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Endowment Newsletter
February 2015
Vol. 2, No. 2
Annual Spring Meeting to Feature Endowment Events

Three special Endowment events will highlight the upcoming Annual Spring Meeting, to be held April 16-19 in Washington, D.C.

In addition to silent auction (see below), high-level donors will be honored at an exclusive dinner on April 17 at Joe’s Stone Crab restaurant, and will feature remarks from a member of Congress.

ASM will conclude with a special Endowment reception that will feature a meet-and-greet with conference entertainment Lou Gramm, former lead singer of Foreigner, following the Final Night Gala. ABI thanks Becket & Lee, LLP, Perkins Coie LLP, and Rust Omni for sponsoring this reception.

Annual Spring Meeting

Upcoming Events

May 4: The Endowment will pair up with the Steven M. Yoder Children’s Trust to host a golf tournament. Come out to support two charitable causes at Hartefeld National Golf Club in Avondale, Pa. Cocktails, a silent auction and dinner will be held following the golf tournament. Contact ABI Events Marketing Specialist Sharisa Sloan (, 703-739-0800) if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.

May 13: Join friends and colleagues at a dinner to benefit the ABI Endowment Fund at Del Frisco’s Steakhouse, in the lounge from 6 to 8 p.m. This event is being held in conjunction with the New York City Bankruptcy Conference.

Endowment News

Foley Receives Benefactor Award
ABI Vice President-Development Edward T. Gavin (Gavin/Solmonese LLC; Wilmington, Del.) (r) presented Ryan G. Foley (AIG Commercial insurance Law Department; Parsippany, N.J.) with an ABI Endowment Benefactor award during an Endowment event in Philadelphia in January.

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

Your Gift Funds Student and Young Practitioner Development
The ABI Endowment supports the annual Conrad B. Duberstein National Moot Court Competition, held each March in New York. The event, co-sponsored with St. John’s University School of Law, is the largest appellate moot court in the country, with 60 law school teams competing for Endowment-funded prizes. Also in March, the Endowment supports the Judicial Clerkship Institute at Pepperdine University Law School in Malibu, Calif., where new bankruptcy law clerks receive critical training on how best to prepare for their clerkship. These unique programs benefit from your generous gift to the ABI Endowment.

Silent Auction2015 American Bankruptcy Institute 33rd Annual Spring Meeting

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 Annual Spring Meeting, 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: Michael A. Fagone – Bernstein Shur

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.

Terri L. Gardner – Nelson Mullins Riley
& Scarborough, LLP

Neil C. Gordon – Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Jennifer McLemore – Christian & Barton, LLP
Jennifer M. Meryerowitz – Epiq Systems, Inc.
Edward J. Peterson, III – Stichter, Riedel, Blain &
Prosser, PA

Lynn Lewis Tavenner – Tavenner & Beran, PLC
Glenn Thompson –Hamilton Stephens Steele &
Martin, PLLC

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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