Samuel J. Gerdano
Copyright © June 1, 2002, American Bankruptcy Institute.
Endowment Nears $1 Million
fter a successful spring fundraising campaign, ABI's Endowment Fund now has more
than $985,000 in cash and pledges. Vice President-Development Michael P.
Richman (Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw; New York) saluted those present who made recent
substantial contributions during a ceremony at the Annual Meeting. At the Benefactor
level (contributions of at least $5,000) are Atlas Partners; Prof. Jack F.
Williams; Douglas Jessop; Harvey Tepner; Joseph S.U. Bodoff; High Ridge
Partners; Bridge Associates; Cohn, Kelakos, et al.; Patricia Redmond; Edward
P. Bond; Steven G. Golick; Robert Dangremond; Philip J. Hendel; Foothill
Capital Corp.; and Anthony H. Schnelling. At the Sustaining Member level
($2,000) are Salomon, Green & Ostrow; Joel H. Levitin; Paul Bennett
Bran; Stephen D. Wheelis; Peter Gilhuly; Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff; Jean K.
FitzSimon; Jonathan Reich; Hon. John K. Pearson; Josefina Fernandez McEvoy; Thomas M. Messana; Allan Friedman; James Sprayregen; and Prof. Daniel Bussel.
The fund supports scholarly research projects, including funding for the Robert M.
Zinman Resident Scholar. The fund will also support a planned academic symposium on
the 25th anniversary of the Bankruptcy Code, planned for October 2003. ABI
appreciates all levels of supporters, including the more than 700 members who have
contributed $30 each via the membership renewal process.
New Staff Update
Kimberly Hay joined the staff on a full-time basis in May as a membership retention
specialist. Kim has worked on a part-time basis for several months. In addition to
handling membership renewals each month, Kim will be doing the data entry for this
year's membership directory. Kim has 10 years of experience in membership services.
She holds a B.S. in mass communications from Towson State University.
Nominating Committee Named
ABI President Andrew W. Caine named the 2002-03 nominating committee to
consider candidates for the Board of Directors and officer positions. The committee
consists of John Ames, Andy Caine, Hon. David Houston, Jim Markus, Keith J.
Shapiro, Bettina Whyte and Deborah D. Williamson. Members with suggestions for Board
nominees should contact any member of the committee.
Fishman to Chair New Advisory Board
Robert M. Fishman (Shaw, Gussis, Domanskis, Fishman & Glantz; Chicago),
a past ABI president and chairman of the Board, has been named chair of a new
ABI Advisory Board. The Board is made up exclusively of a number of past ABI
presidents, including Richardo I. Kilpatrick, Keith J. Shapiro, Ford Elsaesser,
Deborah D. Williamson, Robert M. Zinman, Robin E. Phelan and L.E. Creel.
Taking advantage of its broad knowledge of ABI's history as an organization, the
Board will meet periodically with the Executive Committee and advise current leadership
on a variety of long-term and strategic initiatives. The Board's first meeting with
the Executive Committee will occur at this fall's planning meeting in California.
Indiana State Court Program Well-received
ABI provided its educational program for Indiana's state court judges on April
19 in Indianapolis. The program focused on the relationship between bankruptcy and
family law, including child support, liability of the non-debtor spouse for marital
debts, dischargeability, jurisdiction and the impact of the stay on state court
proceedings. The faculty included Judges Basil H. Lorch and James K. Coachys and
practitioners Mark Zuckerberg and Deborah Caruso.
Judge Brown Elected
Hon. William H. Brown (W.D. Tenn.; Memphis) has been elected to serve on the
16-member ABI Executive Committee for a two-year term. Judge Brown is a
co-chair of the Consumer Bankruptcy Committee and has been very active as a speaker
at programs on the pending bankruptcy legislation. He has served on the ABI Board
of Directors since April 1998.
Preference Handbook Published
ABI's newest publication covers the legal and practical issues surrounding preference
law. Written by David Wheeler (Moore & Van Allen; Charleston, S.C.) with
help from members of the Unsecured Trade Creditor Committee, the handbook is an ideal
resource for creditors and those who must deal with this most litigated of the avoiding
powers. The 80-page handbook is just $7 for members ($5 for bulk orders) and
can be ordered by calling (703) 739-0800, mailing, faxing to (703)
739-1060 or via our web site at www.abiworld.org/org/pubscatalogue.html.