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Judge Karen Sue Jennemann to receive Distinguished Federal Judicial Service Pro Bono Award

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Judge Jennemann U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Karen Sue Jennemann of the Middle District of Florida in Orlando is the 2020 recipient of the Chief Justice’s Distinguished Federal Judicial Service Award.

The award, which recognizes an active or retired federal judge for outstanding and sustained service to the public, especially as it relates to the support of pro bono legal services, will be presented by Chief Justice Charles T. Canady in a January 30 ceremony at the Supreme Court of Florida.

Judge Jennemann is a thoughtful and creative problem solver and has seen it all. When she spots issues in the administration of the Bankruptcy Court, Jennemann uses her skill and grace in gathering the necessary parties and resources to address and resolve the issues.

Under her leadership and with her direct input, the Middle District of Florida has developed several programs that have improved the administration of the Bankruptcy Court and its service to the public.

Those programs include the Courthouse-Based Pro Bono Pro Se Assistance Clinic to help people successfully navigate the system; the Bankruptcy Law Educational Series Foundation to provide education and fund other public service projects; the Mortgage Modification Mediation Program for people trying to get a fresh start through bankruptcy; and the Student Loan Management Program designed to help people repay or collect outstanding student loans in bankruptcy.

Judge Jennemann is also integral to the development of civics and historical programs and installations at each federal courthouse within the Middle District.

Jennemann, who received her J.D. from the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary in Virginia, was appointed to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division, in 1993.

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