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Steven W. Rhodes

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Steven W. Rhodes
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Current Court Information:
United States bankruptcy court, Eastern District of Michigan
Title:   Judge
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Purdue University
Law School:   University of Michigan

Steven W. Rhodes was a bankruptcy judge for the United States bankruptcy court, Eastern District of Michigan. He was appointed in 1985 to the Eastern District of Michigan. Rhodes retired on December 31, 2013.[1]

Education

Judge Rhodes attended Purdue University for his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and The University of Michigan for his Juris Doctor.[2]

Career

Rhodes served on the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (BAP) of the Sixth Circuit from 1997 to 2004. He was appointed to a new four-year term on the BAP beginning on January 1, 2008.[1]

Notable cases

Detroit bankruptcy case (2013)

     United States bankruptcy court, Eastern District of Michigan
In July 2013, Judge Rhodes was assigned to the case managing the City of Detroit's Chapter 9 bankruptcy. The city filed bankruptcy on July 18, with a debt of over $18 billion. As a result of the filing, Detroit had the power to avoid paying some debts and petitioned Judge Rhodes to approve canceling contracts, notably those with public employees.[3][4]

In early December 2013, Judge Rhodes agreed that public employee pensions should be treated like the other debt of the municipality. This allows the City of Detroit to cut benefits to retirees as a course of bankruptcy, though Judge Rhodes said that he would not automatically approve a plan which does so.[5]

To read the order designating and recommending Rhodes as judge for this case, see: MLive.com, "United States Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Michigan Southern Division: Designation of Bankruptcy Judge".

For more information on Detroit's bankruptcy filing, see Resnick Law, PC, "Frequently Asked Questions - Detroit Municipal Chapter 9 Bankruptcy."

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