31st Annual Mid-Atlantic Institute on Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice

MCLE Credits: 9.5
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0

Live on Site: Friday and Saturday, September 16-17 / Charlottesville
Registration: 8:30 a.m. on September 16
Program: 8:55 a.m. - 5:20 p.m. on September 16
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on September 17
MCLE Credit: 9.5 (Ethics: 1.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 9.5 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol


Why Attend?

Hear expert analysis on the year’s most important bankruptcy topics, including:

  • Recent developments for advanced bankruptcy practitioners
  • Frequently encountered ethical issues / representing multiple clients
  • Pre-litigation tactics and rules
  • Commercial breakout sessions on fee disputes and structured dismissals
  • Consumer breakout sessions on good faith / bad faith and mortgage issues
  • A judges’ roundtable discussion on Chapters 7, 11, and 13 issues — you can even submit the questions and issues you would like discussed by the roundtable by emailing the moderator, Roy Terry, in advance at rterry@sandsanderson.com
  • Saturday panel discussion on a variety of issues arising in a hypothetical Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Bringing together the current developments, leading practitioners, and experienced bankruptcy attorneys in the region for great learning and networking!

Plan now to attend this year’s event, featuring:

  • A faculty of recognized bankruptcy judges and national and regional experts
  • Updates, developments, and emerging topics in Chapters 7, 11, and 13
  • Networking, lunch, and cocktails with the top practitioners and judges in the region, along with a weekend getaway in Virginia’s scenic Piedmont countryside
  • Searchable, downloadable e-book seminar materials

Bring Your Family for a Long Weekend!

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For more detailed information about The Boar’s Head’s championship golf and tennis facilities, for an overview of the treatments and services at the Spa, and for a schedule of fitness classes at the Sports Club, please visit www.boarsheadinn.com.


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8:30 Registration
8:55 Announcements and Introductions
9:00 Recent Developments
Hon. Keith L. Phillips, Michael E. Hastings, Jennifer M. McLemore

A thorough review of significant bankruptcy law cases from the past year.

10:15 Break
10:30 Ethics:  Frequently Encountered Ethical Issues/Representing Multiple Clients
on. Paul M. Black, Mary Jo Dowd, William A. Gray

A series of fact patterns addressing ethical issues, focusing on issues arising from the representation of multiple clients.

11:30 Pre-litigation Tactics and Rules
Paula S. Beran, Stephen E. Leach, Richard L. Wasserman

An examination of Rule 2004 allowing for pre-litigation depositions and document requests, and other strategic decisions prior to filing a lawsuit.
12:30 Lunch (provided at the seminar)
1:45 Concurrent Sessions

Break-Out Session for Commercial Practitioners: Fee Disputes
Hon. Robert G. Mayer, Michael St. Patrick Baxter, Ramona D. Elliott

This session will examine recovering fees in fights over fee applications filed in bankruptcy courts, and related tactics.

Break-Out Session for Consumer Practitioners: Good Faith/Bad Faith
Hon. Rebecca Connelly, H. David Cox, Steven B. Ramsdell

This session will examine situations in which debtors have demonstrated good faith in filing bankruptcy and seeking approval of their plan, versus situations that the court construes were done in bad faith.

2:40 Concurrent Sessions

Break-Out Session for Commercial Practitioners: Structured Dismissals
Hon. Brian F. Kenney, Christopher A. Jones

This session will cover situations in which courts have approved or may approve structured dismissals of Chapter 11 cases. 

Break-Out Session for Consumer Practitioners: Mortgage Issues
Hon. Stephen C. St. John, Malissa L. Giles, Richard C. Maxwell

This session will discuss hot issues that arise in addressing mortgage loans through Chapter 7 and Chapter 13.

3:35 Break
3:50 Judges' Roundtable

Moderator: Roy M. Terry, Jr.

Panelists: Hon. Paul M. Black, Hon. Rebecca Connelly, Hon. Kevin R. Huennekens, Hon. Brian F. Kenney, Hon. Robert G. Mayer, Hon. Keith L. Phillips, Hon. Stephen C. St. John

Bring your questions and enjoy a candid discussion with judges regarding a variety of hot topic issues in Chapters 7, 11, and 13 practice today. You can even submit the questions and issues you would like discussed by the roundtable by e-mailing the moderator, Roy Terry, in advance at rterry@sandsanderson.com

5:20 Adjourn
5:30 Reception


9:00 Panel Discussion of Chapter 11 Scenario
Hon. Kevin R. Huennekens, Tyler P. Brown, Douglas M. Foley, Stanley J. Samorajczyk, Lynn L. Tavenner       
10:45 Break
11:00 Panel Discussion (continued)
12:00 Adjourn



