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Meetings & Events

Annual Spring Meeting Faculty

Eighth Annual ABI Great Debates

Moderator: Neil P. Olack
Duane Morris LLP; Atlanta
ABI Vice President—Education

Great Debates: “Plain Meaning” Must Control Judicial Interpretations

Pro: Prof. Todd J. Zywicki
George Mason University School of Law
Arlington, Va.

Con: Reginald W. Jackson
Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP
Columbus, Ohio

Great Debates: Market Interest Rates Are Irrelevant

Pro: Judith Elkin
Haynes and Boone LLP

Con: James Patrick Shea
Shea & Carlyon, Ltd.
Las Vegas

Great Debates: Solvent Debtors Are Bad Faith Filers

Pro: G. Eric Brunstad, Jr.
Bingham McCutchen LLP
Hartford, Conn.

Con: Robert J. Keach
Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson, PA
Portland, Maine

Suppliers to Distressed Industries: Insurmountable Problems or Challenging Opportunities?

  • Moderator: Bettina M. Whyte, AlixPartners LLC, New York
  • Peter S. Fishman; Houlihan, Lokey, Howard & Zukin; San Francisco
  • Sheryl E. Seigel, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Toronto, Ontario
  • Sheryl Toby, Dykema Gossett PLLC, Detroit

A New Sheriff in Town: Dealing with State Regulators in Utility Industry Bankruptcies

  • Moderator: Katherine Stadler, Godfrey & Kahn SC, Madison, Wis.
  • G. Larry Engel, White & Case LLP, San Francisco
  • Alan W. Kornberg; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; New York
  • William K. Snyder, Corporate Revitalization Partners LLC, Dallas

Consumer Conversions Between Chapters 13 and 7: Pre— and Post-Confirmation Issues, Property of the Estate, Exemption Objection and Avoidance Action Deadlines, Permissible Planning

  • Moderator: Hon. Steven W. Rhodes, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Detroit
  • Prof. Margaret Howard, Washington & Lee Law School, Lexington, Va.
  • Dennis J. LeVine; Dennis LeVine & Associates, Inc.; Tampa, Fla.

Deepening Insolvency: The “Outlandish” Tort Affecting Professionals, Lenders, Insurers, Officers, and Directors

  • Moderator: Lynda H. Schwartz, Ernst & Young LLP, Boston
  • Richard Banzinger, Citigroup Inc., New York
  • Hon. Stuart M. Bernstein, U. S. Bankruptcy Court, New York
  • Lawrence J. Kotler, Duane Morris LLP, Philadelphia

Post-Confirmation Quagmire: Limits on Liquidating Trusts, Plan Modifications and Amendments and Practical Business Issues

  • Moderator: Geoffrey L. Berman; Development Specialists, Inc.; Los Angeles
  • Hon. E. Stephen Derby, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Baltimore
  • David R. Kuney, Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP, Washington
  • Michael P. Richman; Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP; New York

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

  • Moderator: Richardo I. Kilpatrick, Kilpatrick & Associates PC, Auburn Hills, Mich.
  • Melyssa R. Barrett; Visa USA, Inc.; Foster City, Calif.
  • Steve C. Olen, Olen Nicholas & Lopeland PC, Mobile, Ala.

Judges’ Roundtable: Hot Bankruptcy Issues Now Riding the Circuits

  • Moderator: Hon. Joan N. Feeney, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Boston (1st Circuit)
  • Hon. David W. Houston, III; U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Aberdeen, Miss. (5th Circuit)
  • Hon. Linda B. Riegle, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Las Vegas (9th Circuit)
  • Hon. Barry S. Schermer, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, St. Louis, Mo. (8th Circuit)
  • Hon. Mary F. Walrath, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Wilmington (3rd Circuit)

Asset Sales: Parts I (How Broad Is the Power to Cleanse?) and II (Advanced 363 Issues)

  • Moderator: Richard E. Mikels; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, PC; Boston
  • Howard Brod Brownstein; NachmanHaysBrownstein, Inc.; Narberth, Penn.
  • Andrew Graiser, DJM Asset Management, Melville, N.Y.
  • Lisa M. Poulin, FTI Consulting, Dallas
  • Benjamin L. Nortman; Hilco Trading Co., Inc.; Northbrook, Ill.
  • David Peress; The Ozer Group, LLC; Needham, Mass.

