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Tue, 5/24/2005 - 5:00 am

In a continuing effort to improve the usefulness of the Opinions Page, in conjunction with Chambers, Chris Matras and Frank Baker of the Systems Staff are working on a new search capability for the Opinions Page that would allow you to search the body of orders by term (much like Westlaw). Searching within the entire text of the order should enlarge search capabilities that are presently limited to the headnote summary posted on the Web Page. Once implemented it will replace the present headnote system to some degree, which will also eliminate some extra work for chambers.

My present Opinions Page includes over 400 opinions, many of which are originally drafted by chambers. I have been proud of this effort over the years to establish a body of precedent, some of which applies to volume, “routine” matters such as Chapter 13 practice, dischargeability actions and even 362 motions. All of my law clerks, past and present, have spent many extra hours to ensure well written and researched opinions which often reference the orders of the other judges in this district to the extent possible.

I have found in the last few years that many practitioners are better prepared and often cite the most recent, if not all, prior opinions in the district on the subject at issue. This assists me and ensures a more consistent and legally sound determination.

I hope you will continue to find the Opinions Page helpful to your practice.

Mon, 5/23/2005 - 5:00 am

Due to a CM/ECF notification error, the message regarding the meeting with Judge Waites originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 24, 2005 should have been issued on Thursday, May 19, 2005. Due to the delayed issuance of the notice, the meeting has been rescheduled to Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at 12:00 noon. We are extending the deadline to respond until 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2005. Please RSVP to Cheryl at 253-3751. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Thu, 5/19/2005 - 5:00 am

On Tuesday, May 24, 2005, Judge Waites would like to invite interested members of the Bankruptcy Bar to the Court to discuss and receive comments on any topics of interest to the bar. The meeting will be held in the second floor conference room of the Bankruptcy Court at 12:00 noon. You should plan on bringing your own lunch and drink.

Space is limited so please RSVP by calling Cheryl at 253-3751 no later than Monday, May 23 rd at 2:00 p.m.

Tue, 5/10/2005 - 5:00 am

The bankruptcy process is all about a fresh start and new opportunities. Our district is abuzz with the prospects of a fresh start as we implement the new bankruptcy laws and look forward to the appointment of a new Chapter 7 Trustee, Clerk of Court, and a third bankruptcy judge. These appointees will undoubtedly bring a new perspective to our practice.

To that end, I have taken a renewed look at my practices, procedures and schedule and have decided to relax them. We have established as many efficiencies and innovations in our practice as I can think of, and with the upcoming challenges it seems appropriate to reduce, wherever possible, the pressure that is natural in our busy practice.

I hope you will agree with this new approach as we work together toward adapting to the new laws and improving our system as a result. Please provide me with feedback, as well as any suggestions that you may have.