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Read how you can help. 5/8/2020, The TBBBA supports the Bankruptcy Venue Reform Act of 2019 (H.R. 4421, the “Act”), and we need your help to make it become reality. Read how you can help.. Read the letter from the judges.
4/23/2020, Administrative Order 2020-6, Adoption of Interim Bankruptcy Rule 1020 for service

We are sure it comes as no surprise to you at this point, but the TBBBA has made the difficult decision to cancel its remaining events for the 2019-2020 year and to postpone its Annual Dinner to August 20, 2020.  The decision was not made lightly, and was made with the health and safety of our members and community in mind.  We look forward to the Annual Dinner each year, so we share in your disappointment in this change of plans.  Thank you all for your understanding and tireless support of the TBBBA, and thank you for everything you are doing in our community during this difficult time.  We are excited to see you in August.

Thanks, Kathleen

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

Press_Release, Judge_Vaughan_Appointment_March_2020

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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.

Fall 2019 Edition of CRAMDOWN

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McClurg Award

Congratulations to Russ Blain, debut recipient of Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association’s highest honor, the McClurg Award. The McClurg recognizes those attorneys who have demonstrated a lifetime of outstanding effectiveness in the presentation of matters to the Bankruptcy Court; a reputation for thorough preparation; civility and courtesy to opposing counsel; appropriate courtroom demeanor; ethical conduct and professionalism at the highest level; and long-term service to the bankruptcy bar.

Pro Bono Opportunities

The Tampa Bay Bar Association Pro Bono Clinic is currently closed due to COVID-19.    The clinic is normally open Monday and Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.. If you are in need of pro bono assistance, you can walk in.

Should anyone have a question, please feel free to contact John Landkammer at Thank You!

Florida Pro Bono Matters
Finding just the right pro bono case is now a snap – or at least just a couple of clicks – thanks to a new interactive website funded by The Florida Bar Foundation. Search through available pro bono matters by filtering for subject matter and locale. When you find the right opportunity, fill in your information and submit. The posting organization will then contact you with more information. It’s really that simple.

CARE Opportunities 

With the new school year now underway, we are actively seeking opportunities to present our new CARE materials here in the Tampa Bay area.  If you know of a school or other group who would be a good audience for the CARE message, please let Brad deBeaubien know and he will be glad to reach out to set up a presentation.


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.