Bankruptcy Judge Barbara J. Houser Elected to ABIs Board of Directors

Bankruptcy Judge Barbara J. Houser Elected to ABIs Board of Directors

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April 15, 2011, Alexandria, Va. — The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) announces that Chief Bankruptcy Judge Barbara J. Houser (N.D. Texas, Dallas) has been elected to ABI’s Board of Directors. An ABI member since 2003, Judge Houser has served as co-chair for ABI’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and is a frequent speaker at ABI events and contributor to the ABI Journal. She will serve a term of three years on the 60-member ABI Board of Directors.
Sworn in as a bankruptcy judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas in 2000, Judge Houser previously was an attorney and shareholder at Sheinfeld, Maley & Kay PC in Dallas. While at Sheinfeld, she led the firm’s representation of clients in a variety of significant chapter 11 cases, including as her last major case the firm’s representation of Dow Corning Corporation—one of the largest chapter 11 cases ever filed.
Judge Houser was elected a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy in 1994 and currently serves as its vice president. She was elected to membership in the National Bankruptcy Conference in 1996 and also serves as a member of its Executive Committee. Judge Houser is also a past president of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. A frequent author and lecturer on corporate restructuring and insolvency law, she is a visiting professor of law at the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University, where she teaches creditors’ rights. Judge Houser is a contributing author to Collier on Bankruptcy (15th Ed.) and the Collier Bankruptcy Manual (3d Ed.), and the National Law Journal named her one of the 50 most influential women lawyers in America in 1998. She received her J.D. from Southern Methodist University Law School.
The complete list of directors and officers is available at


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