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Stay current on bankruptcy news and issues your clients care about. Join Professor Michelle Harner, University of Maryland College of Law and ABI Resident Scholar, as she interviews several panelists at this year's National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. The panelists will discuss recent developments in bankruptcy opinions including topics such as treatment of secured creditors, student loans, and circuit splits.
This month's panelists include:
Prof Douglas Baird, University of Chicago Law School
Heather Lennox, Jones Day
Prof Susan Hauser, North Carolina Central University School of Law
Dan Fisher, ECMC Group
Hon Joy Flowers Conti, District Judge, WD Pa
Craig Goldblatt, WilmerHale
Louis Freeh, Former FBI Director
This program is the seventh in a series of monthly presentations designed to keep you up-to-date on changes in bankruptcy and restructuring; track recent filings, motions, and decisions; and implement revisions to bankruptcy rules and forms. From detailed intelligence on federal and bankruptcy court dockets and opinions, to step-by-step guidance through all levels of the bankruptcy process from American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) treatises, these ABI and Bloomberg Law co-sponsored programs will help bankruptcy attorneys and practitioners gain a deeper understanding of bankruptcy law issues.
Michelle Harner joined the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law faculty in the fall of 2009. She teaches courses in Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights, Business Associations, Business Planning, Corporate Finance, and Professional Responsibility. Prior to joining the faculty at UM Carey Law School, where she also has served as Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Professor Harner served on the faculty of the University of Nebraska College of Law and was voted “Professor of the Year” by the upperclass students during the 2006–07 and 2008–09 academic years. Professor Harner is an elected Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, and an elected Member in the American Law Institute. She also was selected to serve as the Robert M. Zinman ABI Resident Scholar for the fall of 2015.
Douglas Baird graduated from Stanford Law School. Before joining the faculty in 1980, he was a law clerk to Judge Shirley M. Hufstedler and Judge Dorothy W. Nelson, both of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Baird served as Dean of the Law School from 1994 to 1999. His research and teaching interests focus on corporate reorganizations and contracts.
Heather Lennox has played a leading role in Jones Day's representations of debtors and potential debtors, creditors' committees, prepetition secured lenders, bank groups, DIP lenders, credit card processors, and other significant creditors in many of the nation's largest in-court and out-of-court corporate and municipal restructurings. She has substantial experience counseling clients in fraudulent conveyance, illegal dividend, fiduciary duty, piercing the corporate veil, and mass tort issues in bankruptcy. She has represented entities in the structuring and consummation of spin-offs, distressed sales and acquisitions, ring-fencing transactions, and other out-of-court restructuring transactions.
Susan Hauser began her legal career working with low income and elderly clients as a staff attorney with Lumbee River Legal Services in Pembroke, North Carolina. In 1989, she joined the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina as a staff attorney. In 1992, she joined the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, where she worked as senior law clerk and staff attorney for 13 years. Professor Hauser clerked for the Honorable J. Rich Leonard, Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina, and for the Honorable W. Earl Britt, Chief District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Professor Hauser has written and lectured extensively on bankruptcy, bankruptcy procedure, civil procedure, and predatory mortgage lending. She has published articles in several scholarly journals, including the American Bankruptcy Law Journal, North Carolina Law Review, Tulane Law Review, and the North Carolina Central Law Review. She has also developed and presented training programs on civil and bankruptcy procedure to court personnel in the United States and in the Republic of Zambia. In 2005, Hauser was awarded an American Bankruptcy Law Journal Fellowship. Professor Hauser is a member of the North Carolina State Bar.
Mr. Dan Fisher serves as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of ECMC Group, Inc. Mr. Fisher provides executive oversight to the Legal, Human Resources and Corporate Services departments. He has been critical in forming ECMC’s national bankruptcy litigation strategy. He has argued appeals involving student loan dischargeability standards, due process matters and collection cost issues. He is admitted to practice in most federal appellate courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Fisher also serves as the secretary for the ECMC Group board of directors. Prior to joining ECMC in 2000, Mr. Fisher served on active duty in the U.S. Army as a Judge Advocate for six years in Georgia and the Washington, D.C. area, where his primary focus was court-martial litigation.
The Honorable Joy Flowers Conti graduated from Duquesne University School of Law. She served as a law clerk to Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Louis L. Mandrino (deceased). In 1974, she was the first woman lawyer to be hired by Kirkpatrick, Lockhart, Johnson & Hutchinson, now known as Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, LLP. In 1976 she accepted a position as a member of the faculty of Duquesne University School of Law. She became a tenured professor of law at Duquesne University School of Law and taught courses in civil procedure, corporations, corporate finance, corporate reorganizations and bankruptcy. She concentrated her practice on bankruptcy, creditors' and debtors' rights, healthcare, general corporate and nonprofit corporation law. She has authored and lectured on bankruptcy and corporate law.
Craig Goldblatt is an experienced bankruptcy litigator, with a focus on complex bankruptcy disputes and bankruptcy appeals. The core of his practice has been protecting the interests of secured creditors, financial institutions and insurance companies in bankruptcy-related disputes, though he has also represented leading technology, transportation and communications industry clients in bankruptcy matters. Mr. Goldblatt, who joined the firm in 1994, is a member of the firm's Management Committee. Mr. Goldblatt represents parties in all stages of bankruptcy proceedings. The core of his practice involves bankruptcy and insolvency related trial-level matters and appeals—particularly the representation of financial institutions and other commercial creditors in bankruptcy litigation. He has argued two bankruptcy cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, and one before the en banc Third Circuit, prevailing in all three. He has also developed a particular expertise on consumer bankruptcy matters, representing several major mortgage servicers in a variety of bankruptcy cases and appeals, and a Chapter 13 Trustee in a case now pending in the US Supreme Court.
Louis J. Freeh graduated from Rutgers College in 1971. Director Freeh received a J.D. degree from Rutgers Law School in 1974 and an LL.M. degree in criminal law from New York University Law School in 1984. He was the lead prosecutor in the “Pizza Connection” case, the largest and most complex investigation ever undertaken at the time by the United States government. In 1990, he was appointed a special prosecutor by the attorney general to oversee the investigation into the mail-bomb murders of Federal Judge Robert Vance of Birmingham, AL. In July 1991, former President George Bush appointed Freeh as United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York. While serving in this position he was nominated to be the Director of the FBI by President Clinton on July 20, 1993. He was confirmed by the Senate on August 6, 1993 and was sworn in as Director on September 1, 1993.
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