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.
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.
Consumer Workshops: Christie Arkovich
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.
Community Service: Ryan Yant
Cramdown: Ryan Reinert
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.
Membership: Dan Fogarty
The Membership Committee is responsible for monitoring the TBBBA membership levels, updating lapsed memberships, ordering TBBBA badges for new members, coordinating the nomination and election of the new slate of TBBBA Officers and Board members and generally promoting membership benefits for the TBBBA. 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: John Landkammer
The Technology and Communications Committee maintains the TBBBA’s website, TBBBA.com, 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 TBBBA.com website is Tracey Eller and she can be reached by clicking the link on the right side of the website or email@example.com.
Historian: Dan Etlinger
The Historian is responsible for documenting TBBBA events, taking pictures and coordinating happy hours for the membership. In short, the historian is responsible for the fun and camaraderie of the TBBBA.