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UT Law's 38th Annual Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference is one of the premier bankruptcy programs in the nation. The conference attracts a stellar national faculty of prominent judges, academics, and practitioners. It also provides an in-depth focus on current topics in business and consumer bankruptcy.

Program highlights:
  • This year, the perennial favorite Recent Developments will have two sessions: Professor Jay L. Westbrook will lead the opening session to discuss the year’s most important cases, and then Friday afternoon, Debbie Langehennig leads a panel for an in-depth look at the best and worst of the cases.
  • Select from Thursday afternoon concurrent tracks:
    • Business Track includes discussions on recidivist debtors; modifying labor and retirement obligations in bankruptcy; utilizing and interpreting make whole provisions; rights offerings; and the drivers of the recent turmoil in the retail industry.
    • Consumer Track includes discussions on the ABI Consumer Commission Reportlitigation in consumer cases; discharging IRS debt; and practical considerations for consumer attorneys, including creating a debtor’s saving plan, increasing the disbursement from the trustee for attorney fees and ethical considerations.
  • Explore contemporary discovery techniques that lawyers utilize to keep pace with constantly changing communications in modern society.
  • Gain insight on the use of arbitration in bankruptcyhealth care bankruptcies; unique aspects of chapter 11 cases triggered by sexual abuse tort claims; the contours of ethical negotiations, illegal extortion, and bankruptcy bribery; and much more.
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Total Credit Hours:
16.25 | 3.00 ethics     Credit Info
Specialization: Bankruptcy Law | Consumer Law

TX MCLE credit expires: 11/30/2020

Includes: Video Audio Paper Slides

$625  

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1. Recent Developments (Dec 2019)

Jay L. Westbrook, R. Byrn "Byrnie" Bass Jr., Bill Rochelle, Deborah D. Williamson

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Video (mp4) 66 mins
Audio (mp3) 69 mins
Paper (pdf) 1 pgs
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Slides (pdf) 13 pgs

SESSION 1 — 66 mins, credit 1.25 | 0.25 ethics

Session 1:

Recent Developments (Dec 2019)

If this distinguished panel doesn’t mention it, it just may not be worth mentioning. The year’s most important business and consumer cases.
 

Originally presented at: Nov 2019 Bankruptcy Conference

Jay L. Westbrook, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX
R. Byrn "Byrnie" Bass Jr., Attorney at Law - Lubbock, TX
Bill Rochelle, American Bankruptcy Institute - New York, NY
Deborah D. Williamson, Dykema Gossett PLLC - San Antonio, TX

2. General Session ABI Report Review (Dec 2019)

Angela Littwin, Hon. William H. Brown, Henry E. Hildebrand III

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Video (mp4) 48 mins
Audio (mp3) 48 mins
Slides (pdf) 19 pgs

SESSION 2 — 48 mins, credit 0.75

Session 2:

General Session ABI Report Review (Dec 2019)

A high octane speedy review of the suggestions made by the ABI Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy that could affect your practice.

Originally presented at: Nov 2019 Bankruptcy Conference

Angela Littwin, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX
Hon. William H. Brown, U.S. Bankruptcy Court (Ret.) - Thompsons Station, TN
Henry E. Hildebrand III, Chapter 13 Trustee, Middle District of Tennessee - Nashville, TN

3. New York v. Texas  (Dec 2019)

Hon. H. Christopher Mott, Hon. Marvin Isgur, Hon. Sean H. Lane

1.00 0.25 0.00 1.00 | 0.25 ethics  

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Video (mp4) 65 mins
Audio (mp3) 65 mins

SESSION 3 — 65 mins, credit 1.00 | 0.25 ethics

Session 3:

New York v. Texas  (Dec 2019)

Are there real differences in bankruptcy in these two prominent jurisdictions? Inquiring minds will learn from these respected judges.

