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Roadways to the Federal Bench: Who Me? A Bankruptcy Judge?

The Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System, held a diversity symposium for law students and lawyers on Oct. 24, 2019, Roadways to the Federal Bench: Who Me? A Bankruptcy Judge? 

The program informed law students and attorneys about federal judgeships with a spotlight on bankruptcy judgeships. The event featured a live broadcasted national panel discussion from Washington, DC, followed by local roundtable discussions in 19 cities with the federal bench, bar association members, and law students.

The panel discussion was moderated by Retired U.S. Appeals Judge Andre Davis, Fourth Circuit, and will include:

  • U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan, District of Columbia;
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Frank Bailey, District of Massachusetts; 
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert A. Gordon, District of Maryland;

Learn about each of the panelists

The panel discussed a wide range of topics, including bankruptcy practice, how to succeed as a bankruptcy judge, diversity statistics, why diversity is important, how to improve diversity, and what students and lawyers should do to enhance their chances of one day becoming a bankruptcy judge.

When: Oct. 24, 2019


  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Minneapolis
  • New York
  • Oakland, CA
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • St. Louis
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Seattle
  • Washington, DC

Find contact and address information for each location.

Diversity Matters

The federal Judiciary recognizes that diversity creates better and richer jurisprudence, promotes public confidence that the judicial system is fair and objective, and contradicts stereotypes and provides role models. These efforts also support the Core Values of Excellence and Accountability; Issue 3; and Goals 3.2b and 7.2b from the Strategic Plan for the Federal Judiciary.

Please contact 202-502-1800 for more information.