Inns of Court
Inns of Court is a national organization designed to improve the skills, professionalism, and ethics of the bench and bar. Each year Inns invites new members to join for varying membership terms. Learn more and apply here
NCBJ Blackshear Fellowship
The Blackshear Presidential Fellowship, named after esteemed Bankruptcy Judge Cornelius Blackshear, now retired from the Southern District of New York, provides both waived conference registration and a stipend for reasonable travel/hotel expenses for five up-and-coming minority bankruptcy practitioners (with five to ten years of experience) who wish to attend the annual meeting of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and who otherwise meets the selection criteria.
This year’s conference will be held October 26 – 29, 2016 in San Francisco at the Marriott Marquis. To view this year’s conference agenda, go to http://www.ncbjmeeting.org.
Law Clerk Position
The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida is seeking applicants for two Term Law Clerk positions; these positions support the Honorable Roberta A. Colton. Duties include researching a variety of legal issues, attending trials and other court proceedings, drafting opinions, screening motions, and preparing routine orders. The caseload in the jurisdiction is heavy. These positions are one-year term law clerk positions subject to renewal. Learn more
Congratulations Judge Roberta Colton!
The Honorable Roberta A. Colton was sworn in as the newest bankruptcy judge in the Middle District of Florida. Judge Colton was a shareholder at Trenam in Tampa. Read more
Handbook on Civil Discovery Practice
The Judges of the Middle District of Florida have revised the Handbook on Civil Discovery Practice. Attached for your review is a copy of the now operative Civil Discovery Handbook. The Civil Discovery Handbook is also available for download on the Court's website, located at www.flmd.uscourts.gov. Download the file
Tampa Bay Pro Se Clinic needs you!
The Pro Se/Pro Bono Clinic has been very successful because of the assistance of all our volunteers. One of the upgrades to the clinic is that the creation of a new email account for the Pro Bono Clinic with links to the sign-up sheet. Now the sign-up sheet is in one location for everyone to reach and sign up for time slots.
What is the TBBBA?
The Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association has over 300 members representing debtors, creditors and trustees in bankruptcy. All attorneys who practice in the Middle District of Florida are invited to join.
The Association sponsors monthly luncheons with speakers and frequent seminars which qualify for Florida Bar continuing legal education credit. In addition, there are monthly informal consumer attorney meetings to discuss practice pointers, often with the participation of one or more of the local bankruptcy judges.
A goal of the Association is to provide its members with information necessary to the bankruptcy practice in the Tampa Division. In addition to the Cramdown, a quarterly publication, periodic e-mail messages keep the membership informed of current bankruptcy issues.
Members are actively involved in a range of projects. One project is designed to assist debtors that cannot afford attorney representation. Another is working with the judiciary and the clerk's office to promote communication and meet the needs of all parties in the bankruptcy system.
Working together, Association members have developed a camaraderie among bankruptcy practitioners in this division that is noteworthy. Please join us in this endeavor and let us have your thoughts and ideas.
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