Commercial Law League of America

CLLA Luncheon at the NCBJ

Thursday, September 19, 2024

Hyatt Regency Downtown  •  Seattle, WA

Commercial Law League of America

CLLA Luncheon at the NCBJ

Thursday, September 19, 2024

Hyatt Regency Downtown  •  Seattle, WA

2024 CLLA Events at the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ)

The Annual CLLA Luncheon & Hon. Frank Koger
Memorial Educational Program

Thursday, September 19, 2024

HYATT REGENCY DOWNTOWN, SEATTLE, WA

Whichever level of sponsorship you choose, CLLA is appreciative of your support of the League and the CLLA events at NCBJ.  Contact Dawn Federico at 312-240-1400 or email Dawn at dawn.federico@clla.org.

Register for the luncheon at ncbj.org/annual-meeting.

2024 CLLA Events at the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ)

The Annual CLLA Luncheon & Hon. Frank Koger Memorial Educational Program

Thursday, September 19, 2024

HYATT REGENCY DOWNTOWN, SEATTLE, WA

Whichever level of sponsorship you choose, CLLA is appreciative of your support of the League and the CLLA events at NCBJ.  Contact Dawn Federico at 312-240-1400 or email Dawn at dawn.federico@clla.org.

Register for the luncheon at ncbj.org/annual-meeting.

PROFESSOR LAWRENCE P. KING

ABOUT THE AWARD

Each year, the Executive Council of the Commercial Law League’s Bankruptcy Section presents the Lawrence P. King Award to recognize a lawyer, judge, teacher, or legislator who exemplifies the best in scholarship, advocacy, judicial administration, or legislative activities in the field of bankruptcy. The award is designed to recognize the lifetime achievements of Professor King, which includes contributing to the practice of bankruptcy law through teaching, by working to elevate the profession and through bankruptcy-related legislative activities.

Lawrence P. King Award Winner

Ralph Brubaker

Ralph Brubaker is the James H.M. Sprayregen Professor of Law at the University of Illinois, where he teaches courses in bankruptcy, bankruptcy procedure, corporate reorganizations, federal courts, conflict of laws (private international law), contracts, and restitution. Professor Brubaker has three degrees from the University of Illinois, including his J.D. summa cum laude and an M.B.A., and he received Bronze Tablet distinction (highest honors) and C.P.A. certification as an undergraduate. He clerked for Judge James K. Logan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and he practiced in the bankruptcy and corporate reorganization group with the law firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey (now Squire Patton Boggs) in Cleveland, Ohio.

Professor Brubaker was a member of the faculty at the Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia from 1995 until 2004, when he returned to his alma mater. Professor Brubaker is the Editor-in-Chief and a contributing author for West’s Bankruptcy Law Letter, he is co-author of a bankruptcy casebook, and he has written dozens of journal articles and essays. He is particularly an expert in the complex jurisdictional and procedural facets of federal bankruptcy proceedings. Professor Brubaker has been an editorial advisor for the American Bankruptcy Law Journal, the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, and the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal.

He is a member of the American Law Institute, a Conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference, and a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, for which he has been the Scholar-in-Residence. Professor Brubaker has served on the executive committee of the board of directors of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), and he was a member of the advisory committee on business enterprise sales for the ABI’s 2014 Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11.

PROFESSOR LAWRENCE P. KING

ABOUT THE AWARD

Each year, the Executive Council of the Commercial Law League’s Bankruptcy Section presents the Lawrence P. King Award to recognize a lawyer, judge, teacher, or legislator who exemplifies the best in scholarship, advocacy, judicial administration, or legislative activities in the field of bankruptcy. The award is designed to recognize the lifetime achievements of Professor King, which includes contributing to the practice of bankruptcy law through teaching, by working to elevate the profession and through bankruptcy-related legislative activities.

Lawrence P. King Award Winner

Ralph Brubaker

Ralph Brubaker is the James H.M. Sprayregen Professor of Law at the University of Illinois, where he teaches courses in bankruptcy, bankruptcy procedure, corporate reorganizations, federal courts, conflict of laws (private international law), contracts, and restitution. Professor Brubaker has three degrees from the University of Illinois, including his J.D. summa cum laude and an M.B.A., and he received Bronze Tablet distinction (highest honors) and C.P.A. certification as an undergraduate. He clerked for Judge James K. Logan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and he practiced in the bankruptcy and corporate reorganization group with the law firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey (now Squire Patton Boggs) in Cleveland, Ohio.

