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The Fall 2020 issue of the Cramdown can be found here.

Florida Bar Pro Bono Challenge Starts in February

The Florida Bar hosts an annual pro bono challenge, encouraging the law schools to support pro bono service in the profession. Students who sign up for the challenge are paired with attorneys to complete pro bono projects received from legal aid and other organizations. Each of the twelve law schools earns credit through participation by students and alumni in the challenge. Please consider participating in the challenge! Not only does participation provide critical pro bono services for the community, but it also helps in the formation of law students as they assist you in the pro bono project. You may sign up to take a case beginning February 1 (don’t delay…the challenge ends March 26!). More information is available at

Save the Date!

Chief Judge Delano will present the State of the District on February 25, 2021 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

ABI Paskay Virtual Seminar has been scheduled for March 25-26, 2021

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.