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2021 Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy eConference

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2021 Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy eConference
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There were issues with the audio on several sessions. After clicking on the "I am Here" button, audio from another session would start playing over the session I was watching. To correct it, I'd have to go to the other session click in and out of it, then go back to the session I was listening to. As for the content, a bit too much banter on some sessions and not enough law.

Very well done. I am a recently retired bankruptcy lawyer and thought the course was relevant, practical in many cases and thoughtfully presented.

Excellent program with very current, relevant topics

good course

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UT Law CLE's Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference is celebrating 40 years as 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.

2021 Program highlights:
  • 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 a deeper dive into recent business and consumer cases.
    • Business Track includes insight on contracting issues with midstream agreements; liability management issues in COVID Chapter 11 DIP; Chapter 11 plan protections and third-party releases; and redesigning disclosure statements.
    • Consumer Track includes issues regarding the means testCARES Act and other tips for debtor representation, including moratorium and forbearance; and a discussion of judicial estoppel and recent cases.
  • Overview of the Texas electricity industry, Winter Storm Uri’s operational and financial impact on the key segments of the market, the Texas legislature’s response, and the subsequent bankruptcy and litigation fallout.
  • Preliminary Findings from National Science Foundation Study on Debt & Domestic Violence.
  • Helpful tips and reminders to avoid ethical pitfalls in auctions, virtual mediations, and committee meetings in Look Before You Leap.
  • Gain insight on the proposed Consumer Bankruptcy Reform Act, SBRA and sub chapter Vthe use of market evidence to refute or establish insolvency in fraudulent conveyance cases; claim objections; and much more.

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1. Recent Developments - Part I (Jan 2022)

Jay L. Westbrook, R. Byrn "Byrnie" Bass Jr., Demetra Liggins, Bill Rochelle

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Recent Developments - Part I (Jan 2022)

Informative. Fun. Just like opening presents on Christmas morning. The year's most important business and consumer cases.

Originally presented: Nov 2021 Bankruptcy Conference

Jay L. Westbrook, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX
R. Byrn "Byrnie" Bass Jr., Attorney at Law - Lubbock, TX
Demetra Liggins, McGuireWoods - Houston, TX
Bill Rochelle, American Bankruptcy Institute - New York, NY

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2. SBRA and Sub Chapter V Update (Jan 2022)

Areya Holder Aurzada, Brad Wesley Odell, Jay H. Ong

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SBRA and Sub Chapter V Update (Jan 2022)

“There and Back Again”: An assessment of what aspects of the SBRA and SubChapter V work, and work less well, in bankruptcy.

Originally presented: Nov 2021 Bankruptcy Conference

Areya Holder Aurzada, Holder Law - Dallas, TX
Brad Wesley Odell, Mullin Hoard & Brown, LLP - Lubbock, TX
Jay H. Ong, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. - Austin, TX

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3. The Use of Market Evidence to Refute or Establish Insolvency in Fraudulent Conveyance Cases (Jan 2022)

Benjamin I. Finestone, Hon. David R. Jones, Devin van der Hahn

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The Use of Market Evidence to Refute or Establish Insolvency in Fraudulent Conveyance Cases (Jan 2022)

Cases such as Campbell Soup, 482 F.3d 624, and Iridium Operating, 373 BR 283, have, for some time now, stood for the proposition that market data, from an informed public market, represents the highest quality evidence of value. But, do recent economic conditions, including domestic monetary supply and inflation, give reason to apply this principle with caution, as evinced in situations such as Hertz, GameStop and AMC?

Originally presented: Nov 2021 Bankruptcy Conference

Benjamin I. Finestone, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP - New York, NY
Hon. David R. Jones, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
Devin van der Hahn, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP - Houston, TX

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4. Winter Storm Uri Lessons Learned and Legislative Updates (Jan 2022)

Brooksany Barrowes, Kevin Mark Lippman, Bruce J. Ruzinsky

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Winter Storm Uri Lessons Learned and Legislative Updates (Jan 2022)

Overview of the Texas electricity industry, Winter Storm Uri’s operational and financial impact on the key segments of the market, the Texas legislature’s response, and the subsequent bankruptcy and litigation fallout.

Originally presented: Nov 2021 Bankruptcy Conference

Brooksany Barrowes, Kirkland & Ellis LLP - Washington, DC
Kevin Mark Lippman, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. - Dallas, TX
Bruce J. Ruzinsky, Jackson Walker LLP - Houston, TX

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5. Running or Rejection (Jan 2022)

Arsalan Muhammad, Mark C. Schroeder, Deborah D. Williamson

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Running or Rejection (Jan 2022)

Gain insight on contracting issues with midstream agreements. Discuss managing counterparty risk, including approaches utilized by a public company.

