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Bankruptcy Judges History

The Bankruptcy Act of 1898 established a referee for administration of bankruptcy dispositions. In 1978, Congress created a bankruptcy court system with bankruptcy judges taking over jurisdiction of bankruptcy cases. Because of constitutional problems about the separation of this jurisdiction from those of courts established under Article III, Congress passed an Act in 1984 that made the Federal bankruptcy courts an adjunct to the district courts.

Bankruptcy judges are appointed to terms of 14 years by the Court of Appeals, with advice from the Judicial Council of the Circuit. A total of sixteen people have served as bankruptcy judges in this district.

  • Arthur L. Moeller
  • Edward H. Patton
  • William M. Schultz
  • John R. Blinn
  • Margaret A. Mahoney
  • Phil Peden
  • Randolph Wheless, Jr.
  • Manuel D. Leal, August 9, 1984
  • * Letitia Z. Paul, March 21, 1985
  • * Richard Schmidt, July 31, 1987
  • William Greendyke, September 1, 1987
  • * Karen Brown, April 2, 1990
  • Wesley W. Steen
  • * Marvin Isgur, February 1, 2004
  • * Jeff Bohm, December 30, 2004 (currently Chief Judge)
  • * David Jones, September 15, 2011

* Denotes currently serving judge.