Mass Torts, Parts I and II (Herding Cats and Other Problems: Managing Mass Torts Litigation in Chapter 11)

  • Moderator: Theodore L. Freedman, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, New York
  • Hon. Judith K. Fitzgerald, U. S. Bankruptcy Court, Pittsburgh
  • Laura Davis Jones; Pachulski, Stang, Ziehl, Young, Jones & Weintraub PC; Wilmington
  • Robert J. Rosenberg, Latham & Watkins LLP, New York
  • Karen B. Shaer, GCG, Melville, N.Y.
  • Frank J. Vecchione; Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione PC; Newark, N.J.

Secured Property in Chapter 7: Surrender, Redemption, Reaffirmation, Lien Avoidance, Valuation, Relief from Stay, Other Options

  • Moderator: Mark V. Bossi, Thompson Coburn LLP, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Elizabeth J. Marshall, Ford Motor Credit Company, Dearfield Beach, Fla.
  • Hon. James D. Gregg, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • David B. Stratton, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Wilmington, Del.

A Wing and a Prayer: Churches and Non-Profits in Chapter 11

  • Moderator: Ford Elsaesser; Elsaesser, Jarzabek, Anderson, Marks, Elliott & McHugh, Chtd.; Sandpoint, Id.
  • Susan G. Boswell, Quarles & Brady Streich Lang LLP, Tucson, Ariz.
  • Hon. Ronald B. King, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, San Antonio, Tex.
  • Dillon E. Jackson, Foster Pepper & Shefelman PLLC
  • Daniel R. Murray, Jenner & Block LLP, Chicago

New Commercial Lending Vehicles and Trends: Understanding Complex Debt

  • Moderator: Melissa Kibler Knoll; Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC; Chicago
  • Jerome Fons; Welss Fargo Business Credit, Inc.; Minneapolis
  • David A. Gozdecki, LaSalle Business Credit Inc., Chicago
  • William K. Lenhart; BDO Seidman, LLP; New York
  • Baker A. Smith; Morris Anderson Associates, Ltd.; Atlanta

Mock Presentation with an Evidentiary Focus on Privileges: Lawyer/Client, Fifth Amendment, Waiver, Trade Secrets, Financial Privacy, Turnover, Alternatives

  • Moderator: Dillon E. Jackson, Foster Pepper & Shefelman PLLC, Seattle
  • Hon. Barry Russell, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • R. Scott Williams; Haskell, Slaughter Young & Rediker LLC; Birmingham, Ala.

New U.S. Trustee Initiatives, Legislative and Caselaw Developments

  • Moderator: Salvatore A. Barbatano, Foley & Lardner LLP, Detroit
  • Lawrence A. Friedman, Director, Executive Office for U.S. Trustees
  • Samuel J. Gerdano, American Bankruptcy Institute, Alexandria, Va.
  • Prof. Jeffrey W. Morris, ABI Scholar in Residence, University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, Ohio
  • Ralph Avery, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Washington

Professional Fees After Lamie: Payment from Whom and How, Conversion of Case, Future Retention by Trustee, Retainers

  • Moderator: James T. Markus; Block, Markus & Williams, LLC; Denver
  • C. R. “Chip” Bowles; Greenebaum, Doll & McDonald PLLC; Louisville, Ky.
  • Patricia A. Redmond; Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, PA; Miami

Who is Your Client?: Counseling the Officers and Directors When You Represent the Debtor—Insurance, Liability, Fiduciary Duties, Stock Loans, KERPS, Employment Agreements

  • Moderator: Andrew I. Silfen, Arent Fox PLLC, New York
  • Nancy A. Peterman, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Chicago
  • James D. Sweet; Murphy Desmond, SC, Madison; Wisc.
  • Carl H. Young, II; Bridge Associates LLC; Tulsa, Okla.

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