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Thursday, October 20, 2022

 

Join us at the 2022 Annual CLLA Luncheon & Frank Koger Memorial Educational Program at the NCBJ for the 2022 Lawrence P. King Award presentation, a high-quality educational program and a chance to socialize with Judges through informal discussions and plenary sessions.

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Thursday,
October 20, 2022

 

Join us at the 2022 Annual CLLA Luncheon & Frank Koger Memorial Educational Program at the NCBJ for the 2022 Lawrence P. King Award presentation, a high-quality educational program and a chance to socialize with Judges through informal discussions and plenary sessions.

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As in years past, we have several sponsorship levels to choose from to provide flexibility to ensure that the right sponsorship opportunity is conducive to your budget. THANK YOU for your support of the League and CLLA events at the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ). Whichever level of sponsorship you choose, CLLA is appreciative of your support of the League and the CLLA events at NCBJ.

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CLLA Speaker Sponsor $3,500
Frank Koger Memorial Education Program

Exclusive benefit of your company logo prominently placed on the cover and within the Sponsorship Brochure, promoting the CLLA Annual Luncheon & Frank Koger Memorial Education Program to over 600 CLLA members

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Projection of your logo on the large AV screen during the CLLA luncheon event and before and after the CLLA education program

A prominent link on the CLLA website, featuring your logo, announcing your support of the program

The opportunity to place your company branded item (pen, USB stick, notepad, etc.) on the CLLA luncheon tables or on the luncheon registration table

Gold Sponsor $2,000

Your company logo placement on the cover, and prominently displayed within The Annual CLLA Luncheon & Education Program Guide at the NCBJ distributed to more than 200 bankruptcy judges, attorneys and other attendees at CLLA sponsored NCBJ events

Projection of your logo on the large AV screen during the CLLA luncheon event and before and after the CLLA education program

A prominent link on the CLLA website, featuring your logo, announcing your support of the program

The opportunity to place your company branded item (pen, USB stick, notepad, etc.) on the CLLA luncheon tables or on the luncheon registration table

Silver Sponsor $1,000

Your company logo prominently displayed within the The Annual CLLA Luncheon & Education Program Guide at the NCBJ

Projection of your logo on the large AV screen during the CLLA luncheon event and before and after the CLLA education program

A prominent link on the CLLA website, featuring your logo, announcing your support of the program

The opportunity to place your company branded item (pen, USB stick, notepad, etc.) on the CLLA luncheon tables or on the luncheon registration table

Bronze Sponsor $500

Your company logo prominently displayed within the The Annual CLLA Luncheon & Education Program Guide at the NCBJ

A prominent link on the CLLA website, featuring your logo, announcing your support of the program
Individual Sponsor $250

Your name prominently displayed within the The Annual CLLA Luncheon & Education Program Guide at the NCBJ

 

Individual Sponsor $250

Your name prominently displayed within the The Annual CLLA Luncheon & Education Program Guide at the NCBJ

    EXCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITY
    CLLA Speaker Sponsor $3,500 Frank Koger Memorial Education Program

    Exclusive benefit of your company logo prominently placed on the cover and within the Sponsorship Brochure, promoting the CLLA Annual Luncheon & Frank Koger Memorial Education Program to over 600 CLLA members

    Your company logo placement on the cover, and prominently displayed within The Annual CLLA Luncheon & Education Program Guide at the NCBJ distributed to more than 200 bankruptcy judges, attorneys and other attendees at CLLA sponsored NCBJ events

    Projection of your logo on the large AV screen during the CLLA luncheon event and before and after the CLLA education program

    A prominent link on the CLLA website, featuring your logo, announcing your support of the program

    The opportunity to place your company branded item (pen, USB stick, notepad, etc.) on the CLLA luncheon tables or on the luncheon registration table

    Gold Sponsor $2,000

    Your company logo placement on the cover, and prominently displayed within The Annual CLLA Luncheon & Education Program Guide at the NCBJ distributed to more than 200 bankruptcy judges, attorneys and other attendees at CLLA sponsored NCBJ events

    Projection of your logo on the large AV screen during the CLLA luncheon event and before and after the CLLA education program

    A prominent link on the CLLA website, featuring your logo, announcing your support of the program

    The opportunity to place your company branded item (pen, USB stick, notepad, etc.) on the CLLA luncheon tables or on the luncheon registration table

