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Thursday, July 12

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

ABC Exams

2:00 p.m.

ABI Registration Desk and Exhibit Hall Open

2:30-5:00 p.m.

Emerging Leaders Program

Calling all up-and-comers in the bankruptcy industry! Join us for this new, half-day program exclusively for emerging leaders attending the ABI Northeast Conference or Consumer Forum. We invite lawyers, financial advisors, bankers, etc. with less than 10 years of insolvency expertise, either consumer or business focus, to participate in an interactive program involving common insolvency issues facing junior insolvency professionals. Participants will break into small working groups led by emerging leader facilitators and bankruptcy judges to consider issues of substantive law as well as practical procedures for both the courtroom and boardroom. A reception for Emerging Leaders will immediately follow this program.

Jeremy R. Fischer, Moderator

Drummond Woodsum; Portland, Maine

Eric R. Blythe

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.; Boston

Shari I. Dwoskin

Brown Rudnick LLP; Boston

Amelia C. Joiner

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Boston

Jonathan D. Marshall

Choate Hall & Stewart LLP; Boston

Hon. Christopher J. Panos

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Mass.); Boston

Keri L. Wintle

Duane Morris LLP; Boston

Aparna Yenamandra

Kirkland & Ellis LLP; New York

5:00-6:00 p.m.

Emerging Leaders Reception (invite only)

Sponsored by WilmerHale

6:00-7:30 p.m.

Opening Reception

Sponsored by Choate Hall & Stewart LLP and Duane Morris LLP

Bar sponsored by Sullivan & Worcester

Friday, July 13

7:15-7:45 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by Gavin/Solmonese LLC

7:45-8:00 a.m.

Welcome Address

8:00-9:30 a.m.

The Future of the Legal Profession

Is the legal profession’s vision for the law firm of the future already outdated? Can the law firm of today cope with the incredibly dynamic and changing competitive legal services environment, or will it go the way of the dinosaur? Greater and new competition in the forms of artificial intelligence, disruptive technology, the Big Four accounting firms, enlarged in-house legal staffs, and alternative legal service providers are eating law firms’ lunch. Clients are demanding service, efficiency and transparency in a way that puts tremendous pressure on the traditional law firm model. On top of that, the battle for the best talent is intensifying while the very nature of that talent is transforming as millennials start to dominate the talent pool. Our panel will discuss what a law firm must do to evolve and survive and how it potentially can thrive in a rapidly changing legal market.

Steven C. Browne

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Boston

Dr. Heidi K. Gardner

Harvard University; Cambridge, Mass.

Joseph F. Ryan

Brown Rudnick LLP; Boston

9:30-9:45 a.m.

Coffee Break

Sponsored by Bernstein Shur

9:45-11:00 a.m.

Consumer Track Session

Get a Big Retainer! Preparing Complex Consumer Cases

This program will discuss issues and approaches to complex cases highlighting criminal issues, a debtor’s interrelated business, contested valuation and confirmation, and preparing for related litigation.

James F. Molleur, Moderator

Molleur Law Office; Biddeford, Maine

Heather Zubke Cooper

Facey Goss & McPhee P.C.; Rutland, Vt.

Hon. Michael A. Fagone

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Me.); Bangor

Daniel Mark Rabinovitz

Murphy & King; Boston

11:00-11:15 a.m.

Coffee Break

Sponsored by Goulston & Storrs PC

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Consumer Track Session

Chapter 13 Plan and Rule Changes

This panel will review the implications — both good and bad — of the new plan and Rule changes from the debtor, creditor and trustee perspective and discuss what is working, what is not, workarounds, and what further reform is needed.

Jan Michael Sensenich, Moderator

Chapter 13 Standing Trustee; Norwich, Vt.

Hon. Colleen A. Brown

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Vt.); Burlington

Janet J. Goldman

Offices Janet J. Goldman; Warwick, R.I.

Peter V. Guaetta

Guaetta & Benson, LLC; North Chelmsford, Mass.

1:00 p.m.

Optional Events

Golf Tournament at Stowe Mountain Golf Club

Sponsored by Ropes & Gray LLP and Mackinac Partners LLC

Tennis Tournament

Sponsored by Huron Consulting Group Inc.

Tour de ABI

Sponsored by Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green

2:00 p.m.

Optional Events

Guided Hike Around Mt. Mansfield

Sponsored by Holland & Knight LLP

Indoor Rock-Climbing Adventure

Sponsored by Riemer & Braunstein LLP

2:00-4:00 p.m.

