Bankruptcy Law Section

Bankruptcy Law Section

Message from the Chair

Section Chair: 

Hon. Craig A. Gargotta 
San Antonio, TX

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Welcome to the Bankruptcy Law Section!

I have the privilege to serve as your new chair this year. I have the challenge of continuing the excellent leadership from past chairs and building upon their vision. As a bankruptcy judge, I know first hand how the FBA supports the federal judiciary and is uniquely situated to represent all federal practitioners. I am honored to represent your interests in this Section and look forward to providing you with information about upcoming CLE events, Bankruptcy Section publications, and member benefits that I hope you find helpful in your practice. If you have not been to our Section web page in some time, or are new to our Section, I would like to feature some of the Section’s activities.

To begin with, the Bankruptcy Section sponsored a panel discussion on the doctrine of equitable mootness at the NCBJ Conference in Las Vegas. The presentation was well-received and given the audience’s comments and reaction, appeared to be of value to the attendees. The Section will be collaborating with the Dallas Chapter in hosting a U.S. Trustee bankruptcy presentation with the eye-catching title: “Do You Feel Lucky? A Clint Eastwood Guide to Bankruptcy-Connected Prosecutions” on October 31st.

If you are currently a member, you are receiving what we refer to as our monthly “Bankruptcy Circuit Updates” in which our circuit writers provide bankruptcy case summaries from each circuit regarding bankruptcy, district, BAP, and circuit cases. In addition, our circuit writers and any member of our Section may participate in conference calls in which we discuss case summaries on a more detailed basis. Members are encouraged to listen in and participate in the discussion. We hold these circuit calls every other month. At the FBA National Convention in Atlanta this past September, the FBA recognized our Section for the creation and implementation of our circuit writer project. Past circuit updates are found on the Section web page at

You may have noticed that our members, including bankruptcy judges, have been writing columns on “bankruptcy basics” for our FBA members in The Federal Lawyer. These columns appeared in the magazine five times this past year. Our columns focused on bankruptcy court jurisdiction, the automatic stay, judicial estoppel, and invocation of the Fifth Amendment privilege in bankruptcy court. We will be continuing our column for the 2017-18 year.

In addition to the Section’s scholarship activities, we collaborated with the Labor and Employment and Securities Law Sections this past year in providing CLE with those Sections. Our participation was to provide education regarding bankruptcy issues affecting labor and securities law. We hope to provide additional CLE next year with some of our other FBA Sections and Chapters who have a significant number of lawyers who practice bankruptcy.

We are proud of our accomplishments, but recognize that we must continue to provide our members with educational opportunities to enhance their practice. Two areas that we hope to achieve success is to sponsor and foster Section participation from law students and assist lawyers in areas of the country with legal education opportunities that they may not have in their localities. We will also focus on assisting pro bono services to the disadvantaged.

Our Section benefits when our members participate and are involved in Section activities. We all benefit from the suggestions and comments that our members make to assist us in providing the best opportunities for our members. Please email with any suggestions and comments (even if critical) that we may consider in improving our Section. I look forward to hearing from you.

Hon. Craig Gargotta
Chair, Bankruptcy Law Section



The Federal Lawyer: Bankruptcy Law Edition

The January/February 2016 issue of The Federal Lawyer features several articles focusing on bankruptcy law. Click for a full list of feature articles (Member login required).

Law Student Members: Free One-Year Bankruptcy Section membership available. Click here for more information.

Bankruptcy Law Section Bylaws

Comments on Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure

Young Lawyers in the Court Initiative

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