Professor Brubaker was a member of the faculty at the Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia from 1995 until 2004, when he returned to his alma mater. Professor Brubaker is the Editor-in-Chief and a contributing author for West’s Bankruptcy Law Letter, he is co-author of a bankruptcy casebook, and he has written dozens of journal articles and essays. He is particularly an expert in the complex jurisdictional and procedural facets of federal bankruptcy proceedings. Professor Brubaker has been an editorial advisor for the American Bankruptcy Law Journal, the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, and the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal.

He is a member of the American Law Institute, a Conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference, and a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, for which he has been the Scholar-in-Residence. Professor Brubaker has served on the executive committee of the board of directors of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), and he was a member of the advisory committee on business enterprise sales for the ABI’s 2014 Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11.

Keynote

From Strava and Beyond:
Co-founder Michael Horvath on Technology’s Disruption of Entrepreneurship, Capital Systems and Markets

With over 120 million (and growing) global users and billions of uploads, Strava is the world’s largest dataset of human activity that’s been used for logging workouts, urban planning, and even military operations. Michael Horvath, a globally renowned innovator and visionary will share his views on AI’s increasing impact on the traditional roles of venture capital and entrepreneurs, its potential to break the status quo models, and broader impact on the U.S. and global economies. Starting as an economics and entrepreneurship professor before a tech industry career leading to Strava, Michael will draw upon his diverse and unique background to provide attendees his rarely shared in-depth insights and thought-provoking prospects of how technology and its acceleration may define or determine the human experience in the 21st century and beyond.

Distinguished Speaker

BECOME THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER SPONSOR

BECOME A SPONSOR

Whichever level of sponsorship you choose, CLLA is appreciative of your support of the League and the CLLA events at NCBJ.

Call Dawn Federico at 312-240-1400 or send an email to dawn.federico@clla.org.

Michael Horvath

Michael Horvath is Co-founder of Strava, the software company and platform for active people, based in San Francisco, California. Founded in 2009, the Strava community has grown from a handful of friends to a brand that is loved by hundreds of millions around the world. Prior to Strava, Michael co-founded Kana Software, an enterprise software firm that IPO’d in 1999. And he was CFO and VP of Operations at GlycoFi, a biotech start-up acquired by Merck in 2006. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University and an A.B. in economics from Harvard University. While at Harvard, he was men’s lightweight crew team captain and the seeds of what would become Strava were first planted during all the time spent at Newell Boathouse. In a former life, Michael was an economics professor at Stanford University and an entrepreneurship professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Keynote Speaker Sponsorship Opportunity

Exclusive Sponsor

Keynote Speaker Sponsor $3,500

Hon. Frank Koger Memorial Education Program

  • Exclusive benefit of your company logo showcased as the Keynote Speaker Sponsor prominently placed on the cover and within the Sponsorship Brochure, promoting the CLLA Annual Luncheon and Hon. 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 and 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

Save the Dates for these 2024-2025 CLLA Education Events!

Keynote

From Strava and Beyond:
Co-founder Michael Horvath on Technology’s Disruption of Entrepreneurship, Capital Systems and Markets

With over 120 million (and growing) global users and billions of uploads, Strava is the world’s largest dataset of human activity that’s been used for logging workouts, urban planning, and even military operations. Michael Horvath, a globally renowned innovator and visionary will share his views on AI’s increasing impact on the traditional roles of venture capital and entrepreneurs, its potential to break the status quo models, and broader impact on the U.S. and global economies. Starting as an economics and entrepreneurship professor before a tech industry career leading to Strava, Michael will draw upon his diverse and unique background to provide attendees his rarely shared in-depth insights and thought-provoking prospects of how technology and its acceleration may define or determine the human experience in the 21st century and beyond.

BECOME A SPONSOR

Whichever level of sponsorship you choose, CLLA is appreciative of your support of the League and the CLLA events at NCBJ. Call Dawn Federico at 312-240-1400 or send an email to dawn.federico@clla.org.