Originally presented at: Nov 2019 Bankruptcy Conference

Hon. H. Christopher Mott, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - Austin, TX
Hon. Marvin Isgur, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
Hon. Sean H. Lane, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York - New York, NY

4. Ethics in Negotiation – Making Offers They Can’t Refuse Without Being Don Corleone (Dec 2019)

Patricia Baron Tomasco

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Video (mp4) 26 mins
Audio (mp3) 26 mins
Paper (pdf) 10 pgs
Slides (pdf) 11 pgs

SESSION 4 — 26 mins, credit 0.50 | 0.50 ethics

Session 4:

Ethics in Negotiation – Making Offers They Can’t Refuse Without Being Don Corleone (Dec 2019)

In the aftermath of recent news of lawyers being indicted for extortion in the negotiation process and recent bankruptcy court decisions referring lawyers to the authorities, explore the contours of ethical negotiations, illegal extortion, and bankruptcy bribery.

Originally presented at: Nov 2019 Bankruptcy Conference

Patricia Baron Tomasco, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP - Houston, TX

5. Recidivist Debtors: Chapter 22s of Oil and Gas Business Debtors. Why Is it Happening Now? (Dec 2019)

Kyung S. Lee, J.P. Hanson, Shari L. Heyen, John T. Young Jr.

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Video (mp4) 46 mins
Audio (mp3) 46 mins
Paper (pdf) 49 pgs

SESSION 5 — 46 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.25 ethics

Session 5:

Recidivist Debtors: Chapter 22s of Oil and Gas Business Debtors. Why Is it Happening Now? (Dec 2019)

Discuss the recent influx of repeat chapter 11 debtors, factors causing distress in the oil and gas industry, and best practices in chapter 22 cases.

Originally presented at: Nov 2019 Bankruptcy Conference

Kyung S. Lee, Kyung S. Lee PLLC - Houston, TX
J.P. Hanson, Houlihan Lokey - Houston, TX
Shari L. Heyen, Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Houston, TX
John T. Young Jr., Conway Mackenzie, Inc. - Houston, TX

6. Modifying Labor and Retirement Obligations in Bankruptcy (Dec 2019)

Steven W. Bremer, Gregory F. Pesce, Michael B. Slade

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Video (mp4) 43 mins
Audio (mp3) 42 mins
Slides (pdf) 38 pgs

SESSION 6 — 43 mins, credit 0.75

Session 6:

Modifying Labor and Retirement Obligations in Bankruptcy (Dec 2019)

Hear how companies may use sections 1113 and 1114 of the Bankruptcy Code to modify labor, retiree and other employee “legacy” obligations in chapter 11. The panelists, who have represented companies and other creditors in bankruptcy cases involving these topics as counsel and investment banker, will share lessons learned from recent transactions.  

Originally presented at: Nov 2019 Bankruptcy Conference

Steven W. Bremer, Centerview Partners LLC - New York, NY
Gregory F. Pesce, Kirkland & Ellis LLP - Chicago, IL
Michael B. Slade, Kirkland & Ellis LLP - Chicago, IL

7. Rights Offerings - Use and Impact (Dec 2019)

Kelli S. Norfleet, William L. Wallander

0.50 0.25 0.00 0.50 | 0.25 ethics  

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Video (mp4) 28 mins
Audio (mp3) 27 mins
Slides (pdf) 13 pgs

SESSION 7 — 28 mins, credit 0.50 | 0.25 ethics

Session 7:

Rights Offerings - Use and Impact (Dec 2019)

Rights offerings are often consummated in complex chapter 11 cases to raise equity upon exiting bankruptcy. While rights offerings are beneficial to the debtor and often non-controversial, issues can emerge in terms of opportunity to participate, fees charged, and impact on non-participating parties.

Originally presented at: Nov 2019 Bankruptcy Conference

Kelli S. Norfleet, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Houston, TX
William L. Wallander, Vinson & Elkins LLP - Dallas, TX

8. Beyond E-Commerce: Root Causes of the Retail Crisis (Dec 2019)

Gabriel Morgan, Kent Percy

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Video (mp4) 31 mins
Audio (mp3) 31 mins
Slides (pdf) 32 pgs

SESSION 8 — 31 mins, credit 0.50

Session 8:

Beyond E-Commerce: Root Causes of the Retail Crisis (Dec 2019)

Examine the drivers of the recent turmoil in the retail industry. How much worse can it get and how long will it continue?

