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Endowment Newsletter
September 2014
Vol. 1, No. 2
Golf and Tennis for a Good Cause

The Ninth Annual Golf and Tennis Outing with the New York Institute of Credit was held at the Maplewood Country Club in Maplewood, N.J., on Sept. 9. ABI and NYIC extend a big thanks to Loeb & Loeb LLP for sponsoring this event! This annual event has become a great chance for networking and good fun, and helps raise money for the Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund. Be sure to read below about our upcoming events, and check our website often for more information.

If you are interested in participating in or hosting future events in your city, please contact Sharisa Sloan at or (703) 739-0800.

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). 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 with special Grammy award-winning guest Fran Cosmo, former lead singer of the rock group Boston! The reception will follow the Final Night Dinner Gala during ABI’s Winter Leadership Conference in La Quinta, Calif., and is sponsored by Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP and Rust Consulting, Inc. Learn more at www.‌

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

Nicknamed the “The Battle of Pennsylvania,” 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 Penguins vs. Flyersnight 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. This event is sure to be a sell-out!

To defray the cost of the food and beverage service, ABI is seeking sponsorships. 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.

New Donor Roll

ABI thanks these latest donors, whose names are among a special group dedicated to advancing research of interest to the bankruptcy community.

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

James E. Bird, Daniel J. Flanigan and
Christopher A. Ward

Contributions of $5,000 – $9,999

Ryan G. Foley
AIG Property Casualty Law Department

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

Christopher A. Ward

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

Todd H. Bartels

Jason A. Nagi

Christine M. Ward
Gavin/Solmonese LLC

You can also contribute to the fund in other ways:

What the Fund Pays For

Prof. Lois R. Lupica is the Robert M. Zinman Resident Scholar for the Fall of 2014. Prof. Lupica is the Maine Law Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Maine School of Law in Portland, where she teaches bankruptcy, secured transactions, commercial and consumer arbitration, and professional responsibility. A Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, Prof. Lupica is on the advisory board for the ABI Law Review as well as for The Journal of Bankruptcy Law & Practice, and she was also ABI’s spring 2007 resident scholar. She has served on the Executive Board of the American Board of Certification, and she has been a co-coach and faculty advisor for the Duberstein Moot Court Competition in New York since 2005. Prof. Lupica served as the reporter for the Maine Task Force on Ethics 2000 from 2005-08. She is currently the principal investigator of a National Study of the Consumer Bankruptcy System, funded by ABI and the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. She received her B.S. in consumer economics and housing from Cornell University and her J.D. magna cum laude from Boston University School of Law.

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
Reginald W. Jackson – Vorys, Sater, Seymour
and Pease LLP

Richard S. Lauter – Freeborn & Peters 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.

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:  Mitchell 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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