Federal bankruptcy courts in California have three new bankruptcy judges. The 9th Circuit appointed Mary E. Hammond to the Northern District in San Francisco; Mark D. Houle, to the Central District in Los Angeles and Fredrick E. Clement to the Eastern District in Sacramento.
Hammond fills the judgeship of Edward Jellen, who will retire Jan. 31, 2012; Houle will fill the spot to open with the retirement of Judge Ellen Carroll Feb. 17, 2012 and Clement takes the spot held by Judge Whitney Rimel, who will retire March 15.
Hammond, 41, comes from Friedman Dumas & Springwater, where she has practiced bankruptcy law since 2003. She generally represented Chapter 9 and 11 debtors. She also served as a law clerk from 1998 to 2000 to the judge she will be replaced. She received her law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Duke University.
Houle, 51, has been of counsel with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman since 2000, handling insolvency and bankruptcy. He represents unsecured creditors, asset purchasers and others in bankruptcy cases and adversary proceedings.
He has represented corporate Chapter 11 debtors, creditors’ committees and Chapter 7 trustees. He received a law degree from Boston College of Law School and Salem State College in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Clement has maintained a sole practice since 1993 in Redding, with a specialty in bankruptcy law. He is a native of San Luis Obispo and received his law degree from UC Hastings College of Law and an undergraduate degree from Westmont College.
He joins the fifth busiest bankruptcy court in the nation with more than 51,000 filings in the 2011 fiscal year.
Bankruptcy judges serve 14-year, renewable terms.