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THE HON. BRENDA T. RHOADES was appointed by the Fifth Circuit as Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Texas in 2003. She was named Chief Judge from 2010 to 2017. At the time of her appointment, Judge Rhoades became the only sitting Asian-American bankruptcy judge in the country.

A native of Seoul, Korea, Judge Rhoades immigrated to the United States as a child. She obtained a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and J.D. from Arizona State University College of Law (magna cum laude, the Sandra Day O'Connor Constitutional Law Award, and Outstanding Graduate Award). Prior to taking the bench, Judge Rhoades worked for private law firms, where her practice covered virtually every aspect of bankruptcy and corporate finance law.

Judge Rhoades has been active in many organizations during her professional career, including having served as Vice President, Membership, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association; Chair, Asian Pacific Interest Section, State Bar of Texas; Co-Chair, Bankruptcy Section, Alaska Bar Association; Board of Directors, Dallas Bar Association; President, Dallas Asian American Bar Association. In addition, Chief Judge Rhoades served as Council Member for the Council on Legal Education Opportunity in association with the ABA Fund for Justice and Education, as Master of the John C. Ford Inns of Court, as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and as an Advisory Board Member of the Korean American Coalition.










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