files 000232-000233) Introduced House Bills 1973-1975 (e-files 000234-000238) National Bankruptcy Conference Materials 1973-1977 (e-files 000239-000296) Comparison of HR 31 & HR 32 1975 September 2 (e-file 000297) Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights Materials 1975 (e-files 000298-000302) Judicial Determinations 1975 (e-files 000303-000313) Bankruptcy Statistics Tables 1960-1969 and 1974 (e-files 000314-000324) Bankruptcy Act Hearings 1965, 1973-1977 (e-files 000325-000591) Preliminary Drafts 1974-1977 (e-files 000592-000709) Administrative Powers Drafts 1976 (e-files 000592-000600) Automatic Stay Drafts 1976 (e-files 000601-000623) Case Commencement and Administration Drafts 1976 (e-files 000624-000635) Commodities Brokers and Dealers Drafts 1976 (e-files 000636-000641) Bankruptcy Court Procedures 1974-1977 (e-files 000642-000671) Creditors and Claims Drafts 1976 (e-files 000672-000673) Debtors Duties and Benefits Drafts 1976 (e-files 000674-000678) Definitions 1976 (e-files 000679-000686) Estate Procedure Drafts 1976 (e-files 000687-000702) Uniform Exemptions Act Drafts 1976 (e-files 000703-000709) Pre-Preliminary Drafts 1933, 1934, 1966, 1970, 1972, 1976, 1977 (e-files 000710-000831) General Provisions 1976 (e-files 000710-000717) Estate Liquidations 1976 (e-files 000718-000751) Municipal Code 1976 (e-files 000752-000753) Drafting Notes 1966, 1976 (e-files 000754-000767) Officers of the Estate Code 1976 (e-files 000768-000777) Organization of the Bill 1976 (e-files 000778-000782) Preferences Code 1970 January, 1976 (e-files 000783-000786) Railroad Reorganization Code 1976 (e-files 000787-000791) Securities Laws 1976 (e-files 000792-000799) Stockbroker Liquidation Code 1976 (e-files 000800-000806) Crimes and Criminal Procedures 1972 March, 1977 (e-files 000807-000815) Transition Period Code 1933, 1934, 1976, 1977 (e-files 000816-000825) Wage Earner Plans 1976 (e-files 000826-000831) 94th Congress Committee Prints 1975-1976 (e-files 000832-000852) Advisory Committee Notes and Correspondence 1974, 1976-1977 (e-files 000854-001064) HR 6 and Correspondence 1977 (e-files 001065-001133) Committee Prints, Drafts and Amendments 1976-1978 (e-files 001134-001168) Subcommittee Prints, Drafts and Amendments 1976-1978 (e-files 001169-001243) HR 8200 1977 (e-files 001244-001250) Floor Files 1977 October (e-files 001251-001285) Discussion Drafts and Technical Changes 1977-1978 (e-files 001286-001293) Conference Files on HR 8200 and S 2266 1978 (e-files 001294-001299) 95th Congress, House Amendments 1978 (e-files 001300-001304) DeCocini Amendments and Congressional Records 1978 (e-files 001305-001309) 95th Congress Correspondence and Reports 1976-1978 (e-files 001310-001338) Notes on Bankruptcy Legislation 1974-1977 (e-files 001339-001359) Los Angeles General HR 8200 Files 1978 (e-files 001360-001362) Tax Files, 1977 (e-files 001363-001420) Legislative History 1977-1981 (e-files 001421-001468) Emergency Rule Research Materials 1973-1986 (e-files 001469-001547) Miscellaneous Correspondence, Drafts and Reports 1934, 1967-1978 (e-files 000001-000058)
Processed by Ellison Graham and Leslie O'Neill, August 2015.
- Smith, Gerald K.
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- Edwards, Don
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- Cyr, Conrad K.
- Countryman, Vern
- Klee, Kenneth N. (Kenneth Nathan)
- Kennedy, Frank R.
- Treister, George M.
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