Originally presented at: Nov 2019 Bankruptcy Conference

Gabriel Morgan, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP - New York, NY
Kent Percy, AlixPartners LLP - New York, NY

9. Utilizing and Interpreting Make Whole Provisions, including Practical Lessons for Deal Structure (Dec 2019)

Sean B. Davis, Joseph Denham

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Video (mp4) 32 mins
Audio (mp3) 32 mins
Paper (pdf) 9 pgs
Slides (pdf) 8 pgs

SESSION 9 — 32 mins, credit 0.50

Session 9:

Utilizing and Interpreting Make Whole Provisions, including Practical Lessons for Deal Structure (Dec 2019)

A discussion of make whole provisions including a primer on what they are and their intended purpose, an overview of their interpretation under various states’ laws, and consideration of how to successfully utilize them in the event of a bankruptcy.

Originally presented at: Nov 2019 Bankruptcy Conference

Sean B. Davis, Winstead PC - Houston, TX
Joseph Denham, TRS Advisors - New York, NY

10. ABI Consumer Commission Report (Dec 2019)

Beverly M. Burden, Marcos D. Oliva

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Audio (mp3) 44 mins
Paper (pdf) 13 pgs
Paper (pdf) 2 pgs
Slides (pdf) 8 pgs

SESSION 10 — 44 mins, credit 0.75

Session 10:

ABI Consumer Commission Report (Dec 2019)

Focus on the Commission’s specific recommendations on: reserve funds in chapter 13 cases, student loans, racial justice, “dirt for debt” plans, repeat filers, the notice of final cure process, attorney competency and compensation, and chapter 13 debt limits.
 

Originally presented at: Nov 2019 Bankruptcy Conference

Beverly M. Burden, Chapter 13 Trustee, Eastern District of Kentucky - Lexington, KY
Marcos D. Oliva, Oliva Law - McAllen, TX

11. Litigation In Consumer Cases (Dec 2019)

Hon. Tony M. Davis, Julianne M. Parker, Michael L. Weems

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Audio (mp3) 42 mins
Paper (pdf) 12 pgs
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Slides (pdf) 52 pgs

SESSION 11 — 42 mins, credit 0.75

Session 11:

Litigation In Consumer Cases (Dec 2019)

Explore litigation considerations before, during and after bankruptcy, including forms, tips and tactics.

Originally presented at: Nov 2019 Bankruptcy Conference

Hon. Tony M. Davis, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - Austin, TX
Julianne M. Parker, Fears Nachawati, PLLC - Dallas, TX
Michael L. Weems, Hughes Watters Askanase, LLP - Houston, TX

12. Primer on Discharging IRS Debt in Bankruptcy (Dec 2019)

John Akard Jr.

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Audio (mp3) 42 mins
Paper (pdf) 21 pgs
Slides (pdf) 40 pgs

SESSION 12 — 42 mins, credit 0.75

Session 12:

Primer on Discharging IRS Debt in Bankruptcy (Dec 2019)

Your client may be broke now, but made money at one time. The IRS is knocking at the door and (not-so-shockingly) wants to get paid. Learn the four basic "rules" and other "fun" facts about discharging taxes.

Originally presented at: Nov 2019 Bankruptcy Conference

John Akard Jr., Coplen & Banks, P.C. - Houston, TX

13. Practical Considerations for Consumer Attorneys (Dec 2019)

Hon. Marvin Isgur, Cristina Rodriguez

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Audio (mp3) 45 mins
Paper (pdf) 1 pgs
Paper (pdf) 11 pgs
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Paper (pdf) 1 pgs
Slides (pdf) 82 pgs

SESSION 13 — 45 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.50 ethics

Session 13:

Practical Considerations for Consumer Attorneys (Dec 2019)

Increase the chances of the debtor successfully completing their case. Discuss how to create a debtor’s savings plan, increase the disbursements from the trustee for attorney fees, structure the best plan for the debtor, bankruptcy planning, ethical considerations and more.

