Retired Bankruptcy Judge Eugene R. Wedoff Named ABI President-Elect

Retired Bankruptcy Judge Eugene R. Wedoff Named ABI President-Elect

Alexandria, Va. — The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) announces that retired Bankruptcy Judge Eugene R. Wedoff (N.D. Ill.; Chicago) has been selected by the ABI Board of Directors to be President-Elect. He will become president for a one-year term, starting at ABI’s 2017 Annual Spring Meeting. An ABI member since 1995, Judge Wedoff is a member of ABI’s Board of Directors, a regular speaker at ABI conferences, and co-chaired ABI’s Consumer Bankruptcy Committee. ABI’s consumer bankruptcy conference in Chicago was renamed in Judge Wedoff’s honor last year.

Judge Wedoff served as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge in the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago from 1987-2015 and as Chief Judge from 2002-07. After graduating from law school, Judge Wedoff became a partner and member of the executive committee of the Chicago law firm of Jenner & Block. He has served as the chair of the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules and was a member of the working group that drafted the means test forms adopted by the Judicial Conference for the implementation of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA). He also drafted the model chapter 13 plan currently used in the Northern District of Illinois. He has served as a governor and secretary of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, for which he served as president for 2013. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference. Judge Wedoff received the Excellence in Education Award from the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges in 1995.

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