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Best of 2005 Annual Spring Meeting
“Judges’ Roundtable – The New Bankruptcy Law.”

Program Description:

This panel of experienced bankruptcy judges from four different circuits will discuss the coming significant changes in business and consumer bankruptcy law. The panel was the top-rated program, as selected by the record crowd at the Annual Spring Meeting in Washington.

Speaker Bios:

Hon. Joan N. Feeney has been a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Massachusetts in Boston since 1992 and is currently the Chief Judge. She has also been a member of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the First Circuit since 1996. Judge Feeney is a member of the Bankruptcy Advisory Group to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, a member of the Board of Governors of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and a co-chair of the Massachusetts Local Rules Advisory Committee, and was recently elected a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. She is judicial chair of ABI’s Northeast Bankruptcy Conference. Prior to her appointment, Judge Feeney was a partner in the Boston firm of Hanify & King, where she practiced in bankruptcy and insolvency matters. A frequent author and lecturer on bankruptcy law topics, Judge Feeney received her B.A. from Connecticut College and her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.

Hon. David Winston Houston III is a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Mississippi in Aberdeen, Miss. He is a member of the Federal Judicial Center, the Mississippi Trial Lawyers Associates, Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute and the South Florida, Memphis and North Carolina Bar Associations. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Houston was a special agent with the FBI, a partner at Houston, Chamberlin and Houston in Aberdeen, the city attorney for Aberdeen and the assistant district attorney for the First Circuit Court District of Mississippi. A past member of ABI’s Board of Directors, he earned his business degree from the University of Mississippi and his J.D. at the University of Mississippi Law School.

Hon. Linda B. Riegle was appointed to a 14-year term of office as a Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Nevada in 1988 and was reappointed to a second term in 2002. She served as the Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Nevada from July 1993 to October 1999, and served as the Chair of the Chief Bankruptcy Judges for the Ninth Circuit from October 1998 to October 1999. Judge Riegle was employed at Lionel Sawyer & Collins in Las Vegas from 1977-88, becoming the first female partner in that firm in 1983. She has served as the Chair of the Local Rules Committee for the District of Nevada, a member of the Board of Governors of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ), on the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Judges Education Committee, and on the Legislative Committee of the NCBJ. She also has sat as a pro tem judge for the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Ninth Circuit and she has lectured on gaming and bankruptcy issues for the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Annual Meeting, the Mississippi State Bar and the International Association of Gaming Attorneys. She has also lectured at the Southern Methodist University’s Bankruptcy Litigation Institute, ABI’s Southwest Bankruptcy Conference and the Norton Bankruptcy Institute on various bankruptcy issues. She earned her B.S. magna cum laude from Shepherd College, her M.A. from the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the State University of New York at Albany and her J.D. from Albany Law School, where she was an editor of the Law Review.

Hon. Mary F. Walrath was appointed U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Delaware in Wilmington and became Chief Bankruptcy Judge on Sept. 9, 2003. Judge Walrath was an associate at Clark Ladner Fortenbaugh & Young from 1982-87 and a partner from 1987 until its dissolution in 1996. She then became a partner at Walrath & Coolidge in 1996 and later a shareholder of Jacoby Donner PC. Judge Walrath’s 17 years of legal experience as an attorney concentrated in the areas of debtor/creditor rights and commercial litigation. She received an A.B. in history from Princeton University, where she received four varsity letters and was captain of the women’s basketball team. She earned her J.D. cum laude from Villanova University, where she was a member of the Villanova Law Review for two years and was awarded the Order of the Coif.


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