College Columns May 2016 Issue - Page 9

2016 Induction of Class 27 Ceremony

Cecily A. Dumas, Co-Editor

and Portraiture, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. in a ceremony attended by members of their families, colleagues and hundreds of well-wishers. Thirty of the thirty-one Fellows of Class 27 were inducted, as well as two previously-admitted Fellows. Class 27 is comprised of two judges, 24 attorneys, three financial advisors, a law professor and a bankruptcy court clerk. Marc A. Levinson, Chair of the Board of Regents, noted the outstanding professional accomplishments of the new Fellows. These individuals have participated in some of the most significant bankruptcy cases of recent years, and have made important contributions to bankruptcy law and practice through their speaking, writing and other activities. Each of the inductees also demonstrated strong commitment to community service and promoting access to legal services. Christopher Meyer, President of the College, introduced the inductees. The induction was followed by a reception in the lovely courtyard of the Center.

Ninth Circuit Fellows Hold First Weekend Retreat in Tucson, Arizona

On the evening of Friday, January 22, 2016, as the colorful Tucson sunset filled the sky, over 60 Fellows and guests gathered at a kickoff Margarita reception to open the first-ever Ninth Circuit weekend retreat at the lovely Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort. The established goals for the retreat included providing Fellows with networking, social and educational opportunities.

Socializing and networking included access to the relaxing “Tracy-Hepburn” Hospitality Suite with Fellows and their guests, a Western BBQ/Steak Dinner, a Wine Tasting event made possible by Class No. 1 Fellow and Sierra Bonita Vineyards Vintner, Gerald K. Smith, and a Gala Closing Dinner featuring toast/tributes to the two Arizona Fellows inducted in Class One – Lowell E. Rothschild and Gerry Smith, along with live jazz and the musical stylings of vocalist Hon. Sheri Bluebond.

The topics covered by the outstanding educational panels included Avoidance of Professional Liability, Equitable Mootness, Current Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit cases, and Make-Whole and Rate-Cap provisions. The highly interactive panels were organized and presented by 9th Circuit Fellows, and resulted in lively discussions.

College Leadership in attendance included Marc Levinson, Jeff Davidson, and Susan Freeman. Dillon Jackson, another Class 1 inductee, also attended. The members of the Planning Committee (Steve Berger, Pamela Webster, Susan Boswell and Diana Carey, as well as Hon. Charles G. Case II in absentia) were grateful to the attendees, guests, speakers and generous event sponsors that made the event a relaxing and rewarding weekend for all, and expressed their hearty thank you to the staff of their respective firms and to Tucson Fellow Michael McGrath for his assistance with the terrific venue.

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Fellows were inducted into the College on March 18, 2016, at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art