The Western District FBA Bankruptcy Section is widely supported by the bankruptcy attorneys of Western Michigan. It conducts an annual three-day seminar each summer in Northern Michigan, which is heavily attended and attracts nationally recognized speakers. The Bankruptcy Section also hosts various social and educational events throughout the year and publishes a periodic newsletter.
Committees of the Bankruptcy Section assist the Court from time to time with issues such as revisions to the local rules.
There is a separate Debtor's Bar Section that works in conjunction with the Bankruptcy Section. The Debtor's Bar provides invaluable assistance to attorneys trying to master the many details associated with filing debtors' bankruptcies under all chapters of the Bankruptcy Code.
The Bankruptcy Section also has an active pro bono program, providing indigent parties with assistance in the bankruptcy process.
The Bankruptcy Section is governed by a Steering Committee that meets regularly in Grand Rapids on the third Friday of every month.
The Steering Committee can be reached through its current chairperson, Andrew J. Gerdes, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and can be reached by telephone at (517) 853-1300.
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