Sept. 19, 2003

SMU And The Federal Judicial Center Sponsor Seminar For Nation's Bankruptcy Judges

DALLAS (SMU) -- The Federal Judicial Center (FJC) and SMU's Dedman School of Law sponsored an education seminar for more than 40 federal bankruptcy judges Sept. 8 -10.

The FJC is a government agency with responsibility for providing continuing education for federal judges. Most of its seminars are in Washington, D.C.

Both SMU law professors and alumni conducted the seminars, which exposed the judges to a variety of subject matter that they encounter in their cases. SMU Law Professor David Epstein helped organize the seminar.

"The arrival of David Epstein and this conference symbolize the rise of the preeminence of the Dedman School of Law in the field of bankruptcy," said John Attanasio, dean of SMU's Dedman School of Law and the William Hawley Atwell Professor of Constitutional Law. "Not only did the judges learn about a variety of legal issues, but about SMU and what a special group of professors and students are here."

The judges came from around the United States to attend the seminar. In addition to learning about new developments in case law, they were entertained with a reception at the home of SMU Dedman Law Dean John Attanasio and his wife Kathy. They also attended a barbecue co-hosted by the Dallas/Fort Worth Bankruptcy Inn of Court and met with SMU law students for lunch each day.

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Elizabeth Cox Bedell,
      	third-year law student, and Judge Harlin D. Cooter Hale with
      	the Northern District of Texas

Note to Editor: Pictured in the photograph is Elizabeth Cox Bedell, third-year law student, and Judge Harlin D. "Cooter" Hale with the Northern District of Texas.