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ABI to Host the First Annual Mid Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop
August 4-6

May 30, 2005, Alexandria, Va. —  The American Bankruptcy Institute’s (ABI) First Annual Mid Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop will be held August 4 – 6 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, Md. The program offers attendees the opportunity to earn up to 9 hours of CLE credit. Program co-chairs are Rudolph J. “Skip” DiMassa Jr. of Duane Morris LLP (Philadelphia) and Laura Davis Jones of Pachulski, Stang, Ziehl, Young, Jones & Weintraub PC (Wilmington, Del. ) Judicial co-chairs are Hon. Judith K. Fitzgerald (Pittsburgh) and Hon. Mary F. Walrath (Wilmington, Del.).

The panel When Circuits Collide: Understanding Diverse Opinions will be moderated byDavid Arthur Skeel Jr. of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law (Philadelphia). He will be joined by panelists Hon. E. Stephen Derby (Baltimore), Hon. Jeffrey Hopkins (Cincinnati), Hon Stephen Raslavich (Philadelphia) and Hon. Peter Walsh (Wilmington, Del.).

Richard M. Kremen of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary US LLP (Baltimore) will moderate a workshop on Retain, Maintain, Contain: The Latest on Retention of Professionals. Hon. Judith K. Fitzgerald (Pittsburgh), Kurt F. Gwynne of Reed Smith LLP (Wilmington, Del.), Alec P.Ostrow, Stevens & Lee PC ( New York) and Kelly Beaudin Stapleton of the Office of the U.S. Trustee (Philadelphia) will join as panelists.

Moderator Natalie D. Ramsey of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads LLP (Philadelphia) will be joined by panelists Roger Frankel of Swidler Berlin LLP (Washington, D.C.), Peter Van N. Lockwood of Caplin & Drysdale (Washington, D.C.),   Hon. Raymond T. Lyons (Trenton, N.J.), Norman L. Pernick, Saul Ewing LLP (Wilmington, Del.) and Mark D. Plevin of Crowell & Moring LLP (Washington, D.C.) in the discussion Recent Developments Affecting Mass Torts Cases: Combustion Engineering et al.

Karen A. Gianelli of Gibbons, Del Deo Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione (Newark, N.J.), Mark Gittelman of the PNC Bank (Philadelphia), Duane D. Morse of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (McLean, Va.), Hon. Steven W. Rhodes (Detroit ) and Brendan Linehan Shannon of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP (Wilmington, Del.) will serve as panelists in the discussion Smooth Take-offs and Safe Landings: Planning, Beginning and Ending Bankruptcy Cases. Stuart M. Brown of Edwards & Angell LLP (Wilmington, Del.) will moderate.

Robert G. Sable of McGuire Woods LLP (Pittsburgh) will serve as moderator for the panel When §363 is the Best Route. Hon. Rosemary Gambardella (Newark, N.J.),   James M. Matour of Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin (Philadelphia) and J. Scott Victor of SSG Capital Advisors LP (West Conshohocken, Pa.) will join in as panelists.

The panelAnything But Bankruptcy!: ABC’s, Receiverships & Other Alternatives will be moderated by Howard Brod Brownstein, NachmanHaysBrownstein Inc. (Narbeth, Pa.). Neal D. Colton of Cozen O’Connor (Philadelphia), Andrew C. Kassner of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP (Wilmington, Del.), Kenneth A. Rosen of Lowenstein Sandler PC (Roseland, N.J.) and Joel C. Shapiro of Blank Rome LLP (Philadelphia) will serve as panelists.

Steven K. Kortanek of Klehr, Harrison, Harvey, Branzburgh & Ellers LLP (Wilmington, Del.) will serve as a moderator for the panel Professional Liability: Landmines and Tripwires. He will be joined by Hon. Kevin J. Carey (Philadelphia), Neil B. Glassman of the Bayard Firm (Wilmington, Del.) and Charles A. Stanziale (Montclair, N.J.)

Gregg Galardi of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (Wilmington, Del.) will join Laura Davis Jones of Pachulski, Stang, Ziehl, Young, Jones & Weintraub PC (Wilmington, Del.), H. Jeffrey Schwartz of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP (Cleveland) and David T. Sykes of Duane Morris LLP (Philadelphia) for the panel Selected Ethical Issues.

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