    Silver Sponsor $1,000

    Your company logo prominently displayed within the The Annual CLLA Luncheon & Education Program Guide at the NCBJ

    Projection of your logo on the large AV screen during the CLLA luncheon event and before and after the CLLA education program

    A prominent link on the CLLA website, featuring your logo, announcing your support of the program

    The opportunity to place your company branded item (pen, USB stick, notepad, etc.) on the CLLA luncheon tables or on the luncheon registration table

    Bronze Sponsor $500

    Your company logo prominently displayed within the The Annual CLLA Luncheon & Education Program Guide at the NCBJ

    A prominent link on the CLLA website, featuring your logo, announcing your support of the program Individual Sponsor $250

    Your name prominently displayed within the The Annual CLLA Luncheon & Education Program Guide at the NCBJ

     

    Individual Sponsor $250

    Your name prominently displayed within the The Annual CLLA Luncheon & Education Program Guide at the NCBJ

      Congratulations to the 2022 Lawrence P. King Award Winner Bruce A. Markell

      Bruce A. Markell is the Professor of Bankruptcy Law and Practice and the Edward Avery Harriman Lecturer in Law at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law. From 2004 to 2013, he was a United States bankruptcy judge, sitting in Nevada and on the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Ninth Circuit.

      He attended the King Hall School of Law at the University of California, Davis, where he was editor-in-chief of the law review and recipient of the School of Law Medal. After law school, he clerked for then-judge Anthony M. Kennedy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Before taking the bench, Professor Markell practiced bankruptcy and business law in Los Angeles for ten years (where he was a partner at Sidley & Austin), and was a law professor for fourteen.

      He is the author of numerous articles on bankruptcy and commercial law, and a co-author of four law school casebooks. He contributes to COLLIER ON BANKRUPTCY, and is a member of COLLIER’S editorial advisory board. He has been a visiting professor at, among other schools, Peking University School of Law in Beijing, and Harvard Law School.

      He is a conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference, a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, a founding member of the International Insolvency Institute, and a life member of the American Law Institute.

      In 2016, he completed a project redrafting Kosovo’s bankruptcy law. He has consulted with the International Monetary Fund on insolvency-related issues (having been part of the IMF’s missions to Ireland, Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia, Belarus, Georgia, and Greece).

      Congratulations to the 2022 Lawrence P. King Award Winner Bruce A. Markell

      Bruce A. Markell is the Professor of Bankruptcy Law and Practice and the Edward Avery Harriman Lecturer in Law at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law. From 2004 to 2013, he was a United States bankruptcy judge, sitting in Nevada and on the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Ninth Circuit.

      He attended the King Hall School of Law at the University of California, Davis, where he was editor-in-chief of the law review and recipient of the School of Law Medal. After law school, he clerked for then-judge Anthony M. Kennedy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Before taking the bench, Professor Markell practiced bankruptcy and business law in Los Angeles for ten years (where he was a partner at Sidley & Austin), and was a law professor for fourteen.

      He is the author of numerous articles on bankruptcy and commercial law, and a co-author of four law school casebooks. He contributes to COLLIER ON BANKRUPTCY, and is a member of COLLIER’S editorial advisory board. He has been a visiting professor at, among other schools, Peking University School of Law in Beijing, and Harvard Law School.

      He is a conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference, a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, a founding member of the International Insolvency Institute, and a life member of the American Law Institute.

      In 2016, he completed a project redrafting Kosovo’s bankruptcy law. He has consulted with the International Monetary Fund on insolvency-related issues (having been part of the IMF’s missions to Ireland, Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia, Belarus, Georgia, and Greece).

      Luncheon Keynote

      Luncheon Keynote

      KEYNOTE:

      Brave New World – Ethics Issues That We Never Knew We Had

      Distinguished Speaker:
      Nancy B. Rapoport, UNLV Distinguished Professor, Garman Turner Gordon Professor of Law, William S. Boyd School of Law; Affiliate Professor of Business Law and Ethics, Lee Business School;University of Nevada, Las Vegas

      The pandemic affected the practice of law. Our Keynote Speaker will discuss a myriad of ethics issues, some of which have only surfaced since the pandemic and some of which actually were lurking even before the pandemic. Attorneys are faced with virtual clients, depositions and courtrooms, requiring a higher standard of digital competence. Model Rules of Professional Conduct and opinions from various courts around the country advise on the remote practice of law. Data security, confidentiality and remote work policies are among the critical issues attorneys face in this Brave New World.

