FLMB NEWSLETTER Court Connection - JULY 2023




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Court Connection:


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

For readers who prefer to read the newsletter on paper, it can be viewed and printed in its entirety by downloading a full-text PDF version.

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Judge Delano Reappointed as Chief Bankruptcy Judge

On July 6, 2023, Chief District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan entered an order reappointing Judge Caryl E. Delano as Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Florida for a four-year term beginning October 1, 2023. 

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Congratulations, Chief Judge Delano!


Program and Reception Honoring Judge Williamson

By:  Dana L. Robbins, Esquire

On Thursday, May 25, 2023, the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association hosted a CLE program to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Bankruptcy Judge Michael G. Williamson.

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A Great Day to Become an American

By:  Seth Bowe, Deputy in Charge, Jacksonville Division

On June 15, 2023, the Honorable Jacob A. Brown presided over a Naturalization Ceremony in the Bryan J. Simpson Federal Courthouse in Jacksonville. Judge Brown swore in 46 new citizens hailing from 24 different countries. 

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Bradley M. Saxton, Esq., Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman, P.A.

with special thanks to summer associates Kim Ciarcia (Florida State College of Law, Spring ‘25) and Michael Romano (University of Florida College of Law, Spring ‘25) for assistance with this issue.

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Happy Retirement


What Do You Want to Do When you

Grow Up/Retire?

Compiled by Hon. Catherine Peek McEwen


In June 2023, the Tampa Division bid happy retirement to Susan Miguenes and Jeff Harrison. 

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Bankruptcy Law Book with Gavel

Less Is Not More When Designating the Record on Appeal

By:  Lisa Scotten, Law Clerk to

Hon. Catherine Peek McEwen

Courts acting in their appellate capacity rely on the parties to provide a complete and accurate record of the proceedings below. In the context of a bankruptcy appeal, Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 8009 directs the appellant to file and serve a designation of the record on appeal within a specified time period. The rule also dictates the minimum required contents that must be included in the designation.

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The Privilege Log Problem (No One-Size-Fits-All Solution)

By:  Hon. Catherine Peek McEwen

The Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida does not have a local rule or suggested format for privilege logs. The Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association’s quarterly liaison meetings with the Tampa judges produced a suggestion that we think about adopting one. The issue is not as easy as it may seem and, indeed, has garnered much debate on a national scale.

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Do the right thing

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Clerk’s Message

By: Sheryl L. Loesch

Life is never boring in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Middle District of Florida. I think each member of our Court can attest that something unexpected happens nearly every day. As we face new challenges, our staff remain motivated and adapt however necessary to maintain the integrity and respect of our Court. This is a testament to the high caliber employees we have in the Middle District of Florida.

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Judge Jackson

A Tribute to

Hon. Cynthia C. Jackson

By:  Jeanne Kraft Herdeker and Kristyn Leedekerken

The Middle District of Florida lost a Court family member on April 21, 2023, when the Honorable Cynthia Carson Jackson passed away.

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MDFL Virtual Pro Se Clinic Receives Special Recognition Award

On May 11, 2023, the Middle District of Florida Bankruptcy Pro Se Assistance Clinic received the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee’s Special Recognition Award.

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Judge McEwen’s

Make Me Smile Column

Happenings that made me smile recently and that I share to both spread the smile and inspire others to do like work . . . .

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Judge Delano Celebrates 15 Years on the Bench

On June 23, 2023, Judge Delano’s family, staff, and former law clerks gathered for lunch to celebrate the 15th anniversary of her appointment as a United States Bankruptcy Judge.

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USBC Goes to the Dogs  (and Cats) for Tampa Courthouse Bake-Off

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Bloom Where You're Planted!

By:  Hon. Catherine Peek McEwen

That was the message a group of impressionable middle schoolers heard during a courthouse tour this past school year. In conjunction with the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the George Edgecomb Bar Association, the Tampa Divisions of the District Court and Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida hosted approximately 40 young ladies from Ferrell Middle School.

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ABJA Certified Bankruptcy Assistant and Professional Skills Seminars

October 10-13, 2023 – Lafayette, Louisiana

The Association of Bankruptcy Judicial Assistants (“ABJA”) will present its annual Certified Bankruptcy Assistant Seminar and Exam on October 10-11, and annual Professional Skills Seminar on October 12-13, at the John M. Shaw United States Courthouse in Lafayette, Louisiana. Legal assistants, paralegals, and other support staff in the bankruptcy field are welcome to attend.

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Wes Beaubian, IT Support Technician


Acel Maser, IT Support Technician, Jacksonville


Kim McFarland, Case Manager, Jacksonville


Click here to read more about the newest members of our Court family.