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Meetings & Events

15.5 hours of CLE/CPE credit, including 3.0 hours of ethics, are available!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

9:00 am–5:00 pm

American Board of Certification Exams

11:00 am–2:00 pm

IWIRC Luncheon and Founders Awards

  • Guest Speaker: Nina Totenberg, NPR
    Sponsored by IWIRC

5:00–5:30 pm

Young & New Members Committee Meeting

5:30 –6:30 pm

Young & New Members Reception

Sponsored by Corporate Revitalization Partners, LLC

7:00 –9:00 pm

Opening Reception at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center

Sponsored by Buccino & Associates, Inc.; Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, LLP ; Huron Consulting Group; LECG; Miller Buckfire & Co., LLC; NachmanHaysBrownstein, Inc.; PENTA Advisory Services, LLC and RSM McGladrey

Friday, April 13, 2007

7:30–8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by Jenner & Block LLP

8:30–10:00 am

Eleventh Annual ABI Great Debates

  • Moderator: Robert J. Keach, Bernstein Shur; Portland, Maine ABI Vice President–Education Matters

Resolved: Under Section 363, Property Can Be Sold Free and Clear of Claims

  • Pro: Robert M. Fishman
    Shaw Gussis Fishman, et al. LLC; Chicago
  • Con: Dillon E. Jackson
    Foster Pepper PLLC; Seattle

Resolved: Individual Chapter 7 Debtors Have an Absolute Right to Convert to Chapter 13

  • Pro: Craig Goldblatt
    WilmerHale LLP; Boston
  • Con: G. Eric Brunstad, Jr.
    Bingham McCutchen LLP; Hartford, Conn

Resolved: Loan-to-Own DIP Lenders Should Not Be Allowed to Credit Bid

  • Pro: Michael P. Richman
    Foley & Lardner LLP; New York
  • Con: Thomas J. Salerno
    Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP; Phoenix

10:00 am–10:15am

Coffee Break

Sponsored by MorrisAnderson & Associates, Ltd.


And Now for Something Completely Different: A Roundtable on Bankruptcy, Labor and Credit Issues and the New Congress

  • William A. Brandt, Jr.
    Development Specialists, Inc.; Chicago
  • William Q. Derrough
    Jefferies & Company Inc.; New York
  • Senator Richard Durbin
  • Travis B. Plunkett
    Consumer Federation of America; ; Washington DC
  • Catherine Vance
    Development Specialists, Inc.; Dublin, Ohio
  • Clifford J. White, III
    Executive Office for U.S. Trustees; Washington, D.C.


Luncheon Program Keynote Featuring Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner’s heartwarming true story embodies the best of the American Dream. His rags-to-riches tale, from homelessness to Wall Street, is now inspiring millions in the current hit movie The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith.

Sponsored by Foley & Lardner LLP and Jeffries & Company, Inc.


Committee Educational Concurrent Sessions

  • Business Reorganization/Finance and Banking (joint)
  • Bankruptcy Litigation/Ethics (joint)
  • Financial Advisors/Investment Banking/ Professional Compensation (joint)
  • Legislation

3:45–4:00 pm

Coffee Break

Sponsored by Tranzon LLC

4:00–5:30 pm

Judges’ Roundtable: Supreme Court Year in Review

  • Moderator: Hon. Joan N. Feeney
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Boston
  • Hon. Kevin J. Carey
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Wilmington
  • Hon. Jeffery P. Hopkins
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Cincinnati
  • Hon. Gregg W. Zive
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Reno

5:00 pm

Optional Event: Baltimore Orioles Baseball Game

6:00–7:00 pm

Women’s Networking Reception

Sponsored by Bridge Associates LLC


Optional Event: The Capitol Steps at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center


ABI Endowment Fund Dinner at Evermay Historic House (invitation only)

Sponsored by Bridge Associates LLC

Saturday, April 14, 2007

7:00 –8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by eCAST Settlement Corp.

8:00–9:30 am

Committee Educational Sessions

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Bankruptcy Taxation
  • Consumer
  • Court Administration
  • Pensions and Benefits in Bankruptcy  
  • Public Companies and Claims Trading
  • Real Estate
  • Technology and Telecommunications Cases

9:30–11:00 am

Concurrent Workshops

  • Ready, Set, Go: A Practical Guide to Preparing and Filing a Chapter 11 Case and Surviving the “First Days”—Part I
    • Moderator: Kathryn Pamenter
      Goldberg Kohn Bell Black Rosenbloom & Moritz, Ltd.; Chicago
    • Mark D. Collins
      Richards, Layton & Finger, PA; Wilmington, Del.
    • Dallas M. Darland
      TRG; Boston
    • Tinamarie Feil
      BMC Group; Seattle
  • Real Estate Redux: What the New Dirt Cases Will Look Like
    • Moderator: David B. Stratton
      Pepper Hamilton LLP;
    • Matthew Bordwin
      Keen Consultants, LLC; Great Neck
    • David L. Bruck
      Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP; Woodbridge, N.J.
    • Ronald F. Greenspan
      FTI Consulting, Inc.; Los Angeles
    • Hon. Linda B. Riegle
      U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Las Vegas
  • “And Throw Away the Key”: : Eligibility Issues in Consumer Cases
    • Moderator: David Allard Chapter 7 Panel Trustee
      Allard & Fish, PC; Detroit
    • Hon. Susan Kelley
      U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Milwaukee
    • James F. Molleur
      James F. Molleur, LLC; Saco, Maine
    • Mark A. Redmiles
      Executive Office for U.S. Trustees; Washington, DC