Optional Events

Beer Tasting at Idletyme Brewing Company

6:00-7:00 p.m.

Optional Events

Sponsor Reception (by invite only)

Sponsored by Foley Hoag LLP and Pepper Hamilton LLP

7:00-10:00 p.m.

Optional Events

Dinner

Sponsored by Alderman & Alderman, LLC; Neubert, Pepe & Monteith, P.C.; Pullman & Comley LLC; Robinson & Cole LLP; and Zeisler & Zeisler, P.C.

Bar sponsored by Capstone Headwaters LLC and Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP

Dinner Entertainment sponsored by Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Kids’ Entertainment sponsored by Verdolino & Lowey, P.C.

Saturday, July 14

7:30-8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP and McLane Middleton, PA

8:00-9:30 a.m.

Plenary Session

Facing the #MeToo Movement in the Legal Profession: Sexual Harassment and Misconduct, the Rules of Professional Conduct and the Code of Judicial Conduct

Rarely has a hashtag so completely captured the urgency and gravity of a major shift in national consciousness. This panel of experts will lead an interactive discussion on issues confronting the legal profession in the #MeToo world, examining legal, practical and ethical considerations through a series of vignettes. What should be done about the difficult client that represents a significant portion of firm revenue? What are best practices for lawyers in supervisory and managerial roles? What resources are available to attorneys who find themselves subjected to inappropriate or actionable conduct? How may explicit or implicit bias and harassment play out in the adversary system and in negotiations, litigation and the courtroom? Finally, what is the role of the judiciary in addressing these critical issues? The panel will tackle these questions head-on in a plenary ripped from today's headlines.

Mark W. Batten

Proskauer Rose LLP; Boston

Hon. Joan N. Feeney

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Mass.); Boston

Cathy Rae Hershcopf

Cooley LLP; New York

Paul G. Lannon

Holland & Knight LLP; Boston

Ally Cole Steele

Purple Campaign; Washington, D.C.

9:30-9:45 a.m.

Coffee Break

Sponsored by Casner & Edwards, LLP

9:45-11:00 a.m.

Consumer Track Session

“Good Enough”: When Does Sloppiness Equal Liability?

This panel will review the ethical pitfalls with debtors’ and their counsels’ failure to amend schedules, problems with unresponsive clients, and misrepresentations to the court. When does sloppiness become sanctionable conduct?

Hon. Peter G. Cary

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Me.); Portland

John P. Fitzgerald, III

Office of the U.S. Trustee; Marshfield, Mass.

Marques C. Lipton

Parker & Associates; Winchester, Mass.

Kara S. Rescia

Rescia & Shear, LLP; Enfield, Conn.

11:00-11:15 a.m.

Coffee Break

Sponsored by Posternak Blankstein & Lund

11:15 a.m.-12:30 noon

Consumer Track Session

“They Sold My House — and You Said It Was Safe!”

This panel will discuss the chapter 7 trustee’s ability to avoid and surcharge the taxing authority’s secured lien for the benefit of the estate. The panelists will review in detail 11 U.S.C. § 724 and related Code sections, the proper procedural approach, preemption, and related § 363 sales and their implication on property that debtor’s counsel thought was safe or exempt.

Celine de la Foscade-Condon, Moderator

Massachusetts Department of Revenue; Boston

Hon. Elizabeth D. Katz

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Mass.); Springfield

Bonnie C. Mangan

Law Office of Bonnie C. Mangan, P.C.; South Windsor, Conn.

Gary M. Weiner

Weiner Law Firm, P.C.; Springfield, Mass.

12:30 p.m.

Program Adjourns

But the fun doesn’t stop! Stay in town to enjoy the area with your family and colleagues, then join us this evening for a bonfire to close out the event.

9:00-10:00 p.m.

Saturday Bonfire & S’mores

Sponsored by Ruberto, Israel & Weiner, PC

 

Optional Events

Golf Tournament at Stowe Mountain Golf Club

Friday, July 13, 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Ropes & Gray LLP and Mackinac Partners LLC

Play the course that has caught the attention of the golfing world! Stowe Mountain Golf Club reaches heights of 1,800 feet, with views to match. This wilderness course winds around a sparkling lake, babbling brooks and hardwood forests and sits nestled between Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak. This private course is sure to test your skills while it awes you with its beauty. The fee for the shotgun golf tournament is $250 per player and includes green fee, cart, boxed lunch and prizes. Participants of all skill levels are encouraged to join in the tournament. Please check the appropriate box on the online registration form to play, and indicate your handicap.

