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Vol 12, Num 4 l 2015 in Review

Technology and Intellectual Property

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Legislation Committee - 2015 in Review


Jon Jay Lieberman
Weltman Weinberg & Reis Co.


Dena Kessler
Washington, D.C. 

2015 was an exciting and eventful year for the Legislation Committee itself, as well as for its leadership.  While third-year Committee Co-Chair Jon Lieberman is concluding his final term, he is looking forward to his new role as an Associate Editor of the ABI Journal. Our new Co-Chair Dena Kessler is currently on maternity leave from BakerHostetler in Washington D.C., and we extend to her all of our best wishes.  Our Listserve Facilitator Robert Shilliday of Shilliday Law in Denver has remained quite busy, as well as our Membership Relationship Director Keith Larson. Keith recently made a major move from the home state of Big Ten football powerhouse Iowa, to Louisville, Kentucky. Keith’s new location is at Seiller Waterman. 

Several members of our leadership team have been particularly active.  Monika Wiener, our Newsletter Editor from Jones Day in Los Angeles, has produced some quite fascinating newsletters. This year’s issues have included such articles as: “Legislative Update: European Edition,” by Mark Douglas of Jones Day in New York; “A Conversation with Professor Michelle M. Harner of the University of Maryland School of Law;” “Addressing Large Financial Institutions: Competing Proposals to Supplement (and Replace) Dodd-Frank,” by Christopher Giaimo of BakerHostetler in Washington D.C.; and, “No Stay of Termination of Without Legislation: Investors Oppose Proposed ISDA Stay Protocol Regarding Derivatives Contracts,” by our own Co-Special Projects/Task Force Leader Camisha Simmons.  Camisha has opened her own firm with offices in Dallas, Texas and New York City.
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You Spoke, We Listened: ABI Offers a Condensed Communications Schedule

This fall you should have noticed a change in the look, feel and frequency of communications that you are receiving from ABI. In an effort to cut down on the number of emails in your inbox, ABI launched a new weekly schedule that still includes the popular Daily Headlines and Bankruptcy Brief (reduced to Thursday afternoon, only).

New weekly highlights include:

Tuesday's delivery is the InSights newsletter, which highlights important information and benefits that you receive as an ABI member. Membership InSights will offer helpful tips about new ABI technology and benefits that will save time and money for your practice. Need to know what summaries were posted to Volo last week? Turn to next Tuesday's issue of Membership InSights for your answer.

Wednesday's InTouch newsletter provides you with upcoming programs specific to your circuit, as well as national programs that may be of interest to you. InTouch will also highlight online CLE and ABI publications designed to bring you quality information on the topics you care about most.

ABI would love to hear what you think about our new communication plan. Please contact us at

Have You Watched Complimentary Eye on Bankruptcy Sessions?

Launched in spring 2015, “Eye on Bankruptcy” is an online series produced by Bloomberg Law and ABI. Each program is aired on the last Thursday of each month and provides analysis of the latest case developments. Recorded at either Bloomberg’s New York studio or ABI's Virginia headquarters, each episode features commentary by top practitioners, academics and judges, hosted by Professor Michelle Harner (University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law).

Each episode explores:

  • Recent filings, motions, and decisions
  • Revisions to bankruptcy rules and forms
  • Changes in bankruptcy and restructuring

Visit online to learn more and view past recordings.

Commission Page Houses Complimentary Videos on Related Topics

In 2015, after years of blood, sweat, and tears (we may be exaggerating a little here), the Commission completed its final report and proposed reforms to Chapter 11 and related statutory provisions. While the full report has been available online for most of the year, ABI has continued to post a variety of videos related to the commission on its website. Access quick links from the list below, and catch up on all content at

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