Subprime Lending Industry Chapter 11 Issues and Future of Bankruptcy to Be Examined at ABIs Thirteenth Annual Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference

Subprime Lending Industry Chapter 11 Issues and Future of Bankruptcy to Be Examined at ABIs Thirteenth Annual Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference

Contact: John Hartgen
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October 24, 2007, Alexandria, Va.
— The American Bankruptcy Institute’s (ABI) Thirteenth Annual Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference will take place Feb. 14 – 15, 2008, at the Westin Tabor Center in downtown Denver. The conference will feature 12 bankruptcy judges and address such timely topics as the subprime lending industry, commercial real estate trends, consumer issues under BAPCPA and a panel looking at the future of bankruptcy. The panel features U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.), a former bankruptcy practitioner before his election to Congress in 2006. 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).

Elizabeth K. Flaagan of Holme Roberts & Owen LLP (Denver) will moderate the “Skiing within Bounds (or Close to the Edge): Supreme Court Cases and Hot Topics” session with panelists Bart B. Burnett of Pearson, Horowitz & Burnett, PC (Denver), Bankruptcy Judge  Glen E. Clark (Salt Lake City), Theodore J. Hartl of Lindquist & Vennum PLLP (Denver) and Steven T. Waterman of Ray, Quinney & Nebeker, PC (Salt Lake City).

“Business Fraud in Bankruptcy/Ethics: Taking Candy from Babies” will be moderated by Douglas Wayne Jessop of Jessop & Company, PC (Denver) with panelists Alan V. Funk of Alan V. Funk PC (Salt Lake City), Bankruptcy Judge Janice Miller Karlin (Topeka, Kan.), Neal H. Levin of Freeborn & Peters LLP (Chicago) and Gil A. Miller of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (Salt Lake City).

The “Degrees of Difficulty: Current Issues in Bankruptcy Settlements” session will be moderated by Annette W. Jarvis of Ray, Quinney & Nebeker, PC (Salt Lake City) with panelists J. Thomas Beckett of Parsons Behle & Latimer PLC (Salt Lake City), Bankruptcy Judge A. Bruce Campbell (Denver) and Joseph G. Rosania of Connolly, Rosania & Lofstedt, PC (Broomfield, Colo.).

“Trails, Runs, Slopes and Lodges: Real Estate Development Issues” will be moderated by John F. Young of Block Markus & Williams LLC (Denver) and feature panelists Bankruptcy Judge Sidney B. Brooks (Denver), Mitchell P. Kahn of Hilco Real Estate, LLC (Northbrook, Ill.), David E. Leta of Snell & Wilmer LLP (Salt Lake City) and Berry D. Spears of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP (Austin, Texas).

Moderator Michael J. Pankow of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, PC (Denver) will be joined by Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth E. Brown (Denver), Craig A. Christensen of Lindquist & Vennum PLLP (Denver) and Mark L. Fulford of Sherman & Howard, LLC (Denver) for the “Deep Powder: Cutting-Edge Chapter 11 Issues under BAPCPA” session.

The “Going from Snowplow to Parallel—Litigation Skills Training: Preparing and Presenting Evidence; Effective Legal Writing,” moderated by Kimberley H. Tyson of Sherman & Howard, LLC (Denver), will feature panelists Leonard DePasquale of the

Office of the U.S. Trustee (Providence, R.I.), Bankruptcy Judge Michael E. Romero (Denver), Jeffrey Weston Shields of Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough PC (Salt Lake City) and Michael N. Zundel of Prince, Yeates & Geldzahler (Salt Lake City).

“Consumer Workshop I: Unmarked Hazards—Ethics, Creditor Abuse of Debtors and Remedies” will be moderated by Ellen R. Welner of George T. Carlson & Associates (Englewood, Colo.) with panelists Prof. Richard I. Aaron of S.J. Quinney College of Law, Univ. of Utah (Salt Lake City) and Steven J. McCardell of Durham Jones & Pinegar (Salt Lake City).

The “Slippery Slope through the Trees: Current Issues and Developments in the Subprime Lending Industry” session will be moderated by Risa Lynn Wolf-Smith of Holland & Hart LLP (Denver) with panelists Lawrence Bass of Holme Roberts & Owen LLP (Denver), Jeffrey W. Dulberg of Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP (Los Angeles), Susan M. Freeman of Lewis and Roca LLP (Phoenix), Michael H. Goldstein of Stutman, Treister & Glatt, PC (Los Angeles) and Craig D. Hansen of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP (Phoenix).

Moderator Duane H. Gillman of Durham Jones & Pinegar (Salt Lake City) will be joined by panelists David M. Cook of David M. Cook, P.C. (Salt Lake City), Holly Renee Shilliday of Snell & Wilmer, LLP (Denver) and Bankruptcy Judge William T. Thurman (Salt Lake City) for the “Consumer Workshop II: Season Pass or One-Day Lift Ticket? Almost Poor, but Honest, Debtors—Good-Faith Test” session.

Julia R. Pettit of Stoel Rives LLP (Salt Lake City) will moderate the “Alternative Energy Development: The Newest Ski Jump Event” session featuring panelists Alex D. Moglia of Moglia Advisors (Schaumburg, Ill.), Gary A. Norton of Whitfield & Eddy, PLC (Des Moines, Iowa) and John K. Pearson of Hinkle Elkouri Law Firm LLC (Wichita, Kan.).

“Weather Forecast: The Future of Bankruptcy” features Bankruptcy Judges Elizabeth E. Brown (Denver) and Bruce A. Markell (Las Vegas), former Bankruptcy Judge Ralph R. Mabey of Stutman, Treister & Glatt, PC (Salt Lake City) and Rep. Edwin G. Perlmutter (D-Colo.) (Invited).

The “Consumer Workshop III: First and Last Runs—First Meetings and Confirmation Hearings under Chapter 13” session will be moderated by Kevin R. Anderson of the Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee (Salt Lake City), Loretta A. Burnett (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Bankruptcy Judge Tom R. Cornish (Okmulgee, Okla.).

“Consumer Workshop IV: Reading the Trail Map—Pre-bankruptcy Planning under BAPCPA” will be moderated by Joel T. Marker of McKay, Burton & Thurman (Salt Lake City) with panelists Arthur Lindquist-Kleissler of Lindquist-Kleissler & Company, LLC (Denver) and Bankruptcy Judge Terrence L. Michael (Tulsa, Okla.).

A judges roundtable, featuring all 12 bankruptcy judges in attendance, will also be held at the conference.

Two programs sponsored by the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWRC) will also be featured at the start of the 2008 Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference.“Perspectives from the Distaff Bench” will feature Bankruptcy Judges Marcia S. Krieger (Denver), Elizabeth E. Brown (Denver), Eileen W. Hollowell (Tucson, Ariz.) and Janice Miller Karlin (Topeka, Kan.). Layne Kottmeier and Bellann Raile of Cordes & Company (Denver) and Karen Martinez of the Securities & Exchange Commission (Salt Lake City) will take part in “Receiverships and Receivers: Scoring Efficiently in the Insolvent End Zone.”

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