The Atlanta Lawyer January/February 2015 - Page 26

section update Bankruptcy Section By M. Regina Thomas United States Bankruptcy Court Regina_Thomas@ganb.uscourts.gov T he Bankruptcy Section held a breakfast series presentation, “Firsthand Accounts of Fighting Bankruptcy Crimes” on Thursday, January 29, 2015 featuring Guy G. Gebhardt, Acting United States Trustee for Region 21 and Steve Grimberg, Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. The presenters discussed criminal procedure aspects of bankruptcy fraud as set out in Title 18 of the United States Code most commonly related to concealment of assets or false/incomplete financial statements. The attendees heard personal accounts of detection, investigation and prosecution of bankruptcy crimes. Mr. Gebhardt and Mr. Grimberg also discussed the relationship between the United States Trustee and United States Attorney, specifically in the area of criminal referrals. Our thanks to Alston & Bird, LLP, and section board member, Sage Sigler, for hosting this section member breakfast. Additionally, our thanks to Jones Day, and section board member, Brett Berlin, who generously hosted the breakfast series event that took place on November 18, 2014 and featured Brian McMahon, PhD. Future programs are in the works for the breakfast series which will continue throughout 2015. January/February 2015 For the 2014-2015 year, the officers and board members of the Bankruptcy Section are: Nancy J. Whaley (Chair), John W. Mills, III (Vice Chair/Chair Elect), Ron C. Bingham, II (Secretary), Alison Elko Franklin (Treasurer), John A. “The Year in Review Program has been a mainstay of the Bankruptcy Section for over 20 years and is widely regarded as one of the finest bankruptcy and commercial law programs in the country.” On December 11, 2014, the Bankruptcy Section held its Annual Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Year in Review Program at the Capital City Club. The Year in Review Program has been a mainstay of the Bankruptcy Section for over 20 years and is widely regarded as one of the finest bankruptcy and commercial law programs in the country. The morning session of the program featured a review of significant developments in consumer and commercial bankruptcy law in 2014 and was presented by the Honorable Mary Grace Diehl, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Georgia, Paul W. Bonapfel, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Georgia, Beth Ann Harr ill, Clerk to Judge Bonapfel, and Harris B. Winsberg of Troutman Sanders. The commercial law section of the program was presented in the afternoon by Edward C. 26 THE ATLANTA LAWYER Dobbs of Parker, Hudson, Ranier & Dobbs and Alfred S. Lurey of Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton. The Bankruptcy Section is extremely grateful for the participation of these presenters over so many years and the high quality of their presentations and written materials. Special thanks for preparation of the written materials for the program go to Elizabeth Rose and Nathan Juster, Law Clerks to Judge Diehl, and Leia Clement and Michael Sullivan, interns for Judge Diehl. Thomson, Jr. (Immediate Past Chair), Brett J. Berlin, B. Summer Chandler, Jeffrey W. Cavender, Melissa Davey, Sage M. Sigler, Howard P. Slomka and M. Regina Thomas (Members at Large). If you have ideas or suggestions for Bankruptcy Section activities or projects, please feel free to contact any of the officers or board members. We look forward to a great year and welcome your participation. The Official News Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association