The Honorable Michael B. Kaplan was appointed as a bankruptcy judge on October 2, 2006, for the District of New Jersey, Trenton Vicinage. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Kaplan served as a Standing Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee, as well as a member of the Chapter 7 panel of bankruptcy trustees, where he received case appointments as both a Chapter 11 and Chapter 12 trustee. His private practice included the representation of institutional lenders consumer debtors (under both Chapters 7 & 13), business debtors and individuals undergoing reorganization pursuant to Chapter 11. Judge Kaplan received his A.B. degree from Georgetown University (1984) and his J.D. Degree from Fordham University School of Law (1987). He is licensed to practice law in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, Third Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. Court of International Trade and various federal district courts. Judge Kaplan is currently an adjunct faculty member at Rutgers University School of Law, Camden and taught previously at Montclair State University and Fairleigh Dickinson University. Over the past twenty years, he has spoken to numerous bar associations and business organizations, including the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, Turnaround Management Association, NY Institute of Credit, Bloomberg, L.P., National Business Institute and the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education. Judge Kaplan has also served as Mayor and Councilman for the Borough of Norwood, NJ, and as a member of the Norwood Planning Board. Additionally, in 2005, he was a candidate for Bergen County Freeholder.