On October 1st, 2011, the Honorable Karen S. Jennemann became the Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District for a four year term. Judge Jennemann, a graduate of William & Mary has been practicing law in Florida for over 25 years. She presides in Orlando, Orange County, Florida.
Jennemann replaces the former Chief Judge, the Honorable Paul M. Glenn who presides here in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. Judge Glenn, who was appointed to the bench in 1993, has over 40 years of legal experience having graduated from Duke University in 1970.
Both Orange and Duval counties are in the Middle District bankruptcy court, so cases decided in either location are persuasive authority to one another when deciding new cases with similar facts. However, cases decided by the Chief Judge are generally considered to be more persuasive than those of a non-chief. This means that arguably, the most powerful decisions arising out of the bankruptcy court are now made in Orlando, not Jacksonville.