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New Officers and Board Members Elected at ABIs 26th Annual Spring Meeting

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NEW OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS ELECTED AT ABI’S 26TH ANNUAL SPRING MEETING

April 8, 2008, Alexandria, Va. — The following officers and members of the Board of Directors of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) were elected to leadership positions at ABI’s 26th Annual Spring Meeting, held April 3-6 in Washington, D.C.:

John W. Ames of Greenebaum, Doll & McDonald PLLC (Louisville, Ky.) becomes ABI President for a one-year term, succeeding Reginald W. Jackson of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP (Columbus, Ohio), who now assumes the position of Immediate-Past President. Robert J. Keach of Bernstein Shur (Portland, Maine) was named President-Elect, to become President in April 2009. Judge Wesley W. Steen of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of Texas (Houston) succeeds John Penn of Haynes and Boone LLP (Fort Worth, Texas) as Chairman of the Board for a one-year term. James T. Markus of Block, Markus & Williams (Denver) was named to a two-year term as Vice President-Education, succeeding Keach. Judge Eugene R. Wedoff of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Northern Illinois (Chicago) was named to the newly created board position of Vice President-Information and Technology. James Patrick Shea of Shea & Carlyon (Las Vegas) succeeds Judge Wedoffas Secretary.

Twelve new members were elected to the ABI Board of Directors: Jo Ann J. Brighton, of Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman, LLP (Charlotte, N.C.), H. Slayton Dabney, Jr. of King & Spalding LLP (New York),  Judge Jeffery P. Hopkins of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Cincinnati), Deirdre A. Martini of Wachovia Capital Finance (New York), Jeff J. Marwil of Winston & Strawn LLP (Chicago)Prof.Nancy B. Rapoport of the William S. Boyd School of Law (Las Vegas), Judge Barry Russell of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California (Los Angeles), Sheryl L. Toby of Dykema Gossett PLLC (Detroit),   Albert Togut of Togut, Segal & Segal, LLP (New York), Prof. G. Ray Warner of St. John's University and Of Counsel to Greenberg Traurig, LLP (Jamaica, N.Y.), David B. Wheeler of Moore & Van Allen, PLLC (Charleston, S.C.) and Judge Gregg W. Zive of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada (Reno, Nev.). The ABI Board of Directors has 60 members.  

ABI’s Executive Committee increased from 16 to 17 overall members as Jeffrey N. Pomerantz of Pachulski, Stang, Ziehl & Jones PC (Los Angeles) and John Tittle Jr. of NachmanHaysBrownstein, Inc. (Dallas) joined the following committee members: John W. Ames of Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC (Louisville, Ky.), Geoffrey L. Berman of Development Specialists Inc. (Los Angeles), Prof. Ralph F. Brubaker of the University of Illinois College of Law (Champaign, Ill.), Reginald W. Jackson of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP (Columbus, Ohio), Robert J. Keach of Bernstein Shur (Portland, Maine), Melissa Kibler Knoll of Mesirow Financial Consulting LLC (Chicago), James T. Markus of Block, Markus & Williams LLC (Denver), Josefina Fernandez McEvoy of K&L Gates LLP (Los Angeles), Patricia A. Redmond of Stearns, Weaver, Miller, et al. (Miami), Judge Steven W. Rhodes of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (Detroit), Rebecca A. Roof of AlixPartners LLC (New York), Anthony H.N. Schnelling of Bridge Associates LLC (New York), James Patrick Shea of Shea & Carlyon Ltd. (Las Vegas), Judge Wesley W. Steen of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of Texas (Houston) and Judge Eugene R. Wedoff of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Northern Illinois (Chicago).

The complete list of directors and officers is available at http://www.abiworld.org/Content/NavigationMenu/AboutABI/BoardofDirectors/Board_of_Directors1.htm

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