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  • A press briefing on child support claims under the proposed Bankruptcy Reform Act, hosted by ABI on Friday, March 28, is now available online. The third in a series of press educational teleseminars, the briefing featured ABI experts addressing timely issues in consumer and corporate bankruptcies. The treatment of child support claims in bankruptcy continues to be one of the most controversial aspects of the bankruptcy reform bill. A balanced panel of experts, including Philip Strauss, National Child Support Enforcement Association, Karen Cordry, National Association of Attorneys General, Joan Entmacher, National Women’s Law Center and Linda Lea Viken, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, discussed the merits.

  • The upcoming June issue of the ABI Journal will feature an article by David Wheeler (Moore & Van Allen PLLC; Charleston, S.C.) titled, "Lien ‘Revival’ Under §349: In re Booth.” Also featured are articles on two perspectives on the landmark District Court opinion casting doubt on payments to critical vendors under the doctrine of necessity, what's next under Section 525 after the Supreme Court's NextWave opinion, and how to do a "dirt-for-debt" swap under Section 1129(b)(2)(A). Also featured are profiles of ABI's 10 new members of the Board of Directors, and more. Watch for the June issue to reach your desk in the first week of June.

  • A simple bill to create a single federal district judgeship in Idaho ballooned in the Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday into a measure creating 50 new judgeships. The panel approved the expansion of the federal judiciary in an 18-0 [vote] as a substitute to the original measure. The bill (S. 878) goes to the floor at a time the Senate is already bogged down in a Democratic filibuster blocking two of President Bush's presidential nominations for judgeships. By agreement, the committee took up the amended substitute version by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), adding a total of 14 new judgeships, including the Idaho post. An amendment by Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) was approved to create 36 new permanent bankruptcy judges in New York, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Michigan, Tennessee, Arkansas, Nevada, Utah, Florida and Georgia. The amendment would also add one temporary judgeship each in Puerto Rico, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Mississippi and Georgia.

  • Looking for a new employee or searching for a new job? Check out the new ABI Career Center-the one-stop site for job seekers and employers in the insolvency community. Stop by to set up your personal profile or search the available positions (over 120 on average). Employers are invited to post free job listings and search the job-seeker database for possible candidates.

  • Check out the latest Collier Case Update offered at ABI World. Case summaries are available to ABI members.

  • The latest edition of the West Bankruptcy Newsletter is now available. Provided by West Group, the newsletter is a weekly update on bankruptcy and debtor/creditor matters.

  • Read the previous Consumer Bankruptcy Committee e-Newsletter online.
  • OTHER STORIES IN THIS ISSUE:

    Now You Have It, Now You Don’t: TILA Rescission Claims Brought by Chapter 13 Debtors

    Limited Representation in the Bankruptcy Court: A Creditor’s Counsel Perspective

    Consumer Resources Available From ABI

    Total Bankruptcy Filings Break Records

    Remedies For Abusive Serial Filings Focus Of Consumer
    Bankruptcy Committee Meeting At Annual Spring Meeting