Judge Pappas is a graduate of Idaho State University and the University of Idaho College of Law in 1977. Prior to his appointment, Judge Pappas practiced throughout the Northwest in the area of commercial and banking law, and all aspects of bankruptcy law representing debtors, creditors, committees and trustees in proceedings under all chapters of the Bankruptcy Code. He was a founder and is a past chair of the Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section of the Idaho State Bar.
Judge Pappas was appointed to the bench in 1990, and was reappointed to a second term in 2004. He served as Idaho’s Chief Bankruptcy Judge from 1993 to 2004. In 2005, Judge Pappas was appointed to serve on the Ninth Circuit’s Bankruptcy Appellate Panel.
Judge Pappas was Chair of the Ninth Circuit Conference of Chief Bankruptcy Judges and was a member of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, is a former Associate Editor of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal, and is a member of the Bankruptcy Education Committee of the Federal Judicial Center. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Portneuf Chapter of the American Inns of Court.
Judge Pappas lectures and writes extensively concerning bankruptcy law.