ABI

Friday, September 27, 2013

8:00-8:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

8:30-8:45 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

David R. Kuney, Program Chair

Sidley Austin LLP; Washington, D.C.

Lawrence J. Center, Assistant Dean

Georgetown Law CLE; Washington, D.C.

Samuel J. Gerdano, Executive Director

American Bankruptcy Institute; Alexandria, Va.

8:45-9:45 a.m.

Confirmation Potpourri

Plan-support agreements and third-party releases, venue, equitable mootness, designation of votes and separate classification.

Jay M. Goffman, Moderator

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; New York

Hon. Shelley C. Chapman

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)

Hon. Robert E. Gerber

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)

Hon. Brendan L. Shannon

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Del.)

Martin J. Bienenstock, Facilitator

Proskauer; New York

9:45-10:45 a.m.

It's a Small World, After All: Cross-Border Bankruptcies

Chapter 15 proceedings, recognition and enforcement, establishment of the COMI.

Gregg M. Galardi, Moderator

DLA Piper; New York

Hon. Martin Glenn

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)

Hon. Francis J.C. Newbould

Ontario Superior Court of Justice; Toronto

Hon. James M. Peck

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)

Hon. Christopher S. Sontchi

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Del.)

Gary Holtzer, Facilitator

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; New York

10:45-11:00 a.m.

Refreshment Break

Sponsored by AlixPartners LLP

11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

No Peace in the Valley: Labor Unrest

Recent cases on §§ 1113 and 1114, severance, pensions, executive compensation and WARN Act.

Michael L. Bernstein, Moderator

Arnold & Porter LLP; Washington, D.C.

Hon. Kevin J. Carey

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Del.)

Hon. Kevin R. Huennekens

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Va.)

Hon. Stephen S. Mitchell (ret.)

Alexandria, VA

Irving E. Walker, Facilitator

Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, PA; Baltimore

12:00-12:30 p.m.

Special Pre-Luncheon Session: Reflections on Bankruptcy Law from Enron to Chrysler and Beyond

Hon. Arthur J. Gonzalez (ret.)

New York University School of Law; New York

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Working Lunch: Break-Outs 1-3 (Be sure to select your topic on the CLE Checklist.)

Sponsored by Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP

A facilitator will lead additional discussions from the three morning panels, providing a unique opportunity for attendees to follow up on the morning’s topics in small groups over lunch with the faculty.

1:40-2:40 p.m.

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Law Firm Bankruptcies

Is chapter 11 the optimal way to liquidate law firms? Jewel v. Boxer claims, drafting suggestions for releases of partners.

Melanie L. Cyganowski, Moderator

Otterbourg, Steindler, Houston & Rosen, PC; New York

Hon. Stuart M. Bernstein

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)

Hon. Robert D. Drain

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)

Hon. S. Martin Teel, Jr.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. D.C.)

Bradford F. Englander, Facilitator

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP; Falls Church, Va.

2:40-3:40 p.m.

Individual Chapter 11s: They're Not Big 13s

When are they the right option? Absolute priority rule, conversion to and from chapter 7.

Mary Joanne Dowd, Moderator

Arent Fox LLP; Washington, D.C.

Hon. Nancy Hershey Lord

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D.N.Y.)

Hon. Robert G. Mayer

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Va.)

Hon. Frank J. Santoro

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Va.)

Douglas M. Foley, Facilitator

McGuireWoods LLP; Washington, D.C.

3:40-4:00 p.m.

Refreshment Break

Sponsored by AlixPartners LLP

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Dangerous Curves Ahead: Ethics and Social Media

As social media gain a foothold in all communications, attorneys are using the platform for both business and personal use. The panel will identify the ethical dangers and professionalism concerns that are raised when attorneys use Facebook, LinkedIn, and other forms of social media. The panel will discuss, among other issues, ethics opinions from various jurisdictions dealing with social networking, the minimum standard of attorney “competence,” confidentiality, problems affecting the attorney-client privilege, using social media for investigations, locator platforms and other recent advancements, and best practices for social networking by attorneys.

Steven C. Bennett, Moderator

Jones Day; New York

Hon. Bruce A. Harwood

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D.N.H.)

Hon. Cecelia G. Morris

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)

Hon. Michael G. Williamson

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D. Fla.)

Richard M. Meth, Facilitator

Fox Rothschild LLP; Roseland, N.J.

5:00-6:15 p.m.

Cocktail Reception

Sponsored by Sidley Austin LLP

 

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