OCTOBER 2016 VOL. 3, NO. 10
From the ABI Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund
Endowment-Funded Study to Look at Effect of ACA

The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund recently commissioned an empirical study to examine whether the expansion of Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has had a correlative effect on the rate of consumer bankruptcy filings across the country. The study, “Consumer Bankruptcy and The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Placebo or Panacea?,” is a ground-breaking look at these issues and will take place over 2-3 years with the results to be published in the ABI Law Review.

The principal researchers for the study are Prof. Brook E. Gotberg of the University of Missouri School of Law and Prof. Michael D. Sousa of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. “Finding a preliminary answer to this question may have great ramifications on the perceived success or failure of the nation’s health care system as well on the bankruptcy system’s social insurance function to thousands of consumer debtors who suffer under the weight of medical debt,” according to Gotberg and Sousa.

Funding such studies continues to be one of the Endowment’s primary missions: to provide resources for research in a variety of bankruptcy-related topics. A full listing of the major studies that have been funded can be found at www.abi.org/endowment.

ABI Members to Network and Raise Funds for Research, Grants and Scholarships
An Evening at the Grove
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016
Join us as we present a conversation with Chief Bankruptcy Judge David R. Jones and Bankruptcy Judge Marvin Isgur (U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Tex.)) at 6:00 pm, followed by a networking reception to benefit the ABI Endowment Fund beginning at 7:00 pm.
Houston Endowment Event

The Grove
1611 Lamar St., Houston, TX

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Sponsored by: AlixPartners LLP, Andrews Kurth LLP, Baker Botts, LLP, Conway MacKenzie, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Dykema Cox Smith, Forshey & Prostok, LLP, Gardere, Gray Reed & McGraw, PC, Haynes and Boone, LLP, Hoover Slovacek LLP, Jackson Walker LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Loeb & Loeb LLP, McGuireWoods LLP, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Polsinelli, Porter & Hedges, LLP, Snow Spence Green LLP and Vinson & Elkins LLP.
Western Region Endowment Wine Dinner
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016
ABI is again joining forces with Upstairs 2 at Los Angeles’s premier wine purveyor — the Wine House. The Chef de Cuisine will custom-design a multi-course wine-pairing dinner to bring you an unparalleled dining experience.

2311 Cotner Ave., Los Angeles, CA

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Sponsored by: Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc., FTI Consulting, Inc., KCC, Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP, Polsinelli, Robins Kaplan LLP, Rust Omni, Sierra Constellation Partners, LLC and Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP.

Baltimore ABI Endowment Event
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016
Come enjoy an evening of networking, delicious food and wine while supporting the Endowment Fund! ABI has reserved a private area at Wit & Wisdom, where you will enjoy a beautiful view of the Baltimore Harbor. All proceeds will benefit the ABI Endowment Fund.
Baltimore Endowment Event

Wit & Wisdom
200 International Dr., Baltimore, MD

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Sponsored by: Berkeley Research Group, LLC, McGuireWoods LLP, EisnerAmper LLP, Cole Schotz P.C., Saul Ewing LLP and Whiteford Taylor Preston LLP.
Endowment Hockey Event
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016
Please join us for holiday fun at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on December 21, 2016, for a night of great hockey and fun networking in a luxury suite generously donated by Gavin/Solmonese, complete with food and open bar. This event is sure to be a sell‑out!
Baltimore Endowment Event

Washington Capitals vs.
Philadelphia Flyers  

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Sponsored by: McGuireWoods LLP and Polsinelli.

New Donor roll

ABI thanks the latest donors who have joined a special group dedicated to advancing research of interest to the bankruptcy community.

New Millennium Members ($50K)
Edward T. Gavin
Gavin/Solmonese LLC

Mark G. Stingley
Bryan Cave LLP

New Visionary Member ($20K)
Alane A. Becket
Becket & Lee, LLP

New Legacy Members ($15K)
Samuel J. Gerdano
American Bankruptcy Institute

Brian L. Shaw
Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC

James Patrick Shea 
Armstrong Teasdale LLP

New Lifetime Members ($10K)
Douglas L. Lutz
Frost Brown Todd LLC

Jeffrey N. Pomerantz
Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP

Hon. Deborah L. Thorne
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Northern District Illinois