Distinguished Speaker

Michael Horvath

Michael Horvath is Co-founder of Strava, the software company and platform for active people, based in San Francisco, California. Founded in 2009, the Strava community has grown from a handful of friends to a brand that is loved by hundreds of millions around the world. Prior to Strava, Michael co-founded Kana Software, an enterprise software firm that IPO’d in 1999. And he was CFO and VP of Operations at GlycoFi, a biotech start-up acquired by Merck in 2006. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University and an A.B. in economics from Harvard University. While at Harvard, he was men’s lightweight crew team captain and the seeds of what would become Strava were first planted during all the time spent at Newell Boathouse. In a former life, Michael was an economics professor at Stanford University and an entrepreneurship professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Keynote Speaker Sponsorship Opportunity

Exclusive Sponsor

Keynote Speaker Sponsor $3,500

Hon. Frank Koger Memorial Education Program

  • Exclusive benefit of your company logo showcased as the Keynote Speaker Sponsor prominently placed on the cover and within the Sponsorship Brochure, promoting the CLLA Annual Luncheon and Hon. 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 and 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

Save the Dates for these 2024-2025 CLLA Education Events!

CLLA Hon. Frank Koger Memorial Educational Program

“To Appeal or Not to Appeal”

The Jurisdiction of an Appellate Court to Hear a Case After Ritzen

On January 14, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an opinion Ritzen Group, Inc. v. Jackson Masonry, LLC, 589 U.S. ___ (2020) clarifying what constitutes a final order for purposes of bankruptcy appeal. The Ritzen decision comes a few years after the Supreme Court in Bullard v. Blue Hills Bank unanimously held that an order denying confirmation of a plan was not final because the plan process could continue notwithstanding the denial. The Supreme Court unanimously held that a bankruptcy court’s order denying relief from the automatic stay constitutes a final order, and thus, that order may —and must—be immediately appealed if so desired. The Court’s theory was that, unlike the plan confirmation process at issue in Bullard (which allows parties to continually propose plans after denial until one is confirmed), the stay relief proceeding is its own complete procedural unit, separate and apart from any claims resolution issues. The holding is important because parties normally only have an absolute right to appeal when an order is final, not when an order is interlocutory that may be appealed only with leave of court. Accordingly, as a result of this decision, creditors and parties in interest must carefully assess whether their orders are final or interlocutory for which an appeal must be immediately taken.

The program will consist of an appellate argument on the topic of finality for purposes of appellate jurisdiction based on the application of the Supreme Court’s decision in Ritzen before three sitting federal judges. The program will commence with the appellate argument, followed by questions and comments from the judges and then a presentation of appellate pointers – “Best Practices.” Judith Greenstone Miller will be moderating the program. Patricia Redmond will be representing the debtor in connection with approval of a disclosure statement that is patently unconfirmable on its face. Eric Brunstad will be representing a creditor and arguing that notwithstanding that normally an order approving a disclosure statement is not final for appeal purposes, because of the patent defect, the order is final for appellate purposes.

BECOME A LUNCHEON SPONSOR

BECOME A SPONSOR

Whichever level of sponsorship you choose, PLATINUM, GOLD, SILVER , BRONZE or INDIVIDUAL, CLLA is appreciative of your support of the League and the CLLA events at NCBJ.

Call Dawn Federico at 312-240-1400 or send an email to dawn.federico@clla.org.

Moderator

Judith Greenstone Miller
Senior Counsel, Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP, Southfield, MI

Judith Greenstone Miller’s practice at Taft focuses on bankruptcy, insolvency, creditors’ rights, and commercial litigation. Her practice involves representing debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees, and trustees in bankruptcy proceedings, primarily involving Chapter 11 reorganizations. Judy also represents parties in litigation in complex commercial disputes.

Judy has testified numerous times on pending bankruptcy legislation before the National Bankruptcy Review Commission, the Judiciary Committees of the United States House of Representatives, and the United States Senate. Judy is a frequent lecturer nationally and has authored and co-authored many articles on bankruptcy law and procedure, revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, and state law creditor rights issues, including receiverships and domestic asset protection trusts.

DISTINGUISHED PANEL

Honorable Eric D. Miller
US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, Seattle, WA

Honorable Miller is a United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit. He was appointed on March 4, 2019. His chambers are in Seattle, Washington. Prior to his appointment, Judge Miller was in private practice in Seattle, where he also served as a part-time lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law. He previously served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States, as Deputy General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, as an attorney on the Appellate Staff of the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and as an attorney-adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Judge Miller received his A.B. from Harvard University and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. Following law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the Honorable Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Honorable Morgan Christen
US Court of Appeals for the
9th Circuit, Anchorage, AK

Judge Morgan Christen was appointed to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in January of 2012. She currently serves on the Ninth Circuit’s Judicial Council, the Ninth Circuit’s Executive Committee, and the Pacific Island Committee. She chairs the Court-Council Committee on Bankruptcy Appointments, as well as the Cameras in the Courtroom Committee. In October 2019, Judge Christen began a three-year term on the Judicial Conference Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction. Judge Christen currently serves on the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society Advisory Board. She chaired the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee for District 14 from 2017 to 2020.

