From the Director Mar 2002

From the Director Mar 2002

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Tenth Annual Duberstein Moot Court Competition Takes Shape

Twenty-three teams from 19 law schools, including defending champion University of Idaho, will be competing in the Tenth Annual Judge Conrad B. Duberstein National Moot Court Competition, March 16-18 in New York City. The event is cosponsored by ABI and St. John's University School of Law. Prominent schools this year include the University of Texas at Austin, which is sending two teams of students. Several winning schools from prior competitions, such as Stetson University, Mississippi College, University of Alabama, William & Mary and the University of Florida, are also sending teams this year. Final-round judges include Judge Duberstein (E.D.N.Y.) and Chief Judge Stuart M. Bernstein (S.D.N.Y.), as well as U.S. Court of Appeals Judges Jane R. Roth (3rd Cir.), R. Guy Cole (6th Cir.) and Jerry E. Smith (5th Cir.).

Reclamation Manual Published

ABI's Manual on Trade Creditors' Rights of Reclamation and Stoppage of Delivery of Goods is available for purchase. Written by Bruce S. Nathan (Davidoff & Malito; New York) and a task force of the Unsecured Trade Creditor Committee, this 70-page guide provides a full discussion of the requirements that must be satisfied by trade creditors and vendors to obtain relief, either under bankruptcy law or the U.C.C. The Manual begins with a description of the warning signs that trade creditors should watch for before exercising their reclamation rights in a timely manner. The statutory and procedural requirements are then discussed, together with a treatment of the buyer's defenses to a reclamation claim. The Manual is just $7 for members and can be ordered online at ABI World's Public Library ( or by calling our office. The Manual is perfect to give to vendor clients to explain the process; discounts for bulk purchases are available.

State Court Judges Education Programs Continue in Popularity

ABI's long-running program to help educate state court trial judges on bankruptcy issues will have a full slate in 2002. Five states (Ohio, Indiana, Utah, Washington and Kansas) have already scheduled programs for the first half of the year. The program, launched in 1992, is supported by a grant from the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Endowment for Education. The Ohio Judicial College program will be held April 9 in Columbus. Faculty include Chief Bankruptcy Judge William T. Bodoh (N.D. Ohio), Reginald W. Jackson (Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease; Columbus, Ohio) and Chip Bowles (Greenebaum Doll & McDonald; Louisville, Ky.).

New Editors Named for Journal, Web Board

ABI President Richardo I. Kilpatrick has named Reginald W. Jackson (Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease; Columbus, Ohio) to serve as executive editor of the ABI Journal, effective with this issue. Elected to the ABI Board of Directors last April, Mr. Jackson also chairs the ABI Subcommittee on Environmental Claims and serves on the Web Site Editorial Board, and has authored a number of articles and book chapters on business bankruptcy topics. He succeeds John D. Penn, Vice President-Publications, who continues to oversee all ABI print and electronic publications. Joseph S.U. Bodoff (Bodoff & Associates; Boston) has been named by President Kilpatrick to serve as executive editor of the Web Site Editorial Board. A member of the ABI Board since 1994 and of the Executive Committee since 2000, Mr. Bodoff has chaired ABI's efforts to create—the joint effort with NABT to sell bankruptcy assets online. As executive editor, he will oversee online publications such as "Cracking the Code" and online services such as the topical discussion boards, among other areas.

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Friday, March 1, 2002