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The following ABA Business Law Section presented programs welcome all NCBJ attendees to attend. CLE credit is available for these sessions through the ABA to those who paid the ABA $160 materials/ CLE fee when registering for the NCBJ conference.

Sunday, September 27, 2015  
2:30 - 4:30 pm    Glimmer 1

Almost Everything You Wanted to Know About… Tax Issues In Bankruptcy
Presented by the ABA Business Law Section

Program Content: Tax issues permeate virtually every aspect of life; filing for bankruptcy does not change that fact. To effectively represent clients in financial restructurings, bankruptcy lawyers must understand the common tax issues that arise in bankruptcy and how to identify, resolve and leverage them, to complete a successful turnaround. Our expert panel will explore current hot topics for both business cases (such as tax sharing agreements, monetization of tax attributes and tax treatment of liquidation vehicles) and consumer cases (including the dischargeability of taxes and tax elections), as well as provide practical tips and strategies for ensuring that your client uses the tax code to benefit their restructuring.

Moderator:
Jeffrey M. Sklarz, Green & Sklarz LLC, New Haven, CT

Panelists:
Frances D. Sheehy, Law Offices of Frances D. Sheehy, Esq., Coconut Creek, FL
Howard Steinberg, CPA, CIRA, MBA, KPMG LLP, New York, NY
Kimberly J. Lam, CPA, CIRA, CFF, BACHECKI, CROM & CO., LLP, San Francisco, CA
George Klidonas, Baker Hostetler, New York, NY

Sunday, September 27, 2015  
3:00 - 5:00 pm    Splash 10-12

Pro Bono Appellate Advocacy
Presented by the ABA Business Law Section

Program Content: You’ve provided pro bono services to a client in a bankruptcy case, and there is an appeal of an issue. Are you prepared to take on the appeal on a pro bono basis? Are you interested in handling appeals on a pro bono basis, but not sure the extent of what is involved? Are you interested in growing your appellate practice? Taking on a pro bono matter can be a good path. The panel will discuss:

Ethics: The ethics portion of the program will include a discussion of [the various model rules regarding competence, scope of representation issues, diligence, confidentiality, managing conflicts of interest, referral of cases, and supervision of non-lawyers].

This program is in memoriam to Judge Nancy Dreher who served as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge in the District of Minnesota for many years and who wrote and spoke on the importance of pro bono services.

Moderator:
Honorable Elizabeth S. Stong, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, E.D.N.Y, Brooklyn, NY

Panelists:
G. Eric Brunstad, Dechert LLP, Hartford, CT
Susan M. Freeman, Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP, Phoenix, AZ
Catherine L. Steege, Jenner & Block, LLP, Chicago, IL
Honorable Eugene Wedoff, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, N.D. Ill., Chicago, IL (tentative)