Chief Judge Tracey N. Wise was appointed United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky on March 31, 2010 and elevated to Chief Judge on October 1, 2011. Effective January 1, 2016, Judge Wise was appointed to the Sixth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for a three year term.
Judge Gregory R. Schaaf was appointed to the bench October 1, 2012. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1991, where he was Order of the Coif and a member of the National Moot Court Team, the Moot Court Board, and the Journal of Mineral Law and Policy. Judge Schaaf also received a B.B. degree in Accounting and a B.S. degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University in 1984 with high honors. Judge Schaaf is a CPA and worked as a Solicitor in London, England from 1997-1999, handling corporate matters and real estate transactions for English, Russian and American clients. He is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy (Class Twenty-One 2010) and is certified in Business Bankruptcy Law and Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification. Prior to coming to the bench, Judge Schaaf practiced in the areas of commercial reorganizations, including bankruptcies and workouts, as well as commercial transactions, including energy-related matters. He practiced as counsel for debtors, creditors’ committees, trustees and individual creditors.
Judge Joe Lee was appointed to the bench in September 1961. Prior to his appointment, he was Counsel to a Congressional Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives, Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge H. Church Ford, and Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court. Judge Lee received his BA degree in Journalism in 1952 and his JD in 1955, both from the University of Kentucky. He served in recall status until his death in 2015. See attached memorandum In Memoriam - Hon. Joe Lee