Updated: Feb. 10, 2020

Creditor Debtor Rights Section

The Creditor Debtor Rights Section offers its members numerous opportunities to stay current on relevant legal issues, comment on legislation, and participate in pro bono activities.

Section members represent a diverse array of individuals and businesses working as debtors, debtors-in-possession, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors' committees, receivers, trustees, asset purchasers, and examiners in all facets of creditor-debtor law.

On this site you can find links to additional information concerning the Section, including administration and governance; seminars, such as The Annual Northwest Bankruptcy Institute and the Pacific Northwest's premier seminar for insolvency counsel (cosponsored with the Oregon State Bar); Section projects, such as the annual grant award to associations that promote the mission of the Section; and legislative updates and news.

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Creditor Debtor Rights Section Newsletter

Summer 2019

Grants Program

Historically, the CD Section has allocated a meaningful portion of its net revenue (derived primarily from its CLE sponsorship and production efforts) to fund grants to non-profits operating in the arena of consumer protection and insolvency law. The amount of money offered each year varies with the budget cycle. For FY 2019, the Grants Program is pleased to make available $5,000 to deserving recipients.

Congratulations to the following 2019–2020 grant recipients:

  • Chelan-Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services
  • Lavender Rights Project

Executive Committee

Officers serve two-year terms.

ChairKevin O'Rourke

Chair-ElectWilliam Malaier, Jr.

Secretary/TreasurerBruce Medeiros

Immediate Past ChairThomas S. Linde

Young Lawyer LiaisonEli Enger*

Board of Governors LiaisonPaul Swegle*

Pos. 1 Eastern District 
Rebecca Sheppard (2018-2020)

Pos. 2 Eastern District
Melissa Williams (2018-2020)

Pos. 3 Northern Division of WesternDistrict
Thomas Neeleman (2018-2020)

Pos. 4 King County
Todd Tracy (2018-2020)

Pos. 5 King County
Ruth Nelson (2017-2019)

Pos. 6 Southern Division of Western District
Alexander Kleinberg (2018-2020)

Pos. 7 Southern Division of Western District
Megan Rue (2017-2019)

Pos. 8 Eastern Division At-Large
David Kazemba (2017-2019)

Pos. 9 Western District At-Large
John Kaplan (2017-2019)

Newsletter Editor
Mark Northrup*

*Non-voting member

Please contact subcommittee member for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.

Join Our List Serve

To join the Section list serve and for general questions, please contact sections@wsba.org. For questions about the Section and to get involved, please contact Section Chair Kevin O'Rourke.


Feel free to contact any member of the current Section Executive Committee or email sections@wsba.org.