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ABIS Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop Scheduled for July 26-29

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

ABI’s SOUTHEAST BANKRUPTCY WORKSHOP

SCHEDULED FOR JULY 26-29

April 24, 2006, Alexandria, Va. —More than 400 attendees and eight bankruptcy judges will participate in ABI’s Eleventh Annual Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop, to be held July 26-29, 2006, at The Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, Fla.  The workshop brings together this region’s top insolvency professionals for three days of intense learning and networking, with the opportunity to earn 13.5 hours of CLE credits, including 1.5 hours of ethics.

Sessions at the Workshop include:

The “Consumer Bankruptcy Developments under BAPCPA” session features Judge David W. Houston, III (Aberdeen, Miss.) and Frank J. Santoro of Marcus Santoro & Kozak, PC (Chesapeake, Va.).

The “Complex Chapter 11 Case Developments You Need to Know” session, moderated by Anna Phillips of Giuliani Capital Advisors LLC (Atlanta), will feature panelists John P. Whittington of Bradley, Arant, Rose & White, LLP (Birmingham, Ala.) and Judge Michael G. Williamson (Tampa, Fla.).

Terri L. Gardner of Poyner & Spruill LLP (Raleigh, N.C.) will moderate “Ethical Quagmires in Bankruptcy Practice after BAPCPA,” and will be joined by panelists Anne-Marie L. Bowen of Anne-Marie L. Bowen, PA (Orlando, Fla.), Prof. Marjorie L. Girth of the Georgia State University College of Law (Atlanta) and Judge Jeffery P. Hopkins (Cincinnati).

“Employee Distress–What About My Retirement?,” moderated by Jeffrey W. Kelley of Troutman Sanders LLP (Atlanta), will feature panelists Scott B. Davis of Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC (Charlotte, N.C.) and Judge Karen S. Jennemann (Orlando, Fla.). 

The “Chapter 13 Adequate Protection and Confirmation Issues under BAPCPA” session will feature moderator Frank J. Santoro of Marcus Santoro & Kozak, PC (Chesapeake, Va.) and panelists Judge David W. Houston III (Aberdeen, Miss.) and Pamela P. Keenan of Kirschbaum, Nanney, Keenan & Griffin, PA (Raleigh, N.C.).

Patricia A. Redmond of Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, PA, (Miami) will moderate “Pro Se Debtors–How to Survive the Nightmare!,” which will include panelists W. Clarkson McDow of the Region 4 U.S. Trustee’s Office (Columbia, S.C.) and Neil C. Gordon of Arnall Golden Gregory LLP (Atlanta).

“One Size Doesn’t Fit All–How to Adjust Your Strategy in Small Business and Individual Chapter 11 Cases to Fit the New Law” will be moderated by Paul J. Battista of Genovese Joblove & Battista PA (Miami), who will be joined by panelists R. Michael Bolen of the Region 5 U.S. Trustee’s Office (Jackson, Miss.), Barbara G. Barton of Robinson, Barton, McCarthy, Calloway & Johnson, PA (Columbia, S.C.) and  Lynn Lewis Tavenner, Tavenner & Beran, PLC (Richmond, Va.).

The “Lenders’ Views on Capital Markets, Business Restructuring and Intercreditor Agreements,” moderated by C. Edward Dobbs of Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP, (Atlanta), will feature panelists James D. Decker of Alvarez & Marsal, LLC (Atlanta), Robert G. Rose, III of Fleet Capital Corporation (Atlanta), Jerry L. Jansen of Wells Fargo Foothill (Atlanta) and Andrew Hettinger of Cerberus (Atlanta).

“Asset Protection Strategies Affected by BAPCPA” will be moderated by Lawrence R. Ahern, III of Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC (Nashville, Tenn.) and feature a panel including Judge Thomas B. Bennett (Birmingham, Ala.) and William H. Leech of McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC (Jackson, Miss.).

Judge Margaret A. Mahoney (Mobile, Ala.) will moderate “Business Bankruptcy Developments under BAPCPA” with panelists Prof. Jack F. Williams of Georgia State University/BDO Seidman LLP (Atlanta) and Brady C. Williamson of LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn SC (Madison, Wis.).

“U.S. Supreme Court Decisions in Bankruptcy Law–Critical Tools for Your Practice,” moderated by Brady C. Williamson of LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn SC (Madison, Wis.), will feature panelists Prof. Jack F. Williams of Georgia State University/BDO Seidman LLP (Atlanta) and Judge Mary Grace Diehl (Atlanta).

Terri L. Gardner of Poyner & Spruill LLP (Raleigh, N.C.) chairs the Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop Advisory Committee. The Judicial chair for the workshop is Judge Margaret A. Mahoney (Mobile, Ala.).

For more information about the Eleventh Annual Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop, call ABI at (703) 739-0800 or visit http://www.abiworld.org/SE06.  

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