College Columns May 2019 - Page 20


Focus on Fellows

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The Bankruptcy Law Section of the State Bar of Texas presented its “Banco Rotto” Award, the section’s highest honor, to recently-retired Haynes and Boone, LLP Senior Counsel Robert D. Albergotti on April 17, 2019. The Bankruptcy Law Section presents the award to a Texas bankruptcy legend who has had a lasting impact on the development of the Texas bankruptcy practice. It is the section’s highest and most distinguished award.

On May 22, 2019, Jeanne P. Darcey received the Charles P. Normandin Lifetime Achievement Award from the Boston Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Section. The award recognizes an attorney who has made an outstanding contribution throughout her career to improving the quality of the practice of bankruptcy law, through mentoring, pro bono or BBA activities. The award is named after the late Charles P. Normandin, who was also a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy.

Cecily A. Dumas joined BakerHostetler as a partner on April 17, 2019, adding to the firm’s West Coast presence.

Hon. Patrick M. Flatley (US Bankruptcy Court) has been named as a West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellow. He was honored at a recent Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner in Charleston, WV. The Bar Foundation selects lawyers whose professional, public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and honorable service to the legal profession.

Jennifer C. Hagle (Sidley Austin LLP) was named as one of the Top 100 Women Lawyers in California by the Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal. She is recognized for her exceptional legal skill across the full spectrum of responsibility; exemplary leadership, as evidenced by the highest professional and ethical standards; and for contributions to the Los Angeles community at large.

Christopher Andrew Jarvinen (Berger Singerman LLP) served as a Discussant at The Jimen Insolvency and Restructuring Dialogue hosted by the Bankruptcy Law and Restructuring Research Center of the Chinese University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, China on April 20, 2019.

Gordon Brothers announced the appointment of Martha E.M. Kopacz as Chief Development Officer on May 1, 2019. Marti will be based out of Gordon Brothers’ Boston headquarters.

Kay Standridge Kress (Pepper Hamilton) was named a Fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers (ACCFL) at its annual meeting on March 30. ACCFL Fellows are selected based on their preeminence in the field of commercial finance law and their substantial and repeated contributions to the promotion of learning and scholarship in commercial finance law.

Prof. Robert M. Lawless (University of Illinois College of Law - Champaign) received the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Annual Service Award at ABI's 2019 Annual Spring Meeting on April 12, 2019. The Service Award is presented to an ABI member whose contributions over the past year have been extraordinary, as determined by ABI’s Advisory Board of past presidents.