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2017 AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY INSTITUTE

ANNUAL REPORT AND

2017 • 2018 E VE N T-PL ANN I NG CALE NDAR


2017

CONTENTS

A M E R I C A N B A N K R U P TC Y I N S T I T U T E

ANNUAL REPORT AND

2017 • 2018 E VE N T-PL ANN I NG CALE NDAR

4 Another year of growth and commitment. 6 Remarks from ABI President Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff (ret.). 8 Financial performance: Solid and sound. 10 Creating new ways to engage members and help them succeed. 12 ABI expands its global reach. 14 ABC observes strong demand for certified specialists. 16 ABI launches new bookstore. 18 Identifying insolvency’s next generation of leaders. 20 A quick look at some of the names and faces from 2017 events. 22 Rochelle’s Daily Wire: Now exclusive to ABI members. 24 ABI influences opinion. 26 Significant milestones for CARE over the past year. 28 “Eye on Bankruptcy” video series: New host, more viewers. 30 Committees: The best way to demonstrate leadership and get involved. 32 2017 American Bankruptcy Institute supporting partners. 34 The ABI Endowment has awarded more than $2.5 million in grants and scholarships. 36 2017 • 2018 ABI Board of Directors.

Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff (ret.)

Edward T. Gavin

James Patrick Shea

Samuel J. Gerdano

President

President-Elect

Board Chairman

Executive Director


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13th Annual International Insolvency & Restructuring Symposium The Westin Dublin Dublin, Ireland

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Another year of growth and commitment. amendments to the Bankruptcy Code, changes to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, administrative rules or actions, recommendations on proper interpretations of existing law, and other best practices that judges, trustees and lawyers can implement. As with the Chapter 11 Commission, this study is noteworthy for soliciting the views of all stakeholders in the system through a series of open public hearings and transparent participation. A final report will be issued in 2018 — the 40th anniversary of the Bankruptcy Code of 1978.

Samuel J. Gerdano ABI Executive Director

The past year marked new milestones for the American Bankruptcy Institute as the most respected thought leader in the insolvency community. ABI’s landmark Final Report and Recommendations of the Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in this spring’s seminal Jevic opinion. The Commission’s recommendations continue to be a positive influence on commercial bankruptcy practice and best practices in the courts. The last year also marked the start of a new, parallel initiative in consumer bankruptcy. The ABI Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy is charged with researching and recommending improvements to the consumer bankruptcy system that can be implemented within its existing structure. These changes might include

accounting, consulting, academia, government and more. Membership in ABI was not required. A steering committee of experienced insolvency leaders and mentors established the criteria for selection and identified the top 40 to be honored during a ceremony at the 2017 Winter Leadership Conference in Palm Springs. “We realize that the demographics of our profession are changing,” said then-ABI President Jeffrey N. Pomerantz of Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP (Los Angeles) in announcing the program. “Our continued success as the community’s leading professional ABI’s Conrad B. Duberstein National Memorial Moot association depends in part on our ability to Court Competition celebrated its silver anniversary identify and promote future leaders.” in 2017 in partnership with St. John’s University School of Law. The largest appellate moot court Importantly, the goal is not simply to create a onein the nation, the Duberstein additionally enjoys time ceremony, but to fully engage those selected an international reputation for excellence in oral as future leaders in the insolvency profession and advocacy. The ABI Law Review, published also to build on “40 Under 40” each year. in partnership with St. John’s, achieved another milestone, as an article in the Winter 2017 issue was ABI members continue to rely on us for thought cited by the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the leadership year-round. More than 7,000 members attended at least one CLE program, either in person Second Circuit in the Marblegate case. or online, over the past 12 months. ABI’s innovative Continued thought leadership can only be program formats are frequently copied by others sustained by identifying and nurturing the next but never duplicated. More than 5,000 members generation of leaders. Accordingly, in April we subscribe to Rochelle’s Daily Wire for unique announced the creation of our “40 Under 40” insights from ABI’s Editor-at-Large Bill Rochelle on initiative to identify the top industry professionals not just what the cases hold, but what they mean. under the age of 40. The response was gratifying, as more than 300 well-credentialed young Meanwhile, nearly 2,000 viewed ABI’s monthly video professionals engaged in the rigorous application series “Eye on Bankruptcy” over the past year. The hour-long program analyzes the month’s leading process. opinions and legal developments, with the help Candidates came from both large and small firms of the practice area’s top practitioners and leading from every region of the country and represented judges. The flagship monthly ABI Journal continues diverse practice areas such as law, finance, to be a must-read for all insolvency professionals.

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ABI’s Endowment continues to enjoy broad support from members while funding important new projects of relevance, such as the Consumer Commission and an empirical study on the bankruptcy impact of the Affordable Care Act. With your help, we can do more. ABI, as the largest professional organization in our space, has always been about people and service to our community. On behalf of the ABI Board of Directors, Executive Committee and professional staff, we encourage all of our nearly 12,000 members to get more involved in our work. By working together, we can make a difference.


