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Endowment Newsletter
October 2014
Vol. 1, No. 3
Endowment Fund Donors Rock!

Each year, ABI gives special recognition to top donors to the Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund at the Winter Leadership Conference, this year being held at the La Quinta Resort & Club December 4 – 6 in La Quinta, Calif. (If you haven’t registered yet, you can do that here.)

This year is no exception. Immediately following the Friday Night Gala Dinner, ABI will be hosting a special invitation-only reception (sponsored by Rust Consulting, Inc. and Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP) with an opportunity to meet Fran Cosmo, former lead singer of the rock group Boston. Invitees will include new contributors at the Sustaining Level ($2,000 and up).

This event offers a chance for the Endowment Fund leaders to honor donors, and gives everyone involved in this cause an opportunity to reflect on everything the Fund has accomplished — and continues to accomplish — in service to the bankruptcy community.

Upcoming Events

Nov. 5, 2014: ABI is once again joining forces with Upstairs 2 at Los Angeles’s premier wine purveyor — the Wine House — to bring you an unparalleled dining experience. Supporting ABI has never tasted so fabulous! Each ticket costs $200 ($125 is tax-deductible), and sponsorship for a table of eight is $1,500 ($900 is tax-deductible). Nine tables of guests have already registered. Learn more at

Dec. 5, 2014: New donors at the Sustaining Member level and higher ($2,000 and up) are invited to an exclusive Endowment Dessert Reception following the Final Night Dinner Gala at ABI’s Winter Leadership Conference in La Quinta, Calif. Learn more at www.‌

Jan. 20, 2015: Penguins vs. Flyers, Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA, at 7 p.m.

The Penguins/Flyers rivalry is often regarded as the most intense in the NHL; it is one of the most anticipated match-ups of the season and a hot ticket in both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

Please join the ABI Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund for a night of networking in a luxury suite generously donated by Gavin/Solmonese, complete with food and open bar. Tickets are $200 and benefit the ABI Endowment Fund. As an added bonus, Flyers greats Bernie Parent and Bob Kelly will be visiting our suite during the first period to mingle with us! This event is sure to be a sell-out!

Penguins vs. Flyers

Sponsorships are available. Firms donating $1,000 will receive a ticket to the suite, signage at the event, and recognition in the ABI Journal and online. A portion of your sponsorship is tax-deductible!

To reserve your ticket or to sponsor this event, please email Sharisa Sloan at

Endowment News

Participate in the 2014 Combined Federal Campaign

Contributions to the Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund are tax-deductible. ABI is a 501(c)‌(3) tax-exempt organization. If you have been considering making a donation to the Endowment Fund, you may benefit by making your

contribution to Combined Federal Campaign #11391. Your funds will be used to support research and education on insolvency. Please consider contributing during the current campaign season (Sept. 1 – Dec. 15). Contact ABI Chief Financial Officer Kathy Sheehan at (703) 739-0800 or for more information.

Levels of Support

Millennium Level
Contributions of $50,000 & higher

30th Anniversary Circle
Contributions of $30,000 – $49,999

Century Council Member
Contributions of $25,000 – $29,999

Lifetime Member
Contributions of $10,000 – $24,999

Contributions of $5,000 – $9,999

Sustaining Member
Contributions of $2,000 – $4,999

Leadership Club
Contributions of $1,000 – $1,999

Contributions of $100 – $999

Pledges at the Leadership Club level and up
are payable over up to five years

You can also contribute to the fund in other ways:

What the Fund Pays For

Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund
LL.M. in Bankruptcy Scholarship

The American Bankruptcy Institute Endowment Fund awards a $15,000 annual scholarship to a student from St. John’s University School of Law’s LL.M. in Bankruptcy program. The scholarship is awarded based on the student’s credentials, demonstrated interest in bankruptcy law and potential for success in the field.Douglas E. deutsch The Endowment has awarded $200,000 since the Fall of 2000. The first recipient of the LL.M. Scholarship was Douglas E. Deutsch. He is now a partner at Chadbourne & Parke LLP in New York and a member of the ABI Executive Committee!

Silent Auction Winter Leadership Conference

Looking for a Unique Way to Give to the Endowment Fund?
Donate tax-deductible items for silent auctions through ABI’s Amazon Wish List!

Donating silent auction items is a great way to support the Endowment! Don’t know what to donate? Possible items have been selected and are available for purchase at under a special ABI Wish List. Pick out items now for the silent auction that will be held at the upcoming Winter Leadership Conference, and be sure to place your own bids at the conference.

Endowment Fund
Development Committee

Vice-President Development:
Edward T. Gavin
Gavin/Solmonese LLC

Committee Members:
Lisa Beckerman
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Scott F. Gautier
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, LLP

Robert P. Reynolds
Reynolds, Reynolds & Little, LLC

Mitch Ryan
Donlin Recano & Company, Inc.

Regional Endowment Chairs

Chair: Christopher A. Ward – Polsinelli
Sam J. Alberts – Dentons
Neil B. Glassman – Bayard, P.A.
Thomas M. Horan – Womble Carlyle
Sandridge & Rice, LLP

Richard M. Meth – Fox Rothschild LLP

Co-Chair: Claire Ann Resop – Steinhilber, Swanson & Resop
Co-Chair: Mark G. Stingley – Bryan Cave
Daniel A. DeMarco – Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP
Reginald W. Jackson – Vorys, Sater, Seymour
and Pease LLP

Richard S. Lauter – Freeborn & Peters LLP
James A. Lodoen – Lindquist & Vennum LLP
Scott Y. Stuart – GCG
Sheryl L. Toby – Dykema Gossett PLLC

New England
Chair: J. Scott Victor – SSG Capital
Advisors, LLC

New York Metro
Co-Chair: Lisa G, Beckerman – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Co-Chair: Allen D. Wilen – EisnerAmper LLP

Rocky Mountain
Co-Chair: Annette W. Jarvis – Dorsey
& Whitney LLP

Lynne Long – Summit Investment
Management LLC

Chair: Robert P. Reynolds – Reynolds,
Reynolds & Duncan, LLC

Larry R. Ahern III – Brown & Ahern
Chip Bowles – Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
Richard P. Carmody – Adams and Reese LLC
Rudy J. Cerone – McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC
Mac D. Finlayson – Eller & Detrich, PC
Craig M. Geno – Craig M. Geno, PLLC
Stephen P. Wheelis – Wheelis & Rozanski, APLC
R. Scott Williams – Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A.

Chair: Jerry Markowitz – Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty
& Hartog, P.A.

Jennifer McLemore – Christian & Barton, LLP

Texas & Southwest
Co-Chair: Jason S. Brookner – Gray Reed
& McGraw, PC

Co-Chair: Scott Van Meter – Berkeley Research
Group, LLC

Thomas H. Grace – Vorys, Sater, Seymour
and Pease LLP

Jordan A. Kroop – Perkins Coie LLP
John Penn – Perkins Coie LLP
Thomas J. Salerno – Gordon Silver

Co-Chair:  Mitch Ryan – Donlin Recano
& Company, Inc.

Co-Chair: Martin R. Barash – Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff
& Stern LLP

Matthew Gates – Duff & Phelps, LLC
Scott Gautier – Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, LLP

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