From the Director Nov 2003
New Consumer Handbook Now Available
The fundamentals of chapters 7 and 13 are explained in a new ABI book, written by Thomas Yerbich (Anchorage, Alaska). Tom is the co-vice chair of ABI's Consumer Bankruptcy Committee and a contributing editor of the Consumer Corner column of the ABI Journal. The 130-page handbook is ideal for new attorneys and support staff, covering procedural steps such as pre-petition payments, discharge and dischargeability, automatic stay and its exceptions and creditor concerns. Also included are commonly asked questions and answers, a glossary of terms and a guide to the schedules. The new book can be purchased in bulk orders (10 or more) for $5. Order online at ABI World.
Annual Report Released
The 2003-04 ABI Annual Report and Calendar is enclosed with the November issue of the ABI Journal. The colorful and useful guide highlights many of the year's achievements and lists key conference dates for ABI's 2004 programs. The Annual Report is also available online at ABI World.
USDA Educational Program Set
ABI's educational program for U.S. Department of Agriculture attorneys involved with Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) issues in bankruptcy cases is set for Nov. 19. Participants will be Jordan Kroop (Squire, Sanders & Dempsey; Phoenix), Nancy Peterman (Greenberg Traurig; Chicago), Rebecca Roof (AlixPartners; New York) and ABI Resident Scholar Marianne Culhane. The program will be held at USDA's offices and viewed by regional staff via teleconference.
ABI's new web site on international bankruptcy launched during the INSOL conference in Las Vegas last month. The site contains daily restructuring and financial news from around the world. The site also features research documents on cross-border protocols and links to many useful sites. Thanks are due to Steven Golick and Tracy Sandler (Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt; Toronto) for their hard work on the project. Additional INSOL Advisory Board members are Kim Arnold (IPAA; Sydney, Australia); Sumant Batra (Kesar Dass B & Associates; New Delhi, India); Manfred Balz (Deutsche Telekom; Bonn, Germany); David Burdette (University of Pretoria; Republic of South Africa); Glen Davis (3/4 South Square; London); Justice James Farley (Superior Court of Justice; Toronto); Josefina Fernandez McEvoy (Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP; Los Angeles); Evan Flaschen (Bingham McCutcheon; Hartford, Conn.); Sheldon Gordon (Canadian Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Professionals; Toronto); Judge Allan L. Gropper (S.D. New York; New York); Ron Harmer (Blake Dawson Waldron; London); Adam Harris (Adam Harris & Associates; Cape Town, South Africa); Robert Hertzberg (Pepper Hamilton; Detroit); Nicholas Hood (Begbies Traynor; London); Lim Tian Huat (Ernst & Young; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia); George Kelakos (Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe; New York); Chris Laughton (Numerica; London); Selinda Melnick (Buchanan Ingersoll; Wilmington, Del.); Colleen Palmer (GE Financial; Chicago); Christopher Redmond (Husch & Eppenberger; Kansas City, Mo.); Michael Richman (Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw; New York); Rebecca Roof (AlixPartners; New York); Janis Sarra (University of British Columbia; Toronto); William Schrag (Morgan Lewis; New York); Keith Shapiro (Greenberg Traurig; Chicago); James Sprayregen (Kirkland & Ellis; Chicago); Marc Udink (Udink & De Jong Advocaten; The Hague, The Netherlands); Jan Van Apeldoorn (Van Apeldoorn Van den End; Amsterdam); Ian Williams (Edwards Geldard; London); and Julia Yates (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; London).