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Vol 12, Num 5 l 2015 in Review

Secured Credit - an ABI Newsletter

► In This Issue:

A Message from Your Committee Co-Chairs


Bryan R. Kaplan
Department of Housing Preservation and Development
New York


Joshua J. Lewis
Parker, Hudson, Rainer &
Dobbs LLP

This year has been an exciting one for the Secured Credit Committee (SCC). For those of you interested in learning more about SCC activities, and hopefully becoming more involved, this message summarizes some of the highlights of the SCC in 2015, the SCC's goals for 2016, and areas in which you might want to become involved.

Most recently, the SCC co-sponsored a joint educational session at ABI’s 2015 Winter Leadership Conference (WLC) with the International Committee entitled “Collateral Protection and Competing Priorities: Secured Credit in the International Arena.” If you are interested in assisting with educational programs, please contact Education Director Eric Anderson (Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP; Atlanta), who is already working on a terrific program for the 2016 Annual Spring Meeting (ASM). Our committee will be joining the Financial Advisor and Investment Banking Committee at the next ASM for a joint educational session entitled “Legal and Practical Issues Involving Secured Creditors and the Retention of Financial Advisors.” The conference will be held April 14-17, 2016, at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C.

If membership outreach is your interest, please contact Membership Coordinator Eli Vonnegut.

Another easy way to become involved is to write an article for the SCC's online newsletter, which is published quarterly. Committee Newsletter Editor George Klidonas is always looking for articles. Past newsletter articles are available on the committee’s website.
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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 a Complimentary Eye on Bankruptcy Session?

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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before you even need to make
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