The Honorable Duncan W. Keir was appointed as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Maryland on November 12, 1993 and became Chief Judge from September 6, 2005 to May 31, 2012. Immediately prior to his appointment to the Bench, Judge Keir served as Deputy General Counsel in charge of the Office of Special Assets Counsel of Maryland National Bank and American Security Bank from 1991 to November 12, 1993. Prior to his position at these banks, Judge Keir practiced law at the firm of Miles & Stockbridge, where he was an Associate beginning in 1975 and a Partner and Practice Group Chairman of the Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights Group from 1981 to 1991.
After graduating from Gettysburg College in 1968 with a B.A. degree in political science, Judge Keir served in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1972. He graduated, with honors, from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1975 and was awarded membership in the Order of the Coif as well as three American Jurisprudence Awards.
Judge Keir served as an adjunct faculty member of the University of Maryland School of Law, teaching commercial paper (circa 1989) and has been an active lecturer both nationally and regionally in the area of bankruptcy law. Among other groups, Judge Keir has taught seminars for the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Federal Judicial Center, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, American Bankruptcy Institute, American Bar Association Commercial Law Section, Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Institute/Virginia CLE, MICPEL, and the Bankruptcy Bar Association of Maryland. Judge Keir has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Baltimore School of Law in courses on the United States Bankruptcy Code.
Judge Keir is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy (elected in 1993) and served as the Circuit Governor for the Fourth Circuit on the Board of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges from 1999 through 2002. During his tenure on the Bench, Judge Keir has authored approximately 80 published opinions dealing with issues in the areas of bankruptcy law, real estate transactions, and commercial law. Such opinions include: In re Brown, 342 B.R. 248 (Bkrtcy.D.Md. 2006), In re Smith, 333 B.R. 739 (Bkrtcy.D.Md. 2005), In re Blair, 319 B.R. 420 (Bkrtcy.D.Md. 2005), In re Greathouse, 295 B.R. 562 (Bkrtcy.D.Md. 2003), In re Keeler, 257 B.R. 442 (Bkrtcy.D.Md. 2001), In re Criimi Mae, Inc., 251 B.R. 796 (Bkrtcy.D.Md. 2000), In re Denny, 242 B.R. 593 (Bkrtcy.D.Md. 1999), In re Robertson, 232 B.R. 846 (Bkrtcy.D.Md. 1999), In re Fairview-Takoma Limited Partnership, 206 B.R. 792 (Bkrtcy.D.Md. 1997), In re Reese, 194 B.R. 782 (Bkrtcy.D.Md. 1996), In re Richman, 181 B.R. 260 (Bkrtcy.D.Md. 1995), In re Consolidated Properties, Ltd. Partnership, 170 B.R. 93 (Bkrtcy.D.Md. 1994).