On Wednesday, October 24 a panel of ten judges and lawyers from the 86th National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges presented “Developing a Successful Bankruptcy Career: Judges and Lawyers share their secrets.”
The panel discussion held at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law was well attended, and the wisdom of many collective years of experience was shared.
The Honorable Margaret Mann from the United States Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of California advised: “your reputation is your most valuable asset to guard, regardless of the area of law your practice.” It was also stated: “you can build your reputation over many years and lose it in a second.”
"The panel of bankruptcy judges and national experts explained the interesting career opportunities within the closed universe of this practice area,” explained Professor William Byrnes.
"The presentation and panel discussion by the distinguished practitioners and federal judges was well received by our Thomas Jefferson students,” said Professor Chris Guzelian who attended the event. “Some commented that this was the best opportunity they have had in law school to learn about a legal specialization and make connections that may prove successful in establishing their future careers. In turn, the panel participants remarked repeatedly about the beauty of the TJSL campus, and the eagerness and enthusiasm of our students."
At a reception held after the formal panel, approximately 30 students spent one-on-one time with the judges and attorneys - exploring their career aspirations and obtaining practical advice of how to achieve them. According to Professor Byrnes “The organizing judge stated that he looks forward to receiving applications from Thomas Jefferson's "practice ready" graduates."
According to the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges website "The NCBJ is an association of the Bankruptcy Judges of the United States which has several purposes: to provide continuing legal education to judges, lawyers and other involved professionals, to promote cooperation among the Bankruptcy Judges, to secure a greater degree of quality and uniformity in the administration of the Bankruptcy system and to improve the practice of law in the Bankruptcy Courts of the United States."