Friday, September 27, 2013
8:00-8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
8:30-8:45 a.m.Welcome Remarks
David R. Kuney, Program Chair; Sidley Austin 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.
8:45-9:45 a.m. Confirmation Potpourri
Plan-support agreements and third-party releases, venue, equitable mootness, designation of votes and separate classification.
Jay M. Goffman, Moderator; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; New York
Hon. Shelley C. Chapman U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)
Hon. Robert E. Gerber U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)
Hon. Brendan L. Shannon U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Del.)
Martin J. Bienenstock, Facilitator; Proskauer; New York
9:45-10:45 a.m. It's a Small World, After All: Cross-Border Bankruptcies
Chapter 15 proceedings, recognition and enforcement, establishment of the COMI.
Gregg M. Galardi, Moderator; DLA Piper; New York
Hon. Martin Glenn U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)
Hon. Francis J.C. Newbould Ontario Superior Court of Justice; Toronto
Hon. James M. Peck U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)
Hon. Christopher S. Sontchi U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Del.)
Gary T. Holtzer, Facilitator; Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; New York
10:45-11:00 a.m. Refreshment Break
Sponsored by AlixPartners LLP
11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon No Peace in the Valley: Labor Unrest
Recent cases on §§ 1113 and 1114, severance, pensions, executive compensation and WARN Act.
Michael L. Bernstein, Moderator; Arnold & Porter LLP; Washington, D.C.
Hon. Kevin J. Carey U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Del.)
Hon. Kevin R. Huennekens U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Va.)
Hon. Stephen S. Mitchell (ret.) Alexandria, VA
Irving E. Walker, Facilitator; Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, PA; Baltimore
12:00-12:30 p.m. Special Pre-Luncheon Session: Reflections on Bankruptcy Law from Enron to Chrysler and Beyond
Hon. Arthur J. Gonzalez (ret.) New York University School of Law; New York
12:30-1:30 p.m. Working Lunch: Break-Outs 1-3 (Be sure to select your topic on the CLE Checklist.)
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 faculty.
1:40-2:40 p.m. Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Law Firm Bankruptcies
Is chapter 11 the optimal way to liquidate law firms? Jewel v. Boxer claims, drafting suggestions for releases of partners.
Melanie L. Cyganowski, Moderator; Otterbourg, Steindler, Houston & Rosen, PC; New York
Hon. Stuart M. Bernstein U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)
Hon. Robert D. Drain U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)
Hon. S. Martin Teel, Jr. U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. D.C.)
Bradford F. Englander, Facilitator; Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP; Falls Church, Va.
2:40-3:40 p.m. Individual Chapter 11s: They're Not Big 13s
When are they the right option? Absolute priority rule, conversion to and from chapter 7.
Mary Joanne Dowd, Moderator; Arent Fox LLP; Washington, D.C.
Hon. Nancy Hershey Lord U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D.N.Y.)
Hon. Robert G. Mayer U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Va.)
Hon. Frank J. Santoro U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Va.)
Douglas M. Foley, Facilitator; McGuireWoods LLP; Washington, D.C.
3:40-4:00 p.m. Refreshment Break
Sponsored by AlixPartners LLP
4:00-5:00 p.m. Dangerous Curves Ahead: Ethics and Social Media
As social media gain a foothold in all communications, attorneys are using the platform for both business and personal use. The panel will identify the ethical dangers and professionalism concerns that are raised when attorneys use Facebook, LinkedIn, and other forms of social media. The panel will discuss, among other issues, ethics opinions from various jurisdictions dealing with social networking, the minimum standard of attorney "competence," confidentiality, problems affecting the attorney-client privilege, using social media for investigations, locator platforms and other recent advancements, and best practices for social networking by attorneys.
Steven C. Bennett, Moderator; Jones Day; New York
Hon. Bruce A. Harwood U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D.N.H.)
Hon. Cecelia G. Morris U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)
Hon. Michael G. Williamson U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D. Fla.)
Richard M. Meth, Facilitator; Fox Rothschild LLP; Roseland, N.J.
5:00-6:15 p.m. Cocktail Reception
Sponsored by Sidley Austin LLP