2015 S.A.B.A Conference




Bankruptcy from a
Government Perspective Seminar

OCTOBER 4-7, 2015

The National Attorneys General Training & Research Institute (NAGTRI) is pleased to announce that limited scholarship funding is available this year to help defray costs for attendees from offices of the Attorneys General. Due to the restricted amount of funds available, each Attorney General office will be allotted $400 to apply to the costs of its attendees. Due to the lump sum nature of the funds, it will not be necessary for offices to submit nominees; rather the funds will be automatically provided to any office sending one or more attendees. Special group rates (set out below) are available for those states sending two or more attendees.

Program & Registration Information

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Registrations will be accepted after July 1, 2015

Seattle Links   |      Tentative Schedule         |         Fees         |        Contact Info

        The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) will be joining the States’ Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys (SABA) to present the Bankruptcy From a Governmental Perspective Seminar under the auspices of the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Seattle, WA.

        This year’s seminar will resume our standard three and a half-day program, and will be combined with the detailed hypothetical approach that we used for last year’s Advanced Bankruptcy seminar. The tentative agenda and a draft of the hypothetical are attached to this announcement. (Please note that, in light of the limited funding available for payment of scholarships and speaker costs, those listed on the agenda from governmental offices are tentative until they have received confirmation from their offices that they will be able to attend. We will be updating the agenda periodically going forward.)

        The fact pattern this year will center on a non-profit hospital in a low-income neighborhood facing financial, Medicaid and Medicare, environmental, and tax issues, among other problems. It is the target of a buyer that seeks to convert it to a boutique for-profit health care facility that would no longer serve the low-income residents that the city and state are concerned with. This has been a recurring fact pattern and will allow us to present many of the typical issues that are seen in current bankruptcies in a relevant format. In addition to standard lecture/discussion sessions, we will also have skills sessions dealing with topics such as organizing your office for collections and bankruptcies and presenting and defending claims.

        This conference will be an invaluable opportunity for staff in Attorney General and client agencies (as well as those attending from local and federal governmental offices) to learn about not just the theory of the Bankruptcy Code but the practical realities of the issues that often arise in major Chapter 11 cases. While the program is primarily designed for staff attorneys, experienced paralegals and other agency staff may also find it useful. We will have sessions dealing with both tax and regulatory issues and will run much of the seminar on two tracks (basic and advanced) so that those with little or no prior bankruptcy experience as well as those with substantial experience will benefit. We are also working to coordinate our program with a meeting of federal environmental counsel to be held on Thursday, October 8, so that everyone working on these issues can meet and exchange views. We urge you to distribute this invitation widely to others in your office and related agencies since bankruptcy issues arise in every substantive area of the law.
Tentative Schedule
        The seminar will begin Sunday afternoon with an optional session – Bankruptcy “001” for true novices to give them an overview of the entire seminar, as well as an advanced session dealing with issues about how to best organize an office to pursue collections and bankruptcy work. On Monday morning, we will introduce the detailed hypothetical which will be the basis for the rest of the conference. We will have sessions thereafter focusing on all aspects of a bankruptcy case with a particular emphasis on the special ways in which bankruptcy affects governmental actions (and vice versa). As part of the hypothetical, we will look closely at the special provisions that have been put into the Code to preserve the oversight role of Attorneys General in conversions, sales and reorganizations of nonprofit health care institutions.

        On Wednesday, the discussions will culminate in a mock mediation of the proposed bankruptcy plan – a process that has been used with ever-growing frequency, with the most recent achievement being the long, complex, but ultimately successful, set of mediations that led to a confirmed plan in the City of Detroit bankruptcy. We will also have an ethics session dealing with practical bankruptcy problems that have ethical overtones for government counsel and will conclude with a final set of breakouts dealing with hot topics in tax, environmental and other regulatory issues, and local concerns.