Prior to her appointment to the Ninth Circuit, Judge Christen served as a justice on the Alaska Supreme Court. Judge Christen was born and raised in Washington, and attended college in England, Switzerland, and the People’s Republic of China. She earned a B.A. degree from the University of Washington in International Studies and a J.D. degree from Golden Gate University School of Law. After law school, Judge Christen clerked for Judge Brian Shortell, and then joined Preston Gates & Ellis where she practiced civil litigation. Judge Christen was appointed to the Alaska Superior Court in 2001 and served as Presiding Judge of Alaska’s Third Judicial District from 2005-2009.

Judge Christen was awarded the Light of Hope Award for work on behalf of Alaska’s children and she and her husband, Jim Torgerson, were named Philanthropists of the Year in 2004. Judge Christen is a past recipient of the Alaska Supreme Court’s Community Outreach Award, the Chamber of Commerce Athena Award, and she is a YWCA Woman of Achievement. Judge Christen and her husband live in Anchorage. They have one daughter.

Honorable Robert J. Faris
US Bankruptcy Court, District of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI

Judge Faris is the U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Hawaii. He received a B.A. from Reed College in 1980 and his J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, in 1983. From 1983 until 2002, he practiced with a Honolulu law firm. His practice emphasized business restructuring, insolvency, and commercial litigation. He became a bankruptcy judge in February 2002 and was appointed to the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Ninth Circuit in August 2015. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, and the American College of Bankruptcy.

Patricia Ann Redmond
Stearns Weaver Miller
Miami, FL

Patricia “Trish” Redmond, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Shareholder was elected Chair of the American College of Bankruptcy Board of Regents. Trish is the first woman in the College’s history to hold this position. The Board of Regents is responsible for the nomination and selection of qualified candidates to fellowships in the College.

Trish was inducted as a XV Class Fellow in 2003 and has served as a Regent for the 11th Circuit for the past (3) years. She has also served as Chair of the College’s Distinguished Law Student Committee and as a member of the College’s Foundation Board of Directors from 2005-2011, including as Secretary for a 3-year term.

Trish has served on the Board of Directors and held various leadership roles for the American Bankruptcy Institute (“ABI”), the American Bar Association (“ABA”), the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida (“BBASDFL”) and the Dade County Bar Association (“DCBA”).

Trish has devoted countless hours to providing pro bono legal services to thousands of underprivileged and low-income individuals, children, and families. She founded the Bankruptcy Assistance Clinic both at St. Thomas University School of Law as well as the University of Miami. Trish is also an adjunct professor of law and a frequent presenter, both locally and nationally, on topics related to bankruptcy law. She has been the recipient of several prestigious accolades including the ABA Business Law Section’s Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award and The Florida Bar’s Tobias Simon Bro Bono Service Award.

Trish focuses her practice on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. She has extensive experience representing creditors’ committees, secured creditors, and debtors in Chapter 11 cases. Trish is routinely recognized by leading peer and client legal ranking publications including being recognized with the highest ranking (Band 1) in Chambers USA, as a “Top 100”, “Top 50 Women” and “Top 100 Miami” Florida Super Lawyers, and as a “Lawyer of the Year” multiple times in The Best Lawyers in America.

G. Eric Brunstad, Jr.
Dechert, LLP
Hartford, CT

Eric is a partner at Dechert, LLP. He has argued 11 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, including matters involving bankruptcy, the First Amendment, fee-shifting, taxation, the Commerce Clause, statutory interpretation, jurisdiction, and arbitration. His most recent argument was on behalf of the respondent in MOAC Mall Holdings LLC v. Transform Holdco LLC, no. 21-1270 (2023). In addition to the cases he has argued, Eric has worked on over 70 other matters in the Supreme Court. He has also argued and briefed numerous cases in most of the federal courts of appeals and has argued two en banc matters in the Third and Eighth Circuits. In addition to his practice, he is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at the Yale Law School, a Professor (Adjunct) of Law at New York University School of Law, and an Adjunct Professor at Boston College Law School, teaching courses on secured transactions, bankruptcy, advanced business reorganizations, argument and reason, federal jurisdiction, poetic and legal interpretation, commercial transactions, and international insolvency law. He began teaching at Yale in 1990 and has also taught at the Harvard Law School and Georgetown University Law Center. He is a 2021 recipient of a Yale Law School Teacher of the Year award. He is also the 2019 recipient of the American Bar Association Business Law Section National Public Service Award for his pro bono work, and the 2019 recipient of the Commercial Law League’s Lawrence P. King award for excellence.

