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It is with great admiration and respect that we congratulate the Co-Editor in Chief of Collier on Bankruptcy and one of the country’s preeminent consumer bankruptcy scholars and practitioners, Henry J. Sommer, on receiving the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Bankruptcy. Henry, a longtime LexisNexis Matthew Bender author, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award because of his continuous service and dedication to protecting the rights of low income consumers and all of those with limited access to justice.
Henry launched his legal career by focusing his attentions on those with limited access to the legal system through his work at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia. He now serves as the Supervising Attorney for the pro bono Consumer Assistance Bankruptcy Project in Philadelphia. Henry has significantly influenced the direction of bankruptcy law nationally by testifying before Congress, and by serving on the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules and the Federal Reserve Board's Consumer Advisory Council. Henry has also taught at the law schools of the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University.
Henry’s accomplishments and accolades could easily fill an entire publication, but we would simply like to honor and recognize Henry J. Sommer for his unwavering commitment and his many contributions to the legal profession. His legacy is long and his achievements are many, but his most impressive accomplishments lie with those for whom he provided a voice, without which they would have remained unheard within our justice system.