A. A. Thomas Small, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Eastern District of North Carolina (1982 to 2009; chief judge from 1992-1999, 2006-2007).
A.B., Duke University. J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law.
Chair, U.S. Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules, 2000-2004, Member, 1996-1999. Bankruptcy Judge Representative to U.S. Judicial Conference, 2004-2007. Member, United States Judicial Conference Long Range Planning Committee, 1991-1996.
President, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, 2000-2001. Chairman, NCBJ Endowment for Education, 1993-1994. 1992 Educational Program Chairman, NCBJ Annual Convention, San Antonio, Texas and Co-Chair 1998, Dallas, Texas.
Board Member, Federal Judicial Center, 1997-2001. Board of Directors, American Bankruptcy Institute, 1989-1995. Board of Directors, American College of Bankruptcy, 2002-2005.
Board of Editors, Collier on Bankruptcy, since 2007. Contributing Editor, Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice, 1987-1995. “Small Business Bankruptcy Cases,” 1 Am. Bankr. Inst. L. Rev. 305 (1993); “Mental Illness and Bankruptcy,” NC State Bar Journal, Vol. 7, No. 3, p.26 (Fall 2002); “If you Fix It, They Will Come – A New Playing Field for Small Business Bankruptcies,” 79 Am. Bankr. L.J. 981 (Fall 2005).
Excellence in Education Award (National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges) 2003. Lawrence P. King Award for Excellence in Bankruptcy (Commercial Law League of America) 2005.
Moderator for Federal Judicial Television Network programs: Annual Fourth Circuit Review, 1998-present, Chapter 12, and Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (four programs including consumer and business issues). Video presentations for newly appointed bankruptcy judges.
Testified before Judiciary Subcommittees of both the House and Senate concerning bankruptcy abuse, the national farm crisis, extension of chapter 12, means testing, implementation of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, and credit abuses.
Presented educational programs in Moscow, Russia (April 1998 and May 2000), sponsored by ACDI/VOCA and funded by U.S.A.I.D., for representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food-Stuff of the Russian Federation, the Russian Federation’s Agrarian Institute, and the Foundation for Support of Agrarian Reform and Rural Development concerning the reorganization of farms and agribusinesses.
Formerly Vice President and Associate General Counsel for First Union (now “Wachovia/Wells Fargo”) National Bank (13 years).