The third annual Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal Symposium will consist of two debates. Each debate will surround a specific aspect of the new Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act. Attendance at the Symposium qualifies for 3 CLE Hours, including 1 Ethics Hour and 1 Trial Hour. Download the registration form here.
When: Thursday, March 9, 2006.
Where: Tull Auditorium, Emory University School of Law
Registration - 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Panel 1 - 8:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Break - 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Panel 2 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Buffet Lunch - 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Topic #1: THE ETHICAL QUANDARY AND FINANCIAL DISINCENTIVES IMPOSED ON ATTORNEYS BY THE NEW BANKRUPTCY ACT
The discussion will include the impact of BAPCPA on attorney liability, attorney's fees, and the ethical obligations to uncover fraud imposed on attorneys by the new act, including § 707(b)(4). The debate will be moderated by Felicia S. Turner, US Trustee for region 21.
Arguing in favor of the Bankruptcy Act's changes is C. David Butler, attorney at Shapiro Fussell and former U.S. Trustee. Arguing against the changes is Frank J. Perch, III of Hunter Maclean Exley & Dunn, P.C.
Topic #2: THE BALANCE OF POWER BETWEEN DEBTORS, CREDITORS, AND JUDGES: The Elimination of Judicial Discretion Under the New Act.
This discussion will be moderated by Wendy L. Hagenau of Powell Goldstein, LLP.
Arguing on behalf of Creditors, Neal Batson of Alston & Bird LLP. Arguing on behalf of Debtors, Ezra Cohen of Troutman Sanders LLP.