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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 MEMBERSHIP: Associate membership may be retained by any member in good standing upon the member’s leaving the employment as a Judicial Assistant/Secretary to a bankruptcy judge, or may be granted to any lay person other than a Judicial Assistant/Secretary/Paralegal who has passed the certification exam administered by the Association of Bankruptcy Judicial Assistants. Such members shall have no right to vote or hold office, and shall pay the same annual dues as other members.