International Secretary Berton J. (B.J.) Maley


P.A.D. Life:

Brother Maley was a second year student at Loyola University of Chicago when he joined the Fraternity as a member of the Daniel Webster Chapter. The following year he served both as the chapter’s Vice Justice and its Historian. As chapter Historian, Brother Maley researched and wrote an official history of the Chapter as it approached its 90th anniversary. It was this project that brought him into contact with alumni members and P.A.D. leaders from throughout the country and first kindled his passion for P.A.D. history and tradition. Brother Maley continues to be actively involved in the Webster Chapter as its Alumni Advisor, a position he has served in for much of the last 22 years.

A week after taking the Illinois bar exam, Brother Maley attended his first Biennial Convention in August, 1992, as a delegate of the Chicago Alumni Chapter. There he met many of the P.A.D. alumni and leaders that he had only corresponded with or talked to on the phone, and the convention experience resulted in his developing an even greater appreciation for the Fraternity and its membership.

That fall he was elected to serve as Historian for the Chicago Alumni Chapter and has continued to serve on its board in various capacities (including as Chapter Justice in 1996) for most of the many years since that time. As a member of the chapter, he attended both the 1994 Biennial Convention and the 1996 Biennial Convention. In 2011 as part of the activities surrounding the chapter’s celebration of its 100th Anniversary, Brother Maley authored the official history of the Chicago Alumni Chapter. At the chapter’s Centennial Banquet that year, an event attended by the entire International Executive Board of the Fraternity, Brother Maley was presented with the chapter’s Centennial Award recognizing a life time devotion to the Fraternity and Chapter and signifying that no history of the Chicago Alumni Chapter could be complete without discussing his contributions.

In 1997, Brother Maley was appointed District Justice for District X (Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba) by then International Justice Cliff Schechter although he continued to reside in the Chicago area. He served in that position for approximately three years. One of the highlights of this period was his leading the district delegation at the 1998 Biennial Convention.

In 2006, Brother Maley chartered and served as the first chapter justice of the West Suburban Alumni Chapter, serving the Fraternity members living or working in the western suburbs of Chicago. That year he attended the Biennial Convention in Dallas, both as an alumnus of Webster Chapter and a petitioner for the West Suburban Alumni Chapter charter. Brother Maley has continued to serve as an active member of the W.S.A.C. since that time and has been recognized for his service as a recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Chapter Clerk Award, the Outstanding Alumni Chapter Vice Justice Award, and the George E. Fink Outstanding Alumni Chapter Justice Award.

In September 2006, Brother Maley was reappointed to the position of District X Justice by the International Justice John Weitkamp. He continued to serve as District Justice for six years, leading District Delegations to Biennial Convention in 2008, 2010, and 2012. The District showed great growth during this time, and in 2008, Brother Maley was recipient of the Stan Jones Outstanding District Justice Award. Brother Maley is proud of his accomplishments in District X and still considers himself a “citizen” of the District though he lives in District XI. (Notwithstanding this, he still can’t spell “Saskatchewan” without resorting to spell check.)
In August 2008, Brother Maley was appointed Chair of the Alumni Advisory Council by then International Justice Rhonda Hill. He continued to serve in that position for four years leading a group of alumni and student members in advising the Board and Executive Office on matters concerning the Fraternity’s alumni program.

In 2012, while attending the Biennial Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona, as District X Justice and Alumni Advisory Council Chair, Brother Maley was elected to the International Executive Board as a Board Member at Large, a position he continues to hold. In addition to his election to the I.E.B., Brother Maley was recognized at convention with presentation of the Fraternity’s Meritorious Service Award recognizing a lifetime of dedication and service to the Fraternity, an award at time having been presented to only seven members in P.A.D. history.

During his involvement in Phi Alpha Delta, Brother Maley has visited chapters and district across the country, been recognized as Outstanding Alumni Member or Alumni Advisor by several student chapters including the Webster, Lincoln, and Story Chapters. Most recently, he was honored as the second recipient of the Joseph Story Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mundane Life:

Brother Maley is Vice President and Managing Bankruptcy Attorney at Codilis & Associates, P.C., concentrating in secured creditors’ rights in bankruptcy, mortgage foreclosure, and related matters. He manages the firm’s bankruptcy department and oversees the firm’s audit and compliance functions. (He started with the firm over twenty years ago, obtaining the job through his Phi Alpha Delta connections.)

Brother Maley has served as Chair of the Bankruptcy and Reorganization Committee of the Chicago Bar Association and Chair of the Bankruptcy Law and Practice Committee of the DuPage County Bar Association. He is a past member of the Bench Bar Liaison Committee for the US Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois and the Model Plan Committees for the Southern District of Illinois and the Springfield Division of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of Illinois. Additionally, he is a member of the Bankruptcy Association of Southern Illinois, the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees (associate member), and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International.

Brother Maley co-authored “Trial of the Foreclosure Case”, in Illinois Foreclosure Practice, (Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2003). His other professional published works include “Avoiding the Auctioneer’s Gavel: Saving Homes From Foreclosure” and “Oh, Won’t You Stay Just a Little Bit Longer: Duration and Extension of the Automatic Stay in Bankruptcy” appearing in the DCBA Brief: The Journal of the DuPage County Bar Association, “Chapters & Verse: Real Estate Professionals and the Bankruptcy Process” and “No Vacancies” appearing in REO Magazine and "Saving Your House Through Bankruptcy" appearing in the Loyola Consumer Law Journal.

Brother Maley also is a regular lecturer on bankruptcy, mortgage foreclosure, and related topics. He has spoken for such groups as the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, the Bankruptcy Association of Southern Illinois, Legal League 100, the Illinois Institute of Continuing Education, Lorman Education Services, the DuPage County Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, REOMAC (mortgage industry trade association), and the Illinois Housing Development Authority.

Bar Admissions: State of Illinois; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; and U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of Illinois, the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Note: Although some forums or websites on which I have a presence may use default terms such as "specialties" or "expertise", I do not claim to be a specialist or expert (or any similar term) in any area of the law. My forum or website profiles merely reflect areas in which I may focus my practice –such as Bankruptcy, Creditors Rights, Real Estate, Mortgage Foreclosure.

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