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Bankruptcy Section: Opportunities Mark Path to Success

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MAY 2009
It is my pleasure to invite all members of the State Bar of Nevada to consider membership in the bar’s Bankruptcy Law Section. Membership carries the opportunity for involvement with any of the section’s subcommittees:
Association as its 2008 Bankruptcy Practitioner of the Year. She also serves as a director of that organization. Bruce Beesley is currently President of the State Bar of Nevada. He also sits on the Board of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Southwest Conference (which I have the pleasure to co-chair). Janet Chubb attended the GRIP 21 Initiative for Insolvency Prevention Judicial Summer Camp for Bankruptcy Judges in Paris as liaison from the American College of Bankruptcy. She was re-elected board counsel for the Commercial Real Estate Women’s Network of Northern Nevada and recently participated in a program for that organization on foreclosure and bankruptcy. Michael Lynch, Michael Thompson and (my partner) Shawn Miller have been selected for inclusion in the 2009 Mountain States rising stars list, recognizing outstanding young lawyers in the mountain states. Bob Olson serves as a director of the Nevada chapter of the Turnaround Management Association. Professor Nancy Rapoport received the Public Service Counsel Award at the 2008 Media & Entertainment Counsel of the Year Awards. Professor Rapoport is a consummate speaker and author, recently donating time to presentations for the Howard D. McKibbon Inn of Court; the American Bankruptcy Institute’s annual and southwest conferences; and the Nevada District Court Conference. She also serves as a faculty member of the American Board of Certification of Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Attorneys. James Patrick Shea (also my partner; I am so fortunate!) serves as the secretary and executive committee member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, and serves on the Board of the ABI’s Southwest Bankruptcy Conference. He moderated a series of presentations for the American Bankruptcy Institute on the issue of individual chapter 11 cases, and also presented The Ten Commandments of Commercial Loan Collection to the Southern Nevada Risk Management Association.
Communications: Headed by Tim Lukas, the communications subcommittee provides information of interest to members, at the section’s web page, located at Bankruptcy.htm. The section web page includes information regarding monthly meetings of the northern and southern Nevada bankruptcy bar sections, as well as information on national conferences taking place in Nevada. Events: Brett Axelrod serves as Events Chair. This year the Nevada Bankruptcy Law Section is proud to sponsor a reception honoring Reno bankruptcy judge Gregg Zive, this year’s chair of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ), at their annual meeting at the Paris Las Vegas on October 18-21. Education: Kent Ivey serves as Education Chair. Plan to attend the panel discussion at this year’s Annual Meeting, “Bankruptcy Traps for the Non-Bankruptcy Practitioner.” The presentation will answer questions commonly asked (and dangerously unasked) about bankruptcy issues arising in civil litigation, mechanic’s lien foreclosure and domestic cases. Other Officers: Todd Dressell, Vice Chair; Laurel Davis, Secretary; and Richard Holley, Treasurer.
I also want to congratulate members of the Bankruptcy Law Section on their recent accomplishments. In alphabetical order, the Bankruptcy Law Section is proud to announce that: Brett Axelrod, Section Events Chair, was recently honored by the Nevada Chapter of the Turnaround Management
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Jeffrey Sylvester reports that although he has not received any recent cool awards, he is a good dancer and a snappy dresser. Karaan Thomas is the current chair of the ABA Business Bankruptcy Subcommittee on Committees, as well as the chair of the Distinguished Student Committee for the American College of Bankruptcy. John White was recently named in the December 12, 2008 issue of The Deal in connection with the Hidden Splendor Resources, Inc. bankruptcy. I take this opportunity to encourage everyone to attend the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Southwest Bankruptcy Conference to be held at the Hyatt Lake Tahoe September 10-12, 2009, as well as to consider membership in that organization. I also encourage experienced bankruptcy and creditor’s rights attorneys to apply for certification with the American Board of Certification of Bankruptcy and Creditor’s Rights Attorneys ( I have had the honor of chairing the Standards Committee and serving on the Executive Committee of that organization for the last two years, and am pleased to recognize Nevada’s other certified attorneys: Bruce Beesley, Janet Chubb, David Crosby, Laurel Davis, Scott Fleming, Gerald Gordon, Jeffrey Hartman, David Huston, Matthew Johnson, Nile Leatham, Terry Leavitt, Ceclia Lee, Janette McPherson, Victoria Nelson, Bob Olsen, Lenard Schwartzer and Jennifer Smith. Certification requires a minimum of five years’ experience, plus substantial involvement and continuing education in the area of commercial bankruptcy, consumer bankruptcy or creditor’s rights, as well as demonstration of high professional standards.
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