Judicial Clerkship
Hon. T. Emmet Clarie, U.S. District Court, D. Conn., 1986-87

Publications and Lectures
Eric is a contributing author for the Collier treatise on bankruptcy law, has published a number of scholarly articles, and has lectured widely on a broad range of subjects. He has also published two textbooks: “Secured Transactions, Teaching Materials,” with his co-authors, Professors Jim White, and Heather Hughes; and “Bankruptcy, Cases and Materials,” with his co-author, Professor Margaret Howard.

CLLA Hon. Frank Koger Memorial Educational Program

“To Appeal or Not to Appeal”

The Jurisdiction of an Appellate Court to Hear a Case After Ritzen

On January 14, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an opinion Ritzen Group, Inc. v. Jackson Masonry, LLC, 589 U.S. ___ (2020) clarifying what constitutes a final order for purposes of bankruptcy appeal. The Ritzen decision comes a few years after the Supreme Court in Bullard v. Blue Hills Bank unanimously held that an order denying confirmation of a plan was not final because the plan process could continue notwithstanding the denial. The Supreme Court unanimously held that a bankruptcy court’s order denying relief from the automatic stay constitutes a final order, and thus, that order may —and must—be immediately appealed if so desired. The Court’s theory was that, unlike the plan confirmation process at issue in Bullard (which allows parties to continually propose plans after denial until one is confirmed), the stay relief proceeding is its own complete procedural unit, separate and apart from any claims resolution issues. The holding is important because parties normally only have an absolute right to appeal when an order is final, not when an order is interlocutory that may be appealed only with leave of court. Accordingly, as a result of this decision, creditors and parties in interest must carefully assess whether their orders are final or interlocutory for which an appeal must be immediately taken.

The program will consist of an appellate argument on the topic of finality for purposes of appellate jurisdiction based on the application of the Supreme Court’s decision in Ritzen before three sitting federal judges. The program will commence with the appellate argument, followed by questions and comments from the judges and then a presentation of appellate pointers – “Best Practices.” Judith Greenstone Miller will be moderating the program. Patricia Redmond will be representing the debtor in connection with approval of a disclosure statement that is patently unconfirmable on its face. Eric Brunstad will be representing a creditor and arguing that notwithstanding that normally an order approving a disclosure statement is not final for appeal purposes, because of the patent defect, the order is final for appellate purposes.

BECOME A LUNCHEON SPONSOR

BECOME A SPONSOR

Whichever level of sponsorship you choose, PLATINUM, GOLD, SILVER , BRONZE or INDIVIDUAL, CLLA is appreciative of your support of the League and the CLLA events at NCBJ.

Call Dawn Federico at 312-240-1400 or send an email to dawn.federico@clla.org.

Moderator

Judith Greenstone Miller
Senior Counsel, Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP, Southfield, MI

Judith Greenstone Miller’s practice at Taft focuses on bankruptcy, insolvency, creditors’ rights, and commercial litigation. Her practice involves representing debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees, and trustees in bankruptcy proceedings, primarily involving Chapter 11 reorganizations. Judy also represents parties in litigation in complex commercial disputes.

Judy has testified numerous times on pending bankruptcy legislation before the National Bankruptcy Review Commission, the Judiciary Committees of the United States House of Representatives, and the United States Senate. Judy is a frequent lecturer nationally and has authored and co-authored many articles on bankruptcy law and procedure, revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, and state law creditor rights issues, including receiverships and domestic asset protection trusts.

