John Shanklin Presents West Texas Bankruptcy Bar Association Awards
Posted on: May 28th, 2016

McCleskey Law Firm Attorney John Shanklin, who also serves as president of the West Texas Bankruptcy Bar Association, recently awarded two of the Top Grade Awards at the Texas Tech University School of Law Honors and Awards Ceremony.

“The West Texas Bankruptcy Bar Association has been presenting these awards for a long time, and it was an honor to present those awards to such high achieving law students,” said Shanklin, who has been active with the bankruptcy bar for four years.

The awards are designed to encourage law students to take an interest in the nuts and bolts of bankruptcy law, the rights of both debtors and creditors, and the overall impact of bankruptcy policy on our society and the economy,” said Shanklin.

Bankruptcy Bar 2Carter Bowers won the Frank R. Murray Award, presented to the student with the highest grade in Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy.  The award is named in memory of Murray, a well-respected bankruptcy judge for the Northern District of Texas, Lubbock Division. Murray served as bankruptcy judge for the Lubbock Division for 30 years from 1949-1979 until he retired at age 88. In 1985, when he was 94, Murray was reappointed bankruptcy judge on an interim basis.

Aaron C. Powell won the John C. Akard Scholarship, which goes to a second-year student who demonstrates an interest in commercial law and bankruptcy.  Akard, a retired United States bankruptcy judge for the Northern District of Texas, Lubbock Division, was at the ceremony.

According to a Lubbock Avalanche-Journal article written in 1999 when Akard retired, the judge’s example in the court inspired the West Texas Bankruptcy Bar Association to establish the scholarship.  It went on to say:  “[Max] Tarbox, a Chapter 7 trustee and former chairman with the West Texas Bankruptcy Bar, said Akard is the Lubbock leader for bankruptcy attorneys. Akard created the Farm and Ranch Agribusiness Bankruptcy Institute, which has educated West Texas attorneys in agriculture bankruptcy case law.  ‘He treats people with dignity and respect,’ Tarbox said.  ‘You don’t find that everywhere. … He does respect the debtors as an individual and a person and he treats them that way in his courtroom.’”

Shanklin said the West Texas Bankruptcy Bar Association is “made up of some great people, very active members of our community who serve the Lubbock and West Texas legal profession well.”

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