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5th Circuit Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference


New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Past Event

MCLE Credit will be available

JW Marriott Hotel New Orleans
614 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Online registration for the conference is now closed. If you would like to still register for this conference, please register onsite at the registration desk.

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


Join program co-chairs Hon. Stacey Jernigan, Hon. Neil Olack, and Hon. Robert Summerhays and a stellar faculty of judges and practitioners for the 5th Circuit Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference!

The conference will be held at the JW Marriott, beginning late in the afternoon February 21st and concluding around noon February 23rd.

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Note: Early registration pricing is available through January 31, 2018.

  • $595 - Regular Registration Fee (Tuition does not include the 2/22 evening event) (Regular Price: $645)
  • $495 - Regular Registration Fee minus discount for agreeing to judge at the Elliott Cup the weekend of the conference (*Limited to the first 20 attorney registrants - Note your contact information will be provided to Tom Rice/coordinator for the EC Judges.) (Tuition does not include the 2/22 evening event) (Regular Price: $545)
  • $0 - Bankruptcy, District Court and Circuit Court Judges and Federal Magistrates (includes the 2/22 evening event) (Regular Price: $0)
  • $525 - Trustees and Clerks of the Bankruptcy Courts in the 5th Circuit Registration Fee (includes the 2/22 event) (Regular Price: $525)
  • $425 - Trustees and Clerks of the Bankruptcy Courts in the 5th Circuit Registration Fee minus discount for agreeing to judge at the Elliott Cup the weekend of the conference (*Limited to the first 20 attorney registrants - Note your contact information will be provided to Tom Rice/coordinator for the EC Judges.) (includes the 2/22 event) (Regular Price: $425)

Schedule and Faculty

Wednesday, February 21

5:30-7:00 pm

Reception (and Early Registration) at the Hotel (JW Marriott New Orleans)

Thursday, February 22

8:00 am


8:15 am

State by State Breakfasts, with a moderated discussion as part of each breakfast (.5 hr ethics)

  • Louisiana: Judge John W. Kolwe, Elizabeth Futrell and Keith Rodriguez
  • Mississippi: Judge Jason D. Woodard, Sarah Beth Wilson and Kim Lentz
  • Texas: Judge Harlin D. Hale, Liz Boydston and Ken Kattner

9:30 am

Welcoming Remarks

  • Judge Stacey G. Jernigan, Judge Neil P. Olack and Judge Robert Summerhays

9:40 am

Plenary Session – Ethics (1 hr)

The ethical response to difficult lawyers.

  • Judge Olack, Michael A. McConnell and Professor Jessica Gabel Cino

10:40 am


10:55 am

First Breakout Sessions (1 hr)

  • Healthcare Businesses in Bankruptcies
    William H. Patrick, III, Louis R. Strubeck, Jr., Deryck Palmer and Craig Geno

  • Commercial Bankruptcy Decisions That Impact Consumer Bankruptcy Cases, and Vice Versa
    Debbie Langehennig, Jan Hayden, Doug Stewart and Judge Summerhays


Hosted Lunch

Announcement of the recipients of the Michelle Mendez Award

  • Luncheon Speaker: Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart

1:45 pm

Break (and move into Breakout Sessions)

1:55 pm

Second Breakout Sessions (1.5 hr)

  • Retail Industry Meltdown: Practical and Legal Strategies
    Jacqueline Marcus, Ian Peck, Bradley W. Snyder, Tim McDonagh and James Avallone

  • Hot Topics in Chapter 13s: Exemption Conundrums
    Judge Douglas D. Dodd, Bob Byrd and Janet Northrup

3:25 pm

Break (to move back to Plenary)

3:35 pm

Plenary Session – Evidentiary Issues in Bankruptcy: Point & Counterpoint (.75 hr)

  • Chief Bankruptcy Judge David R. Jones, Magistrate Judge Erin Wilder-Doomes, Michael P. Cooley, and Mark Maloney

4:15 pm


4:30 pm

Plenary Session - Evidentiary Issues, Continued (1 hr)

5:30 pm


5:30-6:30 pm

Reception at the Hotel – Drinks & small bites

7:30–9:30 pm

Optional party at Bourbon House – Drinks & heavy hors d'oeuvres

Friday, February 23

8:30 am

Networking Continental Breakfast

9:00 am

Plenary Session – The Aftermath of the Most Recent Supreme Court Cases (1 hr)

  • Judge Craig A. Gargotta, Louis M. Phillips, Omar J. Alaniz and Judge Jernigan

10:00 am

Break (and move into Breakout Sessions)

10:05 am

Third Breakout Session (1.25 hr)

  • Restructuring Support Agreements & Equity Committees
    Robin Russell, Judge Marvin Isgur and Michael Hanson

  • The Role of Consumer Credit in Domestic Violence
    Chief Judge Katharine M. Samson and Prof. Angela K. Littwin

11:20 am


11:30 am

Plenary Session – The State of the Middle Class & the Impact on the U.S. Economy (1 hr)

  • Professor Will Dobbie and Professor Crystal Yang

12:30 pm

Concluding Remarks and Adjournment

CLE Credit

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for 9 hours, including 1 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 174002644. Credit hours for other states will vary and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

For this conference, CAILAW will directly apply (if requested) for course accreditation in the following states: CA, LA, MN, NM, OH, OK, PA, TX and VA. 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. CAILAW conferences are typically accredited by all mandatory CLE states.

Hotel Information

  • JW Marriott New Orleans
    614 Canal Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130 

Guests can also make reservations by telephone at 1-877-622-3056. When making reservations by telephone, please identify yourself as part of the 5th Circuit Court Bench - Bar Bankruptcy Conference staying at the JW New Orleans Marriott and to indicate their desired dates.

Cut off date is February 1, 2018.

Standard guestroom at $209.00+ per night - Available 2/21/2018 – 2/23/2018.


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