DISTINGUISHED PANEL

Honorable Eric D. Miller
US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, Seattle, WA

Honorable Miller is a United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit. He was appointed on March 4, 2019. His chambers are in Seattle, Washington. Prior to his appointment, Judge Miller was in private practice in Seattle, where he also served as a part-time lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law. He previously served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States, as Deputy General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, as an attorney on the Appellate Staff of the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and as an attorney-adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Judge Miller received his A.B. from Harvard University and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. Following law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the Honorable Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Honorable Morgan Christen
US Court of Appeals for the
9th Circuit, Anchorage, AK

Judge Morgan Christen was appointed to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in January of 2012. She currently serves on the Ninth Circuit’s Judicial Council, the Ninth Circuit’s Executive Committee, and the Pacific Island Committee. She chairs the Court-Council Committee on Bankruptcy Appointments, as well as the Cameras in the Courtroom Committee. In October 2019, Judge Christen began a three-year term on the Judicial Conference Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction. Judge Christen currently serves on the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society Advisory Board. She chaired the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee for District 14 from 2017 to 2020.

Prior to her appointment to the Ninth Circuit, Judge Christen served as a justice on the Alaska Supreme Court. Judge Christen was born and raised in Washington, and attended college in England, Switzerland, and the People’s Republic of China. She earned a B.A. degree from the University of Washington in International Studies and a J.D. degree from Golden Gate University School of Law. After law school, Judge Christen clerked for Judge Brian Shortell, and then joined Preston Gates & Ellis where she practiced civil litigation. Judge Christen was appointed to the Alaska Superior Court in 2001 and served as Presiding Judge of Alaska’s Third Judicial District from 2005-2009.

Judge Christen was awarded the Light of Hope Award for work on behalf of Alaska’s children and she and her husband, Jim Torgerson, were named Philanthropists of the Year in 2004. Judge Christen is a past recipient of the Alaska Supreme Court’s Community Outreach Award, the Chamber of Commerce Athena Award, and she is a YWCA Woman of Achievement. Judge Christen and her husband live in Anchorage. They have one daughter.

Honorable Robert J. Faris
US Bankruptcy Court, District of Hawaii
Honolulu, HI

Judge Faris is the U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Hawaii. He received a B.A. from Reed College in 1980 and his J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, in 1983. From 1983 until 2002, he practiced with a Honolulu law firm. His practice emphasized business restructuring, insolvency, and commercial litigation. He became a bankruptcy judge in February 2002 and was appointed to the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Ninth Circuit in August 2015. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, and the American College of Bankruptcy.

Patricia Ann Redmond
Stearns Weaver Miller
Miami, FL

Patricia “Trish” Redmond, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Shareholder was elected Chair of the American College of Bankruptcy Board of Regents. Trish is the first woman in the College’s history to hold this position. The Board of Regents is responsible for the nomination and selection of qualified candidates to fellowships in the College.

Trish was inducted as a XV Class Fellow in 2003 and has served as a Regent for the 11th Circuit for the past (3) years. She has also served as Chair of the College’s Distinguished Law Student Committee and as a member of the College’s Foundation Board of Directors from 2005-2011, including as Secretary for a 3-year term.

Trish has served on the Board of Directors and held various leadership roles for the American Bankruptcy Institute (“ABI”), the American Bar Association (“ABA”), the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida (“BBASDFL”) and the Dade County Bar Association (“DCBA”).

Trish has devoted countless hours to providing pro bono legal services to thousands of underprivileged and low-income individuals, children, and families. She founded the Bankruptcy Assistance Clinic both at St. Thomas University School of Law as well as the University of Miami. Trish is also an adjunct professor of law and a frequent presenter, both locally and nationally, on topics related to bankruptcy law. She has been the recipient of several prestigious accolades including the ABA Business Law Section’s Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award and The Florida Bar’s Tobias Simon Bro Bono Service Award.

Trish focuses her practice on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. She has extensive experience representing creditors’ committees, secured creditors, and debtors in Chapter 11 cases. Trish is routinely recognized by leading peer and client legal ranking publications including being recognized with the highest ranking (Band 1) in Chambers USA, as a “Top 100”, “Top 50 Women” and “Top 100 Miami” Florida Super Lawyers, and as a “Lawyer of the Year” multiple times in The Best Lawyers in America.

