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ABI’s Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop
Scheduled for July 27 – 30

May 26, 2005, Alexandria, Va. — The American Bankruptcy Institute’s (ABI) Tenth Annual Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop will be held July 27 – 30 at the Kiawah Island Resort, S.C. This year’s conference offers attendees the opportunity to earn 13.5 hours of CLE credit, including 1.5 hours of ethics. Judge Margaret Mahoney (S.D. Alabama) is the judicial chair. Conference co-chairs are Lawrence Ahern of Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC (Nashville, Tenn.) and Terri Gardner of Poyner & Spruill LLP (Raleigh, N.C.). Sponsorship co-chairs are James Decker of Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin (Atlanta) and Patricia Redmond of Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson PA (Miami).

Coverage of the coming new bankruptcy law will be incorporated into the relevant workshop topics and will be discussed in a breakfast presentation by ABI Executive Director Samuel Gerdano (Alexandria, Va.), Judge Jennie Latta (Memphis, Tenn.) and Judge Stephen Mitchell (Alexandria, Va.).

Jo Ann Brighton of Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman LLP (Charlotte, N.C.) will moderate a workshop on Is Lender Liability Back? “Deepening Insolvency” and Other Scary Topics.” She will be joined by Judge Arthur Briskman (Orlando, Fla.) and Leanne Gould of Ernst & Young LLP (Atlanta).

The panel Is There Another Way? Assignments for the benefit of Creditors, Receiverships and Other Alternatives to Bankruptcy will be moderated by Patricia Redmond of Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson PA (Miami). Accompanying her as panelists will be Geoffrey Berman of Development Specialists Inc. (Los Angeles) and Ronald Glass of Glass Ratner Advisory and Capital Group LLP (Atlanta).

Judy Thompson of Poyner & Spruill LLP (Charlotte, N.C.) will serve as moderator for the panel Mediation and ADR: Making the Most of the Process. Judge David Houston (Aberdeen, Miss.) and Lester Levy of JAMS (San Francisco) will join in as panelists.

Moderator George Cauthen of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP will be joined by panelists Sarah Robinson Borders of King & Spalding LLP (Atlanta) and Judge Michael Williamson (Tampa, Fl.) in the discussion Interest Rates and Other Confirmation Issues after Till and the 2005 Legislation.

Judge Catharine Carruthers (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and Felicia Turner of the Office of the U.S. Trustee (Atlanta) will serve as panelists in the discussion Conflict of Interest after the 2005 Legislation and Other Ethical Issues. C.R. “Chip” Bowles of Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC (Louisville, Ky.) will moderate.

  Jeffrey Kelley of Troutman Sanders LLP (Atlanta) will serve as moderator for the panel Developments in Banking and Commercial Law Affecting Bankruptcy Law Professionals. He will be joined by Prof. Margaret Howard of Washington & Lee Law School (Lexington, Va.) and Judge C. Ray Mullins (Atlanta).

The panel Insurance Issues in Bankruptcy, Including D&O Insurance and What Happens to Proceeds in Commercial and Consumer Cases will be moderated by Robert Reynolds of Reynolds, Reynolds & Duncan LLC (Tuscaloosa, Ala.). Susan Gummow (Chicago) and Judge Margaret Mahoney (Mobile, Ala.) will serve as panelists.

James Kelley of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP (Washington, D.C.) and Richard Seltzer of Cohen, Weiss & Simon LLP (New York) will join moderator Michael Bernstein of Arnold & Porter LLP (Washington, D.C.) for the panel Collective Bargaining: It’s Not Just for Airlines Anymore.

Two plenary sessions on Legislation and Current Caselaw on Consumer Issues will be presented by Judge Jennie Latta (Memphis, Tenn.) and Prof. Jack Williams of Georgia State University (Atlanta) on Friday, July 29, and by Judge Stephen Mitchell (Alexandria, Va.) and Prof. Jack Williams of Georgia State University (Atlanta) on Saturday, July 30.

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