Originally presented at: Nov 2019 Bankruptcy Conference

Hon. Marvin Isgur, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
Cristina Rodriguez, Keeling Law Firm - Houston, TX

14. Breakfast with the Judges (Dec 2019)

Hon. Tony M. Davis, Hon. Stacey G. C. Jernigan, Hon. Chris López, Hon. Bill Parker

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Video (mp4) 58 mins
Audio (mp3) 59 mins

SESSION 14 — 58 mins, credit 1.00

Session 14:

Breakfast with the Judges (Dec 2019)

What do you want to hear from the judges? Please submit your questions in advance to ConferenceQA@utcle.org or on-site at the conference registration desk.

Originally presented at: Nov 2019 Bankruptcy Conference

Hon. Tony M. Davis, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - Austin, TX
Hon. Stacey G. C. Jernigan, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX
Hon. Chris López, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
Hon. Bill Parker, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas - Tyler, TX

15. Health Care Bankruptcies - How to Diagnose and Treat These Patients (Dec 2019)

Todd Headden, Suzanne Koenig, Ryan Manns

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Video (mp4) 44 mins
Audio (mp3) 43 mins
Paper (pdf) 16 pgs
Slides (pdf) 11 pgs

SESSION 15 — 44 mins, credit 0.75

Session 15:

Health Care Bankruptcies - How to Diagnose and Treat These Patients (Dec 2019)

Competition, regulation, and disruption in the health care industry are fomenting financial turmoil in the operation of health care businesses. How should insolvency professionals approach these sensitive and heavily regulated entities? Hear a general overview of issues facing this industry and offer attendees specific insight on how to navigate the ever-changing landscape of health care cases.

Originally presented at: Nov 2019 Bankruptcy Conference

Todd Headden, Office of the Attorney General - Austin, TX
Suzanne Koenig, SAK Management Services, LLC - Riverwoods, IL
Ryan Manns, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP - Dallas, TX

16. Must I/May I Arbitrate in Bankruptcy (Dec 2019)

Hon. Stacey G. C. Jernigan, Sylvia A. Mayer

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Video (mp4) 58 mins
Audio (mp3) 57 mins
Paper (pdf) 30 pgs
Slides (pdf) 10 pgs

SESSION 16 — 58 mins, credit 1.00 | 0.50 ethics

Session 16:

Must I/May I Arbitrate in Bankruptcy (Dec 2019)

Addressing arbitration in bankruptcy including (a) a review of recent decisions regarding the enforceability of mandatory arbitration provisions and their potential application in the bankruptcy world, and (b) an overview of the mechanics of arbitration and creative utilization of arbitration in bankruptcy.

Originally presented at: Nov 2019 Bankruptcy Conference

Hon. Stacey G. C. Jernigan, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX
Sylvia A. Mayer, S. Mayer Law PLLC - Houston, TX

17. Alix/McKinsey (Dec 2019)

Zack A. Clement, Christopher R. Murray

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Video (mp4) 49 mins
Audio (mp3) 48 mins
Paper (pdf) 2 pgs
Paper (pdf) 1 pgs

SESSION 17 — 49 mins, credit 0.75

Session 17:

Alix/McKinsey (Dec 2019)

Explore the dispute about Rule 2014 and sections 101(14) and 327.