      1 CLE Credit (provided through NCBJ)

      Keynote Speaker

      Nancy B. Rapoport

      UNLV Distinguished Professor
      Garman Turner Gordon Professor of Law,William S. Boyd School of Law;

      Affiliate Professor of Business Law and Ethics,
      Lee Business School;

      University of Nevada, Las Vegas

      Keynote Speaker Bio

      After receiving her B.A., summa cum laude, from Rice University in 1982 and her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1985, Nancy B. Rapoport clerked for the Honorable Joseph T. Sneed III on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then practiced law (primarily bankruptcy law) with Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco from 1986-1991. She started her academic career at The* Ohio State University College of Law in 1991, and she moved from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor with tenure in 1995 to Associate Dean for Student Affairs (1996) and Professor (1998) (just as she left Ohio State to become Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law). She served as Dean of the University of Nebraska College of Law from 1998-2000. She then served as Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center from July 2000-May 2006 and as Professor of Law from June 2006-June 2007, when she left to join the faculty at Boyd. She served as Interim Dean of Boyd from 2012-2013, as Senior Advisor to the President of UNLV from 2014-2015, as Acting Executive Vice President & Provost from 2015-2016, as Acting Senior Vice President for Finance and Business (for July and August 2017), and as Special Counsel to the President from May 2016-June 2018.

      Her specialties are bankruptcy ethics, ethics in governance, law firm behavior, and the depiction of lawyers in popular culture. Among her published works are CORPORATE SCANDALS AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS 3d (Nancy B. Rapoport and Jeffery D. Van Niel, eds. West Academic 2018), which addresses the question of why we never seem to learn from prior corporate scandals, LAW SCHOOL SURVIVAL MANUAL: FROM LSAT TO BAR EXAM, co-authored with Jeffrey D. Van Niel (Aspen Publishers 2010), and LAW FIRM JOB SURVIVAL MANUAL: FROM FIRST INTERVIEW TO PARTNERSHIP, also co-authored with Jeffrey D. Van Niel (Wolters Kluwer 2014). She is admitted to the bars of the states of California, Ohio, Nebraska, Texas, and Nevada and of the United States Supreme Court. In 2001, she was elected to membership in the American Law Institute, and in 2002, she received a Distinguished Alumna Award from Rice University. In 2017, she was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi (Chapter 100). She has served as the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement (the Mob Museum) and currently serves as a Trustee of Claremont Graduate University. In 2009, the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel presented her with the Public Service Counsel Award at the 4th Annual Counsel of the Year Awards. In 2017, she received the Commercial Law League of America’s Lawrence P. King Award for Excellence in Bankruptcy, and in 2018, she was one of the recipients of the NAACP Legacy Builder Awards (Las Vegas Branch #1111). She has served as the fee examiner or as chair of the fee review committee in such large bankruptcy cases as Zetta Jet, Toys R Us, Caesars, Station Casinos, Pilgrim’s Pride, and Mirant.

      She has also appeared in the Academy Award®-nominated movie, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Magnolia Pictures 2005) (as herself). Although the movie garnered her a listing in www.imdb.com, she still hasn’t been able to join the Screen Actors Guild. In her spare time, she competes, pro-am, in American Rhythm and American Smooth ballroom dancing. In 2014, she won the national U.S. Open Pro/Am Rising Star American Smooth Competition B Division, and in 2017, she came in 2nd in the “C” Open to the World Pro/Am American Style 9-Dance Championship. The most interesting thing about her is that she is married to a former Marine Scout-Sniper.

      Keynote Speaker

      Nancy B. Rapoport

      UNLV Distinguished Professor
      Garman Turner Gordon Professor of Law,William S. Boyd School of Law;

      Affiliate Professor of Business Law and Ethics,
      Lee Business School;

      University of Nevada, Las Vegas

      Keynote Speaker Bio

      After receiving her B.A., summa cum laude, from Rice University in 1982 and her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1985, Nancy B. Rapoport clerked for the Honorable Joseph T. Sneed III on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then practiced law (primarily bankruptcy law) with Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco from 1986-1991. She started her academic career at The* Ohio State University College of Law in 1991, and she moved from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor with tenure in 1995 to Associate Dean for Student Affairs (1996) and Professor (1998) (just as she left Ohio State to become Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law). She served as Dean of the University of Nebraska College of Law from 1998-2000. She then served as Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center from July 2000-May 2006 and as Professor of Law from June 2006-June 2007, when she left to join the faculty at Boyd. She served as Interim Dean of Boyd from 2012-2013, as Senior Advisor to the President of UNLV from 2014-2015, as Acting Executive Vice President & Provost from 2015-2016, as Acting Senior Vice President for Finance and Business (for July and August 2017), and as Special Counsel to the President from May 2016-June 2018.

