Steering Committee Appointed to Develop Conference for Anniversary of the New Bankruptcy Law

Steering Committee Appointed to Develop Conference for Anniversary of the New Bankruptcy Law

Contact: John Hartgen
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June 20, 2006, Alexandria, Va. — The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) announced the appointment of a Steering Committee to develop the programming for a one-day conference on the “One-Year Anniversary Program on the Implementation of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA).”   The conference will take place on Oct. 16, 2006 in Washington, D.C.

Congress enacted the most sweeping reform of the Federal bankruptcy laws over the last 25 years in 2005, with most of the changes effective for cases filed after Oct. 17, 2005.  The purpose of the conference is to examine the impact of the new law on debtors, creditors and the other players in the bankruptcy system. 

The One-Year Anniversary Program will feature practitioners, judges, trustees, professors, business groups and consumer groups to analyze the impact of BAPCPA one year after it was implemented on Oct. 17, 2005. This day-long conference brings together the leading experts and practitioners from the private and public sectors to assess the first year experience from a variety of perspectives. 

Members of the Program’s steering committee include:

  • Professor Jean Braucher, Roger Henderson Professor of Law University of Arizona Co-Chair
  • Judge Dennis Dow (Western District of Mo.- U.S. Bankruptcy Court) Co-Chair
  • Melyssa Barrett, Visa USA Inc.
  • Suzanne Boas, Consumer Credit Counseling Service, Inc. of Greater Atlanta
  • Roberta A. DeAngelis, Acting General Counsel, Executive Office for U.S. Trustees
  • Larry Friedman, eCAST Settlement Group
  • Richardo Kilpatrick, Kilpatrick & Associates, PC
  • John McMickle, Winston & Strawn
  • Travis Plunkett, Consumer Federation of America
  • Jennifer Smith, The Financial Services Roundtable
  • Lynn Tavenner, Tavenner & Beran, PLC

ABI Executive Director Sam Gerdano and ABI Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel Ann vom Eigen will serve as “ex officio” members of the Steering Committee.

ABI and The Financial Services Roundtable developed the multi-disciplinary steering committee to provide input and planning for the One-Year Anniversary Program.


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 For additional conference information, visit