2018, 2018 National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges

NO CLE - Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society: Time for a New Trail: Confronting the Blaze of Sexual Harassmant, Abuse and Assault in Our Society

In recent months, allegedAsexual harassment and assault claims against politicians, news anchors and Hollywood celebrities have been heavily publicized. Of course, such behavior is not limited to those industries and it is important that we remain focused on eliminating discrimination in our workplaces and in society as a whole. This panel will discuss the current climate, what we can try to do to prevent sexual harassment from occurring and how to effectively respond to claims when they arise.

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NO CLE - Ethics Follies: That Low Down No Good Dirty Rotten Pig Stealing Sister Act

Ethics FolliesA 2018 is a heavenly parody of the popular movie and Broadway show Sister Act. The original parody production is brought to you by The Association of Corporate Counsel, South/Central Texas Chapter (ACC).A The fully-produced comedy features attorneys, bankruptcy judges, and professional actors to create an ethics-filled performance that stimulates conversation and debate by raising awareness of litigation, transactional, and leadership ethics issues. The hilarious nuns and gangsters will make good ethics your new "habit" in this divine comedy.

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NO CLE - Hooked on the Horns of a Legal Dilemma: Can "Moo"tness Be Equitable?

While Courts of Appeal across the country recognize the doctrine of equitable mootness, there are substantial differences in approach: some circuits apply the doctrine liberally, even in cases that are arguably not complex; some circuits all but call for elimination of the doctrine. Dueling in the Lone Star State may, now, be strictly forbiddena"but come watch two of the nation's top appellate advocates face off in a courtroom showdown to settle long-standing feuds about equitable mootness.

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NO CLE - Twelve Years of Turbulence: The Inside Story of American Airlines; Battle for Survival

Former American Airlines General Counsel Gary Kennedy and journalist Terry Maxon recount the challenges and crises American faced during the years following the tragic attacks of 9/11, during which American Airlines lost billions as it struggled to avoid bankruptcy. The company finally had to file for bankruptcy, but merged with US Airways and concluded one of the most successful bankruptcies in U.S. history.

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NO CLE - Leaving Student Loan Discharge Behind: Defining Student Loans, Treatment in chapter 13 & Non-bankruptcy Options

With discharge of student loans under the undue hardship standard often requiring a "certainty of hoplessness", this panel will instead focus on alternative methods that debtors and courts have addressed the ever mounting student loan crisis.

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NO CLE - Remember the Alamo: Shareholders vs. Hedge Funds

The mock valuation trial will be a battle to remember pitting the public shareholders against the Debtor, its hedge fund DIP lenders and plan sponsors, and even the Creditors' Committee in order to preserve their equity value. The trial will be based on the case of Horsehead Holding Corp., Case No. 16-10287 (Bankr. D. Del.), and the hotly contested valuation dispute over plan confirmation.

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NO CLE - Effective Oral Argument: A Live Demonstration

Experienced bankruptcy attorneys will argue cases before Judge Margaret Mann. She will preside, inquire and explain the analytic process leading to her decisions. The panelists will present topics such as new developments regarding the initial transferee defense to a preference allegation and the right of litigants to legal fees in bankruptcy litigation.

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NO CLE - Beyond the Surface of Venue: Real World Bankruptcy Practice 2018

This panel will discuss how venue (and proposed venue law changes) impacts everyday practice, particularly for younger lawyers. The panel will also have a candid discussion of venue-related concerns such as local counsel requirements, accessibility of courtroom staff, telephonic particiations and the impact on appellate practice

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NO CLE - New Ways to Look at Old Problems

Join a judge, trustee, and consumer practitioner as they discuss how to view problems in consumer cases with a new lens. ATopics include using savings to assist a debtor's fresh start, obtaining relief from prior orders, and professionally dealing with aggressive parties (even sometimes the judge).

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NO CLE - NCBJ & American College of Bankruptcy Joint International Program: Bankruptcy Without Borders

In this program, leading practitioners, judges and academics--from all around the world--will address a broad range of cross-border and international issues. The moderators, Hon. Louise DeCarl Adler and Prof. Jay Westbrook, will present and comment on video and live presentations that will provide global perspectives on insolvency practice.

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