Originally presented: Nov 2021 Bankruptcy Conference

Arsalan Muhammad, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Houston, TX
Mark C. Schroeder, Enable Midstream Partners, LP - Houston, TX
Deborah D. Williamson, Dykema - San Antonio, TX

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6. Liability Management Issues in COVID Chapter 11 DIP (Jan 2022)

Gregory Pesce, Richard W. Morgner, Ryan Omohundro

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Liability Management Issues in COVID Chapter 11 DIP (Jan 2022)

Address the strategies and tactics used by borrowers and issuers during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic to maximize stakeholder value by providing additional runway, obtaining capital, and addressing other effects of the global pandemic, without having to file for chapter 11 or pursue other insolvency proceedings.

Originally presented: Nov 2021 Bankruptcy Conference

Gregory Pesce, White & Case LLP - Chicago, IL
Richard W. Morgner, Jefferies LLC - New York, NY
Ryan Omohundro, Alvarez & Marsal North America, LLC - Houston, TX

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7. Chapter 11 Plan Protections and Third-Party Releases (Jan 2022)

Clifford William Carlson, Hon. Stacey G. C. Jernigan, Hon. Mark X. Mullin, Lydia R. Webb

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Chapter 11 Plan Protections and Third-Party Releases (Jan 2022)

Discuss debtor releases, exculpations, third-party releases, “opt-ins” and “opt-outs”, injunctions, gatekeeper provisions, and other Chapter 11 plan mechanisms: Much Ado About Nothing or Something? 

Originally presented: Nov 2021 Bankruptcy Conference

Clifford William Carlson, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP - Houston, TX
Hon. Stacey G. C. Jernigan, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX
Hon. Mark X. Mullin, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Fort Worth, TX
Lydia R. Webb, Gray Reed - Dallas, TX

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8. Redesigning the Disclosure Statement (Jan 2022)

Hon. Leif M. Clark, Michael R. "Buzz" Rochelle

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Redesigning the Disclosure Statement (Jan 2022)

Disclosure Statements use a 100-year-old format. Today’s technology can make the Disclosure Statement more useful and accessible, while also fulfilling its statutory mission.

Originally presented: Nov 2021 Bankruptcy Conference

Hon. Leif M. Clark, Leif M. Clark Consulting, PLLC - San Antonio, TX
Michael R. "Buzz" Rochelle, Rochelle McCullough, L.L.P. - Dallas, TX

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9. Issues Regarding the Means Test (Jan 2022)

Ethan Cartwright, Hon. Eduardo V. Rodriguez

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Issues Regarding the Means Test (Jan 2022)

Hear peculiar issues that arise in the Chapter 13 Means Test. The first 50 attendees will be given a free detailed “Chapter 13 Means Test Quick Reference Guide” authored by Judge Rodriguez.

Originally presented: Nov 2021 Bankruptcy Conference

Ethan Cartwright, Pam Bassel, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee - North Richland Hills, TX
Hon. Eduardo V. Rodriguez, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - McAllen, TX

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10. Moratorium and Forbearance - Is It Over Yet? Who CARES? (Jan 2022)

Pam Bassel, Shawn I. Carter, Cole Patton

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Moratorium and Forbearance - Is It Over Yet? Who CARES? (Jan 2022)

The next year will be exciting! Exiting forbearance agreements! CFPB exceptions! Plan modifications! You think the last 16 months were tough? Just wait . . .

Originally presented: Nov 2021 Bankruptcy Conference

Pam Bassel, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee - Fort Worth, TX
Shawn I. Carter, Nationstar Mortgage, LLC - Coppell, TX
Cole Patton, McCarthy & Holthus, LLP - Plano, TX

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11. CARES Act and other Tips for Debtor Representation (Jan 2022)

Joel Gonzalez, Hon. Marvin Isgur

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CARES Act and other Tips for Debtor Representation (Jan 2022)

This presentation will include practical tips, discussion and suggestions on how to handle plan modifications including curing plan defaults in months 60-84, the potential for early discharge, mortgage forbearances and deferrals.

Originally presented: Nov 2021 Bankruptcy Conference

Joel Gonzalez, Law Office Of Joel Gonzalez, PLLC - Corpus Christi, TX
Hon. Marvin Isgur, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX

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12. Don’t Check the Box: A Discussion of Judicial Estoppel and Recent Cases (Jan 2022)

Lisa L. Lambert, Caroline Neerman

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Don’t Check the Box: A Discussion of Judicial Estoppel and Recent Cases (Jan 2022)

Examine the requirements for Debtors and Trustees to employ special counsel, schedule related litigation, and properly obtain court approval of a settlement.