      Her specialties are bankruptcy ethics, ethics in governance, law firm behavior, and the depiction of lawyers in popular culture. Among her published works are CORPORATE SCANDALS AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS 3d (Nancy B. Rapoport and Jeffery D. Van Niel, eds. West Academic 2018), which addresses the question of why we never seem to learn from prior corporate scandals, LAW SCHOOL SURVIVAL MANUAL: FROM LSAT TO BAR EXAM, co-authored with Jeffrey D. Van Niel (Aspen Publishers 2010), and LAW FIRM JOB SURVIVAL MANUAL: FROM FIRST INTERVIEW TO PARTNERSHIP, also co-authored with Jeffrey D. Van Niel (Wolters Kluwer 2014). She is admitted to the bars of the states of California, Ohio, Nebraska, Texas, and Nevada and of the United States Supreme Court. In 2001, she was elected to membership in the American Law Institute, and in 2002, she received a Distinguished Alumna Award from Rice University. In 2017, she was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi (Chapter 100). She has served as the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement (the Mob Museum) and currently serves as a Trustee of Claremont Graduate University. In 2009, the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel presented her with the Public Service Counsel Award at the 4th Annual Counsel of the Year Awards. In 2017, she received the Commercial Law League of America’s Lawrence P. King Award for Excellence in Bankruptcy, and in 2018, she was one of the recipients of the NAACP Legacy Builder Awards (Las Vegas Branch #1111). She has served as the fee examiner or as chair of the fee review committee in such large bankruptcy cases as Zetta Jet, Toys R Us, Caesars, Station Casinos, Pilgrim’s Pride, and Mirant.

      She has also appeared in the Academy Award®-nominated movie, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Magnolia Pictures 2005) (as herself). Although the movie garnered her a listing in www.imdb.com, she still hasn’t been able to join the Screen Actors Guild. In her spare time, she competes, pro-am, in American Rhythm and American Smooth ballroom dancing. In 2014, she won the national U.S. Open Pro/Am Rising Star American Smooth Competition B Division, and in 2017, she came in 2nd in the “C” Open to the World Pro/Am American Style 9-Dance Championship. The most interesting thing about her is that she is married to a former Marine Scout-Sniper.

      Education Program

      Education Program

      EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

      MASS TORTS IN BANKRUPTCY: Two Steps Forward Or Two Steps Back?

      Moderator: Hon. Craig Goldblatt, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Delaware
      Panel: Karen Cordry, Bankruptcy and State Defensive Litigation Chief Counsel for the National Association of Attorneys General; Professor Douglas G. Baird, Harry A. Bigelow Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School;
      Sander L. Esserman, Shareholder, Stutzman, Bromberg, Esserman & Plifka, P.C.

      While the Bankruptcy Court has long been the venue for mass tort disputes, the use of bankruptcy to deal with these mass torts has become both increasingly popular and increasingly controversial in recent years as parties seek to use the bankruptcy process in creative ways that some believe push the boundaries of the proper use of bankruptcy. This Panel will explore a number of issues that have arisen and which have attracted legislative attention, which, time permitting, will include issues ranging from bad faith filings to non-debtor third party releases, to the role of claims estimation to fraudulent conveyance issues and maybe more.

      Panel Bios

      Panel Bios

      Moderator

      Hon. Craig Goldblatt
      U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Delaware

      Craig Goldblatt is a judge on the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, where he has served since his appointment in April 2021. Prior to his appointment, Judge Goldblatt was a bankruptcy litigator in the Washington, D.C. office of WilmerHale, where his practice primarily involved the representation of financial institutions and other commercial creditors in complex bankruptcy litigation and appeals. Earlier in his career, Judge Goldblatt served as a law clerk to Hon. Richard D. Cudahy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Hon. David H. Souter of the Supreme Court of the United States.

