*Article contributed by Dana
McWay, Clerk of Court, U.S.
Bankruptcy Court for the
Eastern District of Missouri
adjectives were common
themes presented at
an event on April 7, 2017 celebrating thirty years
on the bench of Judge Barry S. Schermer of the U.S.
Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
Held at Judge Schermerís alma mater, Washington
University School of Law, and co-sponsored by the
American College of Bankruptcy, the event also
recognized Judge Schermerís over twenty-five years of
service to the Law School as an Adjunct Professor.
Welcoming remarks were offered by Law School Dean
Nancy Staudt, followed by panels consisting of both
judges and practitioners. Five current judges of the
Eighth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (BAP) - the
Hon. Arthur Federman, the Hon. Robert Kressel, the
Hon. Charles Nail, Jr., the Hon. Thomas Saladino, and
the Hon. Anita Shodeen - focused their remarks on Judge Schermerís contributions to the BAP, including his becoming one of the first judges appointed to the Panel, his
collegial approach to decision making, and the clarity of his written opinions. A panel composed of current and former
law clerks and student interns conveyed the sincerity and levity that Judge Schermer has imparted to his staff and
the role that he has played as a mentor in their lives. Another panel consisted of commercial litigators who addressed
his influence as a jurist in commercial cases, particularly with regard to mega cases. Consumer practitioners offered
their perspective on his fairness to individual debtors in financial crisis and his adeptness at handling a large caseload.
Another panel addressed his accomplishments as a mediator in difficult and demanding legal cases, both in the
Eastern District of Missouri and in the Southern District of Florida (where Judge Schermer has sat by designation).
Professor Daniel Keating of the Law School identified how remarkable it is to have so many students elect to take
Judge Schermerís Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law course, even though it begins at 7:30 a.m., because it often has
a waiting list. Professor Keating, who has co-taught with Judge Schermer for many years, highlighted how Judge
Schermerís courses have influenced the career paths of many of his students, leading them to choose the practice of
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