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Member Richard D. Trenk is the recipient of the New Jersey Bankruptcy Lawyers Foundation and Federal Bankruptcy Bar Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award

On October 3, 2019, the New Jersey Bankruptcy Lawyers Foundation and Federal Bankruptcy Bar Association of New Jersey awarded McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, LLC Member Richard D. Trenk the Lifetime Achievement Award at its Annual Dinner in New Brunswick, New Jersey. President Kenneth A. Rosen presented the award to Mr. Trenk. The organization cited Mr. Trenk’s co-founding of the New Jersey Bankruptcy Inn of Court Program, his many programs for the annual Bankruptcy Bench Bar Conference, and his non-profit service for Advocates for Children of New Jersey, March of Dimes, Community Health Law Project, Legal Services Foundation of Essex County, Discovery Charter School, Community Food Bank of New Jersey and Habitat for Humanity. Mr. Trenk also serves as a professional advisor to the Board of Directors of New Jersey Shares, a state-wide, non-profit organization which assists middle and fixed income households in New Jersey experiencing difficulty paying for utility services.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is annually awarded to a professional whose many years of service to the bankruptcy community has demonstrated the highest levels of professionalism, leadership and integrity.

The Federal Bankruptcy Bar Association of New Jersey was established to promote the practice of Bankruptcy Law in the State of New Jersey by increasing collegiality among practitioners and those who provide services to practitioners; fostering the relationship of trust and professionalism between the bench, members of the bar and other bankruptcy professionals; providing continuing legal education to enable practitioners to stay current on trends in the law, develop future generations of bankruptcy practitioners and to continue the reputation of quality, compassion and diligence in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey.

The New Jersey Bankruptcy Lawyers Foundation was created to raise funds and provide grants to assist debtors and their families who are financially distressed. It provides critical funds as a last resort to help people with nowhere else to turn. Over the years, the Foundation has provided grants totaling more than $700,000 including pro-bono programs at Rutgers Law School and student internships at the Center for Social Justice of Seton Hall Law School.