Dear Colleagues:


WELCOME! My name is Elaine Fountain and it is my honor to continue to serve as your President for a second term, 2020-2021. Since many of you know me, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to our new members. For the past 21 years, I have served as the Judicial Assistant for the Chambers of the Honorable Joan A. Lloyd, Sixth Circuit, Kentucky Western Bankruptcy. My years of involvement with the ABJA have provided me with added growth in my position as well as enjoyable camaraderie with fellow co-workers around the country. I urge each of you to join me as a 2021 member by mailing in your Membership Application. Annual membership is opened from January 1, 2021 through March 31, 2021. For your convenience, click on the application link located on this HOME page to fill out your Application and follow through by placing your dues in the mail today or by using the Paypal method.


I hope to have the opportunity to speak with you throughout the year and look forward to meeting you at the Annual Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma the week of October 12-15, 2021. In the meantime, if I can be of assistance to you, please reach out to me. Let’s work together and make this one of our best years yet!

I hope you will continue to be safe and well during these very difficult days.











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.