Practice and Procedure

Sealing the Deal: Negotiating, Documenting and Consummating Settlements in Bankruptcy

This interactive nuts-and-bolts panel will discuss three phases of settlements in the context of a bankruptcy case: (1) negotiating a settlement, including evaluating the benefits of settlement versus litigation risk and expense, negotiating tactics and strategies, and the role of the mediator; (2) drafting term sheets and settlement agreements, an overview of the law on the enforceability of term sheets and settlement agreements (both pre- and post-court approval), and the components of the settlement agreement; and (3) consummating the settlement, with an emphasis on Federal Rule of Bankrupt

$25.00
$25.00

Detecting Lies: Strategies for Exposing a Deceitful Witness

Poker players look for tells. Polygraphs measure physiological indicators. Movies suggest that there is some magic to looking somebody in the eye. In court, though, judges and lawyers are left to their own devices to determine whether a witness is lying. A clinical psychologist and a former attorney general of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will join experienced trial lawyers and judges to discuss lying and the limits of detecting lying, including verbal and nonverbal cues that aid in assessing the credibility of statements.

$25.00
$25.00

“Shark Tank”!

Do some provisions of the Bankruptcy Code seem so out of date and maddening that you want to call your congressional representatives? Our panel of “sharks” will evaluate pitches for legislation to remedy nagging issues in the Code, including implementing restrictions on the appointment of creditors’ committees in chapter 11 cases, tax exemptions for asset sales under § 363, increasing statutory compensation for trustees, the creation of bankruptcy appellate panels in every circuit, and the elimination of debt limits for chapter 13. Come see whether any ideas make the cut!

$25.00
$25.00

National Form Plan and New Rules

This panel will survey how districts around the region are addressing the implementation of the National Form Plan and/or the adoption of an Opt-Out Plan, and will discuss procedures for approving the opt-out plan, new rules, potential challenges and software issues.

$25.00
$25.00

Business Development: How to Win Friends and Influence People

This panel will discuss how young professionals can grow their practices, maintain contacts, improve their reputations and bring in business.

$25.00
$25.00

Don’t Just Go Through the Motions: Effective Motions Practice in Bankruptcy Court and Trial Advocacy Tips

This session will discuss motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment, plus discovery and evidentiary motions, and tips on how to use motions practice to your advantage in adversary proceedings and contested matters.

$25.00
$25.00

Unshackled: Musings of Retired Bankruptcy Judges

In retirement, the shackles of judgeships are removed. This panel of retired bankruptcy judges can and will speak freely of their experiences both on and off the bench during their respective tenures, along with their unique analyses and perspectives on current bankruptcy practice.

$25.00
$25.00
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