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Friday, September 21

7:30-8:15 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by BakerHostetler

8:15-8:30 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

David R. Kuney, Program Chair

Whiteford Taylor Preston, LLP; Washington, D.C.

Jill Castleman, Executive Director

Georgetown Law Academic Conferences & Continuing Legal Education; Washington, D.C.

Samuel J. Gerdano, Executive Director

American Bankruptcy Institute; Alexandria, Va.

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Confirmation Roundtable

This session will cover a number of recent confirmation hot topics, including refinancing of secured loans in bankruptcy (BOKF NA v. Momentive Performance Materials Inc..); rights offerings and unfair discrimination (In re TCI 2 Holdings LLC); substantive consolidation with nondebtors (In re Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis); and per plan, not per debtor, confirmation (In the Matter of Transwest Resort Properties Inc.).

Gary T. Holtzer, Moderator

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; New York

Hon. Stuart M. Bernstein

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.); New York

Hon. Kevin R. Huennekens

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

Hon. Michael E. Wiles

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.); New York

Kristin K. Going, Facilitator

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; New York

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Navigating the Claims-Trading Landscape to Avoid Potential Pitfalls

This session will discuss hot-button issues relating to claims trading, including the Supreme Court’s ruling of nonstatutory insider status as clear error, as opposed to de novo (In re The Village at Lakeridge LLC); eligibility to vote an assigned claim (In re ASHINC Corp. and In re LightSquared Inc.); disallowance of a transferred claim subject to preference challenge (In re K-B Toys); and other legal issues common to claims trading and litigation finance in bankruptcy.

Cecily A. Dumas, Moderator

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; San Francisco

Hon. Kevin J. Carey

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

Hon. Robert D. Drain

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.); New York

Hon. Christine Gravelle

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. N.J.); Trenton

Joseph G. Minias, Facilitator

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP; New York

10:30-10:45 a.m.

Networking Break

Sponsored by McGuireWoods LLP

10:45-11:45 a.m.

Shrinking Safe Harbors and Expanding UFTA Immunity?

This panel will discuss safe harbors after Merit Management, the reach of the UFTA after Crystallex, and the preemption of creditor claims after Tribune and Physiotherapy Holdings, and will take a look at where the law is heading.

Philip D. Anker, Moderator

WilmerHale; New York

Hon. Michelle M. Harner

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Md.); Baltimore

Hon. John K. Sherwood

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. N.J.); Newark

Hon. S. Martin Teel, Jr.

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

Michael B. Schaedle, Facilitator

Blank Rome LLP; Philadelphia

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Working Lunch: Breakouts 1-3

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 judicial faculty.

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Great Debates

Norman N. Kinel, Moderator

Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP; New York

Resolved: Under Till v. SCS Credit Corp., a bankruptcy court is required to use a two-step approach to determine the cramdown interest rate, and must first determine whether there is an efficient market before it can use the formula approach.

Pro: Hon. Dennis R. Dow

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D. Mo.); Kansas City

Con: Hon. Marvin Isgur

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Tex.); Houston

Resolved: A trademark licensee retains the right to use a debtor’s trademark post-rejection.

Pro: Craig Goldblatt

WilmerHale; Washington, D.C.

Con: Michael L. Bernstein

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP; Washington, D.C.

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Current Issues Involving Third-Party Releases

This panel will explore current topics of interest involving third-party releases, including issues regarding: "deemed consent" of releasing parties; the scope of third-party releases; and the impact of jurisdictional or constitutional limits on bankruptcy courts to approve non-consensual third-party releases.

Paul M. Basta, Moderator

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; New York

Hon. Ashely M. Chan

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Pa.); Philadelphia

Hon. Michael B. Kaplan

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. N.J.); Trenton

Hon. Stacey L. Meisel

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. N.J.); Newark

Karen A. Giannelli, Facilitator

Gibbons P.C.; Newark, N.J.

3:00-3:30 p.m.

Networking Refreshment Break

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

3:30-4:30 p.m.


This panel will explore key bankruptcy issues concerning the lawyer’s obligation to be “disinterested” and free from having adverse interests. How do these bankruptcy issues relate to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, including RPCs 1.6 (“Confidentiality of Information”), 1.7 (“Conflict of Interest: Current Clients”), 1.9 (“Duties to Former Clients”), 1.18 (“Duties to Prospective Clients”), 3.3 (“Candor Toward the Tribunal”) and 4.1 (“Truthfulness in Statements to Others”)? The panel will also address the current state of affairs with respect to the allowance of fees incurred in defending fee applications and the use of in-camera disclosures in conjunction with retention-related issues.

Donald A. Workman, Moderator

BakerHostetler; Washington, D.C.

Hon. Janet S. Baer

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ill.); Chicago

Chief Judge Kathryn C. Ferguson

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. N.J.); Trenton

Hon. James J. Tancredi

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Conn.); Hartford

Richard M. Meth, Facilitator

Roseland, N.J.

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Cocktail Reception



Conference Information

Hotel Reservations

We recommend the following hotels within walking distance of the Law Center:


Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-737-1234 or 800-233-1234
When calling the Hyatt for reservations, please request the Georgetown University volume rate, or use Corporate or Group Code 58549 online.


The Hotel George
15 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-347-4200 or 800-576-8331
When booking online, use Corporate ID 100229700 to receive the Georgetown rate.


Liaison Capitol Hill DC
415 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
(888) 513-7445 (Reservations) (Reservations)
When making reservations, mention the Corporate/Promotion Code GEORGETOWN.
When booking online, receive the discount with the following link:


A block of rooms has not reserved. Please book early to receive the best rate. Corporate rates are not guaranteed.


Speakers are subject to change.

Services for People with Special Needs or Dietary Restrictions

Call (202) 662-9890 or email with your requests.


