FLMB NEWSLETTER Court Connection - OCTOBER 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: Amy Leitch, Esquire, President

The Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Association is in full swing!

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TBBBA Improves Its Communication of Pro Bono Opportunities

By: Barbara Hart, TBBBA President

The TBBBA is committed to improving assistance to pro se parties and to finding pro bono support for individuals that are in need of substantial bankruptcy legal assistance.

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Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association, Inc.

We had a very busy year with our monthly CLE luncheons, monthly CLE Brown Bag Lunch Series Hearing & Trial Practice, and our 28th Annual Seminar.

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Association of Bankruptcy Judicial Assistants CBA Program and Professional Skills Seminar Held in Orlando

By: Laura Stevenson, Judicial Assistant to Hon. Caryl E. Delano, Chief Judge

The Association of Bankruptcy Judicial Assistants (ABJA) held its annual Certified Bankruptcy Assistant Program (CBA) at Orlando’s Rosen Centre Hotel on October 11 and 12, 2022.

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Twins in StyleTwins in Style

Hon. Caryl E. Delano, Chief Judge and Laura Stevenson, Judicial Assistant

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Welcome to the Team


Troy Lawrence – New Law Clerk to Judge Vaughan

My name is Troy, and I am Judge Vaughan’s new term law clerk. I was born and raised in Gorham, Maine, and graduated from the University of Maine (Go Black Bears!).

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

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Goings On in the Middle District and Beyond

By:  Hon. Caryl E. Delano, Chief Judge

Annual Conference of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. 

On October 18 – 22, 2022, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ) hosted its 96th Annual Conference at the Orlando World Center Marriott. The NCBJ is one of the largest gatherings of insolvency professionals and bankruptcy judges in the nation.

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Judge's Corner

Judge's Corner


Judge Williamson

Judge Williamson Receives Norton Judicial Excellence Award
By: Hon. Caryl E. Delano, Chief Judge

On October 21, 2022, at a luncheon hosted by the American Bankruptcy Institute in connection with the Orlando NCBJ Annual Conference, ABI President Judge Keven Carey (ret. Delaware) named Judge Michael G. Williamson as the recipient of the 2022 Judge William L. Norton, Jr. Judicial Excellence Award.

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Judge McEwen Swears In
Three New Members of the Florida Bar

By: Ed Comey, Law Clerk to Judge Williamson

Well, it’s that time of the year again! With the results of the July bar exam in, law students who passed are eager to be sworn in as new members of The Florida Bar.

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Judge Brown Investiture

Investiture of the Honorable Jacob A. Brown September 23, 2022

By: Hon. Caryl E. Delano, Chief Judge

On November 4, 2021, The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals appointed Bankruptcy Judge Jacob A. (“Jay”) Brown to the Jacksonville Division of the Middle District of Florida.

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District Virtual Pro Se Clinic

The District-Wide Pro Se Virtual Clinic is Live!!!

By: Hon. Jacob A. Brown

On September 1, 2022, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida began issuing notices to unrepresented debtors in new bankruptcy cases. These notices, modeled after those issued in the Northern District of Florida, provide unrepresented debtors with the pro bono resources available in the division in which they file.

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Hurricane Ian Relief for Members of the Legal Community

The lawyers and judges of the Middle District of Florida, through the Middle District Bench Bar Fund, have made a grant to the Southwest Florida Federal Court Bar Association to provide assistance to those in the legal community affected by Hurricane Ian.

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Happy Retirement

Court Bids Farewell to Faithful Employees

By: Kathryn M. Sullivan, Human Resources Administrator

Since July of this year, nine Court employees have retired. Although we miss them daily, they assure us they are enjoying retirement and living their best lives! Here is just a little bit about each of these extraordinary individuals:

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