Featured Speakers – update coming soon!

Natalie Jaresko

Natalie Jaresko

Natalie is a managing director at EY-Parthenon and the former Ukraine Minister of Finance and Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Oversight Board. Natalie will be featured as the Keynote speaker at our Friday luncheon entitled: An Insider’s Perspective on Ukraine. She will be interviewed by Hon. Barbara Houser (Ret) and discuss the current situation in Ukraine; the economic effect that the war is having on Ukraine, the U.S., and the world; and the important role that Ukraine’s judicial system will have to play in rebuilding the Ukrainian economy once the war is over. Natalie will also be available after the program concludes to further respond to questions and discuss these matters with interested parties.

Richard Levin, Jenner & Block, New York

Rich, a well know Bankruptcy practitioner and scholar will act as the Legal Expert on the opening program for the conference. This program, co-sponsored by the NCBJ and ABA, will examine the Supreme Court’s approach to Bankruptcy law during Chief Justice Roberts’ eighteen years at the helm and other interesting and current bankruptcy issues. This highly fascinating program will be presented in the format of the “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” game show with the contestants and lifelines all current or retired bankruptcy judges. There will also be an opportunity for the audience to participate and help the contestants by responding to “ask the audience” polling.

Hon. Diane P. Wood (CA7)

Seventh Circuit Senior Judge Diane Wood will co-host (with Bankruptcy Judge Stacey Meisel) a judicial round table program entitled “The ABCs and 123s of What Makes a Good Professional.” Judges Wood and Meisel will present and encourage discussion among 20-25 judge hosted tables of attendees, regarding key characteristics that can aid professionals in their advocacy skills, written communication and client interactions.

Hon. Daniel Carnio Costa ( Sao Paulo State Court of Justice)

Join Judge Costa, a leading expert and author on cross-border restructurings in a program co-sponsored by the NCBJ and the International Insolvency Institute. The program will focus on recent developments and current problems facing a company restructuring in our global economy. This program will also feature Hon. Robert Drain (SDNY)(Ret), Professor Jay Westbrook from the University of Texas, and attorney Lisa Laukitis from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Hons. Chris Lopez (SDTX), Karen Owens (DE), Philip Bentley (SDNY) and Professor Ralph Brubaker

Drop in on three bankruptcy judges from the busiest courts in the country plus a leading academic who will be discussing trends in large case filings and commenting on some of the more pressing issues in large chapter 11 cases such as debtor-in-possession financing, mass tort litigation and non-debtor releases.

Hon. John Dorsey (DE)

Several major crypto companies filed for bankruptcy protection over the past year, including Voyager, Celsius, BlockFi, Genesis, Core Scientific and FTX. Join Judge John Dorsey (DE), the judge in the FTX case, and professionals involved in these other cases for our Cryptocurrency and the Code program, where they will discuss the key issues and questions that have emerged as crypto companies navigate through the chapter 11 process.

Susan Freeman

Attorney Susan Freeman, Lewis & Roca, a nationally renowned ethics expert, and District Court Judge Robert Summerhays (WDLA) will lead a group of 20 plus Bankruptcy Judges for our traditional Saturday morning roundtable ethics program: “Don’t Mess with Texas (or Ethics): Avoiding Unanticipated Landmines and Pitfalls. This is sure to be a spirited discussion of real- life ethical dilemmas.