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Thursday, Aug. 3, 2023
First Circuit Court of Appeals seeks comments on reappointment of U.S. Bankruptcy judge


The current term of office of Mildred Cabán, U.S. Bankruptcy judge for the District of Puerto Rico, is due to expire on March 16, 2024. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit is considering reappointment of Cabán to a new term of office and has determined that she appears to merit reappointment subject to public notice and opportunity for public comment.

Upon reappointment, the incumbent would continue to exercise the jurisdiction
of a bankruptcy judge as specified in title 28, United States Code; title 11, United States Code; and the Bankruptcy Amendments and Federal Judgeship Act of 1984, Pub. L. No. 98-353, §§ 101-102, 98 Stat. 333-346. In bankruptcy cases and proceedings referred by the district court, the incumbent would continue to perform the duties of a bankruptcy judge that might include holding status conferences, conducting hearings and trials, making final determinations, entering orders and judgments, and submitting proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law to the district court.

Members of the bar and the public are invited to submit comments for consideration by the Court of Appeals regarding the reappointment of Cabán to a new term of office. All comments will be kept confidential and may be submitted via U.S. Mail to Susan J. Goldberg, Circuit Executive, John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse, 1
Courthouse Way, Suite 3700, Boston, MA 02210, or in the form of a PDF letter
attached to an email to The circuit executive will then submit the comments to the Court of Appeals for its decision. Comments must be received no later than Friday, Sept. 8.