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Hon. David S. Kennedy

Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge

Current Position

U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Western District of Tennessee
200 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 950
Memphis, TN 38103-2328
USA

Tel: 901-328-3520
Fax: 901-328-3527
Email: david_s_kennedy@tnwb.uscourts.gov

Class: X (1999)Circuit: Sixth

Education

University of Memphis, B.A.
University of Memphis School of Law, J.D.

Professional Career

Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court (1988-)
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, (1980-88)
Private practice and Panel Trustee (1976-80)
Bankruptcy Court Clerk, U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee (1974-75)
General practice of law and served as Bankruptcy Receiver and Trustee (1971-73)
Law Clerk to Hon. Robert M. McRae, U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee (1970-71)

Affiliations

Memphis and Shelby County Bar Association
Tennessee Bar Association
University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Adjunct Professor (1981-)

Publications

"Chapter 13 Under the Bankruptcy Code," 19 MEM. St. U. L. Rev. 137 Winter 1989 Author
"Gambling and the Bankruptcy Discharge: An Historical Exegesis and Case Survey," 11 Bankr. Dev. J. 49 1994-95 Co-author with James E. Bailey, III
"If the United States Bankruptcy Court is Not a 'Court of the United States,' Then What Is It?" 28 Univ. of Memphis Law Review 859 Spring 1998 Co-author with Tisha L. Frederico
"The Trial of Domestic Relations Issues in Bankruptcy Cases," 7 J. Bankr. L. & Prac. 433 Jul/Aug 1998 Co-author with Tisha L. Frederico
"How Fresh Is the Debtor's Fresh Start? Standard of Living Issues for the Post-Petition Debtor," 7 J. Bankr. L. & Prac. 581 Sep/Oct 1998 Co-author with Tisha L. Frederico
"In Search of a Uniform Solution: The Dischargeability of Credit Card Debt in Bankruptcy Cases and Related Issues," 9 J. Bankr. L. & Prac. 111 Jan/Feb 2000 Co-author with Donna T. Snow
"An Historical Analysis of Insolvency Laws and Their Impact on the Role, Power, and Jurisdiction of Today's United States Bankruptcy Court and Its Judicial Officers," 9 J. Bankr. L & Prac.165 Jan/Feb 2000 Co-author with R. Spencer Clift, III
"The Involuntary Bankruptcy Process: A Study of the Relevant Statutory and Procedural Provisions and Related Matters," 31 Univ. of Memphis Law Review 1 Fall 2000 Co-author with James E. Bailey, III & R. Spencer Clift, III
"Reasonable and Necessary Expenses under Section 1325(b) of the Bankruptcy Code, Postconfirmation Considerations, and the Effect of Conversion and Dismissal of Chapter 13 Cases," 32 Univ. of Memphis Law Review 1 Summer 2002 Co-author with R. Spencer Clift, III
"Professionalism in the Legal Profession: The Bankruptcy Attorney as a True Professional," 33 Univ. of Memphis Law Review 1 Fall 2002 Co-author with Shanna F. Veach & R. Spencer Clift, III
"The Mere Filing of the Chapter 7 Trustee's 'No-Asset' Report Does not Constitute an 'Abandonment' of Estate Property under Section 554(a) of the Bankruptcy Code and Fed. R. Bankr. P. 6007," 11 J. Bankr. L. & Prac. 347 (2002) & Bankruptcy Service, Current Awareness Alert, Issue No. 10 Oct 2002
"Compensation in Chapter 13 Cases and Related Matters," 14 J. Bankr. L. & Prac. 1 2004 Co-author with Vanessa A. Lantin & Brent Heilig
"Litigation: Professionalism: Maintaining the Professionalism and Competence of a Lawyer in Bankruptcy Litigation When Compensation Becomes a Problem and Related Matters," 13 J. Bankr. L. & Prac. 21 2004 Co-author with Vanessa A. Lantin
"Professionalism: Dealing with Unprofessional Conduct in Bankruptcy," 36 Univ. of Memphis Law Review 3 Spring 2006 Co-author with Vanessa A. Lantin and Alissa York
"Bankruptcy Appeals: Options for a More Effective and Efficient Structure," 19JBKPLP 2 Art. 3 Author

Awards

Memphis Bar Association, Charles A. Rond Outstanding Jurist Award (1989)