The Origins of the National Bankruptcy Conference: A Hinge Point of Change 1932-1933
1948 Article, Charles Banks
History of NBC, Focus on 1970’s and 1980’s, Authored by Ron Trost


The National Bankruptcy Conference (NBC) was formed from a nucleus of the nation’s leading bankruptcy scholars and practitioners, who gathered informally in the 1930’s at the request of Congress to assist in the drafting of major Depression-era bankruptcy law amendments, ultimately resulting in the Chandler Act of 1938. The NBC was formalized in the 1940’s and has been a resource to Congress on every significant piece of bankruptcy legislation since that time. Members of the NBC formed the core of the Commission on the Bankruptcy Laws of the United States, which in 1973 proposed the overhaul of our  bankruptcy laws that led to enactment of the Bankruptcy Code in 1978, and were heavily involved in the work of the National Bankruptcy Review Commission (NBRC), whose 1997 report initiated the process that led to significant amendments to the Bankruptcy Code in 2005.written by Conferee John D. Honsberger, September 1985.

James McLaughlin Harvard Prof on the Chandler Act Proposal (1937)

The Chandler Act 1940 article from Fordham Law


NBC Conferees, November 10, 2022


(Left to right) First Row:  Prof. Douglas Baird (Chair), Hon. Barbara Houser, Tara Twomey, Brady Williamson, Alan Kornberg, Pat Vance, Jamie Sprayregen, Hon. Rebecca Connelly, Susan Freeman, Colleen Ladzinski, Heather Lennox, Hon. Michelle Harner, Ronit Berkovich, Prof. Jay Westbrook, Michael Baxter, Ricky G. Mason (Vice-Chair)
Second Row: Cathy Steege, Henry Sommer, Don Bernstein, Stephen Lerner, Hon. Christopher Lopez, Dean Troy McKenzie, Leif Clark, Emil Kleinhaus, Prof. Bruce Markell, Hon. Allan Gropper, Dennis Dunne, Susheel Kirpalani, Marshall Huebner
Third Row:     Hon. Brendan Shannon, Prof. Bob Lawless, Hon. Craig Goldblatt, Thomas Mayer, Hon. Ben Kahn, John Shaffer, Prof. Ralph Brubaker, Todd Maynes, Prof. Ed Morrison




NBC Conferees, November 9, 2017

(Left to right) Standing: Jane Vris (Chair), Seated First Row: Prof. Douglas Baird, Dennis Dunne, Hon. Shelley Chapman, Chaim Fortgang, Hon. Thomas Small, Alan Kornberg, John Jerome, Gerald Smith, Prof. Elizabeth Gibson, Prof. Melissa Jacoby, Prof. Jay Westbrook, Standing, Prof. Randal Picker (Vice-Chair)

Second Row: Prof. Troy McKenzie, Hon. Allan Gropper, Craig Goldblatt, Prof. Robert Lawless, Herbert Minkel, Edwin Smith, Michael St. Patrick Baxter, Heather Lennox, Susan Freeman, Isaac Pachulski, Prof. Kenneth Klee, Ricardo Kilpatrick, Sally Neely, Dan Glosband, Brady Williamson

Third Row: Hon. Brendan Shannon, Hon. Leif Clark, Prof. Edward Morrison, Thomas Moers Mayer, Hon. Benjamin Kahn, Hon. Dennis Dow, John Shaffer, Prof. Bruce Markell, Whitman Holt, Henry Sommer, John Rao, Hon. Keith Lundin, Harold Novikoff, Raymond Shapiro, Richard Levin, Babette Ceccotti

NBC Conferees Oct 2015NBC Conferees, October 29, 2015

Seated: David Epstein, Jay Westbrook, Jerry Smith, Ray Shapiro, Ron Trost, Elizabeth Gibson

Second Row: Richard Levin (Chair), Ralph Mabey, Melissa Jacoby, Michael Baxter, Troy McKenzie, Douglas Baird, Tom Small, Randy Picker, Isaac Pachulski, Ed Smith, Ken Klee, Heather Lennox, Babette Cecotti, Dan Glosband, Bruce Bernstein, Pat Vance (Vice-Chair)

Third Row: Marshall Huebner, Don Bernstein, Herb Minkel, Hal Novikoff, Henry Sommer, John Rao, Dennis Dunne, Dennis Dow, Katie Porter, Bob Lawless, Whitman Hold, Marc Levinson, Robert Martin

Fourth Row:  Gene Wedoff, Ed Morrison, John Shaffer, Bruce Leonard, Brendan Shannon, Leif Clark, Tom Mayer, Todd Maynes, Jane Vris, Keith Lundin


NBC Conferees, November 10, 2011, Washington, D.C.

NBC Conferees, November 11, 2011

Seated: Hon. Joe Lee, Isaac M. Pachulski, Jonathan M. Landers, Prof. S. Elizabeth Gibson, J. Ronald Trost, Edwin E. Smith, Patrick Vance, H. Bruce Bernstein, Richard B. Levin (Vice-Chair).