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Young Bankruptcy Scholars Workshop Brooklyn Law School Brooklyn, NY

Two Great Consumer Conferences in Chicago and Detroit (see below)

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Remarks from ABI President Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff. It’s been 12 years since the BAPCPA amendments in 2005, and the consumer economy has changed significantly since then. Outstanding student loan debt in the United States has tripled since BAPCPA.

Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff (ret.) ABI President Oak Park, Ill. ABI’s Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy is our most significant thought leadership initiative since the Final Report of the ABI Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 in 2014. Why do it? There’s good reason to doubt that the current Congress, faced with a number of contentious disputes, will take up wholesale reform of consumer bankruptcy. But that’s not what the Commission is aiming for. Instead, the Commission’s charge is to look at discrete issues within the present system and suggest adjustments to make the system work more effectively for all of those it affects.

The Commission is headed by two co-chairs, retired judges William Houston Brown and Elizabeth Perris, who bring a depth of experience in both consumer issues and leadership. They lead a group of 15 other voting commissioners and five non-voting ex Similarly, with the bursting of the mortgage bubble officio commissioners. The Commission is served in 2007-08, debt for housing has been in a turmoil by a reporter, Prof. Robert Lawless of the University that had not been experienced before. And BAPCPA of Illinois College of Law, a respected scholar whose itself introduced features that might be examined, work has focused on empirical studies of consumer such as waivers of filing fees, pre-petition credit bankruptcy. counseling, and new limits on reducing secured claims to the value of the collateral. Even if none Three committees support the Commission’s of these issues are likely to be addressed by the work: one dealing primarily with chapter 7 current Congress, Commission recommendations issues, one with chapter 13 issues, and one with for better approaches will not have an expiration issues arising in both chapters involving case date. After all, major bankruptcy reform has administration and the estate. occurred in 40-year increments: 1898, 1938, 1978 The commissioners and committee members and, perhaps, next in 2018. were selected to give the Commission the widest Equally important, the Commission’s work is not range of experience. They include consumer limited to proposals for amending the Bankruptcy bankruptcy professors and attorneys representing Code. The Commission is expressly charged debtors (from large firms, small practices and with considering possible amendments of the nonprofit organizations), creditors (including national bankruptcy rules, new local rules and best mortgage lenders, auto lenders, unsecured practices, and the optimal resolution of disputed lenders and credit unions), trustees (in both legal issues. Suggestions to improve consumer chapters 7 and 13) and government entities. practice in any of these ways can be implemented By the end of this year, the committees will make independent of congressional action. their recommendations to the Commission, How is the work being done? ABI’s experience with which will consider them and issue its final report the Chapter 11 Commission provided a road map by the end of 2018. for looking at consumer bankruptcy issues, and ABI has been able to draw support from all of the areas affected by consumer bankruptcy.

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There are two ways in which ABI members — and others interested in consumer bankruptcy — can offer help to the Commission. The first is sharing ideas for improvement in consumer practice. Those who actually work in the system are likely to have insights that the Commissioners and committee members are not aware of. New ideas for dealing with the Commission’s issues are essential for enabling it to make the best recommendations. With the help of ABI and its members, there will be much more to report about the Commission’s work in the coming year.

Follow us: ConsumerCommission.abi.org

@ConsumerBKComm


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ABI/SJUSL 40-Hour Mediation Training Program St. John’s Manhattan Campus New York, NY

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Financial performance: Solid and Sound. STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

December 31, 2016

December 31, 2015

$204,143

$298,480

18,282,220

19,497,921

Accounts receivable, net

258,103

102,707

Prepaid expenses

416,320

307,852

Contributions receivable, net

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108,146

Property and equipment, net

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214,835

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$19,696,963

$20,683,932

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ASSETS: Cash

Michael L. Bernstein ABI Treasurer Arnold & Porter LLP Washington, DC

Investments

Total Assets

Dear ABI Members:

LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS

The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) has net assets

ABI maintains three funds — General Operating Funds,

in excess of almost $20 million. ABI held cash and

General Reserve Funds and the ABI Endowment Fund

investments of about $18 million as of December 2016.

— and establishes and adheres to prudent guidelines

In addition, the ABI Endowment Fund had assets of $8.6

for the reserve levels of the two General Funds. These

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

million as of December 31, 2015.

guidelines are based on industry standards and

CARE grant

recommendations from outside financial advisors.

