In order to enable further consideration by all Judges of a district- wide conduit procedure, Judge Waites has delayed until September 1, 2016 implementation of the procedure in his cases (as described here on June 17, 2016). The Court will continue to provide further updates to the Bar on the conduit procedure and any Bar meetings related thereto.
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Kate Laffitte will soon leave her position as law clerk to Judge Burris to join the Commercial Real Estate team at Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greenville. We certainly hate to see Kate go, but congratulate her on this exciting next step in her career. Kate’s departure creates an opening in the Spartanburg chambers for a term law clerk. The vacancy announcement can be viewed here.
Debtor's counsel filing bankruptcy cases in Aiken, Barnwell, Chester, Edgefield, and Lancaster counties should make a hearing location election for cases filed on or after June 27, 2016, and assigned to Judge Burris. This election allows debtor's counsel to choose the hearing location (Spartanburg or Columbia) for all hearings to be held in that case, excluding the 11 U.S.C. § 341 meeting (to conclusion, all chapters) and the INITIAL confirmation hearing in Chapter 13 cases. Thank you to all attorneys that have promptly made the election upon filing. Please note that if no election has been made by debtor's counsel at the time any motion is filed, movants may schedule the hearing at the location of movant's choice (Columbia or Spartanburg).
More information concerning this election and the location of hearings can be found in Judge Burris' chamber guidelines.