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Judge Vaughan’s Investiture has been postponed.  New date tba.

USTP Informational Notice on Emergency Rental Assistance Programs
Information on where debtors can potentially get rental assistance

The 13th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee & the HCBA’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Present the 2nd Annual MILES FOR JUSTICE
October 24th – 30th, 2021

The TBBBA is proud to support a team for the Miles for Justice benefitting Bay Area Legal Services. Miles for Justice is a virtual fundraiser where you record how far you walk/bike/run during the week of October 24 through October 30. The farther you go, the more money is donated.

We encourage you to join our “team”. To register, please use this link.

More information can be found here.


The Summer 2021 issue of the Cramdown can be found here

SBA’s FAQs updated 4-6-21 say (at FAQ 67) that debtors operating a business under a confirmed ch. 11, 12, or 13 plan are not disqualified from seeking a PPP loan. Learn more here

The US Trustee has provided an  “information and instruction sheet” regarding telephonic meetings of creditors. The dial-in number and participant code for the telephone conference line will appear on the notice of meeting of creditors. Please find the instruction and information sheet here
Memorandum from Jon Waage Chapter 13 Trustee regarding Chapter 13 cases pending in the Fort Myers Division and Tampa

United States Trustee, Region 21, Tampa

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Administrative Order, re Adoption of Interim Bankruptcy Rules. Click here to read

Administrative Order S-2020-010 (Professionalism Committee), which supersedes Administrative Order S-2019-003. Click here to read the order.

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Military Veterans Affairs Committee assists Tampa Bay’s military and veterans in legal matters.  Lawyers can sign up to do pro bono or reduced fee cases for vets. The committee is in need of bankruptcy attorneys.

Handbook on Civil Discovery Practice

The Judges of the Middle District of Florida have revised the Handbook on Civil Discovery Practice.  Attached for your review is a copy of the now operative Civil Discovery Handbook.  The Civil Discovery Handbook is also available for download on the Court’s website, located at Download the file 

What is the TBBBA?

The Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association has over 300 members representing debtors, creditors and trustees in bankruptcy.  All attorneys who practice in the Middle District of Florida are invited to join.

The Association sponsors monthly luncheons with speakers and frequent seminars which qualify for Florida Bar continuing legal education credit.  In addition, there are monthly informal consumer attorney meetings to discuss practice pointers, often with the participation of one or more of the local bankruptcy judges.

A goal of the Association is to provide its members with information necessary to the bankruptcy practice in the Tampa Division.  In addition to the Cramdown, a quarterly publication, periodic e-mail messages keep the membership informed of current bankruptcy issues.

Members are actively involved in a range of projects.  One project is designed to assist debtors that cannot afford attorney representation.  Another is working with the judiciary and the clerk’s office to promote communication and meet the needs of all parties in the bankruptcy system.

Working together, Association members have developed a camaraderie among bankruptcy practitioners in this division that is noteworthy.  Please join us in this endeavor and let us have your thoughts and ideas.