Deferred revenue

2,286,445

2,514,850

Total Liabilities

4,303,418

4,833,071

Undesignated

6,442,804

7,246,559

Board-designated endowment

8,643,361

8,293,529

307,380

310,773

15,393,545

15,850,861

$19,696,963

$20,683,932

In the annual audit of ABI by CliftonLarsonAllen LLP (CLA), an audit firm specializing in nonprofit organizations, ABI was issued an unqualified “clean report” in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles. The auditors found no matters involving internal controls and operations that were

LIABILITIES:

The ABI Endowment Fund will continue to be kept in a segregated account, and any expenditures of the

NET ASSETS:

principal of the Endowment Fund will continue to

Unrestricted

require a two-thirds majority vote by the Board of Directors under the ABI bylaws.

considered to be material weaknesses. This was the

Respectfully submitted,

23rd straight year with a clean audit. The auditors

Michael L. Bernstein

commented favorably upon ABI’s finance staff and the

ABI Treasurer

Temporarily restricted Total Net Assets

organization’s financial management.

Total Liabilities and Net Assets

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Creating new ways to engage members and help them succeed. Continued social networking growth

ABI’s Membership Department developed new ways to inform and engage members this year,

Twitter: Followers and engagement LinkedIn

showcasing the many exclusive benefits included

Company

page:

Since

continue to increase as users echo ABI’s LinkedIn enabled added features, users

with ABI membership.

news and event updates.

are now able to connect and interact with news and event posts, leading to

Some highlights

Facebook: “Likes” and engagement

for keeping on top of the latest circuit court opinions,

(videos, charts, pictures, etc.).

greater engagement.

has been bolstered by visual collateral

Volo: The redesigned site provides a reliable means

LinkedIn Group page: Continues to grow as ABI’s largest social networking

with insightful summaries delivered within 24 hours of a decision or appeal.

Flickr: ABI continues to add to an ever- presence. The group page serves as a

Opinions: Members can search more 20,000 bankruptcy

image library, available to all members.

growing conference and event photo forum for professionals to discuss top cases/issues on social media.

court decisions by keyword, relevant Code section, court and judge. Twitter

Law: The most current versions of the U.S. Bankruptcy

Facebook

LinkedIn Company Page

LinkedIn Group Page

SOCIAL MEDIA USERS IN THOUSANDS

Court Code and Rules can be bookmarked and

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ABI expands ITS global reach. # ABICrossBorder

# ABICaribbean

CROSS-BORDER

INSOLVENCY PROGRAM

NOVEMBER 7, 2017

D AV I S P O L K & W A R D W E L L L L P C O N F E R E N C E C E N T E R

International Insolvency & Restructuring Symposium The Westin Dublin Dublin, Ireland

October 19-20, 2017

(Europe)

abi.org/events

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The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan San Juan • Puerto Rico

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ABC observes strong demand for certified specialists.

2O18 Exam Schedule

The American Board of Certification (ABC) is

The American Bankruptcy Institute has an ABC Prep

the nation’s premier legal specialty certification

Course designed specifically to assist certification

organization, certifying attorneys as specialists in

applicants with exam study. The course is available

business bankruptcy, consumer bankruptcy and

to ABI members for $295 at www.abi.org/abcprep.

creditors’ rights law. The ABC serves the public

There are also six hours of CLE credit available when

Date

City

Event/Location

interest by allowing potential clients to make

an applicant takes the course. For further information,

an informed decision in selecting bankruptcy

contact the American Board of Certification toll-free at

Jan. 24, 2018

Denver, CO

ABI 23rd Annual Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference Four Seasons Denver

and creditors’ rights counsel. ABC certification

(877) 365-2221.

April 19, 2018

Washington, DC

ABI 36th Annual Spring Meeting Marriott Marquis

May 23, 2018

New York, NY

ABI 20th Annual New York City Bankruptcy Conference New York Hilton

July 11, 2018

Stowe, VT

ABI 25th Annual Northeast Bankruptcy Conference & Consumer Forum Stowe Mountain Lodge

Aug. 2, 2018

Hershey, PA

ABI 14th Annual Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop Hotel Hershey

Sept. 6, 2018

Las Vegas, NV

ABI 26th Annual Southwest Bankruptcy Conference Four Seasons Las Vegas

Oct. TBD, 2018

Kansas City, MO

ABI/UMKC 38th Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute TBD

Dec. 6, 2018

Scottsdale, AZ

ABI 30th Annual Winter Leadership Conference Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

encourages attorneys to strive toward excellence and recognizes those attorneys who have met the ABC’s rigorous standards. The ABC is sponsored by ABI and the Commercial Law League of America (CLLA), and all three ABC certification programs are accredited by the American Bar Association and many states. ABC certification is available to all qualified attorneys without regard to membership in ABI or CLLA. The ABC continues to see strong demand for certified specialists from the public. The ABC Website, www.abcworld.org, is continuously being updated and improved, with the most recent changes designed to

2018 American Board of Certification Leadership • Craig M. Geno, Chair Law Offices of Craig M. Geno, PLLC Ridgeland, MS • J. Scott Bovitz, President Bovitz & Spitzer Los Angeles, CA • Robert C. Furr, President-Elect Furr Cohen, P.A. Boca Raton, FL • Kirk C. Burkley, Treasurer Bernstein-Burkley, P.C. Pittsburgh, PA

ABC Exams are held in conjunction with several ABI conferences. 2018 exam dates are as follows:

ABC Stats:

make it easier for attorneys to complete applications for certification (and recertification).

