James Waldron is the chief counselor to the Center, providing advice and assistance on substantive legal projects and administrative matters affecting the Center. Jim served as the Clerk of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey for over three decades. Upon retirement Jim joined the staff of Duke Law School as Director of EDRM (Electronic Discovery Reference Model) creating practical solutions and best practices for e-discovery. He also served as a senior advisor in the Restructuring Administration practice at Kroll based in New York.
At the time of retirement, he was the longest serving Clerk of Court in the Federal Court System. During this time, Jim was selected as the sole Clerk’s Office Advisor to the prestigious Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules, where he provided important insight and guidance concerning the practical implications of pending bankruptcy legislation and proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure.
Jim was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, Class of 2016. In 2010, Jim was presented with the Donald A. Robinson Meritorious Service Award by the United States District Court, the Lawyers Advisory Committee, the Association of the Federal Bar, and the Historical Society of the United States District Court in recognition of his extraordinary contributions. In 2004 Jim was awarded the Director’s Award for Outstanding Leadership by the Administrative Office of United States Courts. At the time of his retirement, he was also honored with the dedication of the Bankruptcy Court Clerk’s Office in his name.
Jim graduated from St. Vincent College and holds a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law.