Thursday, May 19, 2022

$350 | Includes: continental breakfast, educational programs with up to 6 CLEs,buffet lunch, AM/PM breaks and evening social.


Swissotel Chicago
323 East Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 565-0565 (Lucerne Level)

The CLLA supports Bankruptcy Venue Reform and has presented its position on Venue and other issues to legislators in Washington. Attending the one-day programming is an excellent opportunity to meet the leadership of the CLLA Bankruptcy Section and get involved with our efforts.

Up to 6 CLE credits available, pending state approval. Special Bankruptcy Program pricing is available to Non-CLLA members only.


7:30 A.M. – 8:00 A.M.

Continental Breakfast, WELCOME AND ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING, Location: Alpine

8:30 A.M. – 9:30 A.M.

Legislative Updates (Location: Alpine)
Join the CLLA’s legislative chairs and lobbyist as they discuss and update legislative, amicus and grassroot activities impacting the credit and finance industry. They will discuss matters such as the status of COVID-19 anti-debt collection legislation, bankruptcy venue reform, forgiveness/discharge of student loans, third-party releases, the expansion of consumer protections into commercial transactions and other developing issues. This is an important panel for creditors’ rights and bankruptcy practitioners and will also provide an opportunity to members to help determine what specific issues to pursue on Capitol Hill for the industry and the CLLA.
SPEAKERS: Peter C. Califano, Cooper, White & Cooper, LLP, San Francisco, CA; Lori Frank, Markoff Law PLLC, Southfield, MI; Zach Shelomith, Leiderman Shelomith + Somodevilla, PLLC, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; CLLA Lobbyist, Webster, Chamberlain & Bean, Washington, DC

9:45 A.M. – 10:45 A.M.

Hot Topics in Bankruptcy Case Law (Location: Lucerne 3)
Summary of key court decisions through March 31, 2022.
SPEAKER: Ronald Peterson, Jenner & Block, LLP, Chicago, IL

11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Bankruptcy Basics for Non-Bankruptcy Practitioners (Location: Lucerne 3)
This presentation will focus on the major bankruptcy minefields a non-bankruptcy practitioner must be mindful of when representing a creditor whose obligor has sought bankruptcy protection.
SPEAKERS: Deborah Rubin, Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, PC, Southfield, MI; Jay L. Welford, Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, PC, Southfield, MI

Noon – 1:00 P.M.

Buffet Luncheon (Location: Eleve, 42nd Floor)

1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Out of the Pan and Into the Fire: Controversial Third-Party Releases and Mass Tort Chapter 11 Cases (Location: Lucerne 3)
The S.D.N.Y.’s recent Purdue Pharma plan confirmation appeal decision rejecting nonconsensual, third-party releases of the Sackler family dropped like a bomb on Chapter 11 practice. Other recent cases, such as Boy Scouts of America, USA Gymnastics, and several Catholic dioceses, have also attracted academic and political attention to the practice of releasing non debtors from liabilities without having to file bankruptcy themselves, despite creditor objections. Besides fairness and due process concerns, the legality of these releases outside the asbestos context is now under serious attack. Supporters argue that the releases are essential for complex settlements superior to drawn out tort litigation. Critics may have an upper hand following Purdue Pharma, and the U.S. Supreme Court or Congress may finally weigh in. This panel will discuss releases in Chapter 11 practice, the simmering controversy and circuit split regarding nonconsensual, third-party releases, and where the practice is headed in mass tort cases.
SPEAKERS: Candice L. Kline, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP, Chicago, IL; Eric Van Horn, Spencer Fane, Dallas, TX; Hon. Judith Fitzgerald (Ret.), Tucker Arensberg, PC, Pittsburgh, PA

2:15 P.M. – 3:15 P.M.

The Bankruptcy UnwAve-The Ongoing Impact of COVID-19 on All Things Legal (Location: Lucerne 3)
This program will be a panel discussion among experienced financial professionals, bankruptcy practitioners and commercial litigators discussing current business conditions which have been impacted by COVID-19. Considering the unknown future of COVID-19 on Bankruptcy filings, the panelists will address economic conditions and bankruptcy happenings as they have arisen prior to the May convention.
SPEAKERS: Jack Rose, Kroll, New York, NY; Wanda Borges, Borges & Associates, LLC, Syosset, NY; Robert P. Charbonneau, Agentis, PLLC, Coral Gables, FL

3:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.

The Small Business Reorganization Act: What’s Working…What’s Not? (Location: Lucerne 3)
The SBRA provisions that became effective in 2020 have enabled more small business debtors to file chapter 11 cases. The panel will examine issues on what has been working in SBRA cases and what has not, including eligibility, calculation of disposable income, removal of DIP and trustee compensation.
SPEAKERS: Zach Shelomith, Leiderman Shelomith + Somodevilla, PLLC, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Beverly Weiss Manne, Tucker Arensberg, PC, Pittsburgh, PA; Hon. Donald Cassling, US Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of IL

4:45 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.

Bankruptcy Section Membership Meeting (Lucerne 1)

6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Evening Social (Lucerne/Alpine Foyer)