ABC has more than 700 certified members nationwide and in Puerto Rico, including 35 bankruptcy judges.

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ABI launches new bookstore. New online store provides easier navigation — and now includes ebooks In January, ABI unveiled a new online bookstore, store.abi.org, offering fresh ways to find and purchase publications covering almost every aspect of bankruptcy and insolvency. The new store allows digital versions to be purchased in conjunction with print books, and also offers ABI-branded clothing and other merchandise. New publications include an updated and vastly expanded second edition of A Practical Guide to Bankruptcy Valuation, Admitting Expert Valuation Evidence Before the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts and Survival Guide to Bankruptcy for In-House Counsel.

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Identifying insolvency’s next generation of leaders.

ABI Initiates “40 Under 40” Program This year, ABI launched an exciting initiative to identify and honor 40 individuals who demonstrate remarkable ability, leadership and achievement in the bankruptcy and insolvency community. More than 300 people were nominated, and the 40 honorees — selected by a distinguished panel of judges — represent a broad spectrum of talent. Displaying diversity in race, gender, location and profession, these young leaders have shown that they possess the qualities to lead ABI and its related member professions into the future. This inaugural class of “40 Under 40” will be recognized in a special section of the ABI Journal, and also during a ceremony at the 2017 Winter Leadership Conference. It is anticipated that in succeeding years, ABI will honor a new “class” of 40, providing an ongoing way to identify the best and brightest individuals in the field — and both support and learn from the rising stars in the industry. Solicitations for nominations will be available in January 2018.

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A quick look at some of the names and faces from 2017 events.

1) A 2017 Rocky Mountain gathering of John F. Young (Markus Williams Young & Zimmermann, LLC), Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) and Bankruptcy Judges Michael E. Romero (D. Colo.) and William T. Thurman (D. Utah) (l-r). 2)  J effrey N. Pomerantz (Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP) (l) passed the presidential gavel to his successor, retired Bankruptcy Judge Eugene R. Wedoff. 3) F ormer U.S. Senator and U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, a principal with Blank Rome Government Relations LLC, delivered a luncheon keynote at the 2017 Annual Spring Meeting.

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7) N  ancy J. Whaley (Standing Chapter 13 Trustee; Atlanta) (l) addressed a hearing of ABI’s Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy during a July 2017 public meeting in Seattle. 8) T he ever-popular Great Debates was a highlight at the 2017 Annual Spring Meeting. 9)  Sebastian Maniscalco brought his manic stand-up routine to the 2016 Winter Leadership Conference. 10)  An overflowing crowd came to an August 2017 eclipse party promoting the Potomac Conference Center at ABI’s Alexandria, Va., headquarters. 11)

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Running enthusiasts participated in ABI’s inaugural “Fun Run” at sunrise around Washington, D.C., at the 2017 Annual Spring Meeting.

12) Mock trials were an important part of the 2017 Litigation Skills Symposium. 13) Don Felder, a former member of The Eagles, rocked the Final Night Dinner at the 2017 Annual Spring Meeting, performing favorites such as “Hotel California.” 14)

Richard M. Meth (Fox Rothschild LLP; Morristown, N.J.) (second from right) mingled with David P. Benick, Amy Gavin and ABI President-Elect Ted Gavin of Gavin/ Solmonese LLC (l-r).

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Rochelle’s Daily Wire: Now Exclusive to ABI Members. Rochelle’s Daily Wire (RDW) — daily case analyses written by ABI Editor-at-Large Bill Rochelle — continues to enlighten readers about the most significant cases and trends, and has developed a loyal following, particularly of bankruptcy judges. Here are just a few of the accolades that RDW has received: But for your Daily Wire, I would not have known about that decision and would not have incorporated it into my opinion. I surely hope we got it right! — Hon. David M. Warren (E.D.N.C.) Appreciate your quick coverage! — Hon. Frank Volk (S.D. W.Va.) Please know that my colleagues and I greatly enjoy and rely upon Rochelle’s Daily Wire to stay current with new developments. — Hon. James Pappas (D. Idaho)

Rochelle’s Daily Wire by the Numbers*

I read your column every day and greatly enjoy and learn from doing so. Keep up your good work. — Hon. Kevin Gross (D. Del.)

