ABIS Twelfth Annual Rocky Mountan Bankruptcy Conference to be Held January 25-27 2007

ABIS Twelfth Annual Rocky Mountan Bankruptcy Conference to be Held January 25-27 2007

Contact: John Hartgen
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September 25, 2006, Alexandria, Va. — The American Bankruptcy Institute’s (ABI) Twelfth Annual Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference will take place Jan. 25 – 27, 2007, at the Hyatt Regency in Denver, Colo. The conference will feature eight bankruptcy judges and address such timely post-BAPCPA (Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005) topics as means testing, individuals and small businesses in chapter 11, and a judges’ roundtable. Program co-chairs for the Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference are David E. Leta of Snell & Wilmer, LLP (Salt Lake City) and Risa Lynn Wolf-Smith of Holland & Hart LLP (Denver). The judicial chair for the conference is Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth E. Brown (Denver).

Panel sessions include:

Brent R. Cohen of Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP (Denver) will moderate “Eye-Opener Forum & Breakfast: Advocacy Tips (and Other Admissions Against Interest) from the Best in the Business,” featuring past ABI Presidents Andrew W. Caine of Pachulski Stang Ziehl Young Jones & Weintraub LLP (Los Angeles), Richardo I. Kilpatrick of Kilpatrick & Associates PC (Auburn Hills, Mich.), John D. Penn of Haynes and Boone LLP (Fort Worth, Texas), Michael P. Richman of Foley & Lardner LLP (New York), Deborah D. Williamson of Cox Smith Matthews Inc. (San Antonio) and  Bettina M. Whyte of MBIA Insurance Corporation (Armonk, N.Y.).

“Consumer Workshop I: Means Test and Related Matters” features panelists Stephen Berken of Berken & Associates (Denver), David L. Miller (Layton, Utah) and Paul G. Quinn of the U.S. Trustee Office (Denver).

The “‘Stepping into the Breach:’ Circuit Splits Not Yet Resolved in the 10th Circuit” session will be moderated by Annette W. Jarvis of Ray, Quinney & Nebeker, P.C. (Salt Lake City) and include panelists Bankruptcy Judge Glen E. Clark (Salt Lake City), Kenneth L. Cannon II of Durham Jones & Pinegar (Salt Lake City) and Frances M. Toole of the U.S. Department of Justice (Alexandria, Va.).

“‘Playing Second Fiddle:’ Protecting and Enforcing Second-Lien Positions,” moderated by Elizabeth K. Flaagan of Holme Roberts & Owen LLP (Denver), will feature a panel that includes Bankruptcy Judge A. Bruce Campbell (Denver), James T. Burghardt of Moye White LLP (Denver), Thomas R. Califano of DLA Piper US LLP (New York) and Christopher L. Richardson of Davis, Graham & Stubbs, LLP (Denver).

Michael J. Pankow of Brownstein, Hyatt & Farber, PC (Denver) will moderate “‘Playing on the Home Court:’ State Court Collection and Protection Remedies and Methods,” featuring panelists Bankruptcy Judge Anthony W. Schofield (Salt Lake City), Edward B. Cordes of Cordes & Co. (Denver) and Christian Carl Onsager of Onsager, Staelin & Guyerson, LLC (Denver).

“Consumer Workshop II: Automatics, Stays, Dismissals and Ethical Traps for the Unwary” will be moderated by David Berry of Berry & Tripp (Salt Lake City) and will feature panelists Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth E. Brown (Denver) and Michael R. Johnson of Snell & Wilmer, LLP (Salt Lake City).

“‘Three-Way Stop:’ The Intersection Between Domestic Relations, Probate and Bankruptcy,” moderated by attorney John Turner (Colorado Springs, Colo.), will feature Bankruptcy Judge (retired) William H. Brown (Carbondale, Colo.), Bankruptcy Judge  Howard R. Tallman (Denver), Jon B. Clarke of Jon B. Clarke, PC (Greenwood Village, Colo.) and Arthur Lindquist-Kleissler of Lindquist-Kleissler & Assoc., LLC (Denver).

“Cleaning Up the Mess – Recovering from the Bad Guys and Their Advisors: Fraud, Breach of Duty, Standing/In Pari Delicto, Aiding and Abetting” will be moderated by Risa Lynn Wolf-Smith of Holland & Hart LLP (Denver) and will include panelists D. Bruce Coles of Fish & Coles (Denver), Douglas Wayne Jessop of Jessop & Company, PC (Denver), Michael A. McConnell of Kelly Hart & Hallman, LLP (Fort Worth, Texas) and  Harvey Sender of Sender & Wasserman, PC (Denver). 

The “‘Too Hot to Handle:’ Hot Topics under BAPCPA – New Published and Unpublished Decisions” session will be moderated by Carl A. Eklund of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP (Denver) and feature a panel including Bankruptcy Judge Janice Miller Karlin (Topeka, Kan.), Adelaide Maudsley of Chapman and Cutler LLP (Salt Lake City) and Greta A. McMorris of Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP (Kansas City, Mo.).

Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth E. Brown (Denver) will moderate the luncheon policy debate titled “Is BAPCPA Effective at Achieving Its Intended Goals and Objectives?,” which will feature panelists Prof. Richard I. Aaron of S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah (Salt Lake City), Robert M. Duitch of Robert M. Duitch, Attorneys at Law, LLC (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Richardo I. Kilpatrick of Kilpatrick & Associates, PC (Auburn Hills, Mich.) and Prof. Bruce M. Price of the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver.

“Consumer Workshop III: Divorce, Exemptions, Taxes & More” will be moderated by Thomas D. Neeleman of Thomas D. Neeleman, LC (Everett, Wash.) and include panelists Charles S. Parnell of Parnell & Associates (Wheat Ridge, Colo.) and Stephen Rupp of McKay, Burton & Thurman (Salt Lake City).

The “‘Dirt for Debt:’ Real Estate and Single-Asset Cases – Is This the Next Wave?” session will be moderated by John F. Young of Block, Markus and Williams, LLC (Denver and feature panelists Duncan E. Barber of Bieging Shapiro & Burrus LLP (Denver), Matthew Bordwin of Keen Consultants, LLC (Great Neck, N.Y.) and John Collen of Duane Morris LLP (Chicago).

“Individuals and Small Business in Chapter 11 and Associated Ethical Issues” will be moderated by James T. Markus of Block, Markus & Williams, LLC (Denver) and include panelists Bankruptcy Judge Sidney B. Brooks (Denver), Lee M. Kutner of  Kutner Miller, PC (Denver) and Patricia A. Redmond of Stearns, Weaver, Miller, et al. (Miami).

“Consumer Workshop IV: Did Flygare Survive BAPCPA? Other Chapter 13 Issues” will feature panelists David M. Cook of Cook & Enderton LLC (Salt Lake City), Duane H. Gillman of Durham Jones & Pinegar (Salt Lake City), Bankruptcy Judge William T. Thurman (Salt Lake City) and Chapter 13 Trustee Sally J. Zeman (Denver).

Kimberley H. Tyson of Sherman & Howard LLC (Denver) will moderate “Bankruptcy Litigation Training for New (and Not-So-New) Lawyers,” featuring a panel that will include Bankruptcy Judge Michael E. Romero (Denver), Mona L. Burton of Holland & Hart LLP (Salt Lake City), Philip A. Pearlman of Pearlman & Dalton, PC (Denver) and John C. Smiley of Lindquist & Vennum, PLLP (Denver).

For more information on ABI’s 2007 Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, please visit http://www.abiworld.org/RMBC07.  


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 11,500 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/conferences.html.