Bankruptcy Highlights

Roser Excellence in Bankruptcy Award

The Missouri Bar’s Commercial Law Committee, to honor the memory of Michael R. Roser, has established an annual award to be presented at the annual meeting of the Missouri Bar.  The Michael R. Roser Excellence in Bankruptcy Award will be presented to an individual who manifests the highest standard of excellence in bankruptcy practice, who has contributed distinctively to the development and appreciation of bankruptcy law, and/or who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of bankruptcy administration or practice.

A special subcommittee has been formed to accept nominations.  If you desire to nominate an individual, send information no later than August 1, 2011:

by e-mail to:

or by mail to:
Michael R. Roser Excellence in Bankruptcy Award
c/o Honorable Kathy A. Surratt-States
111 S. Tenth Street
7th Floor North
St. Louis, MO 63102

In your nomination of a candidate, please address specifically his/her activities in the areas of bankruptcy practice, other law practice, bar activities, as well as any other factors or characteristics that you believe the committee should consider in selecting the recipient of the award.

General Order Amending Local Rule 1017-1

The Western District of Missouri Bankruptcy Court adopted a General Order amending Local Rule 1017-1 related to reinstatement and reopening of dismissed cases.  The order was entered on June 8, 2011 and is effective for ALL Motions to Vacate an Order of Dismissal and to Reinstate or Reopen a Case filed on or after July 1, 2011.  The amendment requires that the debtor(s) seeking reinstatement or reopening after dismissal must waive their right to object on the grounds of timeliness to complaints, motions and proofs of claim filed pursuant to Fed. R. Bankr. P. 4004(a), 4004(c), 1017(e) and 3002(c) if the filing deadline expired on or after the date the case was dismissed or if less than 30 days remains until such deadline.  In addition, two new local forms that incorporate this waiver language have been created and are posted for use.

The General Order amending the Local Rule can be found at: (all inclusive) (redline format)

The two new local forms that are to be used when filing a Motion to Vacate Dismissal and Reinstate Case or a Motion to Vacate Dismissal and Reopen Case can be found at:

If you have any questions, please contact Roberta Kostrow at or via phone at (816) 512-1818.

Date Changes for Jefferson City July Docket

The Hearing date for July 2011 for the Jefferson City division has been moved to Tuesday, July 19.  

UMKC and the American Bankruptcy Institute once again team up for a day-long program featuring 12 bankruptcy judges from the region joining top national and regional speakers on current developments. A mix of panels and debates makes for lively treatment of the latest issues. The luncheon program features Prof. William Black of the UMKC School of Law and Economics speaking on the fallout from the mortgage foreclosure scandal. The program format permits you to customize your experience by attending a business-oriented or consumer-oriented track. The Muehlebach Tower at 1213 Wyandotte is the regal setting for this year’s program, offering unparalleled comfort, convenience and atmosphere.

Consumer attorneys will enjoy discounted registration rates when registering for the Midwestern Consumer Forum—a conference within a conference—with coursework dedicated to today’s consumer practice.

31st Annual Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute & Midwestern Consumer Forum
View the Agenda | Register
Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Muelebach Tower

For more information, contact the UMKC CLE Office at (816) 235-1648

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