Originally presented: Nov 2021 Bankruptcy Conference

Lisa L. Lambert, Office of the U.S. Trustee - Dallas, TX
Caroline Neerman, Chapter 13 Trustee - Austin, TX

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13. Judges Panel (Jan 2022)

Jessica C. Peet, Hon. Ronald B. King, Hon. Michelle V. Larson, Hon. Michael M. Parker, Hon. Joshua P. Searcy

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Judges Panel (Jan 2022)

Hear new and seasoned judges answer and discuss your questions concerning bankruptcy practice, technology and hearing procedures, Covid-19, and more.

Originally presented: Nov 2021 Bankruptcy Conference

Jessica C. Peet, Vinson & Elkins LLP - New York, NY
Hon. Ronald B. King, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - San Antonio, TX
Hon. Michelle V. Larson, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX
Hon. Michael M. Parker, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - San Antonio, TX
Hon. Joshua P. Searcy, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas - Tyler, TX

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14. Recent Developments - Part II (Jan 2022)

Deborah B. Langehennig, Omar J. Alaniz, Aaron M. Kaufman, Cristina Rodriguez

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Recent Developments - Part II (Jan 2022)

A deeper dive into recent business and consumer cases that promises to be even more informative and fun.

Originally presented: Nov 2021 Bankruptcy Conference

Deborah B. Langehennig, Chapter 13 Trustee - Austin, TX
Omar J. Alaniz, Reed Smith LLP - Dallas, TX
Aaron M. Kaufman, Gray Reed - Dallas, TX
Cristina Rodriguez, Keeling Law Firm - Houston, TX

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15. Preliminary Findings from National Science Foundation Study on Debt & Domestic Violence (Jan 2022)

Angela Littwin, Cristina Rodriguez

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Preliminary Findings from National Science Foundation Study on Debt & Domestic Violence (Jan 2022)

Gain insight on preliminary findings from NSF-funded study on coerced debt and comment on their application in consumer bankruptcy practice. Discuss how victims of abuse incur coerced debt, types of debt found, consequences for victims, how coerced debt impacts practice, how bankruptcy courts can help, and relationship to elder abuse.

Originally presented: Nov 2021 Bankruptcy Conference

Angela Littwin, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX
Cristina Rodriguez, Keeling Law Firm - Houston, TX

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16. Claim Objections Done Right (Jan 2022)

Elizabeth Freeman, Julie Harrison, Erin McKeighan, Hon. Marvin Isgur, Hon. David R. Jones, Hon. Chris López

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Claim Objections Done Right (Jan 2022)

Learn the interplay of 3007 with 502 and omnibus procedures. Draft objections even your grandparents can understand by knowing your audience. Avoid missteps as declarants.  

Originally presented: Nov 2021 Bankruptcy Conference

Elizabeth Freeman, Jackson Walker LLP - Houston, TX
Julie Harrison, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP - Houston, TX
Erin McKeighan, Alvarez & Marsal North America, LLC - Chicago, IL
Hon. Marvin Isgur, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
Hon. David R. Jones, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
Hon. Chris López, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX

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17. Celebrating the Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference (Jan 2022)

Charles A. Beckham Jr., Deborah D. Williamson

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Celebrating the Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference (Jan 2022)

Forty years of Jay Westbrook leading us out of the bankruptcy wilderness. Where did he take us and have we found the Promised Land?

Originally presented: Nov 2021 Bankruptcy Conference

Charles A. Beckham Jr., Haynes and Boone, LLP - Houston, TX
Deborah D. Williamson, Dykema - San Antonio, TX

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18. Proposed Consumer Bankruptcy Reform Act (Jan 2022)

Dalié Jiménez

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Proposed Consumer Bankruptcy Reform Act (Jan 2022)

Overview of the Warren-Durbin Chapter 10 proposal that would eliminate individual Chapter 7s and 13s: key provisions, how it changes existing law, and likelihood of enactment.

Originally presented: Nov 2021 Bankruptcy Conference

Dalié Jiménez, University of California, Irvine School of Law - Irvine, CA

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19. Trending Executive Compensation Issues in Bankruptcy (Jan 2022)

Lisa L. Lambert, Patrick J. Neligan Jr., Charlie Shelton

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Trending Executive Compensation Issues in Bankruptcy (Jan 2022)

Discuss pre-petition bonuses, deferred compensation, and other ways to pay senior management or executives.

Originally presented: Nov 2021 Bankruptcy Conference

Lisa L. Lambert, Office of the U.S. Trustee - Dallas, TX
Patrick J. Neligan Jr., Neligan LLP - Dallas, TX
Charlie Shelton, Hayward PLLC - Austin, TX

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20. Ethics Session - Look Before You Leap (Jan 2022)

Hon. Chris López, Stephanie Wickouski

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Ethics Session - Look Before You Leap (Jan 2022)

Helpful tips and reminders to avoid ethical pitfalls in auctions, virtual mediations, and committee meetings.

Originally presented: Nov 2021 Bankruptcy Conference

Hon. Chris López, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
Stephanie Wickouski, Locke Lord LLP - New York, NY