March/April 2010
New Bankruptcy Judge for Northern District of Iowa

On March 29, Thad J. Collins was appointed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit as a bank-ruptcy judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Iowa. Concurrent with this appointment is his appoint-ment as chief judge of the court. Judge Collins fills the vacancy left by Judge Paul J. Kilburg, who retired from active service but will continue in recall status. Judge William L. Edmonds also recently retired from active service and continues in recall status.

Thad Collins received his undergraduate degree from Macalester College in 1986 and his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1990. He worked as a law clerk for then U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Michael J. Melloy from 1990 to 1992, and he continued with Judge Melloy after Judge Melloy’s appointment to the U.S. District Court for the N.D. of Iowa. From 1993 to 1995 he clerked for Circuit Judge David R. Hansen of the Eighth Circuit. He then joined the firm of Pickens, Barnes, & Abernathy in Cedar Rapids, where he practiced in the areas of civil litigation, mediation, employment law, construction law, personal injury, civil rights and insurance defense. He continued with the firm until this appointment.

An investiture ceremony was held in the Roman Hruska U.S. Courthouse at 2:00 p.m. Participants in the ceremony included Clerk of Court for the Eighth Circuit Michael E. Gans, Circuit Judges C. Arlen Beam, Duane Benton, and Bobby E. Shepherd, and U.S. Chief District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon of the District of Nebraska.

Welcome, Judge Collins!

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