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Steven Rhodes

Transition Manager, Detroit Public Schools

Rhodes-croppedSteven Rhodes is the transition manager for Detroit Public Schools. He previously served as chief judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan, from 2002-2009. Rhodes was appointed by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to preside over the bankruptcy case of the city of Detroit, the largest municipal bankruptcy proceeding in the nation’s history, and he confirmed the city’s plan of adjustment in November 2014.

He was previously appointed to the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Sixth Circuit from 1997-2004 and 2008-2011, serving as its chief judge from 2002-2004. He is a former associate editor of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal and was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy in 1995. Rhodes previously served as vice president for research at the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI). In 2009, he was awarded the ABI’s Distinguished Service Award.