Total Cases Analyzed: Commercial Cases: Consumer Cases: Circuit Split Cases: Supreme Court Cases: Total Judges Covered:

Rochelle’s Daily Wire is available free to all ABI members. You can sign up to receive it daily at connect.abi.org/rdwsignup.

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ABI Influences Opinion. The ABI Law Review, the ABI Journal, the website and more: drawing attention, driving the conversation Although ABI is not an advocacy organization, it discussion on Capitol Hill. The ABI Journal remains remains a valuable and respected resource for ABI’s flagship publication, producing widely news and information that often drives the national discussed articles on the Puerto Rico debt crisis, the conversation on matters related to bankruptcy and

turmoil in the health care and retail industries, and

insolvency. An article in the ABI Law Review was key recent Supreme Court decisions such as Jevic. this year cited by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the ABI’s online presence also provides vital, up-to-the Second Circuit. Several bankruptcy judges have minute information for both members and outside made reference to recommendations made in ABI’s parties, including a dedicated site for developments Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 — on Puerto Rico. and the Commission’s report continues to generate

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Significant milestones for CARE over the past year. CARE undertook a number of new initiatives in CARE experienced rapid growth in the number of new the last year. The CARE website was redesigned and chapters and new volunteers. It also launched its first launched with new features that offer an easy way to major fundraising campaign at the ABI Annual Spring sign up as a volunteer, start a new chapter, request a Meeting. The goal of the campaign is to make CARE educational materials focused on three core financial

also added one new staff member to oversee chapter

with the Personal Finance Education Standards in K-12 Personal Financial Literacy. All of the materials can now

their support throughout the year. Below is a complete

be accessed online by CARE volunteers and educators.

listing of CARE’s board members.

Vice Chair: Ken McEldowney Treasurer: Allan Guon

Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin, LLC

Secretary: Patrick Clisham

Engelman Berger, PC

CARE would like to recognize its National Board of

Education established by the Jump$tart Coalition for Directors and the American Bankruptcy Institute for

Lynn Tavenner

Executive Director, Consumer Action

financially self-sufficient by the end of 2018. CARE

and Managing Student Loans. The new materials align Executive Director Anna Flores (l) and Ian Redman of the Credit Abuse Resistance Education program (above) led a meeting with CARE’s Board of Directors (below).

presentation or make a donation. It also developed new

education topics: Budgeting & Saving, Credit & Debt, development, communications and fundraising.

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Tavenner & Beran, PLC

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Frost Brown Todd, LLC

CARE Board of Directors (Bios can be accessed on CARE’s website, care4yourfuture.org.) David Bird

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Clerk of the Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware

National Director, LifeSmarts

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones, LLP

President and CEO, Investor Protection Trust

New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development

Kirkland & Ellis, LLP

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Colorado

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of California

Endowed Professor and Director, Take Charge America Institute

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Puerto Rico

TransUnion LLC

U.S. Federal Trade Commission

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Virginia

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida

President, FINRA Foundation and Senior Vice President, Investor Education

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Missouri

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York and CARE’s Founder

Winsite Digital

Educational Credit Management Corp.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington

Executive Director, American Bankruptcy Institute

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

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Hon. Sidney Brooks

Hon. Mildred Cabán

Hon. Rebecca Buehler Connelly Hon. Dennis Dow Dan Fisher

Samuel Gerdano

Bryan Kaplan

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Hon. Catherine Peek McEwen Hon. John C. Ninfo II (ret.)

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"Eye on Bankruptcy” video series: new host, more viewers. The ABI-produced program “Eye on Bankruptcy”* This year, the program offered live sessions at VALCON finished another strong year, with hosting duties

and the Annual Spring Meeting and, in addition to

being shared by newly elevated bankruptcy judge its regular focus on important circuit court decisions, Michelle M. Harner, ABI Editor-at-Large Bill Rochelle, ABI provided in-depth coverage of this year’s important Resident Scholar Drew Dawson and, starting in August,

bankruptcy-related Supreme Court decisions, including

bankruptcy scholar Prof. Juliet M. Moringiello, who is the Midland Funding and Jevic. Commonwealth Professor of Business Law and director of the Business Advising Certificate Program at Widener

“Eye on Bankruptcy” airs the last Thursday of

University Commonwealth Law School. Prof. Moringiello every month, and viewers can register to view it at is a former ABI Resident Scholar.

eyeonbankruptcy.com, where they can also find previous episodes of the program.

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11th Annual Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff Seventh Circuit Consumer Bankruptcy Conference ABI/UMKC 38th Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute


Committees: the best way to demonstrate leadership and get involved. Leading by example

ABI has 17 active committees, each focused on a specific area of insolvency. Committees are active year-round and foster collaboration with other bankruptcy practitioners from around the country. Committee participation is one of the most effective ways to build and establish relationships with other members and a valuable way to demonstrate your leadership within the bankruptcy community. All ABI members are invited and encouraged to sign up for one or more committees, which can be done at committees.abi.org.

