ABI's Annual Spring Meeting to Focus on New Bankruptcy
February 28, 2005, Alexandria,
Va. –More than 1,000 bankruptcy professionals will attend the
American Bankruptcy Institute's (ABI) 23rd Annual Spring Meeting, held
April 28-May, 2005, at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C. The program
will address a wide array of timely insolvency issues.
Special quest speaker at this
year's program is George Will, a Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and
commentator, who appears every Sunday on ABC’s “This
Week.” Mr. Will is the Friday luncheon keynote. Optional events
include a D.C. Nationals baseball game vs. the New York Mets, a special
performance by David Copperfield and the always popular Capitol Steps.
The final night dinner features entertainment by comedian Richard Jeni
and music by ABI’s Indubitable Equivalents.
ABI will also hold Bankruptcy
Fundamentals: Nuts and Bolts for Young Practitioners on Thursday,
April 28. At this special program, an outstanding faculty of judges and
practitioners will explain the fundamentals of bankruptcy in separate
consumer and business tracks.
A Saturday luncheon program, sponsored
by the American
College of Bankruptcy, will
feature former Senate Parliamentarian Robert B. Dove. Mr. Dove is of
Counsel to Patton Boggs LLP and teaches federal legislation at both
educational program begins on April 29 with ABI's Ninth Annual Great
Debates, moderated by ABI's Vice President of Education Neil P. Olack of
Duane Morris LLP (Atlanta).
The event consists of three debates. In Debate No. 1,
" ‘Plain Meaning’ Must
Control Judicial Interpretations,” Prof. Todd J. Zywicki of
Georgetown University Law Center (Washington, D.C.) will debate
Reginald W. Jackson of Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP (Columbus,
In Debate No. 2,
"Market Interest Rates Are Irrelevant," Judith Elkin of
Haynes and Boone LLP (Dallas) will debate James Patrick Shea of Shea
& Carlyon, Ltd. (Las
In Debate No. 3,
"Solvent Debtors Are Bad Faith Filers," G. Eric
Brunstad Jr. of Bingham McCutchen LLP
Conn.) will debate Robert J. Keach of
Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson PA
Expert panels have been organized in
concurrent sessions, allowing conference attendees to choose the one
that most interests them. Speakers include bankruptcy judges,
accountants, attorneys, turnaround managers, law professors, trustees
In "Suppliers to Distressed Industries:
Insurmountable Problems or Challenging Opportunities?" Bettina
M. Whyte of AlixPartners LLC (New
York) will moderate a discussion featuring
Peter S. Fishman of Houlihan, Lokey, Howard & Zukin
Sheryl E. Seigel of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP (Toronto, Ontario) and
Sheryl Toby of Dykema Gossett PLLC
Katherine Stadler of Godfrey
& Kahn SC (Madison,
Wis.) will moderate a panel on
“Dealing with State Regulators in Utility Industry
Bankruptcies.” Panelists joining her
include G. Larry Engel of White & Case LLP (San
Francisco), Alan W. Kornberg of Paul, Weiss,
Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP (New
York) and William K. Snyder of Corporate
Revitalization Partners LLC (Dallas).
Judge Steven W. Rhodes of
the U.S. Bankruptcy Court
(Detroit) will moderate a
panel on "Consumer Conversions Between Chapters 13 and 7:
Pre— and Post-Confirmation Issues, Property of the Estate,
Exemption Objection and Avoidance Action Deadlines, Permissible
Planning." Prof. Margaret Howard of
Washington & Lee
Va.) and Dennis J. LeVine of Dennis
LeVine & Associates Inc. (Tampa,
Fla.) will join the discussion as
Insolvency: The ‘Outlandish’ Tort Affecting Professionals,
Lenders, Insurers, Officers, and Directors" Lynda H. Schwartz of
Ernst & Young LLP (Boston) will moderate a discussion featuring
Richard Banzinger of Citigroup Inc. (New York), Judge Stuart M.
Bernstein (New York) and
Lawrence J. Kotler of Duane
Geoffrey L. Berman of
Development Specialists Inc. (Los
Angeles) will moderate "Post-Confirmation
Quagmire: Limits on Liquidating Trusts, Plan Modifications and
Amendments and Practical Business Issues." Panelists will include
Judge E. Stephen Derby
(Baltimore), David R. Kuney
of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP
D.C.) and Michael P. Richman of
Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP (New York).
Richardo I. Kilpatrick of
Kilpatrick & Associates PC (Auburn
Hills, Mich.) will
moderate a panel "What’s New in Consumer Credit: Interest Rate
Trends, Portfolio Assignments, Servicing, Sub-prime Markets, Truth in
Lending Awards, Home Owners Protection Act, Class Actions."
The panel will also feature Melyssa R. Barrett of Visa USA Inc.
Calif.) and Steve C. Olen of Olen
Nicholas & Lopeland PC (Mobile,
Judge Joan N. Feeney
(Boston) will moderate a
“Judges' Roundtable: Hot Bankruptcy Issues Now Riding
the Circuits” plenary session with Judge David W. Houston III
Miss.), Judge Linda B. Riegle
(Las Vegas), Judge Barry S.