Please apply online at, or submit written requests by 5:00 p.m. on August 31, 2018, to: Scholarship Committee, Georgetown CLE, 600 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001, or email to

Cancellation Policy

All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing by August 31, 2018. No refunds will be made if notice is received after August 31, although substitutions will be allowed. After August 31, upon written request, a coupon for 20% off the registration fee 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.

CLE Credit

Accreditation has been or will be requested for this program from states with mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirements for 6 CLE credits (based on a 60-minute credit hour) including 1 hour of ethics and 7.2 CLE credits (based on a 50-minute credit hour), including 1.2 hours of ethics. Georgetown University Law Center is an accredited CLE provider in most MCLE states. Georgetown Law CLE is a State Bar of California-approved MCLE provider. Some states require nominal accreditation fees, and you will be asked to submit payment at the program’s conclusion. If you have any questions about CLE, please contact Georgetown Law CLE at (202) 662-9890.

CPE Credit

Georgetown Law CLE 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 addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417,

Course Level

Overview, group live, no prerequisites or advanced preparation required; 7 CPE credits in the Specialized Knowledge and Regulatory Ethics Field of Study Program.

Program Location


Georgetown University Law Center

Hart Auditorium, First Floor

600 New Jersey Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20001


IMPORTANT: All visitors to the Law Center must enter through the second floor entrance facing New Jersey Avenue.

Parking Information

Due to the limited amount of parking available, the Georgetown University Law Center cannot provide parking for programs held there. Disabled persons may make arrangements to park at the Law Center by calling (202) 662-9890. We encourage attendees to take Metro or a taxi to the program. Drivers can use the following nearby parking garages:


Union Station Parking Garage

50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002

(202) 371-9441


Marcparc Parking Garage

601 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001

(202) 789-4000

Program Chair

David R. Kuney

Whiteford Taylor Preston, LLP; Washington, D.C.

Advisory Board

Derek Abbott

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP; Wilmington, Del.

Paul M. Basta

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; New York

Michael L. Bernstein

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP; Washington, D.C.

Martin J. Bienenstock

Proskauer; New York

Mark D. Collins

Richards, Layton & Finger, PA; Wilmington, Del.

Hon. Melanie L. Cyganowski (ret.)

Otterbourg P.C.; New York

Mary Joanne Dowd

Arent Fox LLP; Washington, D.C.

Cecily A. Dumas

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; San Francisco

Dennis F. Dunne

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP; New York

Douglas M. Foley

McGuireWoods LLP; Washington, D.C.

Peter M. Friedman

O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Washington, D.C.

Karen A. Giannelli

Gibbons P.C.; Newark, N.J.

Jay M. Goffman

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

Kristin K. Going

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Washington, D.C.

Craig Goldblatt

WilmerHale; Washington, D.C.

Jason W. Harbour

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP; Richmond, Va.

Leslie C. Heilman

Ballard Spahr LLP; Wilmington, Del.

Gary T. Holtzer

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; New York

Thomas M. Horan

Fox Rothschild LLP; Wilmington, Del.

Laura Davis Jones

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP; Wilmington, Del.

Shanti M. Katona

Polsinelli PC; Wilmington, Del.

Humayun Khalid

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; New York

Norman N. Kinel

Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP; New York

C. Kevin Kobbe

DLA Piper; Baltimore

Jeffrey A. Liesemer

Caplin & Drysdale, Chtd.; Washington, D.C.

Richard M. Meth

Roseland, N.J.

Brett H. Miller

Morrison & Foerster LLP; New York

Joseph G. Minias

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP; New York

Erika L. Morabito

Foley & Lardner LLP; Washington, D.C.

Paul M. Nussbaum

Whiteford Taylor Preston, LLP; Baltimore

Kevyn D. Orr

Jones Day; Washington, D.C.

Deryck A. Palmer

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; New York

Jeffrey S. Sabin

Venable LLP; New York

Michael B. Schaedle

Blank Rome LLP; Philadelphia

Jeffrey L. Tarkenton

Womble Bond Dickinson LLP; Washington, D.C.

Irving E. Walker

Cole Schotz P.C.; Baltimore

Donald A. Workman

BakerHostetler; Washington, D.C.


2018 Registration Rates

Registration Rates* Early Bird
(by 7/27/18)
(after 8/31/18)

ABI Member
Georgetown Law Alumnus
ABI Govt./Academic Member
Join ABI and Save*
Govt./Academic New ABI Member*

* Includes a one-year ABI membership for first-time members — a $325 value! Membership is individual and nonrefundable. Expired members should select the member rate and add in the membership renewal fee.


Breakfast Sponsor


Baker & Hostetler LLP   

Luncheon Sponsor


Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones   

Refreshment Break Sponsor


McGuireWoods LLP   Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

E-Newsletter Sponsor


Gavin/Solmonese LLC   

General Sponsors


Arent Fox LLP Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP Ballard Spahr LLP Blank Rome LLP Caplin & Drysdale, Chtd. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLPCole Schotz P.C. DLA Piper Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP Foley & Lardner LLP Fox Rothschild LLP Gibbons P.C. Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP Jones Day Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP Morrison & Foerster LLP Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP O’Melveny & Myers LLPOtterbourg P.C. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLPPolsinelli PCProskauerRichards, Layton & Finger, PASquire Patton BoggsVenable LLP Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Whiteford Taylor Preston, LLPWillkie Farr & Gallagher LLP WilmerHaleWomble Bond Dickinson LLP

Special Thanks


We extend our special thanks to Gavin/Solmonese LLC for the conference e-newsletter, Sherwood Partners, Inc./agencyIP for sponsoring the Exhibit Hall, Wilmington Trust for the conference tote bags.