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Meetings & Events

10 hours of CLE/CPE credit, including 1.25 hours of ethics, are available!

Thursday, June 14

5:00 pm-6:00 pm

Ambassador/New Member Reception

Sponsored by GE Commerical Finance

6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Opening Reception

Sponsored by Grant Thornton LLP and Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC

Friday, June 15

7:30–9:00 am

Breakfast Plenary Session

Sponsored by McDonald Hopkins Co. LPA

Welcome

  • Program Chair: Sheryl L. Toby,
    Dykema Gossett PLLC; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Jaunty Judicial Debates I

  • Moderator: Claire Ann Resop
    Brennan, Steil & Basting, SC; Madison

Resolved: A 503(b)(9) Claimant Is Entitled to Receive Full Payment on its Claim Prior to the Effective Date of a Plan.

  • Hon. Daniel S. Opperman
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, ED Mich.; Bay City
  • Hon. Phillip J. Shefferly
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, ED Mich.; Detroit

Resolved: BAPCPA’s Credit Counseling Requirement Should Be Eliminated.

  • Hon. Jeffrey R. Hughes
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, WD Mich.;Grand Rapids
  • Hon. Steven W. Rhodes
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, ED Mich.; Detroit

Resolved: It Is Appropriate for the Court to Enter a First-day Order Defining the Scope of a Creditors’ Committee’s Disclosure Obligation.

  • Hon. Bruce W. Black
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, ND Ill.; Chicago
  • Hon. John E. Hoffman, Jr.
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court SD Ohio, Columbus

Resolved: A Chapter 13 Debtor Can Surrender a Vehicle to a “910 Creditor” in Full Satisfaction of Its Claim.

  • Hon. Scott Dales
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, WD Mich.; Grand Rapids 
  • Hon. Mary Ann Whipple
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, ND Ohio; Toledo

9:00 am–10:15 am

Concurrent Sessions

Reaffirmation: The Ground Rules Have Changed

  • Elizabeth M. Abood
    Charles J. Schneider PC; Livonia, Mich.
  • James J. Burns, Jr
    Burns & Wincek, Ltd.; Chicago
  • Stuart A. Gold
    Gold Lange & Majoros PC; Southfield, Mich.
  • Hon. Mary Ann Whipple
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, ND Ohio; Toledo

Supply Agreements and Other Hot Contract Issues: Adequate Assurance Demand, Does Cure Mean Cure and More?

  • Donald S. MacKenzie Jr.
    Conway MacKenzie & Dunleavy; Birmingham, Mich.
  • Hon. Marci B. McIvor
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, ED Mich.; Detroit
  • Patrick Mears
    Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Norman Newman
    Much Shelist Freed Denenberg Ament & Rubenstein, PC; Chicago

Litigation Skills-Consumer: Valuation, Evidence, Burden of Proof

  • Hon. Hon. Basil H. Lorch III
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, SD Ind.; New Albany
  • Kelly A. Myers
    Myers & Allmand PLLC; Brighton, Mich.
  • Lauren Newman
    FagelHarber LLC; Chicago
  • Mark H. Shapiro
    Steinberg Shapiro & Clark; Southfield, Mich.

Pension and Legacy: New Laws and Old Obligations

  • Mark Berkoff
    DLA Piper US LLP; Chicago
  • Gary W. Burns
    Walker Nell Consultants; Philadelphia
  • Hon. J. Philip Klingeberger
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, ND Ind.; Hammond
  • Shawn M. Riley
    McDonald Hopkins Co., LPA; Cleveland

Using Your Business Litigation Skills-Get in Your Experts and Support Your Values

  • William T. Bodoh
    Frost Brown Todd LLC; Columbus
  • Susan Grossman Gordon
    Mackinac Partners; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
  • Hon. Scott Dales
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, WD Mich.; Grand Rapids 
  • Michael O’Neil
    Sommer Barnard PC; Indianapolis

Alternatives to Chapter 11: Receiverships, Operating 7s, Mortgage Trusts and More

  • John C. DiDonato
    Huron Consulting Group; New York
  • Gregory J. Jordan
    Dykema Gossett PLLC; Chicago
  • Timothy F. Nixon
    Godfrey & Kahn SC; Green Bay, Wis.
  • Hon. Phillip J. Shefferly
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, ED Mich.; Detroit

10:15–10:30 am

Coffee Break

Sponsored by Vedder, Price, Kaufman, & Krammholz, P.C.

10:30–11:45 am

Concurrent Sessions

Ouch! Administrative Insolvency and Disgorgement of Fees-Case Strategies

  • Richard S. Lauter
    Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC; Chicago
  • Judith Greenstone Miller
    Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, PC; Southfield, Mich.
  • Hon. Steven W. Rhodes
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, ED Mich.; Detroit
  • Gary A. Wencel
    Moglia Advisors; Schaumburg, Ill.

Cash-Flow Statements, Budgets, Financial Reporting: Watch Out for the Catches

  • Hon. John E. Hoffman, Jr.
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, SD Ohio; Columbus
  • Alan D. Lasko
    Alan D. Lasko & Associates PC; Chicago
  • Barry P. Lefkowitz
    Virchow, Krause and Co. LLP; Southfield, Mich.
  • Ralph E. McDowell
    Bodman LLP; Detroit

Avoid Professional Liability in Commercial Cases: Aiding and Abetting Client Wrongdoing and Other Liability Risks

  • Jeffrey A. Hokanson
    Hostetler & Kowalik PC; Indianapolis
  • Hon. Thomas J. Tucker
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, ED Mich.; Detroit
  • C. Daniel Motsinger
    Krieg Devault LLP; Indianapolis
  • Nancy D. Terrill
    Grant Thornton LLP; Cleveland

