Eighteen Bankruptcy Judges Featured at ABIs Bankruptcy 2008 Views from the Bench Conference

Eighteen Bankruptcy Judges Featured at ABIs Bankruptcy 2008 Views from the Bench Conference

Contact: John Hartgen
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June 9, 2008, Alexandria, Va. — Eighteen bankruptcy judges will participate at the American Bankruptcy Institute’s “Bankruptcy 2008: Views from the Bench” program on Sept. 12 at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. David R. Kuney of Sidley Austin LLP (Washington, D.C.) is the program chair for the conference. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn 7.0 CLE credits, including 1.0 hour of ethics, at the conference.
Panel sessions include:
The “Liquidating Cases and Asset Disposition; Sales, Auctions, Appeals” session, moderated by Melanie L. Cyganowski of Otterbourg, Steindler, Houston & Rosen, PC (New York) and facilitated by Irving E. Walker of Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, PA (Baltimore) will include Bankruptcy Judges Judith K. Fitzgerald (W.D. Pa.; Pittsburgh), Michael B. Kaplan (D. N.J.; Trenton) and Eugene R. Wedoff (N.D. Ill.; Chicago).
Moderator David R. Kuney of Sidley Austin LLP (Washington, D.C.) will be joined by facilitator Michael L. Bernstein of Arnold & Porter LLP (Washington, D.C.) and Bankruptcy Judges Rosemary Gambardella (D. N.J.; Newark), Robert A. Mark (S.D. Fla.; Miami) and Gregg W. Zive (D. Nev.; Reno) for the “Real Estate: Homebuilders, Commercial and Hotels” session.
“The New Wave of Retail Bankruptcies” session moderated by David L. Pollack of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP (Philadelphia) and Laura Davis Jones of Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP (Wilmington, Del.) will feature Bankruptcy Judges Christopher S. Sontchi (D. Del.; Wilmington), Douglas O. Tice, Jr. (E.D. Va.; Richmond) and Peter J. Walsh (D. Del.; Wilmington).
The lunch programming will feature four working break-out sessions. The first three break-out sessions will feature the facilitators leading a discussion from the three morning panels and allow a unique opportunity for attendees to follow up on the morning’s topics in small groups over lunch with the judges and speakers.
The fourth break-out luncheon session will focus on debtor-in-possession financing, moderated by Marcia L. Goldstein of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP (New York) and  facilitated by Peter S. Clark, II of Reed Smith LLP (Philadelphia) with Bankruptcy Judge Gregg W. Zive (D. Nev.; Reno).
The afternoon sessions resume with “The Changing Paradigm in Distressed Debt and Claims Buying: Securitized Lending and Capital Markets Issues” session. Jay M. Goffman of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (New York) will moderate the session along with facilitator Alan J. Carr of Strategic Value Partners, LLC (Greenwich, Conn.) and a panel with Bankruptcy Judges Thomas B. Bennett (N.D. Ala.; Birmingham), Kevin J. Carey (D. Del.; Wilmington) and Robert D. Drain (S.D.N.Y.; New York).
Moderator Richard M. Meth of Day Pitney LLP (Morristown, N.J.) and facilitator Mark D. Taylor of Kilpatrick Stockton LLP (Washington, D.C.) will be joined by Bankruptcy Judges Stephen S. Mitchell (E.D. Va.; Alexandria), S. Martin Teel (D. D.C.) and Judith H. Wizmur (D. N.J.; Camden) for the “Current Developments in Ethics” session.
The “Confirmation Issues” session will be moderated by Robert J. Rosenberg of Latham & Watkins, LLP (New York) with facilitator Mark D. Collins of Richards, Layton & Finger, PA (Wilmington, Del.) and feature Bankruptcy Judges Leif M. Clark (W.D. Texas; San Antonio), Arthur J. Gonzalez (S.D.N.Y.; New York) and Barbara J. Houser (N.D. Texas; Dallas).
Those who register by June 13 can save $50. For more information on the “Views from the Bench” conference, please be sure to visit http://www.abiworld.org/GT08.


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 nearly 11,700 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.