Tennis Tournament

Friday, July 13, 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Huron Consulting Group Inc.

Participants of all skill levels are encouraged to play in the Tennis Tournament. The $45-per-person fee includes boxed lunch, court fee and prizes. Please check the appropriate box on the online registration form to play.

Tour de ABI

Friday, July 13, 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green

Join us for the annual Tour de ABI bike ride as one of our expert bikers, or you can opt to enjoy a relaxing ride on a comfortable cruiser as you explore the award-winning Stowe Recreation Path. This 5.2-mile, fairly flat trail meanders along the West Branch River and into the village of Stowe. Boxed lunches will be provided, and the ride will begin after lunch. The fee is $45 per person; bike rentals are available for an additional $25. Please select the appropriate box(es) on the online registration form.

Beer Tasting at Idletyme Brewing Company

Friday, July 13, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Cheers! Start happy hour early with your colleagues as we sample a unique variety of local Vermont Beers. The cost for this event is $45 per person, which includes tastings, a full pour, light snacks and gratuities. Please check the appropriate box on the online registration form.

Guided Hike Around Mt. Mansfield

Friday, July 13, 2:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Holland & Knight LLP

Join your fellow ABI friends and family on a great hike around beautiful Mt. Mansfield. You will be hiking on easy-to-moderately strenuous trails. Children under age 10 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. The $45-per-person fee includes guide, snacks and transportation. Please check the appropriate box on the online registration form.

Indoor Rock-Climbing Adventure

Friday, July 13, 2:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Riemer & Braunstein LLP

One of the newest activities at the resort, the Stowe Rocks indoor climbing facility provides thrills and challenges for a wide range of activity levels. All climbing areas in the facility feature skills-rated, color-coded vertical and traverse routes. There are nine manual and traditional belay and eight TruBlue Auto-Belay stations, for a total of 17 climbing stations. Many of the 17 stations feature multiple routes with varying degrees of difficulty. The $35-per-person fee includes use of the facility’s harnesses, ropes, auto-belay devices and climbing shoes, as well as refreshments. Please check the appropriate box on the online registration form.

Northeast Bankruptcy Conference Co-Chairs

Hon. Michael A. Fagone

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Maine)

David Rychalsky

Capstone Headwaters LLC

Adrienne K. Walker

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Northeast Consumer Forum Co-Chairs

Shawn K. Doil

Eaton Peabody

Donald R. Lassman

Lassman Law

Advisory Board

Patricia Antonelli

Cervenka Green Ducharme Antonelli LLC

Kellianne T. Baranowsky

Green & Sklarz, LLC

Janet E. Bostwick

Janet E. Bostwick, PC

Christopher M. Candon

Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green

Paul W. Carey

Mirick O’Connell

Roger A. Clement, Jr.

Verrill Dana LLP

James C. Ebbert, CTP

Cratos Advisors, Inc.

Michael J. Epstein

Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP

Michael J. Fencer

Jager Smith P.C.

Jeremy R. Fischer

Drummond Woodsum

Matthew R. Flynn

Verdolino & Lowey, P.C.

Edmond J. Ford

Ford & McPartlin, P.A.

Julia Frost-Davies

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Jay S. Geller

Law Office of Jay S. Geller

Michael J. Goldberg

Casner & Edwards, LLP

Douglas R. Gooding

Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

Lee Harrington

Nixon Peabody LLP

Eric A. Henzy

Reid and Riege, P.C.

D. Ethan Jeffery

Murphy & King

Jeffrey L. Jonas

Brown Rudnick LLP

Gregory O. Kaden

Goulston & Storrs PC

Robert E. Kaelin

Murtha Cullina LLP

Marjorie Kaufman

Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC

Christopher Lefebvre

Claude Lefebvre, Christopher Lefebvre, P.C.

Benjamin W. Loveland

WilmerHale

Charles Arthur Maglieri

Advanced Bankrupcy Legal Services, LLC

Anthony J. Manhart

Preti Flaherty

George J. Marcus

Marcus Clegg

Timothy J. Martin

Huron Consulting Group Inc.

William J. McLeod

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

Richard E. Mikels

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP

Lindsay Milne

Bernstein Shur

John J. Monaghan

Holland & Knight LLP

Paul D. Moore

Duane Morris LLP

William R. Moorman, Jr.

Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP

Guy B. Moss

Riemer & Braunstein LLP

Michael R. Nowlan

Mackinac Partners LLC

Nina M. Parker

Parker & Associates

David T. Plastino

EY Transaction Economics Group

Cynthia Romano

CR3 Partners, LLC

Tanya Sambatakos

Molleur Law Office

Elisa M. Sartori

Greenridge Financial Services LLC

Natalie B. Sawyer

Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance

Andrew Z. Schwartz

Foley Hoag LLP

Douglas S. Skalka

Neubert, Pepe & Monteith, P.C.

Mark F. Stickney

Spinglass Management Group, LLC

Robert P. Wexler

The Tron Group

James M. Wilton

Ropes & Gray LLP

 

Conference Information

Hotel Accommodations

The magnificent Stowe Mountain Lodge in Stowe, Vt., is the host hotel. ABI has arranged for special conference rates of $309 for a Studio Room or $269 for a Classic Room. To secure the special rates, hotel reservations must be made by June 11, 2018. Reservations may only be made once you have registered with ABI. Upon payment of the conference registration fees, you will receive a hotel reservation link to reserve your room. Rooms are held on a first-come, first-served basis. ABI cannot guarantee anyone a room after the specially rated ABI block is filled.

Transportation

Air: Burlington International Airport is approximately 40 miles from the Stowe Mountain Lodge.

 

Car: Stowe is only about a 3.5-hour drive from many major locations in the Northeast!

Cancellation Policy

All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing by June 21, 2018. No refunds will be made if notice is received after June 21, although substitutions will be allowed. After June 21, upon written request, a coupon for 20% off the registration fee (not including optional events) will be issued, which can be used (by the cancelling registrant only) for any ABI educational program up to one year after this conference, or for this same conference next year.

Continuing Education

 

Northeast Bankruptcy Conference: 10.25 hours of CLE credit, including 2.25 hours of ethics, are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 12.25 hours of CLE credit, including 3 hours of ethics, are pending in 50-minute-hour states. Credit hours granted are subject to each state’s CLE credit approval regulations and might not be approved prior to the program. NY MCLE: This transitional and non-transitional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the CLE Board for a maximum of 12 credit hours, of which 2.5 hours of credit can be applied toward the ethics professionalism requirement. California MCLE: ABI certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 10.25 hours, of which 2.25 hours will apply to ethics. 10 hours of CPE credit, including 2.5 hours of ethics, are also available.

 

Northeast Consumer Forum: 7.5 hours of CLE credit, including 2.25 hours of ethics, are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 9 hours of CLE credit, including 2.5 hours of ethics, are pending in 50-minute-hour states. Credit hours granted are subject to each state’s CLE credit approval regulations and might not be approved prior to the program. NY MCLE: This transitional and non-transitional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the CLE Board for a maximum of 9 credit hours, of which 2.5 hours of credit can be applied toward the ethics professionalism requirement. California MCLE: ABI certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 7.5 hours, of which 2.25 hours will apply to ethics. 9 hours of CPE credit, including 2.25 hours of ethics, are also available.

 

*ABI offers intermediate-level courses, which assume that attendees have some knowledge in insolvency matters (pursuant to the “Statement on Standards for CPE Programs” established by AICPA and NASBA). ABI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State Boards of Accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website, www.nasbaregistry.org. For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaints and refunds, please contact the American Bankruptcy Institute at (703) 739-0800.

 

ABI acknowledges that in some instances there will be persons who need to attend an educational seminar for CLE credit who are not able to pay the full registration fee. ABI will handle such instances on a case-by-case basis and will work with the individual on alternative solutions. For persons who cannot meet the full registration rate, ABI will offer a reduced rate based on what the individual can reasonably afford to cover the cost of meals and materials. For persons unable to pay a reduced rate, we may allow the individual to work at our registration area for a few hours during attendee check-in, or assist in conference set-up. ABI also has reduced rates for government employees, professors, law clerks and students. Illinois Attorneys: If registration fees are more than $500, attorneys who qualify will receive at least 50% reduction in the registration fee. For information on tuition assistance, send an e-mail to jguirguis@abiworld.org.

ABI Northeast Scholarship Program

Scholarship funds are available for those who cannot afford to attend the program. Please send your request for approval to Jennifer Guirguis at jguirguis@abiworld.org. Space is limited.

Attorney Specialist Certification

The American Board of Certification (ABC) will offer its business bankruptcy, consumer bankruptcy and creditors’ rights exams at the Stowe Mountain Lodge on Thursday, July 12, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Details on the certification process, exam composition and a sample exam can be obtained by calling ABC at (319) 365-2222, by e-mailing assistantdirector@abcworld.org or by visiting the ABC website at www.abcworld.org. The ABC certification programs are sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Commercial Law League of America, and all three programs are accredited by the American Bar Association.

