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Wed, 03/02/2016

Please join us in the bankruptcy courtroom in Spartanburg on Thursday, March 31 beginning at noon for a meet and greet with bankruptcy court personnel including chambers, courtroom and case staff, and the Clerk of Court. Sandwiches will be...

Fri, 08/26/2016

Several years ago, the Administrative Offices of the United States Courts developed a national template for website formatting. The purpose of the national template is for all federal courts to use a similar website design so that the public can...

Wed, 08/24/2016

Judge Burris is pleased to welcome law clerk David Kershaw to her chambers. David is a graduate of South Carolina State University and received his J.D. from the University of South Carolina. He previously served as the law clerk to Judges Amy W...

Thu, 05/05/2016

Recent Updates from the Department of Education As part of the Student Loan Debt Program, Judge Waites and the Student Loan Workshop Committee would like to pass along recent updates from the Department of Education that may be helpful to counsel...

Thu, 05/05/2016

Best Practices – foreclosure and the automatic stay -

The judges recently received correspondence from a state court judicial officer asking our court to encourage counsel for debtors to ensure that a courtesy notice of a bankruptcy...

Tue, 05/10/2016

It is with great sadness that the Judges have learned of the passing of retired bankruptcy attorney John R. Lester. John filed thousands of consumer bankruptcy cases from his Midlands office before “retiring” to the coast, where he also...

Wed, 05/11/2016

Due to construction work taking place in the Charleston courtroom, Judge Waites' hearings scheduled for Thursday, May 12, 2016 will be conducted in Courtroom 5 on the 4th floor of the United States District Court, 85 Broad Street in...

Tue, 05/31/2016

Judge Waites and the staff of the United States Bankruptcy Court would like to thank Sarah Kistler for her service as a career law clerk in Columbia since November 2006. Her last day in chambers will be Friday, June 3, 2016.

Sarah has not...

Thu, 06/02/2016

Judge Waites is pleased to welcome Tara E. Nauful to his Charleston SC chambers as a career law clerk beginning June 27, 2016.

Tara has had more than 20 years of bankruptcy experience and comes to the Court from her position as partner in...

Wed, 06/08/2016

Similar to the Pro se Debtor Assistance program used in his cases, Judge Waites would like to identify attorneys interested in receiving referrals of pro se parties who have the following type of claims/issues in Chapter 13 cases on his docket:...

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