G. Eric Brunstad, Jr.
Dechert, LLP
Hartford, CT

Eric is a partner at Dechert, LLP. He has argued 11 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, including matters involving bankruptcy, the First Amendment, fee-shifting, taxation, the Commerce Clause, statutory interpretation, jurisdiction, and arbitration. His most recent argument was on behalf of the respondent in MOAC Mall Holdings LLC v. Transform Holdco LLC, no. 21-1270 (2023). In addition to the cases he has argued, Eric has worked on over 70 other matters in the Supreme Court. He has also argued and briefed numerous cases in most of the federal courts of appeals and has argued two en banc matters in the Third and Eighth Circuits. In addition to his practice, he is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at the Yale Law School, a Professor (Adjunct) of Law at New York University School of Law, and an Adjunct Professor at Boston College Law School, teaching courses on secured transactions, bankruptcy, advanced business reorganizations, argument and reason, federal jurisdiction, poetic and legal interpretation, commercial transactions, and international insolvency law. He began teaching at Yale in 1990 and has also taught at the Harvard Law School and Georgetown University Law Center. He is a 2021 recipient of a Yale Law School Teacher of the Year award. He is also the 2019 recipient of the American Bar Association Business Law Section National Public Service Award for his pro bono work, and the 2019 recipient of the Commercial Law League’s Lawrence P. King award for excellence.

Judicial Clerkship
Hon. T. Emmet Clarie, U.S. District Court, D. Conn., 1986-87

Publications and Lectures
Eric is a contributing author for the Collier treatise on bankruptcy law, has published a number of scholarly articles, and has lectured widely on a broad range of subjects. He has also published two textbooks: “Secured Transactions, Teaching Materials,” with his co-authors, Professors Jim White, and Heather Hughes; and “Bankruptcy, Cases and Materials,” with his co-author, Professor Margaret Howard.

Become a Luncheon Sponsor

Platinum $2,000

  • Your company logo placement on the cover, and prominently displayed within The Annual CLLA Luncheon and 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 $1,000

  • Your company logo prominently displayed within the The Annual CLLA Luncheon and 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

Silver $500

  • Your company logo prominently displayed within the The Annual CLLA Luncheon and Education Program Guide at the NCBJ
  • A prominent link on the CLLA website, featuring your logo, announcing your support of the program

Bronze $250

  • Your company logo prominently displayed within the Annual CLLA Luncheon and Education Program Guide at the NCBJ

Individual

Other Amount

  • Projection of your name only on the large AV screen during the CLLA luncheon and education program

BECOME A LUNCHEON SPONSOR

BECOME A SPONSOR

Whichever level of sponsorship you choose, PLATINUM, GOLD, SILVER , BRONZE or INDIVIDUAL, CLLA is appreciative of your support of the League and the CLLA events at NCBJ.

Call Dawn Federico at 312-240-1400 or send an email to dawn.federico@clla.org.

Become a Luncheon Sponsor

Platinum $2,000

  • Your company logo placement on the cover, and prominently displayed within The Annual CLLA Luncheon and 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 $1,000

  • Your company logo prominently displayed within the The Annual CLLA Luncheon and 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

Silver $500

  • Your company logo prominently displayed within the The Annual CLLA Luncheon and Education Program Guide at the NCBJ
  • A prominent link on the CLLA website, featuring your logo, announcing your support of the program

Bronze $250

  • Your company logo prominently displayed within the Annual CLLA Luncheon and Education Program Guide at the NCBJ

Individual

Other Amount

  • Projection of your name only on the large AV screen during the CLLA luncheon and education program

BECOME A LUNCHEON SPONSOR

BECOME A SPONSOR

Whichever level of sponsorship you choose, PLATINUM, GOLD, SILVER , BRONZE or INDIVIDUAL, CLLA is appreciative of your support of the League and the CLLA events at NCBJ.

Call Dawn Federico at 312-240-1400 or send an email to dawn.federico@clla.org.

Become A Member

Membership provides an opportunity to connect with professionals in your field and promote your services to other industry members.

Being engaged, involved, active, and present makes all the difference. Network and make new business contacts. Keep your CLE requirements up-to-date and find out about pending legislation that could affect your daily work, before it goes into effect by joining the CLLA.

Join Us!

CLLA Luncheon at the NCBJ in Seattle, Washington

Save-the-Date!
CLLA Western Region Conference

Mark your calendars for the Western Region Conference September 25-26, 2024 in Palm Springs, California.

Save-The-Date!
CLLA Eastern Region Conference

Join us November 6-7, 2024 at the Manhattan Penthouse in New York, New York.

130th CLLA National Convention

Thank You to all sponsors, speakers and attendees for making this such a great event. Click here for photos. 

Contact Us

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Contact Info

3005 Tollview Drive, Rolling Meadows, Illinois 60008

+312 240 1400

info@clla.org

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