2017 Winter Leadership Conference, 2013

NO CLE - Do's and Dont's of Written Advocacy

Your pleadings and briefs are the first, often the last and typically the most comprehensive opportunity you have to persuade a court. This panel will provide you with essential guidance for effective and persuasive written advocacy at both the trial and appellate levels.

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NO CLE - The Ethics of Using Social Networking Sites

Following an introductory video clip about the dangers of social networking in litigation, a panel featuring a judge, a trustee and a practitioner will lead a discussion on the inherent risks in using social networking, some of the ethical issues involved, and suggestions for how to manage these business and ethical risks that are associated with the ever-changing world of social networking.

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NO CLE - Plan Support Agreements/Pre-Arranged Cases

This panel will discuss a variety of issues surrounding the use of plan-support agreements, including their structure, goals and benefits, their impact on non-signatories, disclosure and solicitation issues, lessons learned from recent cases (Innkeepers and Indianapolis Downs), and the applicability of plan-support agreements in middle-market cases.

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NO CLE - Preferences for Dummies

The rules regarding recovery of preferential transfers and available defenses can vary from court to court and circuit to circuit. This panel will provide financial advisors with what they need to know to understand the current state of the law on preference recoveries and will provide practical advice to enable financial professionals to conduct their own preference analyses.

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NO CLE - Mock Hearing: Confirmation Issues

Two litigants will argue plan confirmation issues before a panel of three judges. These issues may include treatment of make-whole premiums, cure and reinstatement to avoid payment of default interest, plan releases and exculpation, whether multiple debtors must each satisfy § 1129 requirements in a nonsubstantively consolidated plan, plan settlements, post-petition lock-up agreements, the dischargeability of unknown claims, death traps and gifting.

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NO CLE - Individual Chapter 11s

This panel will discuss the variety of issues that can arise in an individual chapter 11 case and will cover the issue of limited representation — the subject that the Ethics Task Force report presented at this year’s Annual Spring Meeting. This session will also be of interest to counsel representing lenders, who are often just as befuddled when it comes to handling individual chapter 11 cases.

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NO CLE - Evidentiary Privileges

This panel will discuss the various types of evidentiary privileges that arise in bankruptcy practice — including joint-defense privilege, Fifth Amendment, attorney/client privilege and husband/wife privilege — and how they may be inadvertently waived. The session will also include what happens to these privileges in connection with 363 asset sales, the establishment of liquidating trusts and other sticky issues.

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NO CLE - The Chief Restructuring Officer’s Guide to Bankruptcy

Several authors of ABI’s recent publication, The Chief Restructuring Officer’s Guide to Bankruptcy, will be joined by other experts to discuss various issues raised in the book and provide practical insight into the rights and responsibilities of CROs in distressed situations.

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NO CLE - What's New in § 363 Asset Sales

This program will cover recent developments in distressed-asset sales. Topics will include successor liability, finality of sales and adherence to procedures, the interplay between §§ 363 and 365(h), intellectual property sale issues, break-up fees, collusive bidding issues and other topical issues.

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NO CLE - Has BAPCPA Increased Distributions to Creditors in Consumer Cases?

An issue consistently raised during the course of the Consumer Bankruptcy Fee Study was the effect of higher bankruptcy costs and the cumbersome and time-consuming bankruptcy process on distributions to unsecured creditors. Given that increasing creditor distributions was a reason for BAPCPA’s enactment, that this question was ripe for exploration. Prof. Lupica will present the findings of her study and the panel will discuss.

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