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Meetings & Events

Thursday, December 6

8:00 a.m.

Golf Tournament

Sponsored by Great American Group and Summit Investment Management LLC

8:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Optional Event
Windmill & Thousand Palms Oasis Eco-Tour

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

American Board of Certification Exams

12:00 noon–6:00 p.m.

Registration Desk Open

1:00 p.m.

Tennis Tournament

Sponsored by The Bank of New York, Corporate Trust and Snell & Wilmer LLC

4:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Hall Open

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

New Member/Ambassador Reception
(by invitation only)

Sponsored by CRG Partners

6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Opening Reception

Sponsored by Arent Fox LLP, CIT, Loeb & Loeb LLP, NachmanHaysBrownstein, Inc., RSM McGladrey and Winston & Strawn LLP

Friday, December 7

7:30–8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by Jenner & Block LLP

8:00 a.m.–12:00 noon

Optional Event
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Tour

8:00–9:15 a.m.

Plenary Session

Presentation of the Landmark ABI Fee Study: Conclusions and Ramifications

  • Michael P. Richman, Moderator
    Foley & Lardner LLP; New York
  • C. R. “Chip” Bowles, Jr.
    Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC
    Louisville, Ky.
  • John Wm. Butler, Jr.
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher
    & Flom LLP; Chicago
  • Prof. Stephen J. Lubben
    Seton Hall Law School; Newark, N.J.
  • Deirdre A. Martini
    CIT Group, Inc.; New York
  • Prof. Nancy B. Rapoport
    William S. Boyd School of Law
    University of Nevada; Las Vegas
  • Hon. Wesley W. Steen
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Houston
  • Albert Togut
    Togut, Togut & Segal, LLP; New York
  • Clifford J. White III
    Executive Office for U.S. Trustees
    Washington, D.C.

9:15–9:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break

Sponsored by MorrisAnderson & Associates, Ltd.

9:30–11:00 a.m.

Committee Education Sessions

  • Bankruptcy Litigation/Commercial Fraud Task Force (joint)
  • Business Reorganization/Employee Benefits in Bankruptcy (joint)
  • Finance and Banking
  • Financial Advisors/Investment Banking/Professional Compensation/Public
    Companies and Claims Trading (joint)
  • Legislation

11:00–11:15 a.m.

Refreshment Break

Sponsored by BDO Seidman, LLP

11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

A. Loan-to-Own Strategies of Hedge Funds and Private Equity Firms

  • Stephen S. Gray, Moderator
    CRG Partners; Boston
  • Paul Coughlin
    Longroad Asset Management, LLC
    Stamford, Conn.
  • Hon. Allan L. Gropper
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court; New York
  • Larry G. Halperin
    Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP; New York
  • Aziz Hassanali
    Anchorage Advisors, LLC; New York
  • Andrew I. Silfen
    Arent Fox LLP; New York

B. BAPCPA in the Courts: How Judicial Interpretation of the New Provisions Affects Your Cases

  • Joseph Samet, Moderator
    Baker & McKenzie LLP; New York
  • Patti H. Bass
    Bass & Associates, P.C.; Tucson, Ariz.
  • Robert N.H. Christmas
    Nixon Peabody LLP; New York
  • Hon. Bruce A. Markell
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Las Vegas
  • Hon. Thomas F. Waldron
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Dayton, Ohio

C. Trying Valuation (on a Budget): Consumer Case Examples

  • Dillon E. Jackson, Moderator
    Foster Pepper PLLC; Seattle
  • Ford Elsaesser
    Elsaesser, Jarzabek, Anderson, Marks, Elliott & McHugh, Chtd.; Sandpoint, Idaho
  • Richardo I. Kilpatrick
    Kilpatrick & Associates, PC
    Auburn Hills, Mich.
  • Claire Ann Resop
    Brennan, Steil & Basting, SC; Madison, Wis.
  • Hon. Steven W. Rhodes
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Detroit

12:30–2:00 p.m.

Optional Event
Chefs’ Cooking Class

12:45–2:00 p.m.

