Bankruptcy Law Section

The Bankruptcy Law Section focuses on issues involving bankruptcy law. The section’s executive committee develops projects for its members ranging from legislative proposals to their annual two-day Bankruptcy Forum and associated social events.

Stites & Harbison PLLC
401 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN 37219
Immediate Past Chair
Anderson & Fugate
114 E Market St
Johnson City, TN 37604

Judge Stair to be Honored at Retirement Reception

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee invites the legal community to a reception celebrating 28 years of distinguished service by Bankruptcy Judge Richard Stair Jr. The event will be held Sept. 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Howard H. Baker Jr. U.S. Courthouse. Remarks will begin at 2:30 p.m. RSVP online or call (865) 329-4710 no later than Sept. 15. For information, contact Merilyn Dunn

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Court Upholds Suspension for Lawyer Who Criticized Judge in Email

The Tennessee Supreme Court today upheld a 30-day suspension for Nashville attorney William Caldwell Hancock for his conduct in a bankruptcy case, which included sending an email to the judge calling him “a bully and clown.” In 2011, a BPR hearing panel found that Hancock had violated five Rules of Professional Conduct and suspended his law license. Justice Cornelia A. Clark concurred with the court's decision to uphold the suspension, but wrote in a seperate opinion that the the record contained "substantial ... evidence" that Hancock sent an email disparaging the judge to a third party, which would be a sanctionable offense. Chief Justice Gary R. Wade disagreed with a portion of the Court’s decision, concluding in a separate opinion that Hancock’s misbehavior, although offensive, did not disrupt or interfere with the proceedings in the bankruptcy court because the email was sent more than nine months after the bankruptcy judge issued his ruling. The Administrative Office of the Courts has more.

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