Secured Creditor Rights in Consumer Cases

  • Joseph A. Baldi
    Joseph A. Baldi & Associates, PC; Chicago
  • Hon. James D. Gregg
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, WD Mich.; Grand Rapids
  • Richardo I. Kilpatrick
    Kilpatrick & Associates PC; Auburn Hills, Mich.
  • Richard D. Nelson
    Cohen, Todd, Kite & Stanford, LLC; Cincinnati

Filing a Consumer Case: Pesky Prerequisites

  • John E. Gierum
    Gierum & Mantas; Park Ridge, Ill.
  • Frederick M. Luper
    Luper, Neidenthal & Logan, LPA; Columbus
  • Brian J. Small
    Thav Gross Steinway & Bennett PC; Bingham Farms, Mich.
  • Hon. John H. Squires
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, ND Ill.; Chicago

Disposable Income and the Means Test: What Do They Mean?

  • Thomas J. King
    Chapter 13 Trustee; Oshkosh, Wis.
  • Hon. Pamela Pepper
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, ED Wis.; Milwaukee
  • Steven L. Rayman
    Rayman & Stone; Kalamazoo, Mich.
  • David S. Yen
    Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago; Chicago

12:00–1:00 pm

Family Picnic/Barbeque

Sponsored by MorrisAnderson & Associates, Ltd. and Shaw Gussis Fishman Glantz Wolfson & Towbin LLC

1:00 pm

Golf Tournament

Sponsored by O’Keefe & Associates Consulting

6:00–7:00 pm

Cocktail Networking Reception

Sponsored by the IWIRC Central States Networks

7:00–11:00 pm

Dinner/Dance Featuring ABI’s Own Indubitable Equivalents

Sponsored by BBK and Huron Consulting Group

9:00 pm

Dessert Reception

Sponsored by Berger Singerman

Saturday, June 16

8:00 –9:00 am

Breakfast Plenary Session: Jaunty Judicial Debates II

Sponsored by Virchow Krause & Company, LLP

  • Moderator: Claire Ann Resop
    Brennan, Steil & Basting, SC; Madison

Resolved: The New 45-day Reclamation Period Established by §546(c) Is Merely a Cap on Rights Provided by Nonbankruptcy Law, Rather Than a New Substantive Right.

  • Hon. Bruce W. Black
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, ND Ill.; Chicago
  • Hon. Daniel S. Opperman
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, ED Mich.; Bay City

Resolved: The Means Test Determines the Proper Deductions for Income under the Totality of Circumstances Test under §707.

  • Hon. Pamela Pepper
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, ED of Wis.; Milwaukee
  • Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, ND of Ill.; Chicago

Resolved: During the First 30 Days of a Bankruptcy Case, the Court May Require a Utility to Accept Adequate Assurance in a Form and Amount Not Agreed to by the Utility.

  • Hon. Walter Shapero
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, ED Mich.
  • Hon. Jeffrey R. Hughes
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, WD Mich.; Grand Rapids

Resolved: It Is Inappropriate for an Attorney to Advise a Debtor to Incur Debt for the Purpose of Increasing the Value of the Debtor’s Exemptions.

  • Hon. J. Phillip Klingeberger
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, ND Ind.; Hammond
  • Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, ND Ill.; Chicago

9:30–10:45 am

Repeat Concurrent Sessions (6)

  • Ouch! Administrative Insolvency and Disgorgement of Fees-Case Strategies
  • Cash-Flow Statements, Budgets, Financial Reporting: Watch Out for the Catches
  • Avoid Professional Liability in Commercial Cases: Aiding and Abetting Client Wrongdoing and Other Liability Risks
  • Secured Creditor Rights in Consumer Cases
  • Filing a Consumer Case: Pesky Prerequisites
  • Disposable Income and the Means Test: What Do They Mean?

10:45 am–11:00 am

Coffee Break

Sponsored by Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

11:00–12:15 pm

Repeat Concurrent Sessions (6)

  • Reaffirmation: The Ground Rules Have Changed
  • Supply Agreements and Other Hot Contract Issues: Adequate Assurance Demand, Does Cure Mean Cure and More?
  • Litigation Skills-Consumer: Valuation, Evidence, Burden of Proof
  • Pension and Legacy: New Laws and Old Obligations
  • Using Your Business Litigation Skills - Get in Your Experts and Support Your Values
  • Alternatives to Chapter 11: Receiverships, Operating 7s, Mortgage Trusts and More

1:00–5:00 pm

Optional Events:
Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark Old Mission Peninsula Wine Tour

6:30–7:30 pm

Cocktail Party

Sponsored by Schiff Hardin LLP and Baker & Daniels LLP

7:30–9:30 pm

Speaker/Sponsor Dinner (invitation only)

Sponsored by eCAST Settlement Group

Sunday, June 17, 2007

8:30–10:00 am

Breakfast Presentation: Breakfast with a Judge

Sponsored by Barnes & Thornburg LLP

  • Hon. James D. Gregg
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, WD Mich.; Grand Rapids
  • Hon. John E. Hoffman, Jr.
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, SD Ohio; Columbus
  • Hon. Jeffrey R. Hughes
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, WD Mich.; Grand Rapids
  • Hon. Philip Klingeberger
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, ND Ind.; Hammond
  • Hon. Marci McIvor
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, ED Mich; Detroit
  • Hon. Daniel S. Opperman
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, ED Mich.; Bay City
  • Hon. Steven W. Rhodes
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, ED Mich.; Detroit
  • Hon. Phillip J. Shefferly
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, ED Mich.; Detroit
  • Hon. John H. Squires
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, ND Ill.; Chicago
  • Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, ND Ill.; Chicago

10:00 am

Adjourn

 

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