Jay L. Westbrook
2021 Bankruptcy

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. 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. Select from Thursday afternoon concurrent tracks: 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 test; CARES 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 V; the use of market evidence to refute or establish insolvency in fraudulent conveyance cases; claim objections; and much more. Also, enjoy interacting and networking with judges, trustees, and practitioners at Thursday Evening’s Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Reception and be sure to join us for a special 40th Anniversary Celebration on Friday afternoon! The John C. Akard Distinguished Lectureship on Wednesday evening will be delivered by John A. E. Pottow. Pottow, the John Philip Dawson Collegiate Professor of Law, is an internationally recognized expert in the field of commercial law. His award-winning scholarship concentrates on the issues involved in the regulation of cross-border insolvencies as well as consumer financial distress, and his extensive public service work focuses on international trade and pro bono representation of bankrupt debtors. If you wish to attend the Akard Lecture, Live at the Fairmont Austin, but are not attending the Westbrook Conference please complete the registration form online. If you are attending the Westbrook Conference you may you may RSVP for the Akard lecture when registering for the conference.

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