        We expect to have a distinguished panel of presenters for the seminar, including bankruptcy judges, representative of the U.S. Trustee Program, distinguished private attorneys and experienced bankruptcy counsel from state, local, and federal agencies. Each has been selected based on his or her knowledge and expertise with respect to the unique issues facing government counsel in bankruptcy court. We will run through late afternoon Wednesday on the assumption that most attendees will have to stay until Thursday; travel plans should be made accordingly.

        The fee for the seminar is $550; a reduced fee of $475 will be available until September 11, 2015. In addition, to encourage the greatest possible participation from your offices, we will be offering a discount of $100 per registration for groups of three or more state attendees from the same state (we will extend the discount rate to both Attorney General staff attendees and participants from other agencies as well).

NAAG no longer accepts paper registration forms; online registration will be available starting approximately July 1 – a further notice will be sent at that time so you will know when you can begin to register. Although we will continue to accept registrations as late as possible, we may not be able to accommodate participants after the early registration cut-off date of September 11, 2015, depending on the numbers registered. In order to assist our planning, please complete registration as soon as possible after July 1.

Hotel Information
        We have reserved a block of guest rooms at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, located at 1113 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98101. The special group rate is $156 per night ($182.34 with tax) for single or double occupancy. Rooms are reserved under the conference block from Saturday through Wednesday night; the same rate will be available for three days before and after the reserved dates if you wish to stay over. Hotel space can be limited for this period; we strongly urge attendees to reserve rooms early, particularly if you intend to reserve nights outside the basic room block. Reservations may be made by phone (1-888-233-9527); be sure to mention the NAAG Bankruptcy Seminar when making reservation to get the special rates. The cut-off for hotel reservations is September 11, 2015. After that date, the rooms will be released to the general public and there is no guarantee we will be able to have space for you at the hotel. Accordingly, please make your reservations now even if your final clearance to attend is still pending. Reservations may be canceled up until 48 hours in advance without penalty.
What's Included in the Registration; Other Activities
        In addition to the course and materials, the seminar registration will cover breakfasts on each of Monday through Wednesday, breaks on Sunday through Wednesday and an opening reception on Sunday night. As an optional activity, we will be taking a scenic evening cruise around the Seattle Harbor on Tuesday. The cost will be $25; more information and registration for the outing will be sent on a separate activity form to attendees.

A charge of $50 will be made for guests of the participants who wish to attend the opening reception and the breaks. If you will not be attending the conference, but are interested in purchasing a copy of the briefing materials, please contact Karen Cordry at kcordry@naag.org  by September 11, 2015, so we know how many copies to make of the materials. The cost for materials only is $90.
Travel Information
        Seattle is served by the Seattle-Tacoma Airport, which is about a thirty minute drive from downtown. There is shuttle service to the hotel for $18 one-way, $31 round-trip (details at
http://shuttleexpress.com/seattle/airport/downtown-airporter/ .) There are also a large number of options for taxi/limo service from the airport; they appear to be in the range of about $40-50 depending on traffic, number of passengers, etc. Here is a useful link that discusses the options: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g60878-s301/Seattle:Washington:Arriving.And.Departing.html. In addition, there is a light rail train that runs every 7.5 minutes at rush hour, and either every 10 or 15 minutes at other times, for a fare of $2.75 each way. The nearest station at University Street is about four blocks from the hotel. Valet parking is available at the hotel for 10% off the normal rate of $47.62.
Cancellation Policy
        Cancellation requests must be made in writing by email. A minimum 20% administrative fee will be deducted for all refunds. No refunds will be made for cancellation requests received 7 days or fewer prior to the meeting start date absent a demonstrated and unavoidable emergency. The state may substitute a new attendee for the prior registrant at any time without cost. Information for scholarship attendees, including any obligations with respect to nonrefundable fares, will be provided with their acceptance confirmation.
We look forward to seeing participants in Seattle!
        We look forward to seeing participants in Seattle. If there are any questions about the seminar, please call NAAG Bankruptcy Counsel Karen Cordry at (202) 326-6025 or email to kcordry@naag.org



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