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ABIs Popular Northeast Bankruptcy Conference and Northeast Consumer Forum to Address Current Bankruptcy and Economic Topics

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April 15, 2009, Alexandria, Va. –More than 400 practitioners will join a 14-judge faculty at ABI’s 16th Annual Northeast Bankruptcy Conference, July 16-19 at the Mount Washington Inn in Bretton Woods, N.H. The conference provides up to 8.75 hours of continuing education credits including 1.5 hours of ethics. This year’s conference will again offer a separate three-day consumer forum at a reduced conference rate. Hon.

Conference co-chairs are Michael A. Fagone of Bernstein Shur (Portland, Maine) and Robert P. Wexler of The Tron Group (Boston). Bankruptcy Judge Joel B. Rosenthal (D. Mass.; Worcester) is the judicial chair.

Programs at the main conference include:

The “Nuts and Bolts of Representing a (Really) Small Business” session, moderated by Lynne Riley of Altman Riley Esher LLP (Boston), will feature panelists William S. Gannon of William S. Gannon, PLLC (Manchester, N.H.), Bankruptcy Judge Enrique S. Lamoutte (D. P.R.; San Juan) and Thomas J. Raftery of the Raftery Law Offices (Carlisle, Mass.).

Andrew Z. Schwartz of Foley Hoag LLP (Boston) will moderate the “Single-asset Real Estate” session, which includes panelists Jeffery L. Jonas of Brown Rudnick LLP (Boston) and D. Sam Anderson of Bernstein Shur (Portland, Maine).

The “Outlook for Restructuring Industry” session will be moderated by Richard E. Mikels of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, PC (Boston) and include panelists Jameson J. Grant of Mirus Special Situations Group (Burlington, Mass.), Josh Davis of D.E. Shaw & Co. (Bethesda, Md.) and Shelia T. Smith of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP (Boston).

Moderator Daniel C. Cohn of Cohn Whitesell & Goldberg LLP (Boston) will be joined by panelists Bankruptcy Judge James B. Haines, Jr. (D. Maine; Portland), Richard L. Levine of Nelson, Kinder, Mosseau & Saturley, P.C. (Boston) and John O. Mirick of Mirick O'Connell (Worcester, Mass.) for the “Ethical Considerations in Insolvency Cases – Beyond Conflicts” session.

The “Evidence” session, moderated by Elizabeth J. Austin of Pullman & Comley LLC (Bridgeport, Conn.), will feature panelists Bankruptcy Judge Frank J. Bailey (D. Mass.; Boston), Bankruptcy Judge Joan N. Feeney (D. Mass.; Boston), Julia Frost-Davies of Bingham McCutchen LLP (Boston) and Robert J. Kerwin of Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers, PC (Boston).

Marjorie Kaufman of Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC (Boston) will moderate the “Fraud Investigations” session with panelists Alistaire Bambach of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (New York), Bankruptcy Judge Gerardo Carlo (D. P.R.; San Juan), Douglas E. Spelfogel of Baker & Hostetler LLP (New York) and Christopher Stavrakos of Wells Fargo Business Credit, Inc. (New York).

Panelists Peter J. Haley of Wolf Block LLP (Boston), Adam L. Ruttenberg of Looney & Grossman LLP (Boston) and Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth S. Stong (E.D.N.Y.; Brooklyn) will join moderator D. Ethan Jeffrey of Hanify & King, PC (Boston) for the “Asset Protection in Bankruptcy – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” session.

The “Hedge Fund Workouts and Chapter 11 Cases” session, moderated by Eric A. Henzy of Reid and Riege, PC (New Haven, Conn.), will feature panelists Charles A. Dale of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis, LLP (Boston) and Francis C. Morrissey of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP (Boston).

Lee Harrington of Nixon Peabody LLP (Boston) will moderate the “Industry Focus: Retail and Restaurant Bankruptcies” session including panelists Craig M. Boucher of CRG Partners (Bethesda, Md.), Robert J. Duffy of FTI Consulting, Inc. (Boston) and Bankruptcy Judge William C. Hillman (D. Mass.; Boston).

