To My Fellow Colleagues:

      Welcome to the start of a New Year! My name is Elaine Fountain, Judicial Assistant for the Chambers of Honorable Joan A. Lloyd, Sixth Circuit, Kentucky Western Bankruptcy. I am excited to serve as your President for the 2019-2020 term and look forward to speaking with many of you throughout the coming year.

       In preparation for the 2020 membership, this is to inform some and remind others that at our 2019 Conference the voting members approved an increase of annual dues to $40.00. Application for Membership and/or Renewal will open on January 1, 2020. Please visit the ABJA website at abja.org to access Membership Application.

Submit your completed Application and payment by March 31, 2020.

      Thanks very much. I look forward to working with each of you for another successful year in the ABJA.








Purpose of the ABJA

The purpose of this Association shall be to promote the general welfare of its members, to encourage the highest standards of conduct among its members and in the profession at large, to promote the continuing education of its members, and to foster among its members a feeling of camaraderie and mutual confidence.

Membership Eligibility

In the absence of a person in chambers hired under the title of Judicial Assistant/Paralegal or Secretary, any individual who performs the essential job duties of a judicial assistant such as a law clerk appointed by a Judge,  shall be encompassed by the term "judicial assistant' and be available for membership.   


2.1 MEMBERSHIP: The following shall be eligible for membership as voting members in the Association: Judicial Assistants, Secretaries, Paralegals or Law Clerks performing administrative duties and holding appointments by United States Bankruptcy Judges.

2.2 ASSOCIATE RETIRED MEMBERSHIP: Associate membership may be granted to any member in good standing upon the member’s leaving employment as a Judicial Assistant, Secretary, Paralegal or Law Clerk performing administrative duties to a bankruptcy judge. Such Associate Retired JA Members shall have no right to vote or hold office and shall pay the same annual dues as other members. Associate Retired JA Members may attend the annual business meetings of the Association.