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Thomson/West and the American Bankruptcy Institute
Establish Judge William L. Norton, Jr. Judicial Excellence Award

Thomson/West and the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) have joined together to establish the Judge William L. Norton, Jr. Judicial Excellence Award. This award will be given annually to a bankruptcy judge, based upon a career of lifetime achievement, who has distinguished himself or herself as an educator, writer, or scholar.

The presentation of the Norton Award will occur at the Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ). The award’s recipient will be announced at the ABI luncheon on Friday of each NCBJ. For information regarding the luncheon, or the complete educational program and other activities scheduled for this year’s conference, contact the NCBJ.

In addition to a commemorative plaque to be awarded to the distinguished bankruptcy judge recipient, Thomson/West will donate $10,000 to the ABI Endowment for Education. The funds will be earmarked for use by the ABI and NCBJ toward joint projects to foster bankruptcy education and research.

The selection committee for the Norton Award is comprised of bankruptcy practitioners and scholars who have made notable contributions to insolvency education and the bankruptcy system.

The Norton Award continues the long tradition of cooperation between the NCBJ and the ABI in their goal of furthering bankruptcy education. Thomson/West remains a foremost provider of legal education materials and integrated information services in the United States. For information about these organizations, visit their respective websites: www.ncbj.org; www.abiworld.org; or www.west.thomson.com.

The Bankruptcy Law Section

The Bankruptcy Law Section is now ten years old in formation. The section is proud that it has almost 1,600 members! The level and breadth of activities currently being sponsored by the section is the driving force behind the strength in membership. From pro bono matters to organizing seminar trips overseas to the very successful bi-annual bankruptcy bench/bar conferences and the Elliott Cup Moot Court Competition, the section is proud of the efforts of its members in advancing and improving the level of events and programs related to bankruptcy type matters in Texas. We encourage anyone with questions to contact any of the presiding officers or council members of the section to learn more about the current agenda of the section.

As reflected in the composition of officers and council members identified on this website, we encourage bankruptcy lawyers concentrating in either consumer or business bankruptcy law to get involved in this exciting section. Some of the benefits provided to members include a newsletter, access to a very active Listserve, complimentary networking receptions and discounts on seminars.

Mission Statement

The goal of the Bankruptcy Law Section is provide an opportunity for all practitioners of bankruptcy law licensed in Texas to meet and exchange information and ideas on a regular basis, including practitioners in both the consumer and business bankruptcy arenas, for those who represent creditors and debtors, and those who live in any geographic region. The Bankruptcy Section shall endeavor to have the membership of the Council reflect this broad diversity of its members. The Section shall also provide an opportunity for lawyers newly practicing Bankruptcy law to attain those skills, experience and relationships which will assist them to enhance the practice of Bankruptcy law in the State of Texas.


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