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Endowment Newsletter
September 2015
Vol. 2, No. 9
Many Thanks for Making the Southwest Bankruptcy Conference Auction a Huge Success
Southwest Bankruptcy Workshop

A special thanks to those people and firms listed below that helped make the auction such a success at ABI’s 23rd Annual Southwest Bankruptcy Conference, held Sept. 10-12 at the Four Seasons Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Steve M. Berman (Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP; Tampa, FL), Rob Charles (Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP; Tucson, AZ), Dickinson Wright PLLC (Detroit, MI), Scott F. Gautier (Robins Kaplan LLP; Los Angeles, CA), Douglas E. Himmel (Melville Capital, LLC; Santa Monica, CA), Snell & Wilmer (Phoenix, AZ)

Lorie R. Beers (Cowen and Company; New York), Steve M. Berman (Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP; Tampa, FL), Anthony Ching (ACC

Law Group; Los Angeles, CA), Scott F. Gautier (Robins Kaplan LLP; Los Angeles, CA), Dian Gilmore (American Board of Certification; Cedar Rapids, IA), Valerie Kish (Logan & Company, Inc.; Pittsburgh, PA), Jeanette E. McPherson (Schwartzer & McPherson Law Firm; Las Vegas, NV), Brian J. Mullen (Bankruptcy Trustee; Phoenix, AZ), Martin Pichinson (Sherwood Partners, Inc.; Sherman Oaks, CA), Teri Stratton (Piper Jaffray Co.; El Segundo, CA), Hon. Madeline Wanslee (U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Dist. of AZ, Phoenix)
Upcoming Events

Sept. 24—10th Annual Golf & Tennis Outing: Jointly hosted by ABI, the New York Institute of Credit and the Northeast Chapter of the International Factoring Association, this event at the Montammy Country Club in Alpine, N.J., will include a shotgun golf tournament and a tennis tournament, followed by cocktails, dinner and awards. Register here.

10th Annual Golf & Tennis Outing

Oct. 20—Western Region Dinner: The ABI Western Region Endowment Fund Committee presents a night of fine wine and delicious food at Upstairs2 in Los Angeles. The event is now sold out! Thank you to our sponsors Deloitte CRG, Donlin, Recano & Co., Inc., DSI, Pachulski, Stang, Ziehl & Jones, Robins Kaplan LLP, Rust Omni, Sierra Constellation Partners, and Smiley Wang-Ekvall.


Nov. 19—Mid-Atlantic Wine Dinner: Join the ABI Mid-Atlantic Region Endowment Fund Committee for a multi-course wine-pairing dinner featuring the wines of Le Cadeau Vineyard in Oregon. The event will be held at Domaine Hudson in Wilmington. Thank you to our sponsors Gavin/Solmonese, Polsinelli and Proctor Heyman Enerio LLP. If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact Sharisa Sloan at or 703-739-0800. Register here.

ABI Mid-Atlantic Endowment Wine Dinner

Dec. 3–5—Winter Leadership Conference: Give and Get Noticed! ABI members who pledge or contribute at or above the Sustaining Member level ($2,000 and up) will be recognized at the luncheon on Friday, as well as during the Casino Night event that evening. Casino Night will benefit the ABI Endowment Fund. Register here.

Endowment News

Participate in the 2015 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.

What the Fund Pays For

Professor Michelle Harner Is the Fall 2015 Robert M. Zinman Resident Scholar
Professor Michelle M. HarnerMichelle M. Harner, who last year was the Reporter to the ABI Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 and whose work was recognized at this year’s Annual Spring Meeting with the Annual Service Award, is this fall’s Robert M. Zinman Resident Scholar. A Professor of Law and the Director of the Business Law Program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Professor Harner teaches courses in Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights, Business Associations, Business Planning, Corporate Finance, and Legal Profession. Professor Harner is widely published and lectures frequently on various topics involving corporate governance, financially distressed entities, risk management, and related legal issues. She is a member of the Dodd-Frank Study Working Group for the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, and is an elected member of the American Law Institute and fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. Professor Harner previously was in private practice in the business restructuring, insolvency, bankruptcy, and related transactional fields, most recently as a partner at the Chicago office of the international law firm Jones Day.

New Donor Roll

ABI welcomes new additions to its donor roll at the following levels:

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)

(Contributions of $20,000 – $24,999)

(Contributions of $15,000 – $19,999)

Lifetime Member
(Contributions of $10,000 – $14,999)

(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.

Endowment Fund
Development Committee

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

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

Kelly Beaudin Stapleton
Alvarez & Marsal

Richard S. Lauter
Freeborn & Peters LLP

Jerry M. Markowitz
Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty + Hartog, P.A.

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
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: Jeffrey T. Varsalone – CBIZ MHM, 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
Craig M. Geno – Craig M. Geno, PLLC
Jennifer B. Kimble – Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A.
Stephen P. Wheelis – Wheelis & Rozanski, APLC

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. Meyerowitz – 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.

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

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