Asset Sales

Peter J. Barrett

Kutak Rock LLP • Richmond, Va. peter.barrett@kutakrock.com

Eric J. Fromme

Theodora Oringher PC • Costa Mesa, Calif. efromme@tocounsel.com

Bankruptcy Litigation Ferve Khan

BakerHostetler • New York fkhan@bakerlaw.com

Lucian Murley

Saul Ewing LLP • Wilmington, Del. lmurley@saul.com

Business Reorganization Charles M. Berk

CBIZ Corporate Recovery Services • New York cberk@cbiz.com

Brent I. Weisenberg

Platinum Credit Management, L.P. • New York bweisenberg@platinumlp.com

Commercial and Regulatory Law Mark V. Bossi

Thompson Coburn LLP • St. Louis mbossi@thompsoncoburn.com

Donald A. Workman BakerHostetler • Washington, D.C. dworkman@bakerlaw.com

Commercial Fraud

Financial Advisors and Investment Banking

Legislation

Technology and Intellectual Property

Epiq Systems, Inc. • Kansas City, Kan. jbauer@epiqsystems.com

McGuireWoods LLP • Washington, D.C. dfoley@mcguirewoods.com

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP • Wilmington, Del. erjohnson@wcsr.com

Jill Bauer

Douglas M. Foley

Ericka F. Johnson

Eric D. Madden

Wayne P. Weitz

Dena Kessler

Kenneth Kraft

Eric S. Rein

Health Care

Mediation

Unsecured Trade Creditors Cozen O’Connor • Wilmington, Del. mfelger@cozen.com

Reid Collins & Tsai LLP • Dallas emadden@rctlegal.com

Horwood Marcus & Berk • Chicago rrein@hmblaw.com

Consumer Bankruptcy Elizabeth L. Gunn

Virginia Office of the Attorney General • Richmond, Va. elizabeth.gunn@dss.virginia.gov

Elizabeth E. Stephens

Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel • Las Vegas stephens@sullivanhill.com

Ethics and Professional Compensation B. Summer Chandler

Chandler Law Firm, LLC • Panama City Beach, Fla. schandler@schandlerlaw.com

EisnerAmper LLP • New York wayne.weitz@eisneramper.com

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation • Washington, D.C. dkessler@fdic.gov

Dentons Canada LLP • Toronto kenneth.kraft@dentons.com

Suzanne Koenig

Jerry M. Markowitz

SAK Management Services, LLC • Northfield, Ill. skoenig@sakmgmt.com

Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty + Hartog, P.A. • Miami jmarkowitz@mrthlaw.com

Andrew H. Sherman

Richard E. Mikels

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP • New York rmikels@pszjlaw.com

Jennifer M. McLemore

Sills Cummis & Gross PC • Newark, N.J. asherman@sillscummis.com

International

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Young and New Members Prime Clerk • New York jkimble@primeclerk.com

Gilberto Deon Corrêa, Jr.

Eric E. Walker

Souto, Corrêa, Cesa, Lummertz & Amaral Advogados • Porto Alegre, Brazil gilberto.correa@soutocorrea.com.br

Perkins Coie LLP • Chicago ewalker@perkinscoie.com

Rafael X. Zahralddin-Aravena

Daniel Waxman

Elliott Greenleaf • Wilmington, Del. rxza@elliottgreenleaf.com

Kenneth Pasquale

Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP • Lexington, Ky. dwaxman@wyattfirm.com

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Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP • New York kpasquale@stroock.com

George Klidonas

Kirkland & Ellis LLP • New York george.klidonas@kirkland.com

Bradford J. Sandler

Brendan L. McPherson

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP • Wilmington, Del. bsandler@pszjlaw.com

Polsinelli • Kansas City, Mo. bmcpherson@polsinelli.com

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Christian & Barton, LLP • Richmond, Va. jmclemore@cblaw.com

Jennifer B. Kimble

Daniel A. White

Askew & Mazel, LLC • Albuquerque, N.M. dwhite@askewmazelfirm.com


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2017 American Bankruptcy Institute supporting partners. ABI’s Partners provide vital support for programs throughout the year. Partners receive year-round recognition at many conferences, events and online. Partner Packages are customized to fit the unique marketing needs of each Partner. Contact Marketing Manager Sharisa Sloan at ssloan@abiworld.org for information on how you can partner with ABI.

