Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes to retire this month

Rhodes to retire after presiding over Detroit's historical bankruptcy case


DETROIT – The Honorable Judge Steven Rhodes, who presided over Detroit's historic Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy case, is retiring after 30 years on the bench.

Rhodes' last day will be Wednesday, Feb. 18.

An official request has been filed for a new judge to preside over any unresolved issues in Detroit's bankruptcy case.

Rhodes has been a lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School where he graduated in 1973. He's also an author. He wrote "The Ponzi Book," a legal resource for unraveling Ponzi schemes. His articles include: "Supplementing the Tools in the Trustee's Toolbox" and "The Ethical Obligations of a Chapter 7 Trustee."

Rhodes' lengthy credentials include the Distinguished Service Award from the American Bankruptcy Institute.  

He has been a judge in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the past 30 years.