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NCBJ 2021: Awards Edition

10/19/21

 One of the celebratory aspects of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges is the recognition of judges, attorneys and others receiving awards from various groups. I went to as many programs I could. Congratulations to the following honorees!

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NCBJ 2021: CLLA Luncheon: Ethics Goes to the Movies

10/10/21
Larry Cohen, a lawyer from Vermont and adjunct faculty member at multiple law schools used movie clips to teach legal and judicial ethics. Trying to describe movie clips without being able to play them may be a fool's errand but I will do my best.  I am sure that I didn't capture everything possible but at least this is some ethical food for thought.
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NCBJ 2021: Even the Circuits Can't Agree

10/10/21

 ABI Editor at Large Bill Rochelle hosted a group of three panels discussing three different legal issues. The issues included one legitimate circuit split, a dispute between lower courts and a divided state court panel.

Recharacterization

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Rembrandt van Rijn - The Bankruptcy of 1656 - The Art, Loves and Insolvency of a Great Artist

10/10/21

Judge Scott Clarkson (Bankr. C.D. Cal.) gave a fascinating talk on the art, loves and insolvency of Rembrandt van Rijn. While this talk may not have a lot of practical import, Judge Clarkson tells a great story.

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NCBJ 2021: Diversity & Inclusion in the Bankruptcy Profession

10/10/21

One of NCBJ's plenary sessions explored Diversity & Inclusion in the Bankruptcy Profession. The panelists included the Hon. Bernice Donald (6th Cir.), Jimmie McMillian, the Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Corporate Counsel for IndyCar, Michael Bernstein of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, LLP and Prof. Angela Banks from Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law.

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Random Thoughts from the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges

10/09/21

I have attended and blogged about this conference for a number of years. I remember being captivated by Paul Begala talking about Barack Obama's belief in American Exceptionalism and Gene Wedoff being honored for his service as a judge. This made me realize that NCBJ is a conference where really interesting people talk about important stuff. 

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NCBJ 2021: Jeopardy, the Broken Bench Edition

10/08/21

 The National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges is back this year in Indianapolis with a hybrid format for in person and virtual attendees. About 750 in person attendees helped to prop up the local hospitality industry. Every year the conference kicks off with the Broken Bench presentation, an overview of hot issues in the bankruptcy world. This year's program was done in a Jeopardy format with host Chief Judge Pamela Pepper (E.D. Wis.). This was a fun presentation of bankruptcy trivia.

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Sens. Warren and Cornyn Tackle Bankruptcy Venue Again

09/25/21

 The bipartisan duo of Sen. John Cornyn from Texas and Sen. Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts have introduced a new bill tackling bankruptcy venue. The Bankruptcy Venue Reform Act of 2021, which can be found here, is the latest attempt by the Senators to level the bankruptcy playing field. The new bill, which is supported by the Commercial Law League of America and a national network of insolvency professionals, expands upon the Senators prior work.

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