MAY 2018 VOL. 5, NO. 5
From the ABI Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund

ABI Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy Concludes Hearings and Will Publish Final Report by Year’s End

The Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund supports the appointed 15-member expert panel that has been examining the consumer bankruptcy system and will issue a report with recommended improvements that can be implemented within the existing structure later this year. The ABI Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy aims to modernize the system with practical and cost-effective recommendations, building on the framework established by the Bankruptcy Code of 1978 and Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005.

The Consumer Commission employed an open, information-gathering model that allowed interested parties across the consumer bankruptcy spectrum to provide input.


The final public hearing was held at ABI’s Annual Spring Meeting in April, and the Commission is considering proposals made by the subcommittees.

In addition, the Consumer Commission recently provided recommendations in response to the Department of Education’s request for information on the evaluation of undue-hardship claims in adversary actions seeking student loan discharges in bankruptcy.

To learn more about the Commission’s activities and read statements, visit

Cosumer Commisioners at ASM18

Ariane Holtschlag (Law Office of William J. Factor, Ltd.; Chicago), Clifford J. White III (Executive Office for U.S. Trustees; Washington, D.C.), Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff (ret.), ABI President-Elect Alane A. Becket (Becket & Lee LLP; Malvern, Pa.), Richardo I. Kilpatrick (Kilpatrick & Associates, PC; Auburn Hills, Mich.), Rudy J. Cerone (McGlinchey Stafford PLLC; New Orleans), Commission Reporter Prof. Robert M. Lawless (University of Illinois College of Law; Champaign, Ill.), Commission Co-Chair Hon. Elizabeth L. Perris (ret.), Prof. Bruce A. Markell (Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law; Chicago), Commission Co-Chair Hon. William Houston Brown (ret.) and Hon. Randall Dunn (ret.) (l-r) were among the commissioners who heard testimony during the final hearing.

Second Annual GSCA/NYIC/ABI Golf & Tennis Outing

In conjunction with the Garden State Credit Associates and the New York Institute of Credit, ABI will co-host the Second Annual GSCA/NYIC/ABI Annual Golf & Tennis Outing on Sept. 24 at Cedar Hill Country Club in Livingston, N.J. The picturesque course features “twin” Par 3s, with the 10th playing straight downhill and the 16th recapturing the Clubhouse level. From the back tees, the course measures 6,447 yards and plays to a slope rated 129. The course is mainly bent grass, poa, greens, tees and fairways, with a mixture of bluegrass, ryegrass and fescue grass in rough areas. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Sarah Kunhs; more information will be posted later at

Donate Tax-Deductible Items to ABI's Amazon Wish List!

Looking for a unique way to give to the Endowment? Donating silent auction items is a great way to support the ABI Endowment Fund! Don’t know what to donate? Possible items have been selected and are available for purchase at under a special ABI Wish List. Pick out items now for silent auctions that will be held at upcoming summer conferences (find out more information at, and be sure to place your own bids at those conferences.

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Endowment Fund Development Committee

Vice President—Development:
Robert P. Reynolds
Reynolds, Reynolds & Little, LLC

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

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

Bradley D. Sharp
Development Specialists, Inc.

Kelly Beaudin Conlan
Alvarez & Marsal

Christopher A. Ward

Endowment Fund

Regional Endowment Chairs


Chair: Christopher A. Ward – Polsinelli
Sam J. Alberts – Dentons
Ryan G. Foley – Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
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
James E. Van Horn – McGuireWoods LLP

Chair: Richard S. Lauter – Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
Daniel A. DeMarco – Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP
Reginald W. Jackson – Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
James A. Lodoen – Lindquist & Vennum LLP
Claire Ann Resop – Steinhilber Swanson
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 – All Business Development Solutions, LLC


Chair: Kristina M. Johnson – Jones Walker LLP
Rudy J. Cerone – McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC
Craig M. Geno – Craig M. Geno, PLLC
James R. Irving – Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
Derek F. Meek – Burr & Forman LLP
James E. Smith – Williams Anderson PLC
Emily Campbell Taube – Burr & Forman LLP
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 – GCG
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

Chair: Bradley D. Sharp – Development Specialists, Inc.
Matthew Gates – Duff & Phelps, LLC
Scott Gautier – Robins Kaplan
Mitch Ryan – Donlin Recano & Company, Inc.

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