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Faculty Bios - Wyoming

Hon. Kevin R. Anderson

Appointed U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, District of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT in 2015. Previously he was a Standing Chapter 13 Trustee for the District of Utah from 1998-2015. Judge Anderson is a frequent speaker and writer on Chapter 13 issues, including for The Norton Bankruptcy Law Advisor, and he has served on a number of national committees regarding Chapter 13 legislation, rules, forms, and policy. He has served as President for the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees (NACTT). Prior to his appointment as Chapter 13 trustee, Mr. Anderson practiced for thirteen years in the area of commercial litigation with an emphasis in civil fraud, real property, and representing Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustees. Mr. Anderson clerked for the Honorable David N. Naugle, Central District of California.

Hon. Leif M. Clark (retired)

Former U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Western District of Texas and now mediator. Judge Clark is a 1980 honors graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, where he also served as an editor on the Houston Law Review. He was appointed to the bankruptcy bench by the Fifth Circuit in 1987. Before becoming a judge, he was a partner with Cox & Smith in San Antonio, Texas – concentrating on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights and representing institutional lenders, committees, and debtors during the explosion of bankruptcy cases in Texas in the early and mid-1980s. Prior to attending law school, the Judge received a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and served the American Lutheran Church in specialized ministries. He is a frequent speaker at bankruptcy seminars and annually teaches American constitutional law and a bankruptcy review course to foreign students in Salzburg, Austria, as part of the International Law program of McGeorge School of Law.

Susan M. Freeman

Susan is a partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, in the Phoenix Arizona office. Mt. Holyoke College (B.A. with distinction 1972); New York University (Root Tilden Scholar J.D. 1975). Author of numerous articles on bankruptcy law and a frequent speaker on bankruptcy. Fellow, Secretary, and former Director and Vice President, American College of Bankruptcy. Vice-Chair and former Chair of multiple subcommittees, ABA Business Bankruptcy Committee. Certified specialist, Bankruptcy Law, Arizona Board of Legal Specialization. Also practices in appeals, is the President-Elect of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and argued a bankruptcy appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Contributing Editor and Author of Ethical Responsibilities chapter, Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice, 2d and 3d Eds. (1994-2008). Faculty and Board of Advisers: Norton Bankruptcy Litigation Institutes and Norton Bankruptcy Law Institutes across the country since 1987.

Eugene J. Geekie, Jr.

A partner at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP, Chicago, Illinois, where he concentrates in creditors’ rights and general commercial litigation, bankruptcy litigation, and real estate/foreclosure litigation, representing asset-based lenders and banks in the enforcement of security agreements and guarantees. He also has represented lenders and borrowers in loan workouts and business reorganizations, with extensive experience in successfully defending lenders and other creditors in bankruptcy litigation, as well as representing commodity option organizations on restructuring and insolvency issues. Mr. Geekie is a frequent lecturer and author on a variety of bankruptcy topics. He received his law degree from St. Louis University School of Law (cum laude, 1986), where he was Editor of the Saint Louis University Law Journal. He is admitted to practice in Illinois, New York and Missouri, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court, and numerous U.S. Courts of Appeal and District Courts.

Hon. Randolph J. Haines (retired)

Former U. S. Bankruptcy Judge, District of Arizona, 2000 to 2014. Partner and associate at Lewis and Roca, Phoenix, Arizona, 1978-2000. J.D., Stanford Law School, Order of the Coif and Articles Editor of Stanford Law Review, 1978. Ph.D. philosophy, Yale University, 1975. B.A. with honors, University of Wisconsin, 1970. Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy. Editor in Chief, American Bankruptcy Law Journal, 2007 to present; Adjunct Faculty, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law; Contributing Editor, Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice 3d (Thomson-West). Managing Editor, Norton Bankruptcy Law Adviser. Faculty and Board of Advisers: Western Mountains Bankruptcy Law Institute and Norton Bankruptcy Litigation Institutes I & II.

Hon. Keith M. Lundin (retired)

(J.D., 1976, Vanderbilt). Former U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee (1982 to 2016). He served a term on the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Sixth Circuit. Judge Lundin also served as Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt and Emory Law Schools and as Visiting Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law. He is Managing Editor for Norton Bankruptcy Law Adviser and the author of Lundin on Chapter 13, available at LundinOnChapter13.com (Bankruptcy Press). In October 2002, he received the Award for Educational Excellence from the Educational Endowment of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges.

William L. Norton, III

Member of the law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, 1600 Division St., Suite 700, Nashville, Tennessee, 37203 (615-252-2397). Mr. Norton graduated from Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1975; J.D., 1982). He practices in the commercial finance area and focuses primarily in creditor’s rights and insolvency law and is the firm’s leader of the Bankruptcy Practice Group. Mr. Norton is Certified as a Business Bankruptcy Specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization; he is a Fellow with the American College of Bankruptcy; he teaches bankruptcy law as an Adjunct Professor in Bankruptcy Law at Vanderbilt University School of Law; and is the Managing Editor for Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice 3d (Thomson-Reuters) and Co-Author of the Creditor’s Rights Handbook (Thomson-Reuters 2008). He serves as Institute Manager for Norton Institutes on Bankruptcy Law. Mr. Norton is Past President of the American Board of Certification; a Past President and current Board member of the Tennessee Turnaround Management Association; a Past President of the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute; a Past First Vice President of the Nashville Bar Association and is the current President and Board Chair of the Nashville Conflict Resolution Center. He is a approved Rule 31 mediator by the Tennessee Supreme Court and member of the AAA Commercial Arbitration Panel.

Ronda J. Winnecour

Chapter 13 Standing Trustee for the Western District of Pennsylvania since 1999. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University School of Law, she has practiced law since 1979. Ronda is a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, Chair of its Due Process Committee, and is also a member of its Peer Review, Legislative and Mortgage committees. She is also a faculty member of the Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Practice Institute. Ronda has served two terms as Chair of the Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association; she is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Board of the Women’s Bar of Western Pennsylvania, and a member of the Women in the Law Committee, the Bankruptcy Rules Committee and the Erie Bar Association. In the past she chaired the Gender Bias Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association and the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Women’s Bar. Since becoming Trustee she has participated in or chaired over 100 programs on Chapter 13 and bankruptcy, including chairing the Eighteenth Annual Western District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Symposium in December of 2005. Prior to her tenure as Trustee, Ronda was the Allegheny County Juvenile Court Master. In her judicial capacity she adjudicated over 10,000 delinquency cases, evaluated treatment and placement options and remained an active community liaison for the Court. Before being appointed Master, Ronda spent ten years as an Assistant District Attorney for Allegheny County. As a trial assistant she prosecuted murders, sex offenses, narcotics and white collar crimes. She received recognition for her work involving sexual predators; particularly child molesters. She also initiated the role of the full time prosecutor for juvenile cases and directed the juvenile prosecutions department before taking the bench. She has prosecuted over 6,000 cases including over 100 jury trials to verdict.