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Edgar graduated from Washington High School, Washington, N.J., in 1966. He received his bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, from Alma College, Alma, Mich., in 1970 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1973. He is a former law clerk to the Honorable Gerald D. Fines of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of Illinois. Edgar practiced in an East Central Illinois law firm for 14 years, concentrating in debtors’ and creditor’s rights and bankruptcy. He also served as a Special Assistant Attorney General in Illinois and as the Vermilion County (Ill.) Guardian Ad Litem.
Edgar is admitted to practice law in Illinois and Indiana, before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Courts for the Central District of Illinois and the Northern District of Indiana and the United States Tax Court. He has been an adjunct instructor at the Illinois Bankers School on creditors’ rights, and the Danville (Ill.) Area Community College in business law. Edgar was an adjunct instructor of Legal Research and Writing with the Indiana University South Bend, Paralegal Studies Program from 1993-1996. Edgar was an adjunct professor of law for five years at the Valparaiso University School of Law, teaching Debtors’ Protection and Creditors’ Rights (Spring semesters 1998 – 2002). He is currently an adjunct assistant professor of law at the University of Notre Dame Law School, teaching Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Remedies and Debtors’ Protection (Spring semesters 2004 – 2009). Edgar has appeared on numerous continuing legal education and bar association bankruptcy programs and panels.
Edgar is Board Certified – Business Bankruptcy Law – American Board of Certification (1998) and Board Certified – Consumer Bankruptcy Law – American Board of Certification (2002). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Certification for a second three-year term (2005-2010) and serves on the ABC Faculty Committee. He was chosen as an Indiana Super Lawyer (Bankruptcy) for four consecutive years (2005-2008) by Indianapolis Monthly and Law & Politics. Edgar is a Registered Civil Mediator (1998) with the Indiana Supreme Court and the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education Registry of Approved Court Mediators. He has been designated by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners as a Certified Fraud Examiner (1996) and served on the Association’s Governmental Fraud Committee (2001-2002). Edgar is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the ABI sponsored Central States Bankruptcy Workshop Advisory Board, and the St. Joseph County Bar Association Insolvency Committee. Edgar co-authored High Stakes: Gambling on Dischargeability, published in the ABI Journal (May 1998). He also authored The Law of Reopening: Revisited, published in the ABI Journal (February 2001).
Edgar served as a St. Joseph County (Indiana) Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer in child abuse and neglect cases from 1992 to 2000. He also serves as a University of Notre Dame Law School Mentor Program volunteer. Edgar is also a former member of the Indiana Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Regional Advisory Council for the South Bend region.