Frank W. Koger Bankruptcy Symposium

The Frank W. Koger Bankruptcy Symposium began in May 2008 as a memoriam to the late Honorable Frank W. Koger.  The Symposium is held annually each spring at the Charles Evans Whittaker Courthouse in Kansas City, Missouri. 

Invitations are sent to the active members of the WDMO bar approximately four weeks prior to the annual event.  Reservations are required.  In the past, three (3) hours of CLE have been approved by the Missouri Bar and the Kansas Bar and there has been no fee to attend.

In addition to an annual presentation by the United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Missouri, Bankruptcy Judges, the following individuals have presented at the Bankruptcy Symposium.

Year Presentation Presentation
2013 Mistake and Misbehavior In Undue Hardship Discharge Litigation
Professor Rafael Pardo
Robert T. Thompson, Professor of Law
Emory, Law
Atlanta, GA
Some Difficult Issues in Consumer Cases, Plus Some UCC
The Honorable William Houstion Brown
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, retired
Western District of Tennessee
2012 This is Not My Beautiful House! Evidence Issues Related to Challenges to Standing
The Honorable Pamela Pepper
Chief Judge United States Bankruptcy Court
Eastern District of Wisconsin
View Part 1 | View Part 2
Consumer Bankruptcy Practice after Lanning, Ransom, and Schwab
Professor Charles J. Tabb
University of Illinois School of Law
View Part 1, View Part 2

A Conversation with the Experts
WDMO Bankruptcy Judges
Trial Attorney, U.S. Trustee’s Office Chapter 13 Trustee
View Part 1 | View Part 2
2011 The Ten Trickiest Ethical Issues of Our Time
Professor Laurie L. Levenson
Loyola Law School
View Part 1 | View Part 2
Means Testing after Lanning and Ransom & Other Fun for Consumer Practitioners
The Honorable Eugene R. Wedoff
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois
View Part 1, View Part 2

View Panel Discussion Question & Answer Dialogue
2010 Multi-media Bankruptcy Ethics Presentation
Nancy B. Rapoport
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Bankruptcy and The Supreme Court
Kenneth N. Klee, Esq.
Professor at the UCLA School of Law Los Angeles, CA
2009 Saving Homes in Bankruptcy
Katherine M. Porter
University of Iowa College of Law
Piercing the Veil of Securitization: Assignee Liability
Professor Steve Nickles
Wake Forest University School of Law
 2008 Bankruptcy Law that is More than Bankruptcy Law
Roles of Equity and State Law
David Epstein
Counsel, Haynes and Boone
Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University
Gaming the Means Test
Professor Margaret Howard
Washington and Lee University School of Law

Biography

Frank W. Koger was appointed as a United States Bankruptcy Judge in 1986. In 1996 he was appointed to the newly formed 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.

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