Originally presented at: Nov 2019 Bankruptcy Conference

Zack A. Clement, Attorney at Law - Houston, TX
Christopher R. Murray, Jones Murray & Beatty LLP - Houston, TX

18. The Law of Loan Sharks (Dec 2019)

Anne Fleming

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Video (mp4) 30 mins
Audio (mp3) 30 mins
Paper (pdf) 7 pgs

SESSION 18 — 30 mins, credit 0.50

Session 18:

The Law of Loan Sharks (Dec 2019)

In 1912, the Chicago Tribune newspaper observed: “It is easy to condemn the loan shark evil but hard to correct it" because wage workers "now and then, must have money.” Trace how recurring campaigns against loan sharking shaped the small-dollar lending industry and its regulation over the past century.

Originally presented at: Nov 2019 Bankruptcy Conference

Anne Fleming, Georgetown Law - Washington, DC

19. Recent Developments II (Dec 2019)

Deborah B. Langehennig, Omar J. Alaniz, Aaron Michael Kaufman, Demetra L. Liggins, Brendon Singh

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Video (mp4) 46 mins
Audio (mp3) 46 mins
Paper (pdf) 2 pgs
Paper (pdf) 38 pgs
Paper (pdf) 30 pgs
Slides (pdf) 6 pgs

SESSION 19 — 46 mins, credit 0.75

Session 19:

Recent Developments II (Dec 2019)

A more in-depth look at the best of the best (and worst of the worst).

Originally presented at: Nov 2019 Bankruptcy Conference

Deborah B. Langehennig, Chapter 13 Trustee - Austin, TX
Omar J. Alaniz, Baker Botts - Dallas, TX
Aaron Michael Kaufman, Dykema Gossett PLLC - Dallas, TX
Demetra L. Liggins, Thompson & Knight LLP - Houston, TX
Brendon Singh, Corral Tran Singh LLP - Houston, TX

20. Increased U.S. Trustee Fees: As Inevitable as Death and Taxes? (Dec 2019)

Hon. Catherine J. Furay, Hon. Ronald B. King, Jennifer Hardy

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Video (mp4) 43 mins
Audio (mp3) 43 mins
Paper (pdf) 27 pgs

SESSION 20 — 43 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.25 ethics

Session 20:

Increased U.S. Trustee Fees: As Inevitable as Death and Taxes? (Dec 2019)

Discuss reining in Congressionally mandated highway robbery based on uniformity and retroactivity; issues regarding the definition of disbursements; strategies to avoid the increased fees; and judicial activism.

Originally presented at: Nov 2019 Bankruptcy Conference

Hon. Catherine J. Furay, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Wisconsin - Madison, WI
Hon. Ronald B. King, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - San Antonio, TX
Jennifer Hardy, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP - Houston, TX

21. Navigating the Discovery Minefield (Dec 2019)

Deirdre Carey Brown, Ashley Harper, Jay H. Ong

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Video (mp4) 45 mins
Audio (mp3) 44 mins
Paper (pdf) 11 pgs
Slides (pdf) 16 pgs

SESSION 21 — 45 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.25 ethics

Session 21:

Navigating the Discovery Minefield (Dec 2019)

Explore contemporary discovery techniques that lawyers utilize to keep pace with constantly changing communications in modern society.

Originally presented at: Nov 2019 Bankruptcy Conference

Deirdre Carey Brown, Hoover Slovacek LLP - Houston, TX
Ashley Harper, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP - Houston, TX
Jay H. Ong, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. - Austin, TX

22. Chapter 11 Cases Driven by Sexual Abuse Tort Claims  (Dec 2019)

Rakhee V. Patel, Lauren Randle

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Video (mp4) 27 mins
Audio (mp3) 27 mins
Paper (pdf) 15 pgs
Slides (pdf) 4 pgs

SESSION 22 — 27 mins, credit 0.50

Session 22:

Chapter 11 Cases Driven by Sexual Abuse Tort Claims  (Dec 2019)

The road from defendant to debtor can be a short one after sexual abuse tort claims. Discuss the unique aspects of chapter 11 cases triggered by sexual abuse tort claims. 

Originally presented at: Nov 2019 Bankruptcy Conference

Rakhee V. Patel, Winstead PC - Dallas, TX
Lauren Randle, Winston & Strawn LLP - Houston, TX