The United States Trustee Program (USTP)--a litigating component of the Department of Justice whose mission is to promote the integrity and efficiency of the bankruptcy system for the benefit of all stakeholders--is seeking an attorney with senior level management experience for appointment as the United States Trustee for Region 9 (federal judicial districts for Michigan and Ohio), based in Cleveland, Ohio. The United States Trustee serves as the region’s chief legal officer and management official. Among the key duties are:
Overseeing bankruptcy case administration within the region;
Directing the region’s civil enforcement and criminal referral activities;
Appointing, overseeing, and evaluating the activities of private trustees who handle the day-to-day administration of cases;
Overseeing the administration of and litigation in chapter 11 cases to ensure compliance with the Bankruptcy Code and Rules, including professional employment, conflicts of interest, professional and executive compensation, and financial accountability;
Managing professional and support staff, and creating a culture that values human resources and the contributions necessary to maintaining a mission-driven focus; and
Serving as the USTP’s representative to both the local and national bankruptcy communities.
Applicants must hold a J.D. degree from an accredited law school; be an active member of the bar; have at least 10 years of legal experience; and have senior level management experience at either a law firm or within the corporate or public sector. This position is a five-year term, “at will” appointment, subject to renewal.
About U.S. Trustee Program, U.S. Department of Justice
The United States Trustee Program (USTP) is a litigating component of the Department of Justice whose mission is to promote the integrity and efficiency of the bankruptcy system for the benefit of all stakeholders—debtors, creditors, and the public. In legislative history, the USTP is called the “watchdog” of the bankruptcy system. The USTP carries out administrative, regulatory, and enforcement responsibilities covering about 1.5 million ongoing bankruptcy cases annually. Among other things, the USTP: appoints and oversees about 1,300 private trustees who administer cases, liquidate assets, and distribute an average of nearly $10 billion annually to creditors; prescribes financial reporting for trustees, consumer debtors, and corporations seeking reorganization; and approves approximately 200 credit counselors and debtor education providers to offer pre-filing and pre-discharge services to individuals. Annually, the USTP takes more than 30,000 formal and informal civil enforcement actions against debtors, creditors, professionals, and other parties with a potential monetary impact of about $1 billion. Additionally, it makes more than 2,000 criminal referrals to its law enfor...cement partners and may assist in prosecutions.
The USTP consists of an Executive Office, 21 regions, and 90 field office locations. Staff appear in about 275 bankruptcy courts and preside over statutory meetings of creditors held in every bankruptcy case in about 400 locations. The USTP employs about 1,000 staff, including attorneys, financial analysts, and other professional and support personnel.