Continuing Legal Education

Program Agenda


Friday, October 9, 2015

7:30-8:15 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by Whiteford Taylor & Preston, LLP

8:15-8:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks
David R. Kuney, Program Chair Whiteford Taylor & Preston, LLP;Washington, D.C.
Lawrence J. Center, Assistant Dean Georgetown Law CLE;Washington, D.C.
Samuel J. Gerdano, Executive Director American Bankruptcy Institute;Alexandria, Va.

8:30-9:15 a.m. Opening Keynote
Review of the Supreme Court Term, 2014-15
Prof. Kenneth N. Klee University of California at Los Angeles School of Law; Los Angeles

9:15-10:15 a.m. Confirmation Roundtable
Effect of the ABI Commission: Elimination of one impaired class. Continued debate over PSAs and RSAs. Does the ABI Commission's recommendation to eliminate one impaired class voting appropriately end gamesmanship and litigation? Continued debate over PSAs and RSAs.
Jay M. Goffman, Moderator Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP;New York
Hon. Stuart Bernstein U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)
Hon. Shelley C. Chapman U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)
Hon. James L. Garrity U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)
James M. Peck, Facilitator Morrison & Foerster LLP;New York

10:15-10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break
Sponsored by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

10:30-11:30 a.m. Retail Bankruptcy: Executory Contracts and Leases
News from Radio Shack. Effect of the ABI Commission recommendations on retail cases. Sales free and clear of leaseholds: The conflict between §§ 363(f) and 365(h);In re Revel Casino.
David L. Pollack, Moderator Ballard Spahr LLP;Philadelphia
Hon. Martin Glenn U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)
Hon. Kevin R. Huennekens U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Va.)
Hon. Brendan L. Shannon U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Del.)
Mark D. Collins, Facilitator Richards, Layton & Finger, PA;Wilmington, Del.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sales Panel
Even though the Commission recommended no curtailing of credit-bidding rights, challenges continue. More on GM: Can an order really be free and clear of successor liability, and what is successor liability, anyway?
Marc Abrams, Moderator Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP;New York
Hon. Robert D. Drain U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)
Hon. Kevin Gross U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Del.)
Prof. Michelle M. Harner University of Maryland School of Law;Baltimore
Jessica C.K. Boelter, Facilitator Sidley Austin LLP;Chicago

12:30-1:50 p.m. Working Lunch: Breakouts 1-3
Sponsored by Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP
A facilitator will lead additional discussions from the three morning panels, providing a unique opportunity for attendees to follow up on the morning's topics in small groups over lunch with the judges and speakers.

2:00-3:00 p.m. Health Care and Nonprofit Cases
This panel will discuss elected issues in health care and non-profit cases, including Medicare issues;confirmation issues including feasibility and application of the best interest test and absolute priority rule in non-profit cases; director and officer liability issues;and conflicts between state law and the Bankruptcy Code.
Melanie L. Cyganowski, Moderator Otterbourg P.C.;New York
Hon. Carla E. Craig U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D.N.Y)
Hon. Sean H. Lane U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y)
Hon. Nancy Hershey Lord U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D.N.Y)
Hon. Robert G. Mayer U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Va.)
Irving E. Walker, Facilitator Cole Schotz P.C.;Baltimore

3:00-4:00 p.m. Issues Affecting Private-Equity and Hedge Funds
This panel will discuss bankruptcy-related issues affecting private equity funds, including fiduciary duty and corporate governance issues, WARN Act and pension issues, and fund liability for portfolio company obligations, as well as issues affecting hedge funds, including recent decisions interpreting the Indenture Trust Act, claims trading, restriction and disclosure issues.
Gary T. Holtzer, Moderator Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP;New York
Hon. Christopher M. Klein U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Calif.)
Hon. Christopher S. Sontchi U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Del.)
Hon. Michael E. Wiles U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)
Michael L. Bernstein, Facilitator Arnold & Porter LLP;Washington, D.C.

4:00-4:15 p.m. Refreshment Break
Sponsored by BakerHostetler

4:15-5:15 p.m. Ethics: The Ever-Changing Landscape
This panel will address issues concerning confidentiality and privileged information, fees, candor in dealings with the court, fairness to opposing counsel, and more, with reference to various Rules of Professional Conduct, including RPCs 1.5, 1.6, 3.3, 3.4 and 8.4.
Richard M. Meth, Moderator Fox Rothschild LLP;Roseland, N.J.
Hon. Rosemary Gambardella U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D.N.J.)
Hon. Laurel M. Isicoff U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Fla.)
Hon. S. Martin Teel U.S. Bankruptcy Court (District of Columbia)
Donald A. Workman, Facilitator BakerHostetler;Washington, D.C.

5:15-6:15 p.m. Cocktail Reception

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