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Bench-Bar Bankruptcy Conference Facilitates Networking with Ambassador Program

The 23rd Annual Bankruptcy Bench Bar Conference is fast approaching.  Section Co-Chairs John T. Morrier of Casner & Edwards, LLP and Jeanne P. Darcey of Sullivan & Worcester LLP have organized a spectacular program -- addressing secured creditor issues, updates to issues surrounding Stern v. Marshall, and the latest guidance on  attorney-client privilege. The conference, Massachusetts’ largest bankruptcy event of the year, will be held on May 30th at the Taj Boston (15 Arlington Street) overlooking the beautiful Boston Public Gardens.  The educational program commences at 3:00 p.m. and upon its conclusion at 6:00 p.m. members will assemble to enjoy a cocktail reception and light supper buffet with ample opportunity for bench-bar networking. Click here to register or to learn more about the 23rd Annual Bankruptcy Bench Bar Conference.

In addition to offering a 50% discount on the registration price for all attorneys who are first-time attendees of the conference, the Bankruptcy Section is pleased to welcome these first-time attendees, new attorneys and law students to network with senior members of the Section through the Bankruptcy Section Ambassador Program.  All law students, first-time attendees, and new lawyers who register in advance for the Bankruptcy Bench Bar Conference will be invited to participate.

In its second year, the Ambassador Program takes some of the “work” out of networking by facilitating the introduction of newer BBA members and conference participants to an established practitioner and BBA Bankruptcy Section Member a/k/a an “Ambassador”.

Each participant gets paired with a Section Ambassador and will attend a special pre-program meet and greet reception during Conference registration.  Bankruptcy Section Membership Committee Co-Chairs Meg McKenzie Feist of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP and Natalie Sawyer of Murphy & King, P.C. look forward to offering this program to newer attorneys in an effort to help them make that initial breakthrough with a potential mentor.  Ms. McKenzie Feist describes the Ambassador Program as “a unique opportunity for new Bankruptcy practitioners to gain a professional ally outside their firm or organization.” 

If you are a Bankruptcy Section member interested in serving as an Ambassador, please contact the CLE Program Manager, Kristen Scioli White at kwhite@bostonbar.org.

Bankruptcy Law Committees

  • Bankruptcy Communications Committee
    This committee publishes information relevant to the bankruptcy bar. If you are interested in an editorial position or writing for the newsletter or blog, contact the

    Contact Information

    Christopher M. Candon

    Sheehan, Phinney, Bass + Green-NH

    (603) 627-8168

    Kristin M. McDonough

    Riemer & Braunstein LLP

    (617) 880-3436

  • Bankruptcy Education Committee
    Help develop relevant and innovative educational sessions led by a diverse group of talented speakers who cover both business and consumer bankruptcy issues. This committee promotes and oversees the educational programs for the Bankruptcy Section, including the monthly Brown Bag Lunch speaker series and several in-depth seminar programs.

    Contact Information

    Jeffrey D. Sternklar

    Duane Morris LLP

    (857) 488-4216

    Alex Frank Mattera

    Demeo, LLP

    (617) 263-2600

  • Bankruptcy Membership Committee
    This committee aims to increase participation in the Section through outreach activities.

    Contact Information

    Natalie Sawyer

    Macken Toussaint

    Riemer & Braunstein LLP

    (617) 880-3461

  • Bankruptcy Public Policy Committee
    The BBA is very active on the legislative front. Often times, bankruptcy attorneys are asked to lend their expertise.

    Contact Information

    Richard L. Levine

    Nelson Kinder + Mosseau, PC

    (617) 778-7575

    Michael J. Pappone

    Goodwin Procter LLP

    (617) 570-1940

  • Bankruptcy Public Service Committee
    This committee organizes the annual Chapter 7 Pro Bono trainings and the Reaffirmation Clinic. The committee works closely with practitioners and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to respond to needs identified in the community.

    Contact Information

    Adam J. Ruttenberg

    Looney & Grossman LLP

    (617) 951-2800

    Meg McKenzie Feist

    Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

    (617) 248-5000

  • Commercial Finance Committee
    This committee focuses on lending capital in commercial transactions.

    Contact Information

    William Scott McMahon

    Downes McMahon LLP

    (617) 600-8694

    John F. Ventola

    Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

    (617) 248-5085

  • Consumer Bankruptcy Committee
    This committee updates practitioners regarding changes and developments in Ch. 7 and Ch. 13 cases. In addition, it helps coordinate pro bono bankruptcy services in consumer matters.

    Contact Information

    Ann Brennan

    Ann Brennan Law Offices

    (781) 878-6900

    Kate Nicholson

    Parker & Associates

    (781) 729-0005

  • Consumer Finance Committee
    This a joint committee between the Financial Services and Bankruptcy Sections. This committee represents a collaborative effort to study, educate and review consumer finance products.
  • Financial Literacy Committee
    By volunteering for the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program, you will help high school students across Massachusetts learn to make informed and effective decisions regarding their finances through educational and experiential opportunities. You can become involved by working on the committee to develop and grow the program or teaching at a school.
  • New Bankruptcy Lawyers Committee
    A part of the Bankruptcy Law Section, the New Bankruptcy Lawyers Committee addresses issues faced by new or relatively new practitioners of bankruptcy law.

    Contact Information

    Timothy John Carter

    Goulston & Storrs PC

    (617) 482-1776

    David Koha

    Casner & Edwards, LLP

    (617) 426-5900

  • Practice and Procedure Committee
    This committee serves as a liaison with the office of the Clerk of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts and considers local practice issues.

    Contact Information

    Guy B. Moss

    Riemer & Braunstein LLP

    (617) 880-3466

  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.