The Effective Strategies for Trade Creditors” session will be moderated by Joseph S. U. Bodoff of Bodoff & Associates, P.C. (Boston) and feature panelists Bankruptcy Judge Robert E. Gerber (S.D.N.Y.; New York), Lisa E. Herrington of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP (Boston) and John P. McVeigh of Preti, Flaherty, Beliveau & Pachios, LLP (Portland, Maine).

The “Mountainside Bankruptcy Chat” will feature Bankruptcy Judge Joan N. Feeney (D. Mass.; Boston), ABI Resident Scholar Prof. Adam J. Levitin of Georgetown University Law Center (Washington, D.C.) and Bankruptcy Judge James F. Queenan (retired).

The “Judges Roundtable,” moderated by Bruce A. Harwood of Sheehan, Phinney, Bass + Green (Manchester, N.H.) will feature Bankruptcy Judges Frank J. Bailey (D. Mass.; Boston), Gerardo Carlo (D. P.R.; San Juan), Michael Deasy (D. N.H.; Manchester), Joan N. Feeney (D. Mass.; Boston), James B. Haines, Jr. (D. Maine; Portland), Robert E. Gerber (S.D.N.Y.; New York), Enrique S. Lamoutte (D. P.R.; San Juan), Joel B. Rosenthal (D. Mass.; Worcester) Elizabeth S. Stong (E.D.N.Y.; Brooklyn), Brian K. Tester (D. P.R.; San Juan) and Mark W. Vaughn (D. N.H.; Manchester).

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In conjunction with the Northeast Bankruptcy Conference, ABI’s Fourth Annual Northeast Consumer Forum will be held July 16-18 and focus on consumer bankruptcy educational programs designed for both experienced and new professionals. Back by popular demand, this three-day forum offers insolvency practitioners an opportunity to earn approximately 6.0 hours of CLE/CPE credit. Patricia Antonelli of Partridge, Snow & Hahn, LLP (Providence, R.I.) and Nina M. Parker of Parker & Associates (Winchester, Mass.) are co-chairs of the Northeast Consumer Forum.

The Consumer Forum programs include:

The “Home Retention and Loss Mitigation Update” session, moderated by Peter V. Guaetta of Guaetta & Benson, LLC (Chelmsford, Mass.), features panelists Jerrold S. Levinsky of The Massachusetts Fair Housing Center (Holyoke, Mass.), Bankruptcy Judge Joel B. Rosenthal (D. Mass.; Worcester) and Mitchell E. Starr of Mitchell Starr, PC (Boston).

Patricia Antonelliof Partridge, Snow & Hahn, LLP (Providence, R.I.) will moderate the “Credit Card Defaults” session with panelists Bankruptcy Judge J. Michael Deasy (D. N.H.; Manchester), David C. Phalen of Bartlett Hackett Feinberg P.C. (Boston) and Mary F. Stewart of Stewart Law Offices (Concord, N.H.).

The “Cramdowns Now and New: Ins and Outs of Chapter 13 Mortgage Cramdowns” session will be moderated by Deidre Keady of Harmon Law Offices PC (Newton, Mass.) and feature panelists William J. Amann of Sheehan, Phinney, Bass + Green, PA (Manchester, N.H.), Nicholas F. Ortiz of Law Office of Nicholas F. Ortiz, PC (Boston) and Bankruptcy Judge Mark W. Vaughn (D. N.H.; Manchester).

Moderator Nina M. Parker of Parker & Associates (Winchester, Mass.) will be joined by panelists James F. Molleur of James F. Molleur, LLC (Biddeford, Maine), Bankruptcy Judge Brian K. Tester (D. P.R.; San Juan), Christopher J. Panos of Craig and Macauley, PC (Boston) and Michael J. Pappone of Goodwin Procter LLP (Boston) for the “High-income, High-debt Reorganization: Chapter 11 for the People” session.

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