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Rudy J. Cerone Elected to ABIs Board of Directors

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RUDY J. CERONE ELECTED TO ABI’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

May 3, 2006, Alexandria, Va. The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) announces that Rudy J. Cerone of McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC (New Orleans) has been elected to ABI’s Board of Directors. An active member since 1997, Cerone currently serves as co-chair of the Bankruptcy Litigation Committee and participates on ABI’s Health Care and Business Reorganization Committees. Cerone has also taken a leading role in the development of ABI’s Litigation Skills program. He will serve a term of three years on the 60-member ABI Board of Directors.

Cerone is a member of the firm’s commercial litigation section with primary emphasis in the areas of business bankruptcy and commercial litigation. He was named to be a Fellow of the American Bankruptcy College in 2001 and is certified as a specialist in business bankruptcy law by both the American Board of Certification, of which Cerone served as President in 2004 and Chair of the Board of Directors in 2005, and the Louisiana State Bar Association Board of Legal Specialization. Cerone received his J.D. with honors from Boston College in 1979 and his B.A. with highest honors in history at the University of California at San Diego in 1976.

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

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