B.A. in Political Science from Carleton College - Northfield, Minnesota - 1989
Juris Doctor from Washington University - St. Louis, Missouri - 1993
American Bankruptcy Institute, 2011
President of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, 2017
In 1989 Jim received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Carleton College in Northfield Minnesota. He went on to receive his Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law in 1993.
In 2017 Jim served as President of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the largest bar association for consumer bankruptcy attorneys in the United States. He serves as a committee member on the American Bankruptcy Institute Consumer Commission to suggest changes to the Bankruptcy Law to Congress and the Judiciary. Jim also served on the standing Rules Committee for the Bankruptcy Court of Southern District of Illinois and co-founded the local bankruptcy bar association (BASIL) in 2004.
Jim has served as a panelist for several organizations including ABI, NACBA, the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees (NACTT), the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Illinois Housing in Action, the Illinois Attorney General’s office, and the Land of Lincoln Legal Services.
Jim is a prolific author of highly technical resources tailored to consumer bankruptcy attorneys:
• How to File a Late Claim in a Chapter 13 Case, XXXVI ABI Journal 4, 50, 110, April 2017 (James J. Haller and Orlando Velazquez)
• Debt Collectors Should Not Get a Free Pass in Bankruptcy, XXXIV ABI Journal 11, 30-31, 71, November 2015 (James J. Haller and Tara Twomey)
• Creativity Alive in Chapter 13 Plans after Espinosa, XXX ABI Journal 3, 40, 94, April 2011 (James J. Haller)
• Chapter One: Getting a Consumer Bankruptcy Started in Consumer Bankruptcy Practice, 1-1 to 1-36, IICLE, 2011 (James J. Haller, Rachel A. Hill, William A. Mueller)