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Cornell Law School, Legal Information Institute, Bankruptcy: An Overview
Provides a brief overview of the topic with a sidebar menu of links to primary source material (e.g., state and federal statutes, judicial decisions, and regulations) and key internet sources.

Justia: Bankruptcy Overview
This page is part of Justia's Legal Practice Areas portal, which provides overviews and links to relevant articles, web resources, laws, news, glossaries, blogs, blog posts, lawyers & attorneys.

U.S. Government Information

United States Bankruptcy Code (Title 11 of the U.S. Code)
Publisher: Cornell Law School. Legal Information Institute.

United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Illinois
Includes Electronic Case Filing, local rules, forms library, hearing dates, announcements, administrative and general orders, Voice Case Information System instructions, PACER information, Opinions Awaiting Publication, Administrative Guide for Attorney's Staff, Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing (EBN).

United States Bankruptcy Courts
This page from the Federal Judiciary home page links to general information about Federal Courts, Bankruptcy Statistics, a 72-page Public Information Series publication, Bankruptcy Basics, Official Bankruptcy Forms, and U.S. Bankruptcy Court websites. To link to the website for any U.S. Bankruptcy Court, click on the state on the Court Links map or on the judicial Circuit link in the left column.

Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure
Publisher: Cornell Law School. Legal Information Institute.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Illinois - Local Rules

Local Rules of Court - United States Bankruptcy Courts
Links to local rules for all U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, arranged alphabetically by state.

Federal Rules of Evidence
Publisher: Cornell Law School. Legal Information Institute.

Official Bankruptcy Forms and Bankruptcy Forms Manual

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Illinois - Forms Library

United States Trustee Program
Component of the Department of Justice responsible for overseeing the administration of bankruptcy cases and private trustees under 28 U.S.C. §586 and 11 U.S.C. §101, et seq. Includes United States Trustee Manual (under Organization & Information); Private Trustee Listings & Library of Handbooks and reference materials for chapters 7, 12, and 13; Rules, Decisions, Guidelines, and Policy; Bankruptcy Articles and Statistics; Bankruptcy Fact Sheets & Consumer Notices; and much. The organization of the site is not always obvious, so keep clicking or use the Search feature. For example, you will find helpful information in the Electronic Reading Room on the FOIA & Privacy Act page - remember to scroll down.

Consumer Information

The Law and You in Illinois - Bankruptcy for Individuals
IllinoisLawyerFinder.com offers helpful information, written in lay person's language, for those wanting to learn more about Illinois law.
Publisher: Illinois State Bar Association.

Illinois Legal Aid Online
Illinois Legal Aid Online provides lower-income and vulnerable Illinois residents with information about their legal rights and responsibilities, referrals to free and low cost legal aid offices, multimedia training and education, and forms and instructions for representing themselves.
Publisher: Illinois Technology Center for Law and the Public Interest.

Professional Organizations

American Bankruptcy Institute
Many parts of this site are limited to members of ABI, but the Consumer Education Center, What's New, and Legislative News sections are freely available.

Commercial Law League of America
Organization of attorneys and other professionals who represent the credit industry in debt collection, bankruptcy and commercial litigation.

National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
Organization of attorneys representing debtors in consumer bankruptcies.

Databases and Current Awareness

BNA DATABASES (Available to SIU Law Users Only). The law library subscribes to over 100 BNA databases. SIU Law Faculty, Staff, and Students Only: Sign up for BNA email summaries.

The following are the BNA databases on bankruptcy:

Print Materials

Collier on Bankruptcy (KF1524 .C62 1996) is the foremost treatise on bankruptcy. The 23-volume set contains comprehensive analysis of statutory and procedural bankruptcy law; three volumes of forms for commercial and consumer bankruptcies; current versions of the Code, Rules, and Official Forms; the text of public laws for all major bankruptcy acts since 1978 and other selected legislation, with relevant legislative history; and bankruptcy commission reports.
Collier Bankruptcy Manual (KF1524 .C6142 1997) is intended to provide a quick reference for the occasional practitioner in the field, and to guide the user, where necessary, into the Collier on Bankruptcy's fuller analysis.
Collier Bankruptcy Practice Guide (KF1524 .C63) is written by experienced bankruptcy practitioners and focuses on practical application of the Code provisions.

Collier Bankruptcy Cases, second series (KF1524 .C641) include all decisions by U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panels, and other U.S. Court cases, in which the Bankruptcy Code of 1978, provisions of title 28 of the U.S. Code relating to bankruptcy, or the Bankruptcy Rules are explained. The Codex volumes index the cases alphabetically by all named parties, by Bankruptcy Rule number, by Bankruptcy Code or other statutory provision, and by Collier on Bankruptcy paragraph number.

CCH's Bankruptcy Law Reporter (KF1520 .C6 1979) includes the Bankruptcy Code, related federal and state statutes, U.S. Supreme Court's Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, official forms, and controlling decisions and rulings of federal courts, as well as detailed "CCH Explanations," analyzing the law and its application.

U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panels, and other U.S. Court cases on bankruptcy are reported in West's Bankruptcy Reporter (KF 1515 .A25 W53) and indexed in West's Bankruptcy Digest (KF1517.3 .W420).

Bankruptcy Service, Lawyers edition (KF1527.A2 B32) includes the Bankruptcy Code, Bankruptcy Rules, and other selected statutes and rules, plus commentary and analysis.

Bankruptcy Court Decisions (KF 1519 .B34) is a weekly reporting service that provides the full text of selected bankruptcy decisions of U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panels, and other U.S. Courts.

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