ABI Annual Spring Meeting Set for April 20-23
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ABI ANNUAL SPRING MEETING SET FOR APRIL 20-23
FEBRUARY 6, 2006, Alexandria, Va. --More than 1,000 bankruptcy professionals will attend the American Bankruptcy Institute's (ABI) 24th Annual Spring Meeting, to be held April 20-23, 2006, at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C. The conference features a number of programs to address a wide array of timely insolvency issues.
The special guest speaker
at this year's meeting will be Kathleen Ligocki, president and CEO of Tower Automotive, who
will discuss the problems
In addition to the 19 hours of CLE credit, ABI will also hold Bankruptcy Fundamentals: Nuts and Bolts for Young Practitioners on Thursday, April 20. At this special seminar, an outstanding faculty of judges and practitioners will explain the fundamentals of bankruptcy in separate consumer and business tracks.
educational program begins on April 21 with ABI's Tenth Annual Great
Debates, moderated by ABI's Vice President of Education Neil P. Olack
of Duane Morris LLP (
In Debate No. 2,
' Installment Redemption Is No Longer
Available in Consumer Cases,'Richardo I. Kilpatrick of Kilpatrick
& Associates, PC (
In Debate No. 3,
' The New Legislation Is
Unconstitutional,'Deborah D. Williamsonof Cox Smith
Matthews Incorporated (
Expert panels have been organized in concurrent sessions, allowing conference attendees to choose the one that most interests them. Speakers include bankruptcy judges, accountants, attorneys, turnaround managers, law professors, trustees and others.
In 'New World of International Insolvencies:
Chapter 15 and Beyond,' George M. Kelakos of Kelakos
Advisors LLC (
William A. Brandt, Jr. of Development Specialists, Inc. (Chicago), Melissa Kibler Knoll of Mesirow Financial Consulting LLC (Chicago) and John Tittle, Jr. of LECG LLC (Dallas) will take part in the plenary session on 'Can the Problems Facing U.S. Manufacturers Be Fixed?'
Judge Eugene R. Wedoff of U.S.
Bankruptcy Court (Chicago) will moderate a “Judges’ Roundtable” session with Judge Colleen A. Brown (
Brian L. Shawof Shaw Gussis Fishman
Glantz Wolfson & Towbin LLC (Chicago) will moderate the
'More Mouths to Feed:
Professional Compensation in the Post– BAPCPA
Environment' and joined on the panel by
Judge Stephen W.
In 'Implementing BAPCPA: More Rules and New
Nancy A. Petermanof Greenberg
Traurig, LLP (Chicago) will moderate 'Anatomy of a Health Care Insolvency' and joined by panelists Sarah B. Foster of Haynes and
Boone, LLP (Austin, Texas), David Hillman of Verrill Dana
LLP/Innolex (New York), Paul J. Ricotta of Mintz, Levin,
Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, PC (Boston) and Guy Sansone of Alvarez &
Marsal, LLC (
Rebecca A. Roofof AlixPartners LLC
'Asset Protection after BAPCPA: Testing
the Limits' will be moderated by Rudy
J. Cerone of McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC (New Orleans) and featuring a
panel of Howard Brod Brownsteinof
NachmanHaysBrownstein, Inc. (
Michael P. Richmanof Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP (New York) will moderate a plenary session titled 'Effective Appellate Practice: A Mock Presentation' and will be joined by Judge Joan N. Feeney (Boston), Judge James D. Gregg (Grand Rapids, Mich), Judge Jennie D. Latta (Memphis, Tenn.) and Daniel W. Sklar of Nixon Peabody LLP (Manchester, N.H.).
'New Case Law Developments and Other Hot Topics' will be moderated by Christopher F. Graham of Thacher Proffitt & Wood, LLP (New York) and be joined by a panel featuring ABI Resident Scholar Prof. John D. Ayer of the UC Davis School of Law (Chico, Calif.), Jo Ann J. Brighton of Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman, LLP (Charlotte, N.C.), Daniel F. Dooley of Morris-Anderson & Associates, Ltd. (Des Plaines, Ill.) and Judge C. Ray Mullins (Atlanta).
David J. Doyaga(
Prof. Jack F. Williamsof Georgia
State University/BDO Seidman, LLP (Atlanta) will moderate
'Business: Ethics and
the Plan Process– When is the Client a Fiduciary, and What Does
That Mean?' and be joined on the panel
by Daniel C.
Cohn of Cohn of Whitesell & Goldberg LLP
Ragan of XRoads Solutions Group (Dallas, TX)
and Judge Linda B.
The Annual Spring Meeting has consistently been ABI's biggest conference. It is one of two annual conferences where ABI committees and subcommittees meet. More than 20 such committees will hold programs for CLE credit. The four-day conference offers approximately 19 hours credit, including three hours of ethics.The conference also provides attendees with numerous opportunities to network with their colleagues.
Those who register by March 24 will receive a $20 discount on the late registration rate.
The American Board of Certification (ABC) will offer its Consumer Bankruptcy, Business Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights exams on Thursday, April 20, from 9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m. at The JW Marriott. For details please visit the ABC web site at www.abcworld.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABI is the largest multi-disciplinary, nonpartisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency. ABI was founded in 1982 to provide Congress and the public with unbiased analysis of bankruptcy issues. The ABI membership includes more than 11,000 attorneys, accountants, bankers, judges, professors, lenders, turnaround specialists and other bankruptcy professionals providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. For additional information on ABI, visit www.abiworld.org. For additional conference information, visit http://www.abiworld.org/events.html.