Young And New Members Committee


Post date: Tuesday, September 10, 2019

If you are a young or new attorney, there is a good chance that you have at least some (and perhaps significant) student loan debt. You may also be aware that discharging student loan debt in bankruptcy, unlike most other unsecured debt, is extremely difficult.

Post date: Friday, April 26, 2019
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Melissa Dardani, CPA

The current landscape for cannabis companies is confusing due to the divergence between federal and state law. Under federal law, particularly under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA),[1] cannabis is a Schedule 1 controlled substance, and cannabis activities from cultivation to sale are illegal.

Post date: Friday, April 26, 2019

A vehicle can be a debtor’s most important asset.

Post date: Friday, April 26, 2019

On Feb. 19, 2019, the Supreme Court considered a petition for a writ of certiorari in the case of Ritter v. Brady,[1] asking the high court to overrule its infamous decision in Dewsnup v. Timm.[2]

Post date: Thursday, March 14, 2019

A chapter 11 debtor’s executives might find little motivation to remain employed at a company as annual bonus plans become compromised and long-term incentive vehicles (e.g., stock options, restricted stock) become virtually worthless.

Post date: Thursday, March 14, 2019

On January 17, the Fifth Circuit released a highly anticipated decision, weighing in on the expanding circuit split concerning the enforceability of contractual make-whole provisions in loan indentures.

Post date: Thursday, March 14, 2019

Nonprofits and governments rely on each other to provide social services.[1] Governments rely on nonprofits to provide services that they cannot provide; nonprofits rely on governments to fund those services.[2] This relationship leads some to questio

Post date: Wednesday, October 31, 2018

There is a pending Ninth Circuit case to decide whether a wholly unsecured claim should count toward a debtor’s chapter 13 eligibility following a chapter 7. On April 26, 2010, Aleli A. Hernandez (the debtor) filed a chapter 7 bankruptcy case in the U.S.

Post date: Wednesday, October 31, 2018

When drafting a motion or a brief, how much weight should you give an opinion of a Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (BAP)? This article discusses the variation between circuits about the BAP and highlights a selection of cases that analyze the limits of the BAP’s authority.

Post date: Friday, September 07, 2018

Getting paid as a bankruptcy professional can often be a tightrope walk. Transparency is extremely important when you receive payment from the estate, especially because you need to submit your application for payment to the court. In most cases, it becomes public record for everyone to review and scrutinize.


Mr. David R. Doyle
Cozen O'Connor
Chicago, IL
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Cozen O'Connor
Chicago, IL
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Communications Manager
Onsager | Fletcher | Johnson LLC
Denver, CO
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Education Director
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
Nashville, TN
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Ms. Bodie B. Colwell
Education Director
Preti Flaherty
Portland, ME
(207) 791-3000

Ms. Amber M. Carson
Membership Relations Director
Gray Reed & McGraw LLP
Dallas, TX
(214) 629-4025

Mr. Christian A. Pereyda
Membership Relations Director
Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C.
Birmingham, AL
(205) 254-1854

Mr. John Richard O'Connor
Newsletter Editor
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger LLP
Chicago, IL
(630) 308-2487

Ms. Alexandra CC Schnapp
Newsletter Editor
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia
Atlanta, GA
(404) 215-1005

Mr. Joseph M. Esmont
Special Projects Leader
Cleveland, OH
(216) 861-7835

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