Endowment Newsletter
March 2015
Vol. 2, No. 3
The ABI Endowment & Bankrupt Talent Come Together for a Musical Benefit as A Celebration of Life

Come on out and join the musicians of Bankrupt Talent for a benefit concert performance from 7:00-9:30 p.m. at the legendary Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, the night before ABI’s New York City Bankruptcy Conference on May 14.

Bankrupt Talent—an annual rock ’n roll tradition led by musical host Randa Karambelas—brings together performers from the insolvency community each year to raise money for worthy charities. Plenty of networking space, conversation-friendly volume and a roomy bar and seating area make for the perfect combination of business and pleasure.

This year’s concert will support the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation and the Chordoma Foundation, as well ABI’s Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund. 100% of all ticket sales and corporate donations will go directly to these charities. Toney Korf Partners, LLC is this year’s primary sponsor, with additional support coming from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, EisnerAmper LLP and Polsinelli.

Tickets for this event are $40 in advance and $55 at the door for attendees; $100 for performers. Corporate donations can also be made at $100, $500 and $1,000* levels. For information on Corporate Donations and Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact Sharisa Sloan at ssloan@abi.org. If you are interested in performing, please contact Randa Karambelas at rkarambelas@toneykorf.com.

*Corporate donors at the $1,000 level will receive two tickets to the concert and have their logos featured on the event page.

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Annual Spring Meeting
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Upcoming Events

Annual Spring Meeting, April 16-19: Major donors will be honored at an exclusive dinner on April 17 at Joe’s Stone Crab, featuring 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 on April 18. ABI thanks Becket & Lee, LLP, Perkins Coie LLP and Rust Omni for sponsoring this reception. Register for the Annual Spring Meeting here to join us.

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. Convenient to Wilmington and Philadelphia, cocktails, a silent auction and dinner will be held following golf. Contact ABI Events Marketing Specialist Sharisa Sloan (ssloan@abi.org, 703-739-0800) if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.

New Donor Roll

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

Contributions of $5,000 – $9,999

Jeffrey N. Pomerantz
Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP

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

Monique J. Mulcare
Mayer Brown LLP

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

Janet M. Nesse
McNamee Hosea

You can also contribute to the fund in other ways:

What the Fund Pays For

Prof. Anne Lawton Is the Robert M. Zinman Resident Scholar for the Spring of 2015
Prof. Lawton teaches bankruptcy, contracts and various commercial law courses at Michigan State University College of Law in East Lansing, Mich. Last year, she published a report on proposed small business reforms for the Governance Advisory Committee of the ABI Commission to Reform Chapter 11, following up an article published in the ABI Law Review titled, “An Argument for Simplifying the Code’s ‘Small Business Debtor’ Definition” (ABI Law Review, Vol. 21, 55 (2013)). She also testified before the Commission on small business bankruptcy cases in 2013. Previously, she taught at Roger Williams University School of Law, where she earned tenure in 2007. Prof. Lawton has taught in both law and business schools, and has visited at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Ohio Northern University College of Law. Prior to teaching, Prof. Lawton was an assistant professor at the Richard T. Farmer School of Business at Miami University, and visited for three years at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. While at Roger Williams, she twice won the Teacher of the Year Award as voted by the graduating class. She was also nominated twice for a teaching award while at the Richard T. Farmer School of Business at Miami University. Prof. Lawton received her A.B. with honors from the University of Michigan in 1982 and both her J.D. cum laude and M.B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1986. Following law school, she clerked for Hon. David W. McKeague, Hon. James D. Gregg, and Hon. James Brickley in Michigan. Prof. Lawton also worked as a corporate attorney for the Boston firm of Brown, Rudnick. She is admitted to practice in both Massachusetts and Michigan.

Silent Auction

2015 American Bankruptcy Institute 33rd Annual Spring MeetingLooking 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 Amazon.com 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 & Co., 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
Jeanna Goosman – Goosman Law Firm
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
VACANT – if interested, contact Ted Gavin

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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