Hon. Paul M. Black, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Virginia / Roanoke
Hon. Rebecca Connelly, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Virginia / Harrisonburg
Hon. Kevin R. Huennekens, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Richmond
Hon. Brian F. Kenney, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Alexandria
Hon. Robert G. Mayer, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Alexandria
Hon. Keith L. Phillips, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Richmond
Hon. Stephen C. St. John, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Norfolk
Michael St. Patrick Baxter, Covington & Burling LLP / Washington, DC
Paula S. Beran, Tavenner & Beran, PLC / Richmond
Tyler P. Brown, Hunton & Williams LLP / Richmond
H. David Cox, Cox Law Group / Lynchburg
Mary Jo Dowd, Arent Fox LLP / Washington, DC
Ramona D. Elliott, Executive Office for U.S. Trustees / Washington, DC
Douglas M. Foley, McGuireWoods LLP / Washington, DC
Malissa L. Giles, Giles & Lambert, PC / Roanoke
William A. Gray, Sands Anderson PC / Richmond
Michael E. Hastings, Whiteford Taylor Preston / Roanoke
Christopher A. Jones, Whiteford Taylor Preston / Falls Church
Stephen E. Leach, Hirschler Fleischer / Tysons
Richard C. Maxwell, Woods Rogers PLC / Roanoke
Jennifer M. McLemore, Christian & Barton LLP / Richmond
Steven B. Ramsdell, Tyler, Bartl, Ramsdell & Counts, PLC / Alexandria
Stanley J. Samorajczyk, McNamee Hosea / Annapolis, MD
Lynn L. Tavenner, Tavenner & Beran, PLC / Richmond
Roy M. Terry, Jr., Sands Anderson PC / Richmond
Richard L. Wasserman, Venable LLP / Baltimore, MD

Locations, Dates and Fees

LIVE REGISTRATION FEES (All registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials.)

$450* regular registration fee (without printed materials) (includes lunch, reception, and continental breakfasts).
$480 regular registration plus printed materials (includes lunch, reception, and continental breakfasts).
$495 on-site registration (if space is available) (printed materials, lunch, reception, and continental breakfasts included).

*Available until 3 business days before the program.


Friday and Saturday, September 16 and 17
The Boar’s Head Inn (Venue Website / Google Map)
Route 250 West
(434) 296-2181 or (855) 452-2295


We have a rooming block available at The Boar’s Head Inn (Conference Location), Route 250 West, (855) 452-2295, http://www.boarsheadinn.com. In making your reservation, please mention that you will be attending the Virginia CLE® Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Institute. Requests for reservations must be made no later than August 18.

Instructions to make online room reservations:

Please go to www.boarsheadinn.com and select the dates and then “book now.” This will prompt you to another page, where you will select “Group” in the second box (drop-down box) where it initially reads “Negotiated Rates.” When selecting group, this will prompt you for a code; your code will be 10T3SF. After entering this, you will reach your designated group page, and proceed with your selections.

Please note, the room block has been set up for the dates of SEPTEMBER 15, 2016, check-in and SEPTEMBER 17, 2016, check-out. If you need dates before or after, or if you need more than two rooms, please call 855-452-2295 to speak with a reservation agent.

A special 15% discount and free shipping on Virginia CLE®–published books will be available for purchases made at the seminar site.

Lower Registration Fee and Greater Functionality with Downloadable E-Book Seminar Materials

ALL seminar registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials. E-book materials are searchable, easily accessible, and efficient to use.

When registering, please be sure to provide a legible, valid e-mail address to which Virginia CLE® can send a link to the e-book materials.

Registrants who elect a registration option that includes downloadable e-book seminar materials only and not the printed materials will receive, at the seminar, a short, printed seminar outline with space to take notes.

Printed Materials: You still have the option of receiving a complete set of printed materials for a higher registration fee. Registrants who choose this option will receive printed materials at the program.


To receive access to the downloadable e-book materials BEFORE the seminar AND register for the lower fee, your registration must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. THREE BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE the seminar. A link to the downloadable e-book materials will be e-mailed to you two business days before the seminar. Once you download the materials, you can review them and print the portions you want to bring with you to the seminar.

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Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored through 5:00 p.m. of the DAY BEFORE the seminar.  You will, however, be charged $90 for the materials if you cancel your registration for the seminar, or transfer registration to a different seminar, after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE®.

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