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CLLA Moderator & Speakers' Bio Book for CLLA Programs

Wed., Oct. 8, 2014

9:00am – 10:00amBankruptcy Section Legislative Committee MeetingSkyway 273, East Tower

10:00am – 12:00pmBankruptcy Section Executive Council MeetingSkyway 273, East Tower

2:00pm – 4:00pm Bankruptcy Section General Membership MeetingAcapulco, West Tower

Featuring Debate on Venue Reform

Thu., Oct. 9, 2014

8:00am – 9:00amVenue Group MeetingSkyway 265

1:00pm – 2:45pmCLLA’s Annual LuncheonCrystal BC

Featuring the presentation of the Lawrence P. King Award for excellence in bankruptcy and a presentation from William Strauss, senior economist and economic advisor in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

William A. Strauss joined the Federal Reserve in 1982. His chief responsibilities include analyzing the current performance of both the Midwest economy and the manufacturing sector for use in monetary policy. He produces the monthly Chicago Fed Midwest Manufacturing Index and organizes the Bank's Economic Outlook Symposium and Automotive Outlook Symposium. In addition, he conducts several economic workshops and industrial roundtables throughout the year.

Strauss has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University Chicago and Webster University in Chicago. He currently teaches at DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business and at the University of Chicago Graham School of General Studies. At the latter institution, he was named winner of the 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award in the Business and Professional Programs.

3:00pm –5:15pm CLLA’s Honorable Frank W. Koger Memorial Education Program: Current Developments in Hot and Emerging Areas of Bankruptcy

CLLA Moderator & Speakers' Bios for This Session

Bankruptcy and the Markets – The Uneasy Relationship Between Debtors, Traders and Judges

A series of decisions over the past year indicate a potential emerging trend in which bankruptcy courts are increasing the scrutiny of claims trading transactions. This program will examine key issues impacting secondary market purchases of claims including whether a purchase of a claim in order to control the underlying chapter 11 process should justify designating the vote of the purchase as invalid, whether a claim purchaser takes the claims subject to the same infirmities as the original claim holder, whether a transfer of a claim could result in reclassification, and how claims purchased from insiders are treated.

Hon. Jeffery A. Deller, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
David L. Eaton, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago
Debra Grassgreen, Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones, LLC, San Francisco, Calif.
Jeffrey N. Rich, Rich Michaelson Magaliff Moser, LLP, New York, NY

363 Sales: What You Get - And What Your Are Stuck With

CLLA Moderator & Speakers' Bios for This Session

Section 363 sales are as popular as ever, but the limits and benefits of Section 363(f) protections have recently been the subject of emerging circuit conflicts. Clashes between intellectual property law and bankruptcy principles have sharpened, particularly with respect to the scope of section 365(n), the effect of pre-existing licenses, and the implications of cross-border contracts. Successor liability issues continue to create headaches for both giant GM and the small company down the street. The panel will report the latest developments and analyze longer range impacts.

Moderator: Hon. David H. Coar, (Ret.), JAMS, Chicago
Barry Bressler, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, Philadelphia
Hon. Lisa Hill Fenning, Arnold & Porter LLP, Los Angeles
George W. Shuster, Jr., Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, New York
Richard W. Young, Quarles & Brady LLP, Chicago

Fri., Oct. 10, 2014

8:00am – 10:00amBankruptcy Section Executive Council MeetingSkyway 273


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