      Judge Goldblatt is a Conferee in the National Bankruptcy Conference (where he serves as Secretary) and is a Vice President of the American College of Bankruptcy. He has also been active in the Business Bankruptcy Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section. Judge Goldblatt has also served on the Education Committee of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and as an adjunct professor (teaching classes focused on bankruptcy law) at Georgetown University Law Center and George Washington University Law School.

      Judge Goldblatt earned his law degree, with honors, in 1993 from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as Comment Editor of the University of Chicago Law Review. He earned his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in 1990 from Georgetown University.

      Panelist

      Karen Cordry
      Bankruptcy and State Defensive Litigation Chief Counsel for the National Association of Attorneys General

      Karen Cordry is the bankruptcy and special issues counsel for the National Association of Attorneys General. She graduated with highest honors from Wayne State University Law School in 1977 and subsequently obtained an L.L.M., again with highest honors, from George Washington University in 1987. She worked for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from 1977 until February 1992; since then, she has been employed at the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG).

      Since coming to NAAG, Karen has worked to assist state agencies to take a more active role in enforcing state regulatory policies and collecting financial obligations during bankruptcy proceedings. In addition to conducting multi-day seminars on “Bankruptcy and the Government Lawyer,” she has spoken at many other bankruptcy programs, and written articles on bankruptcy issues of interest to governmental entities for many publications, including several for Norton’s Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law. She also serves as an editor and contributor for the “Affairs of State” column for the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal. She maintains a network for state attorneys working on bankruptcy issues and publishes a quarterly bulletin describing important new cases. She has also represented the claims of many states in a number of cases, ranging from taxes to consumer protection to environmental protection to tobacco cases and has sat as the states’ representative on the creditors’ committee in a number of asbestos bankruptcy cases. She is currently preparing the second edition of her bankruptcy manual, “Bankruptcy Law and the Governmental Regulatory Process,” which explores the interaction between governmental enforcement actions and the Bankruptcy Code. She also leads programs for the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (“NAGTRI”) on state defense litigation.

      Panelist

      Professor Douglas G. Baird
      Harry A. Bigelow Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School

      Douglas Baird is the Harry A. Bigelow Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago and Chair, National Bankruptcy Conference. Baird received his undergraduate degree from Yale University summa cum laude and his J.D. from Stanford. He joined Chicago’s faculty in 1980 and served as its Dean from 1994 to 1999. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford, Harvard, and Yale. Baird was Vice Chair of the National Bankruptcy Conference from 1997 until 2004 and Scholar in Residence at the American College of Bankruptcy from 2009-2013. His one-volume overview of U.S. bankruptcy law, Elements of Bankruptcy, is now in its seventh edition. His book on the history of the law of corporate reorganizations, The Unwritten Law of Corporate Reorganizations, will be published by Cambridge University Press this spring.

      Panelist

      Sander L. Esserman
      Shareholder, Stutzman, Bromberg, Esserman & Plifka, P.C.

      Mr. Esserman is chairman of the law firm Stutzman, Bromberg, Esserman & Plifka, a Professional Corporation in Dallas, TX. His legal experience in financial reorganizations and disputes includes serving as lead counsel to debtors, secured creditors, trustees, indenture trustees and various creditors’ committees, and as a future claims representative in major asbestos cases. He also has played a significant role in major cases across the country, including mass tort cases with various injuries from personal injuries to property damage. His activities and affiliations include serving as master, John C. Ford, American Inn of Court; as a member of the adjunct faculty at Southern Methodist University School of Law teaching Advanced Bankruptcy (1999-present); and as a lecturer and panel member in numerous seminars on asbestos, silica, mass torts, creditors rights, and corporate trust. He has published numerous articles in the debtor-creditor area, including “Creditor and Consumer Rights” in 45 Southwestern Law Journal 1553 (1992), “Annual Survey of Texas Law” in 46 SMU Law Review 1187 (1993). He is also co-author of the Collier Handbook for Trustees and Debtors in Possession, (Matthew Bender & Company). He served as a law clerk for the Honorable Nauman S. Scott, Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana (1976-1977). He holds degrees from DePauw University (B.A., with distinction, 1973) and Southern Methodist University School of Law (J.D., 1976).

      Moderator

      Hon. Craig Goldblatt
      U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Delaware

      Craig Goldblatt is a judge on the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, where he has served since his appointment in April 2021. Prior to his appointment, Judge Goldblatt was a bankruptcy litigator in the Washington, D.C. office of WilmerHale, where his practice primarily involved the representation of financial institutions and other commercial creditors in complex bankruptcy litigation and appeals. Earlier in his career, Judge Goldblatt served as a law clerk to Hon. Richard D. Cudahy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Hon. David H. Souter of the Supreme Court of the United States.

