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Endowment Newsletter
January 2016
Vol. 3, No. 1
Hockey Fans Score Goal for Endowment Fund!

ABI hockey fans gathered last night for fun and fellowship at the first major 2016 charity event in support of the ABI Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center. Supporters of the hometown Flyers left a bit disappointed when Matt Hunwick from the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs netted the game-winning goal with just 7.5 seconds left in the game, but everyone enjoyed the luxury suite generously donated by Gavin/Solmonese LLC, complete with food and open bar. In addition, the Endowment Fund received generous sponsorship from Becket & Lee LLP, Polsinelli, and Womble Carlyle.

Enjoying the Gavin/Solmonese suite

A grateful thank you to all the sponsoring firms, and to all the fans who came out for the event! Supporting and participating in Endowment events is a fun way for the insolvency community to help us achieve the Endowment’s goal of funding important bankruptcy research and educational activities.

Endowment hockey fans enjoying the game

At left, fans got a chance to meet hockey greats Bernie Parent (fourth from left) and Dave Schultz (second from right). Pictured are, from left, Tom Horan (Womble Carlyle) Jim Van Horn (McGuire Woods), Dave Hohman (BMO Harris Bank), William Taylor (McCarter & English), Ted Gavin (Gavin/Solmonese — Endowment Fund VP–Development), Chris Ward (Polsinelli), Alane Becket (Becket & Lee), Paul Deutch (Rust Omni) and Kevin Mangan (Womble Carlyle). Above, some of the guests, including Bob Manolescu (right, from Wilmington Trust), enjoy the game. Below, Ted Gavin presented an autographed photo of Claude Giroux to auction winners Dan Scott (left) and Chris Ward.

Hockey autographed photo
Upcoming Events

April 16, 2016—Endowment Reception at ASM
Get Noticed and Be Invited!
ABI Members who pledge or contribute to the ABI Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund at or above the Sustaining Member level ($2,000 and up) will be recognized during the luncheon and invited to an exclusive reception at the Annual Spring Meeting in Washington, DC (April 14-17). Donate online at or contact Kathy Sheehan ( for more information. Donations are tax deductible and can be paid over 5 years. Please consider signing up for our automatic monthly giving program!

Endowment News

More Ways to Give and Make a Difference
A special thanks to the following firms who were instrumental in naming ABI to the Eastern 1996D et al. Chapter 11 plan:
Gray Reed & McGraw, PC (Jason S. Brookner), Andrews Kurth LLP, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, and PDC Energy.

A chapter 11 liquidating plan may provide that any unclaimed funds may be redistributed to a tax-exempt, not-for-profit, non-religious organization identified in the plan or disclosure statement accompanying the plan. The ABI Endowment Fund has been appropriately designated as the recipient of such unclaimed funds in chapter 11 cases, both large and small.

For more information and sample language, visit or contact Kathy Sheehan at 703-739-0800.

A special thanks also to Kristina M. Johnson (Jones Walker LLP), the Mississippi Bar Association and the ABI Endowment Development Committee for the Southern Region (Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee) for organizing an auction in conjunction with the Mississippi Bankruptcy Conference. The auction raised over $1,000 at this year’s annual MBC seminar on December 10-11 in Jackson. We’d also like to thank the following donors and participants:

Locke Barkley, Chapter 13 Trustee; Chip R. Bowles, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP; Law Office of Craig Geno; Selene Maddox, Maddox Law Office; Law Offices of John D. Morre, P.A.; Walter Newman, Newman & Newman; Andrew Phillips, Mitchell, McNutt & Sams, P.A.; Robert P. Reynolds, Reynolds, Reynolds & Little, LLC; Hon. Katharine M. Samson.

What the Fund Pays For

Moot Court Competition
Each year, ABI’s Endowment Fund jointly sponsors the Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition with St. John’s University School of Law. The competition promotes and recognizes the finest oral and written advocacy on significant issues in bankruptcy practice. More than 60 law school teams participated in 2015, making this the largest

single-site appellate moot court competition. A similar number are expected to compete this year. The competition takes place on March 5–6, with a Gala Awards Dinner on Monday, March 7, at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. The Endowment Fund awards $5,000 to the first-place team, $3,000 to the second-place team, $1,500 to two third-place teams, and $1,000 each for Best Oralist and Best Brief.

Duberstein Team

Final-round judge Hon. Michael J. Melloy (left) and competition director Prof. G. Ray Warner (right) are pictured with members of the 2015 winning teams from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

Levels of Support

ABI welcomes and thanks the following new additions to its donor roll:

New Century Council Member
Eastern 1996D et al. Chapter 11 plan

New Benefactor Member
Jason S. Brookner
Gray Reed & McGraw, PC

New Sustaining Member
Elizabeth A. Green

New Leadership Club Member
Rafael X. Zahralddin-Aravena
Elliott Greenleaf

Support 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 & Little, LLC

Larry R. Ahern III – Brown & Ahern

Chip Bowles – Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
Richard P. Carmody – Adams and Reese LLP
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 – Stinson Leonard Street LLP

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

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

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