I am running for an open position on the Consumer Bankruptcy Association board of directors. I believe the CBA provides important support to the debtor-creditor bar in the Eastern District of Michigan. I am running because I believe the creditor side of the bar is under-represented on the board of directors.
I have been practicing primarily real estate law for over 30 years, including representing landlords, mortgagees, land contract vendors, and condominium associations as creditors in Chapter 7 and 13 cases. I spoke at the Central States Bankruptcy Workshop in Traverse City for the American Bankruptcy Institute on June 16-17, 2006, regarding changes to the Bankruptcy Act that took effect in October, 2005, as well as speaking for the Consumer Bankruptcy Association at the Peking House about the 2005 changes affecting the automatic stay. I served on the committee which proposed revisions to the Local Bankruptcy Rules which took effect in 2016. I provided testimony before the National Bankruptcy Review Commission on proposed amendments to the “Fairness to Condominiums and Cooperatives” provision of the Bankruptcy Code, Detroit, MI, July 27, 1997. I’ve written two articles, “Fitting the Round Peg into the Square Hole: Condominium Assessments in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy,” and “Condominium Associations Get A Break–Or Do They?,” both both concerning condominiums and bankruptcy, which were published in the Michigan Real Property Review.
In the non-bankruptcy arena, I have made several presentations for the Community Associations Institute and have authored over a dozen other articles published in such publications as the Michigan Bar Journal, the Michigan Real Property Review, and the CAI-Michigan Journal. I am a transplanted Arkansawyer, the father of 5 children (none of whom, thank God, are lawyers), and an avid photographer.
I believe my knowledge and experience can be of service to the CBA. Thank you for your consideration.