American Board of Certification Exams

Thursday, July 12, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Stowe Mountain Lodge

Call (319) 365-2222 or e-mail assistantdirector@abcworld.org

 

Partners

Benefactors

Alderman & Alderman, LLC
Bernstein Shur
Brown Rudnick LLP
Capstone Headwaters LLC
Casner & Edwards, LLP
Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
CR3 Partners LLC
Deloitte CRG
Donlin, Recano & Company Inc.
Duane Morris LLP
Foley Hoag LLP
Gavin/Solmonese LLC
Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC
Goodwin Procter LLP
Goulston & Storrs PC
Green & Sklarz, LLC
Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP
Huron Consulting Group Inc.
Mackinac Partners LLC
McLane Middleton, PA
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Neubert, Pepe & Monteith, P.C.
Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP
Pepper Hamilton LLP
Polsinelli PC
Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP
PretiFlaherty
Pullman & Comley LLC
Robinson & Cole LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP
Ruberto, Israel & Weiner, P.C.
Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green
Sullivan & Worcester
Teneo Capital
Verdolino & Lowey, P.C.
WilmerHale
Wilmington Trust
Zeisler & Zeisler, P.C.

Patrons


 Holland & Knight LLP
Mirick O’Connell
Murphy & King
Phoenix Management Services
Riemer & Braunstein LLP

Sponsors

Azarian Law Office PLLC
Cervenka Green Ducharme Antonelli LLC Creswell Law
Drummond Woodsum
Eaton Peabody
Hackett Feinberg P.C.
Marcus Clegg
Molleur Law Office
Pierce Atwood LLP
Swiggart & Agin, LLC
The Tron Group
Verrill Dana LLP
William S. Gannon PLLC

Scholarship Fund Donor


The Tron Group

Special Thanks


We extend our special thanks to Brown Rudnick LLP for the welcome drinks, Cervenka Green Ducharme Antonelli LLC, Mirick O’Connell and Phoenix Management Services for the cellphone charging stations, Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc. for the conference app, Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC for the “At-a-Glance” pocket guides and the “Live at ABI” e-newsletters, Green & Sklarz, LLC for the hotel keycards, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP for the hydration station, Polsinelli PC for the conference materials on USB drives and PretiFlaherty for the conference Wi-Fi.

Registration Rates

Registration Rates Early Bird
(by 5/6/18)
Regular
(5/7/18-6/8/18)
Late
(after 6/8/18)

Northeast Bankruptcy Conference
ABI Member
$650
$700
$795
ABI Govt./Nonprofit ABI Member
$425
$450
$475
Join & Save*
$945
$995
$1,090
New Govt./Nonprofit ABI Member*
$520
$545
$570

Northeast Consumer Forum
ABI Member
$295
$345
$395
Join & Save*
$545
$595
$645

* Includes a one-year ABI membership for first-time members — a $325 value! You must be an ABI member to attend. Membership is individual and nonrefundable. If your membership has expired, select the member rate and add in your membership renewal fee.

 

Registration includes the continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, Opening Reception, Saturday Bonfire & S’mores and the written materials.

 

ABI Member Exhibitor Registration**
$1,600
New ABI Member Exhibitor Registration***
$1,925
Additional Booth Representative
$375

** Includes one 6’ table and full registration for one booth representative.

*** Includes one 6’table and full registration for one booth representative AND a one-year ABI membership.

ABI DEFINES A “GUEST” AS A SPOUSE, CHILD OR COMPANION — NOT A PROFESSIONAL COLLEAGUE. A professional colleague is defined as someone who consults with or is employed by an organization whose members are eligible for ABI membership. If a professional colleague is found to be registered as a guest, ABI reserves the right to cancel his or her event registration. Any person not meeting the criteria of “guest” who wishes to participate in any ABI function at the conference is required to register separately at the full conference rate.

Evening Events

Opening Reception
Registrant
Adult Guest

Child Guest (12 and under)

 
Included
$50
$15
Friday Dinner
Registrant
Adult Guest

Child Guest (12 and under)

 
$25
$85
$25

Optional Events

Golf Tournament
Handicap _______
$250
 
Tennis Tournament
$45
Tour de ABI
$45
Bike Rental
$25
Guided Hike Around Mt. Mansfield
$45
Indoor Rock-Climbing Adventure
$35