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Tue, 5/27/2003 - 5:00 am

This is Doug Wedge's last week at the Bankruptcy Court as Judge Waites' law clerk. He will begin his private practice with the Moore & Van Allen law firm in Charleston on or about July 1, 2003. Doug has done an outstanding job, and we will miss him. We wish him well.

Judge Waites' new law clerk is Tammi Hellwig. Tammi returned to South Carolina in 2002 and has previously served as law clerk for bankruptcy judges in the Middle District of North Carolina, the Southern District of New York, and the District of Maryland. Tammi was also an associate with the Womble Carlyle law firm in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is married to Brant Hellwig, an Assistant Professor at USC School of Law. We welcome Tammi and know she will do a great job.

Thu, 5/22/2003 - 5:00 am

The Court continues to face a record volume of cases and, in recent months, Judge Waites has issued a number of orders that provide direction regarding case administration procedures. The following cases are, or will be, listed in more detail on the opinions page of the Court's Web Page:

In re Donaldson: Discusses duties of debtor's counsel when debtor seeks to reaffirm a debt pro se.

In re Ray: Discusses the filing of a Chapter 7 case within a prejudice period and later seeking to convert the case to Chapter 13.

In re Henry: Denies voluntary amendment to bankruptcy petition to add a joint debtor retroactive to date of petition.

In re Mathis: Discusses attorneys' regular failure to appear at scheduled hearings or to timely submit settlement orders or withdrawals.

In re Moore: Discusses the filing of a case while another is pending to circumvent Section 109(g) and the Court's Operating Order 02-01 addressing serial filings.

In re Gailey: Discusses motions or orders to reinstate the stay in contravention of Local Rule 4001-1(L).

In re Knox: Finding no statutory requirement of default on loan before granting relief from stay in a no asset Chapter 7 case.

In re Johnson: Discusses duty of representation of counsel who files case for debtor under Local Rule 9010-1(d).

In re Griffin: Discusses repeated failures to comply with Local Official Form 4003-1(a) to avoid judicial liens.

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