College Columns December 2017 - Page 2


G. Christopher Meyer


Marc A. Levinson


Hon. Joan N. Feeney


Grant T. Stein


R. Patrick Vance


Thomas E. Lumsden


Susan M. Freeman


Board of Directors

Marc Abrams

Agustin Berdeja-Prieto

Francis X. Buckley, Jr.

Daniel C. Cohn

Dennis Connolly

Lawrence D. Coppel

Jeffrey H. Davidson

Karen A. Giannelli

Annette W. Jarvis

James R. Kelley

Eric W. Lam

Patrick Thomas McCarthy

Claudia Z. Springer

Catherine Steege

Jane L. Vris

Deborah D. Williamson

Ex Officio Directors

Michael L. Cook

Mark D. Bloom, Chair, ACB Foundation

Board of Regents

Richard E. Mikels

Chair, Board of Regents

Michael J. Goldberg (1st Cir.)

Dennis F. Dunne (2nd Cir.)

David B. Stratton (3rd Cir.)

Richard L. Wasserman (4th Cir.)

Berry D. Spears (5th Cir.)

Taft McKinstry (6th Cir.)

Kenneth J. Malek (7th Cir.)

David A. Warfield (8th Cir.)

Thomas E. Patterson (9th Cir.)

Kenneth L. Cannon, II (10th Cir.)

Sarah R. Borders (11th Cir.)

Timothy R. Coleman

At Large

Prof. Ingrid Michelsen Hillinger

At Large

Hon. Jeffery P. Hopkins

At Large


Prof. Ralph Brubaker


William J. Perlstein

Executive Director

Shari A. Bedker

American College of Bankruptcy

P.O. Box 249

Stanardsville, VA 22973



From the President

Marc A. Levinson, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

For years, the College board has discussed the prospect of holding the March meeting and induction ceremony outside of the District of

Columbia. In 2016, the board decided that 2019 was the perfect year to seriously consider alternative venues because both the NCBJ conference and, as always, the ABI annual meeting, will be held in the District. A number of officers, working with Shari Bedker and her staff, explored several alternatives, applying the following list of factors and requirements: (1) a Central, Mountain or Pacific time zone location to give Fellows in those regions a travel break for a year; (2) an iconic location for the induction ceremony; (3) space for the education sessions, for the College and Foundation board meetings and for all of the various committee meetings; (4) cost and quality of the hotel rooms; (5) a nearby airport to which there are nonstop flights from across the country and around the world; and (6) better weather than DC in March.

The search team carefully explored a number of options, including Austin, Phoenix and Seattle. But none of those checked all the boxes. I’m happy to report, though, that San Diego did, and that the College has booked the Hotel Del Coronado

for the 2019 meeting and induction ceremony. I suggest that you check it out at

The Del has hosted celebrities, royalty and beach-loving guests for generations. Its founders, Elisha Babcock and H.L. Story, dreamed of building a seaside resort that would be “the talk of the Western world.” Built in 1888 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977, it’s an American treasure with more than a century of stories to tell. The resort has become a living legend, visited by celebrities, dignitaries and U.S. presidents including Benjamin Harrison, William Howard Taft, Franklin Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe. Within the past two years, the hotel underwent millions of dollars of renovations and upgrades.

The induction ceremony will be held on March 15 in the Crown Room, so named for its crown chandeliers designed by Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum and featuring a 30-foot wood-domed ceiling. It channels the glamour of Old Hollywood, and has played host to countless notable events over the years. We are confident that it will provide for a memorable ceremony.

One other factor to consider: According to AccuWeather, the average mid-March temperature in Washington DC is a high of 56° and a low of 37°. And we know that it often rains then. AccuWeather tells us that the averages in San Diego are 66° and 53°. That extra 10° will come in handy during the day when you (or, more likely, your guests) will be able to walk along the miles of broad sandy beach surrounding the Del. It does rain in