Judge Scott H. Gan of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona has been appointed to the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (BAP), which hears appeals of decisions made by federal bankruptcy courts in the western states.
The appointment was confirmed by Chief Judge Sidney Thomas. Judge Gan will begin his seven-year term on the BAP on October 1, 2019.
Judge Gan was appointed to the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona in 2014. Prior to coming to the federal bench, Judge Gan spent 28 years as a practicing attorney at a general civil law firm in Tucson. His practice focused primarily on bankruptcy and state and federal court appeals. In 2014 Judge Gan was recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.
Over the course of his career, Southern Arizona Legal Aid recognized Judge Gan as the pro bono attorney of the month and the pro bono attorney of the year in Pima county. In 2005, Judge Gan was honored as the pro bono attorney of the year by the State Bar of Arizona. In 2012 the Arizona Supreme Court recognized Judge Gan for 25 years of pro bono service as the Arizona Supreme Court's pro bono attorney of the year. For the past year, Judge Gan has served as a member of the Arizona District Court Commmittee on Self Represented Litigants.
The BAP, which is based in the Richard H. Chambers U.S. Court of Appeals building in Pasadena, California, handles 49-60 percent of all appeals of decisions reached by bankruptcy courts throughout the Ninth Circuit (district courts hear the remainder).
The Ninth Circuit was the first federal circuit to establish a bankruptcy appellate panel. Other circuits with bankruptcy appellate panels are the First, Sixth, Eighth and Tenth circuits. For more information, visit http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/bap/.