Eugene R. Wedoff
Sole practice

New Benefactors ($5K)
Douglas E. Deutsch
Clifford Chance US LLP

Jay M. Goffman
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Ronald J. Silverman
Hogan Lovells US LLP

R. Scott Williams
Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A.

New Sustaining Member ($2K)
Michael L. Bernstein
Arnold & Porter LLP

New Leadership Club ($1K)
Dennis R. Dow
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Western District of Missouri

Barbara J. Houser 
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Northern District of Texas

Winter Leadership Conference
Winter Leadership Conference

Give and get noticed at ABI’s Winter Leadership Conference, December 1-3, 2016, at Terranea Resort near Los Angeles! ABI members who pledge or contribute at or above the Sustaining Member level ($2,000 and up) will be recognized at the Friday luncheon and invited to an exclusive reception following the Final Night Dinner. Proceeds from this event benefit the ABI Endowment Fund. Learn more and/or register at abiwlc.org.


Participate in the 2016 Combined Federal Campaign

Contributions to the Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund are tax-deductible. ABI is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. If you have been considering making a donation to the Endowment Fund, you may benefit by making your contribution to Combined Federal Campaign #11391. Your funds will be used to support research and education on insolvency. Please consider contributing during the current campaign season (Sept. 1-Dec. 15). Contact ABI Chief Financial Officer Kathy Sheehan at (703) 739-0800 or ksheehan@abi.org for more information.

Endowment Fund Development Committee

Vice President—Development:
Edward T. Gavin
Gavin/Solmonese LLC

Committee Members:
Richard S. Lauter
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

Jerry M. Markowitz
Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty + Hartog, P.A.

Robert P. Reynolds
Reynolds, Reynolds & Little, LLC

Mitch Ryan
Donlin, Recano & Co., Inc.

Kelly Beaudin Stapleton
Alvarez & Marsal

Christopher A, Ward

Endowment Fund

Regional Endowment Chairs


Chair: Christopher A. Ward – Polsinelli
Charles Forman – LeClairRyan, PC
Neil B. Glassman – Bayard, P.A.
Thomas M. Horan – Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin, LLC
Warren Martin – Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, PC
Richard M. Meth – Fox Rothschild LLP

Co-Chair: Claire Ann Resop – Steinhilber Swanson LLP
Co-Chair: Mark G. Stingley – Bryan Cave LLP
Daniel A. DeMarco – Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP
Reginald W. Jackson – Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Richard S. Lauter – Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
James A. Lodoen – Lindquist & Vennum LLP
Scott Y. Stuart – Esquify, Inc.
Sheryl L. Toby – Dykema Gossett PLLC

New England
Chair: Jeffrey T. Varsalone – CBIZ MHM, LLC

New York Metro
Co-Chair: Lisa G. Beckerman – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Co-Chair: Allen D. Wilen – EisnerAmper LLP

Rocky Mountain
Co-Chair: Annette W. Jarvis – Dorsey &
Whitney LLP

Lynne Long – Summit Investment
Management LLC

Chair: Robert P. Reynolds – Reynolds,
Reynolds & Little, LLC

Lawrence R. Ahern III – Brown & Ahern
Chip Bowles – Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

Richard P. Carmody – Adams and Reese LLP
Rudy J. Cerone – McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC
Craig M. Geno – Craig M. Geno, PLLC
Jennifer B. Kimble – Prime Clerk
Stephen P. Wheelis – Wheelis & Rozanski, APLC

Chair: Jerry Markowitz – Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty + Hartog, P.A.
Terri L. Gardner – Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
Neil C. Gordon – Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Jennifer McLemore – Christian & Barton, LLP
Jennifer M. Meyerowitz – Olofson Technology Partners
Edward J. Peterson, III – Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Prosser, PA
Lynn Lewis Tavenner – Tavenner & Beran, PLC
Glenn Thompson – Hamilton Stephens Steele & Martin, PLLC

Texas & Southwest
Co-Chair: Jason S. Brookner – Gray Reed & McGraw, PC
Co-Chair: Scott Van Meter – Berkeley Research Group, LLC
Thomas H. Grace – Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Jordan A. Kroop – Perkins Coie LLP
John Penn – Perkins Coie LLP
Thomas J. Salerno – Stinson Leonard Street LLP

Co-Chair:  Mitch Ryan – Donlin Recano & Company, Inc.
Matthew Gates – Duff & Phelps, LLC
Scott Gautier – Robins Kaplan LLP

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