History

By Hon. Robert Jacobvitz, District of New Mexico

The NCBJ’s Formation

Although 2016 marks the 90th anniversary of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (“NCBJ”), formerly known as the National Association of Referees in Bankruptcy (“NARB”), NARB’s formation in 1926 was…
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The World War II Years

On December 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii. The Japanese destroyed nearly 20 American naval vessels, including 8…
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Referees’ Salary Act of 1946

One of the goals of the Bankruptcy Act of 1898 was to prevent excessive fees and expenses, which had been a major complaint against previous bankruptcy laws. Under the 1898…
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NARB Changes its Name

At its 1965 annual meeting, NARB revised its constitution and changed its name to the National Conference of Referees in Bankruptcy (“NCRB”) “as being more appropriate to its membership and…
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1980s − Marathon and its Aftermath

The span from 1980 to 1990 was a tumultuous time for the bankruptcy system in the United States and for bankruptcy judges. In 1978 Congress enacted the Bankruptcy Reform Act…
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