Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Political Power Couple James Carville and Mary Matalin to Keynote ABIs 26th Annual Spring Meeting
Contact: John Hartgen
SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SAMUEL A. ALITO, POLITICAL POWER COUPLE
JAMES CARVILLE AND MARY MATALIN TO KEYNOTE
January 11, 2008
Alexandria, Va. --More than 1,000 bankruptcy professionals will
attend the American Bankruptcy Institute's (
The special guest speaker at this year's meeting will be U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. A member of the Court since 2006, Justice Alito will be featured at the Friday, April 4, luncheon. Also featured will be the political power couple of James Carville and Mary Matalin, who will speak at the Saturday, April 5, luncheon sponsored by the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC). Co-authors of the national best seller All’s Fair in Love War, and Running for President, Matalin and Carville will look at today’s most important political issues in this election year.
The conference educational
program sessions begin with
In Debate No. 2, 'Congress Should Amend the Bankruptcy Code to Allow Modification via a Chapter 13 Plan of the First Mortgage on the Consumer Debtor’s Primary Residence,' John Rao of the National Consumer Law Center (Boston) will debate Prof. G. Marcus Cole of Stanford Law School (Stanford, Calif.). Congress is currently considering numerous pieces of legislation on this issue.
In Debate No.
3, 'Professional Fees in Chapter 11 Cases Are Excessive
and, in Part, Result from Courts’ Inability to Rein in Fees for
Fear of Losing Cases,' will be debated by Prof. Stephen J.
Lubben of the Seton Hall Law School (Newark, N.J.), author of a new
fee study funded by
Expert panels have been organized in concurrent sessions, allowing conference attendees to choose the ones that most interest them. Speakers include bankruptcy judges, accountants, attorneys, turnaround managers, law professors, trustees and others.
The “CRO Roundtable:
The Evolution and Challenges of Professional Management of the
Reorganization Process” will be moderated by Anthony H.N.
Schnelling of Bridge Associates LLC (New York) and include panelists
John S. Dubel of Gradient Partners, LP (White Plains, N.Y.),
Michael J. Epstein of CRG Partners (
Jonathan P. Friedland of Schiff Hardin LLP (Chicago) will moderate “The Bankruptcy Sale Process, Part I: The ‘Pre-Auction, Bidding Procedures, Break-up and Topping Fees and Expense Reimbursement” session with Roberta A. DeAngelis of the Executive Office for U.S. Trustees (Washington, D.C.), Sean D. Malloy of McDonald Hopkins LLC (Cleveland), David S. Miller of Macquarie Group (Atlanta), Benjamin L. Nortman of Hilco Trading Company, Inc. (Northbrook, Ill.) and Andrea B. Schwartz of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP (New York).
The “Ad Hoc Committees and Other (Unofficial) Creditor Groups: Management, Disclosure and Ethical Issues” panel will be moderated by Robert J. Rosenberg of Latham & Watkins LLP (New York), who will be joined by panelists Martin J. Bienenstock of Dewey Ballantine LLP (New York), Bankruptcy Judge Robert D. Drain (S.D.N.Y.), Ramona D. Elliot of the Executive Office for U.S. Trustees (Washington, D.C.) and Jeffrey L. Jonas of Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels LLP (Boston).
“Consumer Debtor Class
Actions: One More Windmill or the Ultimate Remedy for the Subprime
Mess?,” will be moderated by Rudy J. Cerone of
McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC (
Part II of
“The Bankruptcy Sale Process, Part I: The
‘Pre-Auction’, Bidding Procedures, Break-up and Topping Fees
and Expense Reimbursement,” with moderator Jonathan P.
Friedland of Schiff Hardin LLP (Chicago), will
feature Peter J. Antoszyk of Proskauer Rose LLP (
John J. Monaghan of Holland & Knight LLP (Boston) will moderate the “Drafting Around the Stay: Swaps, Forward Contracts, Repurchase Agreements and the Future of Pre-petition Agreements in Bankruptcy” with panelists Bankruptcy Judge Robert E. Gerber (S.D.N.Y.), Ben H. Logan of O'Melveny & Myers LLP (Los Angeles), Edwin E. Smith of Bingham McCutchen LLP (Boston) and Shmuel Vasser of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP (New York).
Bankruptcy Judge Steven W.
“The Church in Chapter 11: The Lessons of the Catholic Diocese Cases” session will be moderated by James I. Stang of Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP (Los Angeles), featuring panelists Susan G. Boswell of Quarles & Brady LLP (Tucson, Ariz.), Ford Elsaesser of Elsaesser, Jarzabek, Anderson, Marks, Elliott & McHugh, Chtd. (Sandpoint, Idaho), Prof. Marci A. Hamilton of the Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (New York), Victor A. Vilaplana of Foley & Lardner LLP (San Diego) and Bankruptcy Judge Patricia C. Williams (Spokane).
Moderator Geoffrey L.
Berman of Development Specialists, Inc. (
“Finding the Center:
The Insolvency of Hedge Funds and Other Off-Shore Entities”
will be moderated by Daniel M. Glosband of Goodwin Procter LLP
Richard M. Meth of Day Pitney LLP (Morristown, N.J.) will moderate the plenary session titled “Beyond Ethics: The Coexistence of Zealousness, Professionalism and Civility in the Insolvency Community” with panelists Prof. Paula Franzese of the Seton Hall Law School (Newark, N.J.), Melissa Kibler Knoll of Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC (Chicago), Prof. Nancy B. Rapoport of the UNLV School of Law (Las Vegas) and Bankruptcy Judge Linda B. Riegle (Las Vegas).
The conference concludes with
the “Judges’ Roundtable: Current Cases, Hot Topics and
Other Developments” moderated by Prof. Margaret
Back for 2008 is the Nuts and Bolts for Young Practitioners program on Thursday, April 3. At this special day-long seminar for beginning insolvency practitioners, an outstanding faculty of judges and practitioners will explain the fundamentals of bankruptcy in separate consumer and business tracks.
The Annual Spring Meeting has
The American Board of Certification (ABC) will offer its Consumer Bankruptcy, Business Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights exams on Thursday, April 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Renaissance. For details please visit the ABC Web site at www.abcworld.org or e-mail [email protected].
register by Jan. 25 will receive a $100 discount on the late
registration rate. Press interested in attending the conference should
contact John Hartgen at [email protected]. For more