Second Row: Donald S. Bernstein (Chair), John J. Jerome, Robert J. White, Prof. Alan N. Resnick, Henry J. Sommer, Hon. Ralph R. Mabey, Prof. Jeffrey W. Morris, Prof. Katherine M. Porter, Herbert P. Minkel, Jr., Sally Schultz Neely, Marcia L. Goldstein, Hon. Barbara J. Houser, Prof. Melissa B. Jacoby, Hon. Mary Davies Scott, Daniel M. Glosband

Third Row: Hon. Keith Lundin, Brady C. Williamson, Hon. A. Thomas Small, Prof. Douglas G. Baird, Robert A. Greenfield,Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff, Prof. David G. Epstein, Hon. Bruce Markell, Richardo I. Kilpatrick, Hon. Alan L. Gropper, David A. Lander, Thomas Moers Mayer, Jane L. Vris

Fourth Row: E. Bruce Leonard, Raymond L. Shapiro, Prof. Edward R. Morrison, Prof. Ronald J. Mann, Marc A. Levinson, Neal Batson, Carl M. Jenks, John Rao, K. John Shaffer, Hon. Robert D. Martin.

NBC Conferees, October 2007

Back: Jane Vris, Allan Gropper, Randal Picker, Edward Morrison, Leif Clark, Harvey Miller, Bruce Leonard, Carl Jenks, David Epstein, John Shaffer, Marc Levinson, Barbara Houser, Neal Batson, David Lander, Michael Crames, Robert Martin, Ray Shapiro, Dan Glosband, Suzanne Bingham

Middle: Jeff Morris, Ed Smith, Gerald Smith, Michael Baxter, Sally Neely, Chaim Fortgang, Mary Davies Scott, Marcia Goldstein, Don Bernstein, Rich Levin, Ron Trost, Herb Minkel, Gerald Munitz, Morris Macey, John Jerome, Ralph Mabey, Pat Vance

Seated: Tom Small, Melissa Jacoby, Elizabeth Gibson, Joe Lee, Bob Greenfield, Elizabeth Warren, Gene Wedoff, Ken Klee, Keith Lundin, Jay Westbrook, Bruce Bernstein, Alan Resnick, Douglas Baird, Nell Hennessy, Marshall Huebner, Jonathan Landers, Isaac Pachulski
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NBC Conferees, October 2004

Seated: Leon Forman, George Triester, Melissa Jacoby, Douglas Baird (Vice-Chair), Ron Trost (Chair), Don Bernstein, Pat Vance, Jeff Morris, Joe Lee, Morris Macey

Second Row: Brady Williamson, Chaim Fortgang, Ken Klee, Sally Neely, Alan Resnick, Nell Hennessey, Jerry Smith, Marcia Goldstein, Bruce Bernstein, Jerry Munitz, Isaac Pachulski, Jay Westbrook, Dan Glosband, Bob White

Third Row: Henry Sommer, Mary Davies Scott, John Jerome, Elizabeth Gibson, Barbara Houser, Richard Broude, unidentified, unidentified, Herb Minkel, Leif Clark, Elizabeth Warren, Neal Batson, Harvey Miller, David Lander, Keith Lundin

Fourth Row: Robert Greenfield, Ralph Mabey, Bruce Markell, Leonard Rosen, Bob Martin, Gene Wedoff, Carl Jenks, Ray Shapiro, Hal Novikoff, Michael Crames, Mickey Sheinfeld

NBC Conferees, October 2003


Seated: Isaac Pachulski, Suzanne Bingham, Jeff Morris, Sally Neely, Douglas Baird (Vice-Chair), Ron Trost (Chair), Pat Vance
Second Row: Ken Klee, Jay Westbrook, Ed Smith, Melissa Jacoby, unidentified, unidentified, Jerry Smith, Jon Landers, Nell Hennessy, unidentified, unidentified
Third Row: Ralph Mabey, unidentified, unidentified, Mary Davies Scott, Bob Greenfield, Bob White, Randy Picker, Hal Novikov, Herb Minkel
Fourth Row: Leon Forman, Joe Lee, unidentified, Barbara Houser, Carl Jenks, Keith Lundin, Richard Broude, unidentified, Bruce Leonard, Bruce Markell, unidentified, Rich Levin, Ray Shapiro
(Additional photos below taken by Conferee Larry Snider)















NBC Conferees, October 1997

First Row (Left to right): John J. Jerome, H. Bruce Bernstein, Kenneth N. Klee, J. Ronald Trost, Joel B. Zweibel, Lawrence P. King, Bernard Shapiro, Jeffrey W. Morris, Douglas Baird, Stefan W. Risenfeld, George Brody, Gerald K. Smith, Herbert Katz

Second Row: Ralph R. Mabey, Marcia Goldstein, Herbert H. Anderson, Sally Schultz Neely, Morris W. Macey, Robert E. Ginsberg, Alan N. Resnick, R. Patrick Vance, Gerald F. Munitz, John A. Barrett, Elizabeth Warren, Charles P. Normandin, Ian F. Fletcher, Murray Drabkin

Third Row: Paul H. Asofsky, Barbara J. Houser, Jay L. Westbrook, Donald S. Bernstein, George A. Hahn, George M. Treister, Richard S. Toder, David G. Epstein, Herbert P. Minkel, Jr., Mary Davies Scott, Henry J. Sommer, Joe Lee, Lawrence K. Snider

Fourth Row: Robert J. White, E. Bruce Leonard, Robert A. Greenfield, Patrick A. Murphy, Michael J. Crames, Leon S. Forman, Richard F. Broude, R. Neal Batson, Raymond L. Shapiro, Robert D. Martin, Richard Levin