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About Arthur L. Moller and David B. Foltz Jr.

Arthur L. Moller (1912-1993)

Arthur Moller was born in Galveston, Texas in November 1912. He entered the University of Texas at age 16, and earned his L.L.B. degree in 1937 and his B.A. in 1938. Following graduation, he joined the State Attorney General's office in Austin and concurrently served as Special Counsel to Governor Coke Stevenson. From 1948 to 1962, he served as Assistant U.S. Attorney, as Chief of the Civil Division, in Houston.

In 1962, Chief U.S. District Judge Ben Connally appointed Judge Moller as U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Texas, a position he held through June 1975. While on the bench, he was a member of the federal Judicial Center Faculty for Bankruptcy Judges seminars and served as Governor for the Fifth Circuit of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. In 1964, Judge Moller began a 30-year association with Matthew Bender & Company, publishers of Collier on Bankruptcy, and served as contributing author for the 14th and 15th editions of that treatise. He also served as contributing author for the Collier Bankruptcy Practice Guide and as editorial consultant for Collier's TopForm Bankruptcy Filing program. He taught bankruptcy as an adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law from 1978 to 1987.

In 1975 he joined the firm of Sheinfeld, Maley & Kay as Of Counsel. Over the next 15 years, Judge Moller played an instrumental role in the growth of the firm into one of the preeminent  bankruptcy/creditors rights law firms in the country. In 1990, Judge Moller joined Sheinfeld partner, David Foltz, in the formation of David B. Foltz, Jr. & Associates, where he served as Of Counsel. There, he remained active in both his law practice and writing, as well as participating in various seminars and speaking engagements until the time of his death.

Judge Moller was a member emeritus of the National Bankruptcy Conference and a member and member emeritus of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. In 1976 became only the third individual ever to receive the NCBJ's prestigious Herbert M. Bierce Distinguished Judicial Service Award. In 1991 Judge Moller was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy.

Shortly before his death, the University of Texas School of Law announced the establishment of the Arthur L. Moller Chair in Bankruptcy Law and Practice, made possible through the generosity of over 200 donors.

The breadth of Judge Moller's influence was due not only to his intellectual and professional stature, but also due to his capacity as teacher, mentor and guide, and to his untiring works as lecturer, writer and professor. His patient, wise, and kind nature, his profound sense of fairness, and his exemplary personal and professional ethics provided an invaluable foundation and incomparable legacy for hundreds of young lawyers with whom he came into contact, both while on the bench and in his practice before and after his tenure as a judge.

David B. Foltz, Jr. (1953-2002)

David B. Foltz, Jr. was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, where his father was then a music professor and choral conductor, which profession took the family from Lincoln to the University of Wichita in Wichita, Kansas, and then to the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, where Dr. Foltz retired as Dean Emeritus of the College of Fine Arts.

David graduated from Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts in 1971 with honors, and thereafter attended Yale University, where he received his B.A. degree in 1975. In 1978, he received his J.D. degree from Tulane University, following which he and his wife, Beth, moved to  Houston, where he joined the firm of Sheinfeld, Maley & Kay, where he became a partner in 1984.

David left the Sheinfeld firm in 1990 to form, together with his mentor, Arthur Moller, the firm of David B. Foltz, Jr. & Associates. With the exception of a period of time when he was in the partnership of Kirkendall, Isgur & Foltz, David practiced in his own firm until closing his practice in 2001 due to illness.

Throughout his legal career, David pursued his love and great talent for learning, teaching and writing. He authored numerous articles on bankruptcy in addition to teaching at the Paralegal Institute of Houston and as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin. He was a longtime member of the planning committee and faculty of the University of Texas School of Law Annual Bankruptcy Conference, and served as its Chair for one of its annual sessions. He also served as an adjunct professor teaching bankruptcy at South Texas College of Law and as a member of the Advisory Committee on Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure of the United States Judicial Conference.

David was demonstrably and deservedly proud of his family, which includes Beth and daughters Sarah and Kallie.  His most cherished legal-related achievement was serving as the leading force, together with Mickey Sheinfeld and Dan Julian, in bringing to reality the establishment of the Arthur L. Moller Chair in Bankruptcy Law and Practice at the University of Texas School of Law, honoring Judge Moller's many contributions to the practice of bankruptcy law.

About American Inns of Court

American Inns of Court (AIC) are designed to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar. An American Inn of Court is an amalgam of judges, lawyers, and in some cases, law professors and law students.  Each Inn meets approximately once a month both to "break bread" and to hold programs and discussions on matters of ethics, skills and professionalism.

Looking for a new way to help lawyers and judges rise to higher levels of excellence,  professionalism, and ethical awareness, the American Inns of Court adopted the traditional English model of legal apprenticeship and modified it to fit the particular needs of the American legal system. American Inns of Court help lawyers to become more effective advocates and counselors with a keener ethical awareness. Members learn side-by-side with the most experienced judges and attorneys in their community.

An American Inn of Court is not a fraternal order, a social club, a course in continuing legal education, a lecture series, an apprenticeship system, or an adjunct of a law school's program. While an AIC partakes of some of each of these concepts, it is quite different in aim, scope, and effect.

American Inns of Court actively involve more than 25,000 state, federal and administrative law judges, attorneys, legal scholars and law students.  Membership is composed of the following categories: Masters of the Bench: judges, experienced lawyers, and law professors; Barristers: lawyers with some experience who do not meet the minimum requirements for Masters; Associates: lawyers who do not meet the minimum requirement for Barristers; and Pupils: law students. The suggested number of active members in an Inn is around 80.

Most Inns concentrate on issues surrounding civil and criminal litigation practice, and include attorneys from a number of specialties. However, there are several Inns that specialize in criminal practice, federal litigation, tax law, administrative law, white-collar crime, bankruptcy, intellectual property, family law, or employment and labor law.

The membership is divided into "pupillage teams," with each team consisting of a few members from each membership category. Each pupillage team conducts one program for the Inn each year. Pupillage team members get together informally outside of monthly Inn meetings in groups of two or more. This allows the less-experienced attorneys to become more effective advocates and counselors by learning from the more-experienced attorneys and judges. In addition, each less-experienced member is assigned to a more-experienced attorney or judge who acts as a mentor and encourages conversations about the practice of law.