Norma Hammes

Norma Hammes received her A.B. degree in Communication and Public Policy from UC Berkeley, and was employed as an urban planner for the City of San Jose in the early 1970s prior to and while attending law school.  She received her J.D. from Santa Clara University in 1977.

Norma also co-founded the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA), served as its Treasurer (1992-1996), its President (1997-2001), and served on its Board of Directors (1992-2009).  She continues to serve NACBA in the capacity of President Emeritus.  Norma managed NACBA’s annual conventions until 2007.  She was instrumental in preparing much of the curriculum and organizing NACBA’s nationally-acclaimed two-day workshops (Chicago – July 2005 and Orlando – September 2005), at which she was an instructor of more than 3,000 consumer bankruptcy attorneys from across the country who learned how to practice under the new law.  For NACBA’s Fall 2007 – 2009 workshops, she developed the curriculum for (and moderated) the full-day session on preparing a bankruptcy case for filing.

In addition, Norma serves on the Board of Directors of the National Consumer Bankruptcy Rights Center, Inc. (NCBRC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to help represent the position of consumer bankruptcy debtors in appellate litigation nationwide.

In July 2009, Norma was appointed by NACBA to serve as its liaison with the Obama Administration regarding the implementation of HAMP.  In late 2009, at the U.S. Treasury Department’s invitation, she served on its Bankruptcy Working Group that proposed improvements to the HAMP program regarding bankruptcy debtors.

Norma also received the Fresh Start Award and has served as Chair of the Chapter 13 Committee.  She has testified before Congress (1998), the National Bankruptcy Review Commission (1996-1997), and has served as a panelist for numerous educational seminars across the country.  In July 2008, she was appointed by the Bankruptcy Judges of the Northern District of California to its Bench-Bar Liaison Committee.  She chaired that committee in 2010-2011.

Bar Admissions for Norma include:

·         California State Bar
·         Northern District of California – Federal Court
·         Fifth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals (TX, MS, LA)
·         Seventh Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals (WI, IL, IN)
·         Ninth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals (WA, OR, CA, AK, HI, NV, AZ, ID, MT)
·         U.S. Supreme Court