Presidential Partners

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The ABI Endowment has awarded More than $2.5 million in grants and scholarships. The ABI Endowment Fund was created in 1989 to provide resources for research and education to the bankruptcy community and was renamed in 2009 to honor the late Tony Schnelling, a former ABI Vice President-Development. Your gift or pledge allows ABI to meet new requests for funding, which may include studies relating to bankruptcy or insolvency; surveys or other analytical investigation; the education of judges, court personnel, other governmental personnel and the general public; or scholarships and other educational grants.

Anthony H.N. Schnelling (1947-2009) Founder and CEO Bridge Associates LLC

ABI President-Elect Ted Gavin presented ABI Past President Trish Redmond with the 2016 Schnelling Award at the 2017 Annual Spring Meeting.

Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund Donors Participate at Special Events.

Annually, the Endowment funds scholarships, moot court competitions, corporate restructuring competitions and ABI’s Resident Scholar program. The Endowment also funds major research projects including support for the new ABI Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy, the ABI Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11, a study to look at the effects of the ACA on bankruptcy, the Ethics Task Force, a study of the effectiveness of financial education on distressed consumers, and an empirical study of post-BAPCPA distributions to unsecured creditors. Endowment contributions may be paid in equal installments for up to five years. All gifts are cumulative to allow donors to advance their level of contribution. All contributions are tax-deductible. The ABI Endowment is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

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ABI Endowment supporters enjoyed good food and wine during a fundraising event at Italian Wine Merchants in New York City in early April 2017.


Endowments & Grants Major Contributors

Unique ways to contribute Networking Events Auto Debit

Amazon Wish List Donate Remnant Funds

Silent Auctions Stock Transfers

Millennium Level

Century Council Members

Legacy Members

New Benefactors

New Sustaining Members

• Bayard, P.A. • Boleman Law Firm, PC • Conseco Liquidating Trust • Edward T. Gavin Gavin/Solmonese LLC • Global Aviation Holdings, Inc. • Robert P. Reynolds Reynolds, Reynolds & Little, LLC • Speigel Creditor Liquidating Trust • Mark G. Stingley Bryan Cave LLP

• AlixPartners LLP Jay Alix • Scott L. Baena Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod, LLP • William A. Brandt, Jr. Development Specialists, Inc. • Bridge Associates LLC Anthony H.N. Schnelling and Carl H. Young, III • John Wm. Butler, Jr. Birch Lake Holdings, LP • L. E. Creel, III Coats Rose, P.C. • Harry D. Dixon, Jr. • Keen-Summit Capital Partners LLC Harold J. Bordwin and Matt Bordwin • National Auctioneers Association • Visa USA, Inc. • Bettina M. Whyte

• Ballard Spahr LLP Tobey M. Daluz, Carl A. Eklund and Vincent J. Marriott III • Lisa G. Beckerman Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP • Richard P. Carmody Adams and Reese LLP • Samuel J. Gerdano American Bankruptcy Institute • Peter S. Kaufman Gordian Group, LLC • Richard S. Lauter Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP • MorrisAnderson Daniel F. Dooley

• Hon. Martin R. Barash U.S. Bankruptcy Court (C.D. Cal.) • Douglas E. Deutsch Clifford Chance US LLP • Hon. Mary Grace Diehl U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ga.) • Jay M. Goffman Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP • Richardo I. Kilpatrick Kilpatrick & Associates, PC • Teresa C. Kohl SSG Capital Advisors, LLC • Ronald J. Silverman Hogan Lovells US LLP • Christopher A. Ward Polsinelli • R. Scott Williams Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A.

• Michael L. Bernstein Arnold & Porter LLP • Patrick A. Clisham Engelman Berger, PC • Mark Desgrosseilliers Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP • Paul H. Deutch Rust Omni • Hon. Mary Jo Heston U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D. Wash.) • Thomas M. Horan Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC • David W. Houston IV Burr & Forman LLP • Ericka F. Johnson Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP • Mark Shinderman Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP • SM Financial Services Corporation Jane Mitnick and Steven Mitnick • James E. Van Horn McGuireWoods LLP • Melissa A. Youngman Melissa A. Youngman, P.A.

Contributions of $50,000 and above

30th Anniversary Circle Contributions of $30,000 - $49,999

• Robert N. Dangremond March Brown LLC • Polsinelli James E. Bird, Daniel J. Flanigan and Christopher A. Ward • Patricia A. Redmond Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. • John Tittle, Jr. Tittle Advisory Group, Inc.

