9th Circuit’s Bankruptcy Chief Gets Another Term

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – The 9th Circuit has added another three years to the term of the judge who leads the 9th Circuit’s Bankruptcy Appellate Panel.
     Judge Jim Pappas of Boise, Idaho, was first appointed to the panel in 2005, and has served as its chief judge since 2010.
     The new term with the BAP, which resolves appeals arising out of bankruptcy court decisions in the western states, begins Aug. 28, 2012.
     Pappas, 60, was born in Pocatello, Idaho, and received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Idaho State University in 1974. He graduated from the University of Idaho with his law degree in 1977, serving as editor-in-chief of the Idaho Law Review in his last year.
     After graduating, Pappas joined Green, Service, Gasser & Kerl in Pocatello as an associate. He became partner there and then a bankruptcy judge in 1990.
     Pappas served as the District of Idaho’s chief bankruptcy judge from 1993 to 2004.
     He is one of two judges for the District of Idaho sitting on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Pasadena, Calif.
     Pappas has helped other districts as a visiting bankruptcy judge, participated in the circuit’s workload-equalization project, chaired the 9th Circuit Conference of Chief Bankruptcy Judges, and served on a number of circuit and national committees.
     There were 8,000 new bankruptcy filings in Idaho for fiscal year 2011, the BAP received 1,011 new appeals in fiscal year 2011, up 29 percent from 2010.
     The 9th Circuit was the first to establish a bankruptcy appellate panel. It is part of a division that also includes and federal district and bankruptcy courts in 15 judicial districts serving nine western states and two Pacific Island jurisdictions.
     The BAP handles between 49 and 60 percent of all appeals originating out of bankruptcy courts. Remaining cases fall to District Courts purview.

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