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Retirement of Judge Kathleen H. Sanberg and Case Assignment Updates

January 6, 2022

Today, Judge Kathleen H. Sanberg will retire after 10 years of service as a Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Minnesota. Judge Sanberg has presided over many bankruptcy cases during her tenure with the Bankruptcy Court but had the distinct honor of presiding over the Petters and Polaroid bankruptcy matters. Judge Sanberg also served as Chief Judge of the Bankruptcy Court from 2016-2019. The entire bankruptcy community wishes Judge Sanberg well on her well-deserved retirement!

Judge Sanberg’s pending caseload will largely be reassigned to her replacement, Kesha Tanabe, who takes the oath of office on January 7, 2022. In conjunction with Judge Sanberg’s retirement, the Court is also changing how third and fourth division Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases are assigned. Starting January 7, 2022, all Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases in the third and fourth divisions will be randomly assigned to all four bankruptcy judges. This change is intended to help the Court distribute its caseload more equitably to all four bankruptcy judges.

Publication Date: 
January 6, 2022