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5th Circuit Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference


New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Past Event

MCLE Credit will be available

The Royal Sonesta Hotel
300 Bourbon St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Online registration is closed. You can still register by bringing a completed registration form to the registration desk.

Registrar: +1.972.244.3404
Fax: +1.972.244.3401
E-Mail: cail@cailaw.org



  • Plenary sessions featuring a review of Bankruptcy and The Roberts Court, a New Judges Panel, an Economic Forecast, and a case study of Detroit and Chapter 9
  • A luncheon address from Chief Judge Carl Stewart
  • Breakout sessions focusing on hot topics in business and consumer practice
  • A state by state breakfast with judges and practitioners
  • Networking receptions

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Schedule and Faculty

Wednesday, February 24

5:30 - 7:00 pm

Reception (and Early Registration) at the Royal Sonesta

Thursday, February 25

8:00 am


8:15 am

State by State Breakfasts, with a moderated discussion as part of each breakfast (30 minutes of MCLE)
Judge Dodd, Judge Samson, Judge Jones and Judge Schmidt will lead the Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas discussions

9:30 am

Welcoming Remarks
Judge Olack, Judge Jernigan and Judge Summerhays

9:40 am

Chapter 9 Case Study – Detroit from the perspective of the client: Managing politics, the press and the process
Tom Howley, Kevyn Orr and Heather Lennox

10:40 am


10:55 am

First Breakout Sessions

  • Oil and Gas 101 – What you need to know about Oil and Gas to be effectively involved in energy-related Bankruptcy cases (Business)
    Professor John Lowe, Judge Davis and David Bennett
  • Business Interests in Consumer Cases: Partnership interests, LLC's, Intellectual Property and other "Exotic" Interests (Consumer)
    Dwayne Murray, Art Vingiello and Mark Goldstein, moderated by Judge Summerhays


Hosted Lunch at the Royal Sonesta

  • Announcement of the recipients of the Michelle Mendez Award

Luncheon Speaker: Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart

1:45 pm

Plenary Session – New Judges Panel
Judge Rodriguez, Judge Mullin, Judge Kolwe and Judge Norman, moderated by Judge Hale

2:30 pm

Plenary Session – Economic Forecast
Angelos Angelou

3:30 pm


3:45 pm

Second Breakout Sessions

  • Oil and Gas – Hot Issues and Recent Cases (Business)
    Robin Russell, William Snyder, Charles Beckham and Louis Phillips
  • Structured Dismissals (Business)
    Judge Houser and Martin Sosland
  • Chapter 13 Case Update (Consumer)
    Judge Norman, James Henley and Pam Bassel

5:00 pm


5:15 - 6:15 pm

Reception at the Royal Sonesta

7:30 pm

Optional Party at Bourbon House

10:00 - 11:30 pm

Whether you attend the optional party or not, end the night with coffee and dessert at a “Meet the New Lawyers” late night reception (location to be announced)

Friday, February 26

8:30 am

Networking Continental Breakfast

9:00 am

Plenary Session – Bankruptcy and the Roberts Court
Professor Ralph Brubaker, Professor John Czarnetzky and Judge Magner

10:00 am


10:05 am

Third Breakout Session

  • Attorney Fees - Barron and the reversal of ProSnax ; Asarco (what does "in defense of" mean); Is Rule 11 a viable alternative; Employment under Section 328(a) and not 327(a) (Business)
    Steve Rosenblatt and Judge Gargotta
  • Debt Collection and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (Consumer)
    Judge Bob Drain, Alane Becket and Rudy Cerone

11:20 am


11:30 am

Plenary Session – Ethics
Judge Jernigan and Michael Rubin

12:30 pm

Concluding Remarks and Adjournment

MCLE Credit

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for 8.75 hours, including 1 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 901340768. Credit hours for other states will vary and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

For this conference, CAIL will directly apply (if requested) for course accreditation in the following states: California, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. Some of these states may not approve a program for credit hours before the program occurs. Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states. CAIL conferences are typically accredited by all mandatory CLE states.

Hotel Information

The Royal Sonesta Hotel
300 Bourbon St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Cutoff Date: Wed. February 3, 2016

Rate: $239 (single occupancy) / $259 (double occupancy) + applicable taxes and fees per night for 2/24 - 2/25

As long as the reservation is made by this date, and the group block has availability, you will receive the group rate. Any reservations not received on or before this cut-off date are subject to hotel availability at the best available prevailing rate.

Booking Instructions

Call 1.855.463.3092 and ask for the Group Code “0223CAILAW” or the Group Name “5th Circuit Conference.


Other Information

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