U.S. Courts – Western district of Missouri
1st Annual Frank W. Koger Bankruptcy Symposium
Friday, May 16, 2008
Frank W. Koger was appointed as a United States Bankruptcy Judge in 1986. In 1996 he was appointed to the newlyformed Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Eighth Circuit, and served as its first Chief Judge until his death. While serving as a Bankruptcy Judge he was elected President of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges in 1996, and served six years on the Bankruptcy Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States. As a Bankruptcy Judge, he published 321 opinions, and wrote or participated in another 31 as a Bankruptcy Appellate Judge. His opinions are scholarly, and sometimes humorous, but always reflective of the practical approach he brought to each and every matter that came before him.
His accomplishments as a bankruptcy judge were not surprising to those who had watched his career. He had been first in his class, and an editor of the Law Review, at the Kansas City University School of Law, graduating in 1953. After three years in the Air Force as a Staff Judge Advocate, he returned to Kansas City in 1956, where he practiced law for the next thirty years in the firm eventually known as Shockley, Reid & Koger. During that time, he was elected President of the Commercial Law League of America, taught at several law schools and for the American Institute of Banking, and served as a long-term member of the Board of Directors of St. Luke's Hospital, among many other civic commitments.
Frank Koger's life cannot and should not be remembered only for his contributions and service to the law. Just as remarkable was his strong commitment to his wife, Jeanine, to their daughters, Missy and Courtney, and to their granddaughter, Tory.
The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri is honored that members of his family are with us to help inaugurate the Frank W. Koger Bankruptcy Symposium.