2018 Banquet Honored Judge Mary F. Walrath

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Recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for Lifetime Achievement

Judge Mary F. Walrath is a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Delaware. She was appointed in 1998, and served as Chief Bankruptcy Judge from 2003 to 2008. Judge Walrath graduated from Princeton University in 1976 and earned her J.D., cum laude, from Villanova University in 1979. After clerking for the Honorable Emil F. Goldhaber, Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the E.D.Pa., Judge Walrath spent the majority of her seventeen-year legal career as an attorney at the Philadelphia law firm of Clark Ladner Fortenbaugh & Young, concentrating in the areas of debtor/creditor rights and commercial litigation.

Judge Walrath is a founding member and co-president of the Delaware Bankruptcy American Inn of Court, a member of the Delaware Chapter of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. She also edits the Rutter Group Bankruptcy Practice Guide.

Judge Walrath is active in the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges serving in the past on the NCBJ Board of Governors, as Chair of the Education Committee, and as Secretary, President-Elect, and as President and Immediate Past-President. She has also served as an associate editor and Business Manager of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal. Judge Walrath testified before the House Judiciary Committee on H.R. 1667, the Financial Institution Bankruptcy Act of 2017.

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