FLMB NEWSLETTER Court Connection - APRIL 2022




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Court Connection: e-Edition


The Court is proud to share the e-edition of the Court Connection.

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Local Bar Events


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Local Bar Associations

News and events from your local bar association



By:  Allan E. Wulbern, Esq., President

The Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Association is excited that two of its own, Judge Jay Brown and Judge Jason Burgess, have been recently appointed to the Bench in the Jacksonville Division.

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CFBLA’s first in-person luncheon since the start of the pandemic was held on April 21, 2022, at the offices of Akerman LLP.

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Southwest Florida Bankruptcy Professionals Association


By: Jonathan M. Bierfeld, Esq., President

On March 24, 2022, we held our Ninth Annual Alexander L. Paskay Memorial Dinner for the first time since November 2019. At the dinner, we announced two new officers: Christian Haman was elected Secretary; Ryan Really was named Vice-President.

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Lawyers Help Welcome Court Staff Back to the Office

Keep Calm

On Wednesday, April 6, 2022, the Court staff for the Middle District of Florida resumed their pre-pandemic “core day” schedule. To help everyone ease back into their office routine, members of the TBBBA, CFBLA, and JBBA teamed up to provide breakfast to the Jacksonville and Orlando staff and lunch for the Tampa staff.

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 Judge McEwen Serenades Court Staff at Welcome Back Lunch

Judge McEwen led the TBBBA Chorus in a welcome-back tribute to our staff in Tampa during the TBBBA’s Clerk’s Staff Appreciation Luncheon on the first core day since the pandemic hit. 

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Tech Production Tip


By: Honorable Catherine Peek McEwen

For those of you (and you know who you are) who look down at your laptop during video hearings...

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Bradley M. Saxton & C. Andrew Roy Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman, P.A.

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Upon Director Clifford White’s Retirement, Ramona D. Elliott Is Appointed Acting Director of The Executive Office for United States Trustees


By:  Jill Kelso, Orlando Office of the U.S. Trustee

Clifford White, Director of the Justice Department’s U.S. Trustee Program (USTP), which oversees the administration of bankruptcy cases, retired on March 31, 2022.

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Welcome to the Team


FLMB Welcomes New Law Clerks

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The State of the District 2022

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By:  Hon. Caryl E. Delano, Chief Judge

The title of my column in the April 2021 issue of the Court Connection was “Light at the End of the Tunnel?” As I wrote the column, we were a year out from the beginning of the pandemic, vaccines were becoming widely available, and we were looking forward to a busy year.

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Judge's Corner

Judge's Corner



Retirement And Portrait Ceremony

For Judge Karen S. Jennemann

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By: Jeanne Kraft Herdeker and Chelsea Moore, Law Clerks

On February 4, 2022, the Middle District of Florida Bankruptcy Court, District Court, and Magistrate Judges; Florida State Court Judges; family; and friends, along with the Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association, attorneys, and other distinguished guests, gathered at the George C. Young United States Federal Building and Courthouse for the retirement and portrait ceremony of the Honorable Karen S. Jennemann.

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Judge Vaughan’s Investiture - February 25, 2022

Judge Vaughn Investiture

By: Hon. Caryl E. Delano, Chief Judge

The Honorable Lori V. Vaughan’s formal investiture was held in Tampa on Friday, February 25, 2022, exactly two years after her swearing-in as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Florida.

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Sworn In As Middle District of Florida Bankruptcy Judges


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The Honorable Jason Burgess and the Honorable Tiffany Geyer were recently appointed as the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida’s newest judges.

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Baby Judge School

Baby Judge School, Cherry Blossoms, and COVID

By: Hon. Jacob A. Brown

After my first round of “baby judge” school, which consisted of eight four-hour virtual sessions, I was looking forward to the first in-person session being conducted by the Federal Judicial Center (FJC) for newly minted bankruptcy judges since the start of the pandemic.

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Local Rules

Proposed Amendments to Local Rules


By: Hon. Lori V. Vaughan, Judicial Chair, Local Rules Lawyers’ Advisory Committee

The judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida are considering proposed amendments to the Local Rules. The proposals are now posted for public comment until April 29, 2022. When promulgated by the judges, the amended Local Rules will become effective on July 1, 2022.

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