Contributions of $25,000 - $29,999

Visionary Members Contributions of $20,000 - $24,999

• Becket & Lee, LLP Alane A. Becket • Robert J. Feinstein and Bradford J. Sandler • Soneet R. Kapila KapilaMukamal, LLP • Jerry M. Markowitz Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty + Hartog, P.A. • Francis A. Monaco, Jr. Gellert Scali Busenkell & Brown LLC • Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP • Steven M. Yoder Children’s Trust • Prof. Robert M. Zinman

Contributions of $15,000 - $19,999

New Lifetime Members Contributions of $10,000 - $14,999 • Blank Rome LLP Spencer Abraham and Ira L. Herman • Elizabeth A. Green BakerHostetler • Douglas L. Lutz Frost Brown Todd LLC • Jeffrey N. Pomerantz Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP • Hon. Deborah L. Thorne U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ill.) • Eugene R. Wedoff Sole Practice

Contributions of $5,000 - $9,999

Contributions of $2,000 - $4,999


2017-2018 Board of Directors.* ABI Executive Committee Members Chairman James Patrick Shea

Armstrong Teasdale LLP; Las Vegas

Immediate Past President Jeffrey N. Pomerantz

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP; Los Angeles

At-Large Executive Committee Members

President Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff

Vice President-Education Douglas E. Deutsch

Vice President-International Affairs Annerose Tashiro

President-Elect Edward T. Gavin

Vice President-Research Grants Hon. Barbara J. Houser

Vice President-Communication & Information Technology Treasurer Michael L. Bernstein Hon. Deborah L. Thorne

Vice President-Publications Alane A. Becket

Vice President-Development Robert P. Reynolds

Vice President-Membership

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (ret.); Chicago

Gavin/Solmonese LLC; Wilmington, Del.

Becket & Lee, LLP; Malvern, Pa.

Clifford Chance US LLP; New York

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Tex.); Dallas

Reynolds, Reynolds & Little, LLC; Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Schultze & Braun GmbH; Achern, Germany

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ill.); Chicago

Secretary Hon. Dennis R. Dow

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D. Mo.); Kansas City

Arnold & Porter LLP; Washington, D.C.

Hon. Kevin J. Carey Executive Committee At Large

Jay M. Goffman Executive Committee At Large

Douglas L. Lutz Executive Committee At Large

Damian S. Schaible Executive Committee At Large

Derek C. Abbott

Hon. Mary Grace Diehl

Hon. Bruce A. Harwood

Franklind Davis Lea

Kathy Bazoian Phelps

Eric W. Anderson

Lisa J. Donahue

William H. Henrich

David P. Leibowitz

Patricia A. Redmond

Hon. Martin R. Barash

Daniel F. Dooley

Thomas M. Horan

Prof. Lois R. Lupica

Bradley D. Sharp

Lisa G. Beckerman

Hon. Robert D. Drain

Hon. Laurel Myerson Isicoff

Mark M. Maloney

Kelly Beaudin Stapleton

Jessica C.K. Boelter

Hon. Michael A. Fagone

Soneet R. Kapila

Jerry M. Markowitz

Christopher A. Ward

Jason S. Brookner

Tinamarie Feil

Eve H. Karasik

Deirdre A. McGuinness

R. Scott Williams

Kathryn Coleman

Douglas M. Foley

Teresa C. Kohl

Nina M. Parker

Risa Lynn Wolf-Smith

Hon. Daniel P. Collins

Lisa Sommers Gretchko

David R. Kuney

James A. Peko

Paul H. Deutch

Hon. Michelle M. Harner

Richard S. Lauter

Hon. Pamela Pepper

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Del.); Wilmington

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; New York

Frost Brown Todd LLC; Cincinnati

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; New York

ABI Board Members Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, LLP; Wilmington, Del. Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP; Atlanta U.S. Bankruptcy Court (C.D. Cal.); Woodland Hills Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; New York Sidley Austin LLP; Chicago Gray Reed & McGraw LLP; Houston Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP; New York U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Ariz.); Phoenix Rust Omni; New York

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ga.); Atlanta AlixPartners LLP; New York MorrisAnderson; Chicago U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.); White Plains U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Me.); Bangor BMC Group; New York McGuireWoods LLP; Richmond, Va. Howard & Howard; Royal Oak, Mich. U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Md.); Baltimore

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. N.H.); Manchester Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC; New York Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC; Wilmington, Del. U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Fla.); Miami KapilaMukamal, LLP; Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Levene, Neale, Bender, Yoo & Brill L.L.P.; Los Angeles SSG Capital Advisors, LLC; West Conshohocken, Pa. Whiteford Taylor Preston LLP; Washington, D.C. Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP; Chicago

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Tactical Financial Consulting, LLC; Alpharetta, Ga. Lakelaw; Chicago

University of Maine School of Law; Portland, Maine King & Spalding; Atlanta Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty + Hartog, P.A.; Miami Epiq Systems, Inc.; New York Parker & Associates; Winchester, Mass.

Diamond McCarthy LLP; Houston Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.; Miami Development Specialists, Inc.; Los Angeles Alvarez & Marsal; New York Polsinelli; Wilmington, Del. Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell, PA; Birmingham, Ala. Holland & Hart LLP; Denver

Grant Thornton LLP; Chicago U.S. District Court (E.D. Wis.); Milwaukee

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