Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Bankruptcy in the New Millennium

Southwestern Law Review
presents a symposium

Bankruptcy in the New Millennium

Friday, February 12, 2010

Co-sponsored by Epiq Systems, Inc.

Schedule and Registration Information

The recent financial crisis has led to vast and numerous bankruptcies and brought renewed focus on bankruptcy in general and its role in society. According to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, 1,117,771 bankruptcy cases were filed in calendar year 2008. For the twelve month period ending June 30, 2009, total bankruptcy filings were 1,306,315 and Chapter 11 filings rose 91 percent. Indeed, the ten largest bankruptcies in history have been filed since 2001, and six of those ten - with assets totaling in excess of $1 trillion - have been filed in the last two years.

Given the extraordinary financial turmoil that still exists and the record number of bankruptcy filings, an understanding of this issue is important, since bankruptcy plays such an important role in reshaping the American economy. No longer viewed as a refuge of last resort, bankruptcy is now seen as a process that may be useful in resolving a number of problems that businesses and individuals encounter. Hence, attorneys, lenders, consumers, policy-makers, accountants, and others will benefit from a greater awareness and understanding of this far-reaching law.

This symposium, Bankruptcy in the New Millennium, brings together judges, practitioners and scholars at the forefront of bankruptcy who will explore four areas of change and importance: international bankruptcies following the addition of Bankruptcy Code Chapter 15, which was intended to expedite the administration of foreign-owned assets located in the United States; debtor-in-possession financing in so-called mega-cases, including concerns of bonded indebtedness, executive compensation, negotiations with secured creditors and creditors' committees, and the impact of congressional intervention in the reorganization process; intellectual property issues that occur in entertainment-industry bankruptcies, as well as attendant constitutional questions; and the Supreme Court's grant of certiorari in four cases that raise consumer bankruptcy issues - United States Aid Funds, Inc. v. Espinosa, United States v. Milavetz, Schwab v. Reilly, and Hamilton v. Lanning.

View a printable brochure, with complete agenda
and registration information (PDF)

Please note when viewing the brochure linked above - Due to a scheduling conflict, Judge Theodor C. Albert is now participating in the "Consumer Bankruptcies" Panel and Judge Barry Russell is now participating in the "Debtor-in-Possession Financing in Mega-Cases" Panel.

Registration fees:

$75 - Non-Southwestern Alumni CLE credit
$50 - Southwestern Alumni seeking CLE credit
$40 - Those not seeking CLE credit
Complimentary - Southwestern students, faculty and staff (RSVP required)

RSVP by February 5 to the Student Affairs Office.

This Symposium offers 7.5 hours of CLE credit. Southwestern is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.

For a map and directions to Southwestern, click here. Parking is available on campus for $6.

Questions? Contact the or the Law Review Office or the Student Affairs Office.