Allan L. Gropper was appointed as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York on October 4, 2000. Prior thereto he was a member of the law firm of White & Case and represented clients in connection with many of the nation=s largest Chapter 11 cases, including Manville Corporation, Texaco, LTV Corporation, Federated Department Stores/Allied Stores Corp, Maxwell Communications Corp., MGM, United States Lines, Pan American World Airways, and Waterman Steamship Corp. He was also active in international insolvencies and restructurings and was located in the White & Case Hong Kong office during the year 1999-2000. Judge Gropper is a co-editor of a two-volume text entitled International Insolvency published in 2000, an adjunct professor of law at Fordham Law School, a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference and a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. He is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.