Full text of the program materials are now available from a October 18, 2009 joint continuing legal education program entitled Effectively Assisting Pro Se [Bankruptcy] Filers: A View from the Bench, cosponsored by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and the ABA Section of Business Law Business Bankruptcy Committee. The materials contain useful information about legal ethics, legal information, and legal communication issues concerning self-represented debtors in U.S. consumer bankruptcy cases.
The program participants were:
- The Honorable Judith H. Wimur, Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey;
- The Honorable Eileen W. Hollowell of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona;
- The Honorable Elizabeth S. Stong of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York;
- Mary Fox, Pro Se Bankruptcy Law Clerk for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York; and
- Professor Angela K. Littwin of the University of Texas School of Law.
The materials include the following:
- Administrative Office of the United States Courts, Bankruptcy Judges Advisory Group, Assisting Pro Se Parties in Bankruptcy Cases (May 28, 2008);
- John M. Greacan, “No Legal Advice from Court Personnel”: What Does that Mean?, Judges Journal, Winter 1995, at 10;
- Judicial Neutrality vs. Judicial Engagement;
- Angela Littwin, An Empirical Examination of Pro Se Filers After Bankruptcy Reform (n.d.);
- Pro Se Filing Statistics by Quarters During the Twelve-Month Period Ending December 31, 2008;
- Pro Se Filing Statistics from Bankruptcy Districts in the Ninth Circuit, 1999-2008;
- Mary Fox, Materials Utilized by the Pro Se Law Clerk in the Eastern District of New York.