[Congressional Record Volume 159, Number 149 (Wednesday, October 23, 2013)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E1553]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

                            BANKRUPTCY JUDGE


                           HON. BILL HUIZENGA

                              of michigan

                    in the house of representatives

                      Wednesday, October 23, 2013

  Mr. HUIZENGA of Michigan. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 
Honorable Judge Jeffrey R. Hughes and his commendable service to 
Michigan's Western District as a Bankruptcy Judge.
   Judge Hughes served Michigan's Western District as a United States 
Bankruptcy Judge for over 13 years. Further, his service to the state 
has been a long time commitment, as he has worked for Michigan 
communities for over 30 years.
   Judge Hughes received his Bachelor's in Economics from the 
University of Michigan in 1977 and his J.D. cum laude from the 
University of Michigan in 1980 where he was an active member of Phi 
Beta Kappa. From there he remained in his home state, practicing law 
for Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett LLP for 20 years specializing 
in bankruptcy law and litigation. Throughout this experience he never 
forgot his local communities, participating in many community-based 
programs coordinated through the firm. Also during this time, Judge 
Hughes was annually recognized in ``The Best Lawyers in America'' until 
his appointment to the bench in 2000.
   After 13 years of service to the nation and to West Michigan, he 
retired from Federal employment in September of 2013. Judge Hughes is a 
regular speaker at seminars, including those sponsored by the Institute 
for Continuing Legal Education and the American Bankruptcy Institute. 
In addition, he appears as a guest instructor each semester at Cooley 
Law School's Grand Rapids campus and has participated in the extern 
programs offered by Cooley Law School's Michigan campuses and Michigan 
State University Law School. While Judge Hughes will no longer be a 
Federal judge, he continues to ardently serve those in Michigan.
   I ask my colleagues to join me in honoring Judge Hughes for his 
service to Michigan and the Western District.