ABI to Sponsor Bankruptcy Law Clerks to Attend Judicial Clerkship Institute

ABI to Sponsor Bankruptcy Law Clerks to Attend Judicial Clerkship Institute

Contact: John Hartgen
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November 27, 2007, Alexandria, Va. —The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) will be sponsoring 20 bankruptcy law clerks from around the country to take part in the William Matthew Byrne, Jr., Judicial Clerkship Institute program to be held at the Pepperdine University School of Law from March 13 - 15, 2008. As the Judicial Clerkship Institute aims to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of judicial clerks, ABI has designed a breakout track specifically for bankruptcy law clerks to help meet the needs of the bankruptcy court. Law students or graduates who have been selected for a clerkship with a federal, district, bankruptcy or appellate court judge, are eligible to attend the Judicial Clerkship Institute.

“In consultation with several of the most highly respected judges in the United States, we identified the subjects that new clerks most need to learn,” said Kenneth W. Starr, the Dean of the Pepperdine School of Law.

The judicial faculty that will be participating in the Judicial Clerkship Institute Program includes esteemed members of the U.S. District, Appeals and Bankruptcy Courts. The Bankruptcy Judges participating on the faculty include Thomas B. Bennett (N.D. Ala.), Margaret Mahoney (S.D. Ala.), Steven Rhodes (E.D. Mich.), Barry Russell (C.D. Calif.) and ABI Chairman Wesley W. Steen (S.D. Texas). Faculty from the U.S. District Court include Judges Carol Bagley Amon (E.D. N.Y.), Karon Owen Bowdre (N.D. Ala.), Charles R. Breyer (N.D. Calif.) and Paul Friedman (D. D.C.). U.S. Appeals Court Judges taking part include Diarmund F. O’Scannlain (Ninth Circuit), Pamela Ann Rymer (Ninth Circuit) and Sonia Sotomayer (Second Circuit).

For more information about the Judicial Clerkship Institute, please visit http://law.pepperdine.edu/jci.


ABI is the largest multi-disciplinary, nonpartisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency. ABI was founded in 1982 to provide Congress and the public with unbiased analysis of bankruptcy issues. The ABI membership includes nearly 11,500 attorneys, accountants, bankers, judges, professors, lenders, turnaround specialists and other bankruptcy professionals, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. For additional information on ABI, visit www.abiworld.org. For additional conference information, visit http://www.abiworld.org/conferences.html.