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Seventh Circuit Annual Meeting
The Seventh Circuit Bar Association and the Seventh Circuit Federal Judiciary will be convening their annual meeting at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee on May 3-5, 2015.
This meeting is held pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Section 333, which instructs that it should be conducted “for the purpose of considering the business of the courts and advising means of improving the administration of justice”. The conference is open to all, and you are invited to come. You can find information about the conference at the Seventh Circuit Bar Association’s website, http://www.7thcircuitbar.org.
Michael Halfenger, President
Seventh Circuit Bar Association
New CM/ECF Transcript Events Regarding Fed. R. Bankr. P. 8009(b)
Rule 8009(b), effective December 1, 2014, defines the responsibility of the appellant and the appellee to document whether each has ordered a transcript as part of the record for an appeal. Both appellant and appellee must file the appropriate event, listed below, after each has filed the Designation of Record and Statement of Issues on Appeal.
For filing questions, please contact the Clerk's Office CM/ECF Help Desk (414-290-2700).
Susan V. Kelley Named Chief Bankruptcy Judge
Effective Monday, December 8, 2014, Judge Susan V. Kelley will be the new Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
New Rules, Forms, and Fees - Effective December 1, 2014
Please click HERE for an overview of the changes to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, Official Forms, and Miscellaneous Fee Schedule, effective December 1, 2014. For more information regarding these changes, please visit www.uscourts.gov.
Bankruptcy Opinions Posted on FDsys
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin is pleased to announce that beginning May 1, 2014, in addition to posting our Judges’ written opinions on the Court’s website (http:www.wieb.uscourts.gov/opinions), we will now be posting these opinions on the Government Printing Office’s (GPO) website through the Federal Digital System (FDsys), the link to which is set out below. FDsys provides free online access to federal court opinions that are pulled nightly from the courts' CM/ECF files. Collections on FDsys are divided into appellate, district or bankruptcy court opinions and are text-searchable across courts.
Fee Increases Effective June 1, 2014
On March 11, 2014, the Judicial Conference of the United States approved changes to the Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule which will increase fees as follows effective June 1, 2014:
Notice of Fee Cap for Petition Preparers, Effective January 1, 2012
Effective January 1, 2012, the presumptively reasonable fee that a bankruptcy petition preparer in the Eastern District of Wisconsin is allowed to charge or collect will be capped at $75 per case. The $75 fee includes all services provided by a non-attorney for assisting a debtor in preparing the petition, schedules, statements, applications and other required documents for a bankruptcy case.
Mandatory Electronic Filing
Pursuant to Local Rule 5005, “Electronic filing is mandatory for all attorneys who file in this district except in limited emergency circumstances or where the attorney has received a waiver from the mandatory requirement from the Chief Judge of the Bankruptcy Court. If an attorney encounters emergency circumstances that require the attorney to file documents in paper form, the paper filing shall be accompanied by a letter briefly discussing the emergency circumstances that prevented electronic filing.” For additional information on how to become a registered electronic filer, please refer to the “Training” link under the above entitled section “Information for Attorneys.”
Pro Se Help Desk
Milwaukee-Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., U.S. Courthouse, Room 153.
We need volunteer attorneys for the Pro Se Help Desk and attorneys who may be willing to accept referrals of Chapter 13 debtors. If you are an attorney, and you wish to volunteer or add your name to the referral list, please contact the Clerk's Office at (414) 297-3291.
The bankruptcy section of the Milwaukee Bar Association, with the assistance and support of the State Bar of Wisconsin, provides a Pro Se Bankruptcy Help Desk at the United States Bankruptcy Court in Milwaukee. The Pro Se Help Desk is funded by the State Bar of Wisconsin, the American College of Bankruptcy and the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation. The service is provided on a first come, first served basis. Due to increased volume, it is possible that if you do not come early you may not be seen. There will be a sign-in form and each person will be called in turn.
The service is available to chapter 7 debtors (or people considering filing chapter 7 bankruptcy) who wish to proceed pro se (i.e., do not have a lawyer to represent them in a bankruptcy case).
The service provides assistance with completing the required bankruptcy paperwork.
Online CM-ECF Registration
To enhance the registration process for new electronic filers, the Bankruptcy Clerk's Office has added an online submission process. To register for an electronic filing account on this Court’s Electronic Case Filing System (CM-ECF), please click here.