Schermer (St. Louis, Mo.) and Judge Mary F. Walrath
Richard E. Mikels of Mintz,
Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo PC
(Boston) will moderate
"Asset Sales: Parts I (How Broad Is the Power to Cleanse?) and
II (Advanced 363 Issues) " and will be joined by
Howard Brod Brownstein of Nachman Hays Brownstein
Penn.), Andrew Graiser of DJM Asset
Management (Melville, N.Y.), Lisa M. Poulin of FTI Consulting (Dallas),
Benjamin L. Nortman of Hilco Trading Co. Inc.(Northbrook, Ill.) and
David Peress of the Ozer Group LLC (Needham, Mass.)
In the panel "Mass Torts,
Parts I and II (Herding Cats and Other Problems: Managing Mass Torts
Litigation in Chapter 11)" moderator Theodore L. Freedman of
Kirkland & Ellis LLP (New York) will be joined by panelists Judge
Judith K. Fitzgerald (Pittsburgh), Laura Davis Jones of Pachulski,
Stang, Ziehl, Young, Jones & Weintraub PC (Wilmington), Robert J.
Rosenberg, Latham & Watkins LLP (New York), Karen B. Shaer of GCG
(Melville, N.Y.) and Frank J. Vecchione of Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan,
Griffinger & Vecchione PC (Newark, N.J.). The Mass Torts Committee
will continue the discussion.
"Secured Property in Chapter
7: Surrender, Redemption, Reaffirmation, Lien Avoidance, Valuation,
Relief from Stay, Other Options" will be moderated by Mark V. Bossi
of Thompson Coburn LLP (St. Louis,
Mo.). Elizabeth J. Marshall of Ford
Motor Credit Company (Dearfield Beach,
Fla.), Judge James D. Gregg
Mich.) and David B. Stratton of
Pepper Hamilton LLP (Wilmington,
Del.) will join him as panelists.
In "Churches and Non-Profits in Chapter 11” Susan G.
Boswell of Quarles & Brady Streich Lang LLP (Tucson, Ariz.) and Ford
Elsaesser of Elsaesser, Jarzabek, Anderson, Marks, Elliott & McHugh
Chtd.(Sandpoint, Idaho) will moderate a discussion featuring Prof. Marci
A. Hamilton of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (New York ), Judge
Ronald B. King (San Antonio,
Texas) and Daniel R.
Murray of Jenner & Block LLP (Chicago). Each of the panelists is
involved in a current church bankruptcy.
A session titled "New
Commercial Lending Vehicles and Trends: Understanding Complex
Debt" will be moderated by Melissa Kibler Knoll of Mesirow
Financial Consulting LLC (Chicago). Panelists include Jerome Fons
of Welss Fargo Business Credit
Inc.(Minneapolis), David A.
Gozdecki of LaSalle Business Credit Inc. (Chicago), William K.
Lenhart of BDO Seidman LLP (New
York) and Baker A. Smith of Morris Anderson
with an Evidentiary Focus on Privileges: Lawyer/Client, Fifth Amendment,
Waiver, Trade Secrets, Financial Privacy, Turnover, Alternatives"
will be moderated by Dillon E. Jackson of Foster Pepper & Shefelman
PLLC (Seattle) and will feature Judge Barry Russell (Los Angeles) and R.
Scott Williams of Haskell, Slaughter Young & Rediker LLC
Moderator Salvatore A.
Barbatano of Foley & Lardner LLP
(Detroit) will be joined by
panelists Richard Byrne of the U.S. Trustee Program
D.C.), Samuel J. Gerdano of the
American Bankruptcy Institute
Va.) and ABI Resiedent
Scholar Prof. Jeffrey W. Morris of the
University of Dayton School of Law (Dayton, Ohio) to discuss
"New U.S. Trustee Initiatives, Legislative and Caselaw
Developments.” The latest on the new bankruptcy law will be
In "Professional Fees
After Lamie: Payment from Whom and How,
Conversion of Case, Future Retention by Trustee,
Retainers” James T. Markus of Block, Markus &
Williams LLC (Denver) will moderate a panel featuring C. R.
“Chip” Bowles of Greenebaum, Doll & McDonald PLLC
(Louisville, Ky.) and Patricia A. Redmond of Stearns Weaver Miller
Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson PA (Miami).
Officers and Directors When You Represent the Debtor—Insurance,
Liability, Fiduciary Duties, Stock Loans, KERPS, Employment
Agreements” will be moderated by Andrew I. Silfen of Arent Fox
PLLC (New York) and features panelists Nancy A. Peterman of Greenberg
Traurig LLP (Chicago), James D. Sweet of Murphy Desmond SC (Madison;
Wisc.) and Carl H. Young II of Bridge Associates LLC (Tulsa,
The Annual Spring Meeting has
consistently been ABI's biggest conference. It is one of two annual
conferences where ABI committees and subcommittees meet. More than 20
such committees will hold programs for CLE credit. The four-day
conference offers approximately 19 hours credit, including three hours
of ethics. Register by April 1 and save $30.
The American Board of
Certification (ABC) will offer its Consumer Bankruptcy, Business
Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights exams on Thursday, April 28. For
details please visit the ABC web site at www.abcworld.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABI is the largest
multi-disciplinary, non-partisan organization dedicated to research and
education on matters related to insolvency. ABI was founded
in 1982 to provide Congress and the public with unbiased analysis of
bankruptcy issues. The ABI membership includes more than
10,600 attorneys, accountants, bankers, judges, professors, lenders,
turnaround specialists and other bankruptcy professionals providing a
forum for the exchange of ideas and information. For additional
information on ABI, visit ABI World at
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