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MID-SOUTH COMMERCIAL LAW INSTITUTE

2017 SEMINAR PROGRAM

November 30 - December 1, 2017, Marriott at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

***NOTE: The following program for the 2016 seminar is provided for reference purposes only. Please check back in summer 2017 for the finalized 2017 Mid-South seminar program.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016
TIME TOPIC FACULTY
7:45 - 8:30 Registration, Breakfast & Welcome Remarks  
MORNING SESSION
8:30 - 10:00

Chapter 11 Recent Developments

This panel will discuss bankruptcy and appellate court decisions affecting Chapter 11 cases with an emphasis on current trends and Circuit decisions reported during the past year.
Hon. Randal Mashburn
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge,
Middle District of TN

Hon. Clifton R. Jessup, Jr.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge,
Northern District of AL

William Norton III
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Nashville, TN

10:00 - 10:15 Break  
10:15 - 11:45

Ethics

The ethics presentation will consist of topics that are especially relevant to commercial law, such as common ethical pitfalls in representing debtors and creditors. In addition, the presentation will also cover proper trust account procedures and practicing law in an age of social media.
Jeremy McIntire
Assistant General Counsel,
Alabama State Bar

11:45 - 12:45 Lunch  
AFTERNOON SESSION
12:45 - 2:15

Chapter 13 Recent Developments

A review of all of the important Chapter 13 decisions from the past 18 months, presented in a comprehensive, fast and amusing style.
Hon. John P. Gustafson
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge,
Northern District of OH

Henry E. Hildebrand, III
Standing Chapter 13 Trustee,
Middle District of TN

2:15 - 3:15

Energy Law / Mining Issues in Bankruptcy

Over the past year, many energy companies around the world have suffered significant financial distress due a confluence of factors, including the global recession, excess energy supply and a fall in manufacturing activity. The result has been a wave of bankruptcy filings by energy producers and related service companies. The Energy law / Mining Issues in Bankruptcy panel will discuss the legal issues, including labor contract disputes and environmental compliance issues, arising in the energy and coal company bankruptcy cases, with a specific focus on the chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Walter Energy, Inc..
Jay Bender
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Nashville, TN

Michael Collins
Manier & Herod
Nashville, TN

Pilar Tarry
AlixPartners LLP
Chicago, IL

3:15 - 3:30 Break  
3:30 - 5:00

Commercial Law Update

A review of selected commercial law cases and other developments from 2015 and 2016, with emphasis on matters of interest to commercial lenders and borrowers.
Hon. Neal McBrayer
Judge, Tennessee Court of Appeals
Nashville, TN

Kathi Allen
Stites & Harbison PLLC
Nashville, TN

John Murdock
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Nashville, TN

5:00 - TBA Reception & Dinner
Following the program, please join Institute faculty and your fellow practitioners at a complimentary cocktail reception sponsored by the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute and the Tennessee Bar Association Bankruptcy Section.

 
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2016
TIME TOPIC FACULTY
8:00 - 8:30 Registration & Breakfast  
MORNING SESSION
8:30 - 10:00

Chapter 7 Recent Developments

A discussion of current Chapter 7 issues, focusing primarily upon cases decided within the past year.
Hon. Shelley D. Rucker
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge,
Eastern District of TN

Beth R. Derrick
Assistant U.S. Trustee,
Nashville, TN

Robert H. Waldschmidt
Law Offices of Robert H. Waldschmidt
Brentwood, TN

10:00 - 10:15 Break  
10:15 - 11:45

Valuation in Bankruptcy: Theory and Practice — Who? What? When? Why?

"Litigating Valuation and Insolvency Issues in Bankruptcy: Law and Methodologies, Practice Pointers and Esoterica, from Rash to Daubert"
Bob Goodrich
Burr & Forman LLP
Nashville, TN

Kevin Crumbo
KraftCPAs Turnaround & Restructuring
Nashville, TN

Gary Murphey
Resurgence Financial Services LLC
Atlanta, GA

John C. Tishler
Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP

11:45 - 12:45 Lunch  
AFTERNOON SESSION
12:45 - 1:45

Claims Litigation

This panel will review the Bankruptcy Code provisions and doctrines affecting the litigation of claims in bankruptcy cases. In particular, allowance of claims pending appeal, consent to final decisions by Bankruptcy Judges, res judicata, collateral estoppel, Rooker Feldman doctrine and allowing claims by arbitration will be discussed.
Hon. Suzanne H. Bauknight
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge,
Eastern District of TN

Hon. Clifton R. Jessup, Jr.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge,
Northern District of AL

William Norton III
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Nashville, TN

The New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Don't Come to Bankruptcy Court Without Them

On December 1, 2015, the new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure became effective, and the changes apply in Bankruptcy Court. According to Chief Justice John Roberts, the changes are game-changers. There are amendments to Rule 26 (Scope of Discovery), Rule 34 (Document Production), Rule 37 (E Discovery and Sanctions), and Rule 16 (Pretrial Submissions and Conferences). Some judges have or may amend their pretrial and scheduling orders to accommodate the new rules. This panel of judges, practitioners and in-house counsel will discuss the changes, a selection of the cases that have applied the amended rules so far, and what the changes mean in both adversary proceedings and contested matters.
Hon. Frank Bailey
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge,
District of MA

Hon. Nick. W. Whittenburg
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge,
Eastern District of TN Greg Logue
Woolf, McClane, Bright, Allen &
Carpenter PLLC
Nashville, TN

Eric Helmers
Chief Counsel Problem Asset Mgmt., Senior VP Regions Bank
Birmingham, AL

3:15 - 3:30 Break  
3:30 - 5:00

Reel Life Ethics

This panel presentation compares "reel" life to the Rules of Professional Conduct. We will discuss movie clips and the ethical issues implicated or ignored. Does life imitate art or does art imitate life? Or do the two have nothing in common? Come enjoy an hour and a half at the movies and properly decide the ethical issues presented for yourself.
Hon. Barbara D. Holmes
U.S. Magistrate Judge,
Middle District of TN

Edward D. Lanquist, Jr.
Patterson Intellectual Property Law
Nashville, TN

5:00 Institute Concludes  

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