Like many you may be asking what the Bankruptcy Liaison Committee is and what it does. According to the Court’s website the committee was formed (about a year ago) to
promote communication about Court procedures, etiquette, filings and other issues, and to assist the Court and attorneys in creating a more efficient environment.
The committee aims to
develop and sponsor education programs concerning issues affecting the bench, attorneys, financial institutions and consumers.
allow greater interaction between the Court and those who appear before it.
And finally to (big finish)
relay issues, concerns or ideas anonymously … [to be] presented to the Bankruptcy Judges for their review and consideration.
Really? Am I to believe that these elite ex-lawyers with absolute power and jobs for life will be the least bit interested in the opinions of peons, like your humble narrator, over whom they have total control? Is anybody buying this as anything but an excuse for big-firm lawyers (and the U.S. Trustee no less) to further cozy up to the powers that be? Yeah – that ought to level the playing field.
But I digress. Look, I agree that the Bankruptcy Liaison Committee is a worthy attempt to bridge the listening gap between bench and bar. I only hope that it does not share the fate of the other well-intentioned groups that preceded it – only time will tell. In the meantime, congratulations and Godspeed to the members of the 2008-2009 committee (please try to get something accomplished – thank you).
R. Scott Alsterda (Chair)
Ungaretti & Harris LLP
Lester A. Ottenheimer III
Ottenheimer Teplinsky Rosenbloom
Kurt M. Carlson
Tishler & Wald, Ltd.
Steven S. Potts, Attorney at Law
Richard Craig Friedman
United States Department of Justice
Office of the United States Trustee
Adam P. Silverman
Adelman & Gettleman, Ltd.
Terri M. Long
Law office of Terri M. Long
Patricia K. Smoots
Berton J. Maley
Codilis & Associates, P.C.
Thomas E. Springer
Springer Brown Covey Gaertner & Davis, LLC
Leslie Cohen Mc Gregor
Urban & Burt, Ltd.
Ledford and Wu
Hon. Carol A. Doyle, Chief Judge
Hon. Susan Pierson Sonderby
Hon. Bruce W. Black
Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff
Hon. Jack B. Schmetterer