Luncheon Featuring Christopher Buckley
Editor of Forbes FYI and Best-Selling Social and Political Satirist

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

Brandishing a savvy understanding of the truth behind the headlines and a perceptive wit that holds no target sacred, Christopher Buckley delivers a comedic look at national politics and world affairs. He is the author of 11 books, including his latest, Boomsday, released last April. His other works include God Is My Broker, Little Green Men, No Way To Treat A First Lady, Washington Schlepped Here and Florence of Arabia, several of which are national best-sellers. Thank You for Smoking was developed into a major motion picture. In 1989, the late Malcolm Forbes hired him to start a new magazine, Forbes FYI. Buckley has written for most national newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Time, The Atlantic Monthly, Smithsonian, US News and World Report, Vanity Fair, Vogue and Conde Nast Traveler. Buckley is a recipient of the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence, and the distinguished Thurber Prize for American Humor.

2:00–3:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

A. Subprime Paradigm: Lessons on Maximizing Value from the Subprime, 1031 and Servicer Cases

  • Lawrence E. Young, Moderator
    AlixPartners LLP; Dallas
  • John Anderson
    RBS Greenwich Capital; Greenwich, Conn.
  • Melanie L. Cyganowski
    Greenberg Traurig, LLP; New York
  • Jeffrey W. Dulberg
    Pachulski Stang Ziehl Young Jones & Weintraub LLP
    Los Angeles
  • Hon. Linda B. Riegle
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Las Vegas
  • Eric Sagerman
    Winston & Strawn LLP; Los Angeles

B. Health Care Cases: Financing, Financial Management and Exit

  • Samuel R. Maizel, Moderator
    Pachulski Stang Ziehl Young Jones & Weintraub LLP; Los Angeles

  • Paul E. Harner
    Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP; Chicago
  • Shane A. Passarelli
    Healthcare Finance Group, Inc.; Los Angeles
  • Louis E. Robichaux, IV
    Bridge Associates, LLC; New York
  • Joseph Tutera
    The Tutera Group; Kansas City, Mo.

C. Individual Chapter 11: The New “Small Business” Option?

  • James T. Markus, Moderator
    Block, Markus & Williams, LLC; Denver
  • Barry Lefkowitz, CIRA
    Virchow Krause & Company, LLP; Southfield, Mich.
  • Patricia A. Redmond
    Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, PA; Miami
  • James Patrick Shea
    Shea & Carlyon, Ltd.; Las Vegas

3:30–3:45 p.m.

Refreshment Break

Sponsored by Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP

3:45–5:15 p.m.

Committee Education Sessions

  • Asset Sales
  • Health Care
  • International/Uniform Commercial Code (joint)
  • Mass Torts
  • Unsecured Trade Creditors

6:00–7:00 p.m.

Women's Networking Reception

Sponsored by Bridge Associates, LLC

6:00–7:00 p.m.

American Board of Certification Reception
(ABC Certified Attorneys and ABC Board Members Only)

Sponsored by ABC Officers

7:00–11:00 p.m.

Rock ’n Roll Dance Party
Featuring ABI’s Own Indubitable Equivalents!

Sponsored by Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC; Navigant
Capital Advisors, LLC; Nixon Peabody LLP; Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP; and RBS
Greenwich Capital

9:00 p.m.

Dessert Reception

Sponsored by Union Bank of California

Saturday, December 8

7:30–9:30 a.m.

Breakfast Presentation
Supreme Court Year in Review (and in Prospect):
Judges’ Roundtable

Sponsored by Medical Capital Corporation

  • Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff, Moderator
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Chicago
  • Hon. Dennis R. Dow
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Kansas City, Mo.
  • Hon. Joan N. Feeney
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Boston
  • Hon. Judith K. Fitzgerald
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Pittsburgh
  • Hon. Jim D. Pappas
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Boise, Idaho

9:30 am– 11:00 a.m.

Committee Education Sessions

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Bankruptcy Taxation/Consumer Bankruptcy (joint)
  • Court Administration
  • Ethics
  • Real Estate/Young & New Members (joint)
  • Technology and Telecommunications Cases

11:00–11:15 a.m.

Refreshment Break

Sponsored by Development Specialists, Inc.

11:15–12:45 p.m.

Plenary Session

Ethics, E-mail, the Web and the Blogosphere: Rules and Values for Practice in Cyberspace

  • Terri L. Gardner, Moderator
    Poyner & Spruill LLP; Raleigh, N.C.
  • Hon. Samuel L. Bufford
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Los Angeles
  • Prof. Paula Franzese
    Seton Hall Law School; Newark, N.J.
  • Will Hornsby
    American Bar Association; Chicago
    Author, Boundaries of Legal Marketing
  • J. Charles Mokriski
    Day Pitney; Boston

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