11:00–11:15 am

Coffee Break

Sponsored by Gordon Brothers Group

11:15 am–12:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions

  • Ready, Set, Go: A Practical Guide to Preparing and Filing a Chapter 11 Case and Surviving the “First Days”—Part II
    • Moderator: Kathryn Pamenter
      Goldberg Kohn Bell, et al., Ltd; Chicago
    • Hon. Charles G. Case, II
      U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Phoenix
    • Hon. William C. Hillman
      U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Boston
    • Debra I. Grassgreen
      Pachulski, Stang, Ziehl, et al. LLP; San Francisco
    • Melissa Kibler Knoll
      Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC; Chicago
    • Charles F. Kuoni, III
      Corporate Revitalization Partners, LLC; Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Key Restructuring Issues in Energy, Telecom and Utility Sector Cases: Lessons For the New Cases From the Last Wave
    • Moderator: John R. Castellano
      AlixPartners LLP;
      New York
    • Jeremy Fagot
      PA Consulting, Denver
    • Thomas E. Lauria
      White & Case LLP; Miami
    • Nicholas P. Leone
      The Blackstone Group; New York
    • Matthew Mazzucchi
      Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin; Minneapolis
  • Getting to the Finish Line: Current Issues in Chapter 13 Plan Confirmation, Implementation and Discharge
    • Moderator: Dennis J. LeVine
      Dennis LeVine & Associates; PA Tampa
    • Alane A. Beckett
      Becket & Lee, LLP; Malvern, Pa.
    • Hon. Eileen W. Hollowell
      U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Tucson, Ariz.
    • W. Clarkson McDow
      Office of the United States Trustee, Region 4; Columbia, S.C.
    • Gerald M. O’Donnell
      Chapter 13 Trustee; Alexandria, Va.

12:30–2:00 pm

Luncheon Program

  • Speaker: John Ashcroft
    Former U.S. Attorney General and Senator
  • Author: Never Again: Securing America and Restoring Justice

Sponsored by the American College of Bankruptcy

2:15–3:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions

  • Equity Rises Again: Strategies for Interest Holders in Chapter 11 Reorganizations and Sales
    • Moderator: Jeffrey L. Jones
      Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels LLP; Boston
    • Henry Owsley
      Gordian Group, LLC; New York
    • Anders J. Maxwell
      Peter J. Solomon Company, L.P.  
    • Thomas E. Patterson
      Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP; Los Angeles
    • Paul N. Silverstein
      Andrews Kurth LLP; New York
  • The Death of Deepening Insolvency?: Corporate Governance for Troubled Companies After the Delaware Cases
    • Moderator: Jo Ann J. Brighton
      Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman, LLP;
      Charlotte, N.C.
    • Jonathan P. Friedland
      Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Chicago
    • Prof. Michelle Morgan Harner
      University of Nebraska College of Law; Lincoln, Neb.
    • Marc D. Puntus
      Miller Buckfire & Co., LLC; New York
    • Russell C. Silberglied
      Richards, Layton & Finger, PA; Wilmington
  • Health Care Business Restructurings and Liquidations After BAPCPA: Issues and Strategies for the “New” Cases
    • Moderator: Sarah B. Foster
      Haynes and Boone, LLP; Austin, Tex.
    • Bernard A. Katz
      J.H. Cohn, LLP; Edison, N.J.
    • Suzanne Koenig
      SAK Management Services, LLC; Chicago
    • Hal F. Morris
      Office of the Texas Attorney General; Austin, Tex
    • Nancy A. Peterman
      Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Chicago

3:45 –4:00 pm

Refreshment Break

Sponsored by CIT

4:00–5:30 pm

Committee Educational Sessions

  • Asset Sales
  • Commercial Fraud Task Force
  • Health Care
  • International
  • Mass Torts
  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • Unsecured Trade Creditors/Young & New Members (joint)

7:00 –10:00 pm

Final Night Gala Dinner & Concert with Hall & Oates

Sponsored by BMC Group, FTI Consulting, Inc., Grant Thornton LLP, Recovery & Reorganization Services, KPMG Corporate Finance LLC, Loeb & Loeb LLP, Mesirow Financial Consulting LLC and Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

Headlining the ABI Final Night Gala: Hall & Oates! With over 60 million albums sold, Daryl Hall & John Oates’ rich repertoire has garnered a total of 8 #1 singles along with dozens of hits throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s, including “Rich Girl,” “Kiss on My List,” “Maneater,” “Private Eyes,” “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do),” “Sara Smile,” “She’s Gone” and “One on One.” Join ABI for this special gala event celebrating 25 years of serving the bankruptcy community. Proceeds benefit the ABI Endowment Fund.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

8:00 –8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by Fried, Frank, Harris,
Shriver & Jacobson, LLP

8:30–10:00 am

Plenary Session: The Application of State Ethics Rules in Bankruptcy: Are We Just Holding Our Noses and Looking the Other Way?

  • Moderator: Richard M. Meth
    Day Pitney LLP; Florham Park, N.J.
  • Barbara S. Gillers
    Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP; New York
  • Judith Greenstone Miller
    Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss, PC; Southfield, Mich
  • Prof. Nancy B. Rapoport
    University of Houston Law Center; Houston
  • Hon. Steven W. Rhodes
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Michigan; Detroit

10:00–10:15 am

Coffee Break

Sponsored by Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell, LLP

10:15–11:15 am

Plenary Session: Selecting and Qualifying and Expert: Not Just Anyone Will Do

  • Moderator: Robert J. Keach
    Bernstein Shur; Portland, Maine
  • Hon. Stan Bernstein
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Central Islip, N.Y.
  • R. Scott Williams
    Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC; Birmingham, Ala.
  • Mark M. Maloney
    King & Spalding LLP; Atlanta
  • Howard Brod Brownstein
    NachmanHaysBrownstein, Inc.; Narbeth, Pa.

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