Hon. Michael E. Romero is a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge in the District of Colorado in Denver, initially appointed in 2003 and appointed Chief Judge from July 2014-June 2021. He is also Chief Judge of the Tenth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel. Since becoming a judge, Judge Romero has served on numerous committees and advisory groups for the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, is the past chair of the Bankruptcy Judges Advisory Group and has served as the sole bankruptcy court representative/observer to the Judicial Conference of the United States, the governing body for the federal judiciary. He is a past president of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and actively participates in several of its committees. He also serves on the Executive Board of Our Courts, a joint activity between the Colorado Judicial Institute and the Colorado Bar Association that provides programs to further public understanding of the federal and state court systems. Judge Romero is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, ABI, the Historical Society of the Tenth Circuit and the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association. He received his undergraduate degree in economics and political science from Denver University in 1977 and his J.D. from the University of Michigan in 1980.