Office of the U.S. Trustee

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Office of the United States Trustee



Location:  Howard M. Metzenbaum U.S. Courthouse, 201 Superior Avenue, Suite 441, Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Credits Hours:  4 or 6 Credit Hours for Fall or Spring Term; 3 or 5 Credit Hours for Summer Term

Prerequisites:  RCC; minimum GPA 2.50; completion of at least 29 credit hours; background investigation; and approval of site supervisors.

Externship placement is in the United States Trustee Program, the component of the Department of Justice responsible for overseeing the administration of bankruptcy cases and private trustees. The program consists of an Executive Office for U.S. Trustees (EOUST) in Washington, DC, 21 regional U.S. Trustees and 95 field offices.  The Cleveland field office is in Region 9, which includes Ohio and Michigan. The United States Trustee for Region 9 is Daniel M. McDermott. There are currently 9 attorneys housed in the Cleveland office, including the United States Trustee, the Assistant United States Trustee and seven trial attorneys.

The primary role of the U.S. Trustee Program is to serve as the “watchdog over the bankruptcy process.” The Program seeks to promote the efficiency and protect the integrity of the federal bankruptcy system. 

The Program monitors the conduct of bankruptcy parties and private estate trustees, oversees related administrative functions and acts to ensure compliance with applicable laws and procedures. It also identifies and helps investigate bankruptcy fraud and abuse in coordination with United States Attorneys, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, United States Trustees supervise the administration of cases filed under the Federal Bankruptcy Code.

As an extern with the Office of the United States Trustee, you will be exposed to numerous activities including, research, writing, drafting pleadings and briefs; attending hearings, pre-trial conferences and meetings; and preparing financial analysis of cases.

Students may register for 4 credits (16 hours per week) or 6 credits (24 hours per week) in the fall or spring terms; in the summer term, students may register for 3 credits (24 hours per week) or 5 credits (40 hours per week). Students in this externship also participate in an Externship Seminar conducted at the law school by the externship faculty supervisor. Graded Pass/Fail.