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I Want To Believe! or Will The Bankruptcy Liaison Committee Become Another Toothless Suggestion Box?

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.

And to

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

312-977-9203

rsalsterda@uhlaw.com

Lester A. Ottenheimer III

Ottenheimer Teplinsky Rosenbloom

847-520-9407

Lottenheimer@otrlaw.com

Kurt M. Carlson

Tishler & Wald, Ltd.

312-876-3800

kcarlson@tishlerandwald.com

Steve Potts

Steven S. Potts, Attorney at Law

847-291-6823

otispott@comcast.net

Richard Craig Friedman

United States Department of Justice

Office of the United States Trustee

312-886-3320

Richard.C.Friedman@usdoj.gov

Adam P. Silverman

Adelman & Gettleman, Ltd.

312-435-1050

Asilverman@ag-ltd.com

Terri M. Long

Law office of Terri M. Long

708-922-3301

tmlong@tmlong.com

Patricia K. Smoots

McGuireWoods LLP

312-750-2759

psmoots@mcguirewoods.com

Berton J. Maley

Codilis & Associates, P.C.

630-794-9966

bj.maley@il.cslegal.com

Thomas E. Springer

Springer Brown Covey Gaertner & Davis, LLC

630-510-0000

tspringer@springerbrown.com

Leslie Cohen Mc Gregor

Urban & Burt, Ltd.

708-687-5278

lcm@urbanburt.com

Xiaoming Wu

Ledford and Wu

312-294-4400

xwu@ledfordwu.com

Hon. Carol A. Doyle, Chief Judge

312-435-6010

Hon. Susan Pierson Sonderby

312-435-5646

Hon. Bruce W. Black

312-435-6867

Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff

312-435-5644

Hon. Jack B. Schmetterer

312-435-5654

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