Position: Operations Specialist
Court: United States Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Florida
How long have you been with the Federal Judiciary?
January 31, 2019 will be 19 years
How long have you been a member of the NCBC, and how do you get involved?
I have been a member of NCBC since I started with the court in January of 2000. I felt it was a great opportunity for bankruptcy clerks to learn about to their jobs, gain valuable information about other bankruptcy courts, attend educational conferences, learn about federal benefits that are offered to all court employees.
NCBC created a new program in 2009 calling for bankruptcy clerks to volunteer as Circuit Liaisons and Local Representatives to represent all the bankruptcy courts. Circuit Liaisons help Local Representatives by answering their questions, providing support, and assisting with materials to promote memberships. Local Representatives provide information and serve as a local point of contact for all NCBC matters. When this program started, I quickly volunteered to become our courts NCBC Local Representative where I still serve in this position.
Recently, I volunteered to be a scribe at the 2018 NCBC Conference in New York for the Peer-to-Peer: CA-Legal Advice/Procedures/Pro Se session. Personally, I found that experience to be beneficial to me because it allowed me to focus on what was being said by all attendees and I learned what other courts were doing for pro se debtors and procedures. I found that taking notes and having to transcribe them benefited me and others who read my notes. I strongly recommend others volunteer to be a scribe at future conferences.
What has been your favorite NCBC Conference experience?
Since New York City was my first NCBC Conference, I would have to say this is my favorite. I enjoyed seeing the sites and meeting other conference attendees. I made new friends and found out how other courts perform case administration duties. The breakout sessions, peer to peer, info-sharing, entertainment, and the plenary speakers were educational and top notch.
How would you like to be more involved with the NCBC in the future?
I would like to continue as the Local Representative for our court. In 2020, I am considering joining the Impact Editorial Committee. I will always treasure this experience and look forward to future conferences.