The National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges concluded
with an interview of Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan by Third Circuit Judge
Marjorie Rendell and Bankruptcy Judge Randall Dunn. Justice Kagan was very
humble and self-effacing, but was not overly...
Prof. Jay Westbrook and Prof. Katie Porter presented a
delightful tour de force of empirical research titled Mythbusters. They
compared ten statements of conventional wisdom to the results of empirical
research. As Jay said, "There are all kinds...
Dr. Thomas Hoenig was the Friday luncheon speaker. He
served for twenty-five years as President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank
of Kansas City. He said that he "wanted to get you on board that Too Big to
Fail is bad policy." He warned...
Rajeev Date had the unenviable job of filling a speaking
slot originally assigned to Elizabeth Warren to discuss the creation of the
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He is currently the Special Advisor to
the Secretary of the Treasury on the Consumer...
Prof. Ralph Brubaker and Prof. Ken Klee spoke on "Not
Again! Will Bankruptcy Courts Survive the Supreme Court's Second Look At Stern
v. Marshall?" However, their panel could have been titled, "Does the Bankruptcy
World Need Yet Another...
The Long and Short of It: Financial Engineering Meets
Chapter 11 was one of the more esoteric presentations at the conference with an
unusual lineup of panelists. The group included New York Bankruptcy Judge James
Peck, investment banker David Barse...
Thursday's lunchtime speaker was Gregory L. Miller, Chief
Economist for SunTrust Banks, Inc. His presentation was not too gloomy but a
bit disturbing. He began Saturday Night Live style saying, "I'm the economist
and you're not."...