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2015-2016 COMMITTEES

The TBBBA has eight committees  and one special committee which provide valuable services to the membership.  The TBBBA encourages all of its members to become active in the committee of his or her choice.  If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact the chair of the committee listed below.

CLE Programs: Kathleen DiSanto and Jake Blanchard

The CLE Committee is responsible for planning and presenting continuing legal education programs throughout the year for the benefit of our members. We strive to present topical programs that are of interest to the membership and that provide an opportunity to earn CLE credit, particularly ethics credit. In addition, the CLE Committee presents seminars, coordinates the annual holiday party and works with the Board on the annual dinner. There are many opportunities for members to participate in this committee, including developing program ideas, acting as a chair or co-chair for a particular program, participating in a program as a speaker or panel member and even working behind the scenes to support one or more programs. Members who are interested in participating in this committee may contact Kathleen DiSanto or Jake Blanchard

Consumer Workshops: Brad deBeaubien

The TBBBA Consumer Workshops are usually presented on the first Tuesday of every month from September through May (excluding December) on the 5th Floor of the Federal Courthouse.  Topics focus on issues affecting consumer debtor and creditor attorneys and are presented by bankruptcy judges and practitioners.  Pizza and drinks are provided by the Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association.  Anyone is welcome.  There is no cost to attend or requirement to RSVP, and no CLE is given for the workshop.  The schedule of topics and speakers for the 2013-2014 schedule will be posted on the TBBBA website in late summer.

C.A.R.E. Special Committee:  Barbara Hart

Community Service:  Timothy Sierra and Barbara Hart

Cramdown: Megan Murray  and Noel. R. Boeke

The Cramdown is a Quarterly publication designed to be informative and useful for the TBBBA Membership.  It is intended to be a fusion of scholarly articles, fun facts, pictures and announcements.  Articles are solicited from volunteers including Judges and Lawyers and the Clerk’s Office and United States Trustee’s Office.  The Cramdown seeks to be self-supporting through paid advertising.  You may contact Lori Vaughan.

Membership: Patrick Mosley

Please view our membership tab for details regarding how to become a member of the TBBBA.

Judicial Liaison:  Denise Barnett

The Judicial Liaison Committee of the TBBBA meets throughout the year to discuss issues affecting the quality and improvement of bankruptcy case administration.  The meetings are attended by the Tampa bankruptcy judges, various members of the bankruptcy bar, and representatives from the Clerk’s office, the Office of the United States Trustee, and the TBBBA.

Technology and Communications: Steven R. Wirth

The Technology and Communications Committee maintains the TBBBA’s website,, and strives to ensure that TBBBA members are regularly informed of upcoming events and news regarding the bankruptcy courts through both the website and the regular sending of emails to the membership.  The webmaster for the website is Tracey Eller and she can be reached by clicking the link on the right side of the website or  You can reach Steven at