      Judge Goldblatt is a Conferee in the National Bankruptcy Conference (where he serves as Secretary) and is a Vice President of the American College of Bankruptcy. He has also been active in the Business Bankruptcy Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section. Judge Goldblatt has also served on the Education Committee of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and as an adjunct professor (teaching classes focused on bankruptcy law) at Georgetown University Law Center and George Washington University Law School.

      Judge Goldblatt earned his law degree, with honors, in 1993 from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as Comment Editor of the University of Chicago Law Review. He earned his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in 1990 from Georgetown University.

      Panelist

      Karen Cordry
      Bankruptcy and State Defensive Litigation Chief Counsel for the National Association of Attorneys General

      Karen Cordry is the bankruptcy and special issues counsel for the National Association of Attorneys General. She graduated with highest honors from Wayne State University Law School in 1977 and subsequently obtained an L.L.M., again with highest honors, from George Washington University in 1987. She worked for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from 1977 until February 1992; since then, she has been employed at the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG).

      Since coming to NAAG, Karen has worked to assist state agencies to take a more active role in enforcing state regulatory policies and collecting financial obligations during bankruptcy proceedings. In addition to conducting multi-day seminars on “Bankruptcy and the Government Lawyer,” she has spoken at many other bankruptcy programs, and written articles on bankruptcy issues of interest to governmental entities for many publications, including several for Norton’s Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law. She also serves as an editor and contributor for the “Affairs of State” column for the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal. She maintains a network for state attorneys working on bankruptcy issues and publishes a quarterly bulletin describing important new cases. She has also represented the claims of many states in a number of cases, ranging from taxes to consumer protection to environmental protection to tobacco cases and has sat as the states’ representative on the creditors’ committee in a number of asbestos bankruptcy cases. She is currently preparing the second edition of her bankruptcy manual, “Bankruptcy Law and the Governmental Regulatory Process,” which explores the interaction between governmental enforcement actions and the Bankruptcy Code. She also leads programs for the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (“NAGTRI”) on state defense litigation.

      Panelist

      Professor Douglas G. Baird
      Harry A. Bigelow Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School

      Douglas Baird is the Harry A. Bigelow Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago and Chair, National Bankruptcy Conference. Baird received his undergraduate degree from Yale University summa cum laude and his J.D. from Stanford. He joined Chicago’s faculty in 1980 and served as its Dean from 1994 to 1999. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford, Harvard, and Yale. Baird was Vice Chair of the National Bankruptcy Conference from 1997 until 2004 and Scholar in Residence at the American College of Bankruptcy from 2009-2013. His one-volume overview of U.S. bankruptcy law, Elements of Bankruptcy, is now in its seventh edition. His book on the history of the law of corporate reorganizations, The Unwritten Law of Corporate Reorganizations, will be published by Cambridge University Press this spring.

      Panelist

      Sander L. Esserman
      Shareholder, Stutzman, Bromberg, Esserman & Plifka, P.C.

      Mr. Esserman is chairman of the law firm Stutzman, Bromberg, Esserman & Plifka, a Professional Corporation in Dallas, TX. His legal experience in financial reorganizations and disputes includes serving as lead counsel to debtors, secured creditors, trustees, indenture trustees and various creditors’ committees, and as a future claims representative in major asbestos cases. He also has played a significant role in major cases across the country, including mass tort cases with various injuries from personal injuries to property damage. His activities and affiliations include serving as master, John C. Ford, American Inn of Court; as a member of the adjunct faculty at Southern Methodist University School of Law teaching Advanced Bankruptcy (1999-present); and as a lecturer and panel member in numerous seminars on asbestos, silica, mass torts, creditors rights, and corporate trust. He has published numerous articles in the debtor-creditor area, including “Creditor and Consumer Rights” in 45 Southwestern Law Journal 1553 (1992), “Annual Survey of Texas Law” in 46 SMU Law Review 1187 (1993). He is also co-author of the Collier Handbook for Trustees and Debtors in Possession, (Matthew Bender & Company). He served as a law clerk for the Honorable Nauman S. Scott, Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana (1976-1977). He holds degrees from DePauw University (B.A., with distinction, 1973) and Southern Methodist University School of Law (J.D., 1976).