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ABIs Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop Features Ten Bankruptcy Judges

Contact: John Hartgen
             (703) 739-0800
             jhartgen@abiworld.org

ABI’s MID-ATLANTIC BANKRUPTCY WORKSHOP FEATURES TEN BANKRUPTCY JUDGES

April 13, 2006, Alexandria, Va. — Ten bankruptcy judges are part of the faculty for ABI’s Second Annual Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop, to be held Aug. 3-5, 2006, at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, Md. More than 250 attendees are expected to take part in the event, which brings together this region’s preeminent insolvency professionals for three days of intense learning and networking, with the opportunity to earn 9 CLE credits, including 1 hour of ethics.

Sessions at the Workshop include:

  • “Inconsistent or Reconcilable?: The Mixed Blessings of Circuit Splits,” a breakfast plenary session, moderated by Bonnie Glantz Fatell of Blank Rome LLP (Wilmington, Del.) features a panel that includes Judges Nancy V. Alquist (Baltimore), Judith Wizmur (Camden, N.J.) and Kay Woods (Youngstown, Ohio).

  • Judge Richard E. Fehling (Reading, Pa.) will moderate “’War Is Not the Answer’: Alternative Dispute Resolution in Bankruptcy” with panelists Neil Gilmour of  Executive Sounding Board Associates Inc. (Philadelphia), Diane E. Vuocolo of Greenberg Traurig LLP (Philadelphia), Neal D. Colton of Cozen O’Connor (Philadelphia) and Frank A. Monaco, Jr. of Monzack & Monaco PA (Wilmington, Del.).

  • The “’If We Let Them Eat Cake, Do They Have to Pay for It?’ Consumer Bankruptcy After BAPCPA” session will be moderated by Judge John J. Thomas (Wilkes Barre, Pa.) and will include panelists Alane A. Becket of Becket & Lee LLP (Malvern, Pa.), Robert R. Weed of the Bankruptcy Law Office of Robert Weed (Alexandria, Va.) and Michael B. Joseph, a U.S. Chapter 13 Trustee (Wilmington, Del.).

  • Judge Brendan Linehan Shannon (Wilmington, Del.) will moderate the “Bankruptcy Goes Global: Cross-Border Insolvency Including Ambiguous Issues under Chapter 15, Avoidance Actions, Discharge Issues and Priority of Foreign Claims” session, featuring panelists Mary F. Caloway of Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling PC (Wilmington, Del.),   Vincent J. Marriott, III, of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll LLP (Philadelphia), Garry M. Graber of Hodgson Russ LLP (Buffalo, N.Y.) and John J. Jerome of Saul Ewing LLP (Philadelphia).

  • “Report from the Front: Creditor Committees after BAPCPA,” moderated by Judge Jeffrey A. Deller (Pittsburgh), will include panelists Laura Davis Jones of Pachulski, Stang, Ziehl, Young, Jones & Weintraub PC (Wilmington, Del.), Edward T. Gavin, IV of  NachmanHaysBrownstein, Inc. (Philadelphia), Adam G. Landis of Landis Rath & Cobb LLP (Wilmington, Del.) and Mary E. Seymour of Lowenstein Sandler PC (Roseland, N.J.).

  • The “’If You Can’t Do the Time’ Bankruptcy Crimes and Fraud” session will feature moderator U.S. Trustee for Region 3 Kelly Beaudin Stapleton (Philadelphia) and panelists Richard E. Byrne of the Executive Office of the U.S. Trustee (Washington, D.C.), Richard M. Kremen of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary US LLP (Baltimore), Stephen A. Donato of Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Ronald S. Gellert of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC (Wilmington, Del.).

  • “The Swing of the Pendulum: Chapter 11 after BAPCPA” will be moderated by Judge Raymond T. Lyons (Trenton, N.J), who will be joined by panelists Rudolph J. DiMassa, Jr., of Duane Morris LLP (Philadelphia), Brett D. Fallon of Morris, James, Hitchens & Williams LLP (Wilmington, Del.), Linda V. Donhauser of Miles & Stockbridge PC (Baltimore) and Claudia Z. Springer of Reed Smith LLP (Philadelphia).

  • Judge Robert G. Mayer (Alexandria, Va.) will moderate the “’In Your Expert Opinion…’ The Art of Expert Testimony in Bankruptcy” session, which will feature panelists Robert J. Dehney of Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP (Wilmington, Del.), John C. Goodchild, III of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP (Philadelphia), Robert A. Kargen of White and Williams LLP (Philadelphia) and Edward J. Sebold of Jones Day (Cleveland).

  • “Intangible but Very Real: Licenses and Intellectual Property in Bankruptcy,” moderated by Judge Lawrence S. Walter (Dayton, Ohio), will include panelists Raymond H. Lemisch of Adelman Lavine Gold and Levin PC (Wilmington, Del.), Edward C. Dolan of Hogan & Hartson LLP (Washington, D.C.), Lawrence E. Oscar of Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP (Cleveland) and H. Jeffrey Schwartz of Dechert, LLP (New York).

  • The breakfast plenary session “Ethics: Calibrate Your Compass!” will feature Prof. Mark D. Yochum of Duquesne University Law School (Pittsburgh).

Program chairs are Rudolph (“Skip”) DiMassa of Duane Morris (Philadelphia) and Laura Davis Jones of Pachulski, Stang, Ziehl, Young, Jones & Weintraub PC (Wilmington, Del.). Howard Brod Brownstein of NachmanHaysBrownstein Inc. (Narbeth, Pa.) headed up the educational panels. The judicial chairs are Judges Judith Fitzgerald (W.D. Pa.) and Mary Walrath (Del.).

For more information about the Second Annual Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop, call ABI at (703) 739-0800 or visit http://www.abiworld.org/MA06.

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