The Atlanta Lawyer June/July 2019 - Page 35

BANKRUPTCY On May 16, the Bankruptcy Section hosted its annual David W. Pollard Award Luncheon and Spring CLE Program at Ansley Golf Club honoring Alison Elko Franklin (Dentons US, LLP). The event was well attended by over eighty members of the Bankruptcy Section and began with a three-part CLE presented by distinguished speakers on the topics of Judgement “How To’s,” the Role of In-House Counsel, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Michael Bargar, Bankruptcy Section Member at Large (Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP), Leon Jones (Jones & Walden, LLC), and the Hon. Lisa Ritchey Craig, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia presented Judgment “How To’s” and discussed how to revive judgments, avoid judicial liens, and more. The Role of In-House Counsel panel was moderated SECTION UPDATES by Melissa J. Davey, Bankruptcy Section Chair (Standing Chapter 13 Trustee), and included Yendelela Neely Holston (Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP), Kevin Hembree, (Georgia-Pacific, LLC), and Jonathan C. Lippert (Porsche Cars North America, Inc./Porsche Financial Services, Inc.). The Alternative Dispute Resolution presentation was moderated by Taylor Mansell, Bankruptcy Section Member at Large (Shapiro, Pendergast and Hasty, LLP), and the panelists included the Hon. Jeffrey W. Cavender, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia and C. Edward Dobbs (Parker Hudson Rainer & Dobbs, LLP). The CLE was followed by the David W. Pollard Award Luncheon, presented to Alison Elko Franklin (Dentons US, LLP). Franklin is a past Chair of the Bankruptcy Section and has been integral to the Bankruptcy Section’s overall success and the expansion of the volunteer opportunities for our members while on the Board. Under her leadership, the Bankruptcy Section received three awards from the Atlanta Bar Association: the Community Service Award, the Pro Bono Award, and the Small Section of the Year Award. On May 8, members of the Bankruptcy Section Board also participated in a volunteer event at Agape Youth & Family Center where they served dinner to school-age children from under-served families. Contact Us If you have proposals for Bankruptcy Section activities or projects, please contact any of the officers or board members. DOROTEYA N. WOZNIAK James-Bates-Brannan-Groover LLP dwozniak@jamesbatesllp.com 1 - L-R: Hon. C. Ray Mullins, retired (United States Bankruptcy Court, NDGA); Alison Elko Franklin (Dentons US, LLP) 2 - L-R: Vania Allen, Bankruptcy Section 1 2 Immediate Past Chair (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia) and Melissa J. Davey, Bankruptcy Section Chair (Standing Chapter 13 Trustee) The 2019-2020 Board of the Bankruptcy Section. L-R Bottom: Gregory M. Taube, Secretary (Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP), Melissa J. Davey, Chair (Standing Chapter 13 Trustee), Bruze Z. Walker, Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (Cohen Pollock Merlin & Small, PC), and Vania Allen, Immediate Past Chair (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia). L-R Top: Ashley Champion, Member at Large (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Law Clerk), Aimee Pickett Sanders, Member at Large (Alston & Bird, LLP), Alexandra “CC” Schnapp, Member at Large (U.S. Bankruptcy Court), and Michael Bargar, Member at Large (Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP). 35 June/July 2019