November/December 2012
In Memoriam: Judge Nancy C. Dreher

The Honorable Nancy C. Dreher, Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Minnesota, died on November 23, 2012, after a lengthy battle with bronchial infections and organ rejection. She was 70 years old.

Nancy Carol Dreher was born on September 30, 1942, in Racine, Wisconsin. In 1964, she received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin. In 1967, she received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Law, graduating magna cum laude and first in her class. She began her legal career in San Francisco as a law clerk for Chief Justice Traynor of the California Supreme Court. She then joined the firm of Leonard, Street and Deinard, where she specialized in commercial litigation and was the first woman in the firm to practice in that area of law. In 1987, she was appointed as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Minnesota, where she later served as Chief Judge from 2007 to 2011. From 1996 to 2005, she served on the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Eighth Circuit.

In addition to her work on the bench, she served as the Bankruptcy Court representative on the Judicial Resources Committee. She also served on the Federal Judicial Centerís committee on bankruptcy judge education. She served on the boards of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and the American College of Bankruptcy. She was also active in the Minnesota Bar Association and helped start the Minnesota bankruptcy pro bono program.

She was a co-author of the Bankruptcy Law Manual with Bankruptcy Judge Joan N. Feeney of the District of Massachusetts and was the author of Westís Bankruptcy Service Current Awareness Alerts. She was also an adjunct professor at the William Mitchell College of Law and the University of Minnesota Law School. In her spare time she enjoyed running, skiing, and scuba diving. Judge Dreher is survived by her husband, Roger, their two children, and five grandchildren.