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July 9, 2018
John S. Cooke, James A. Chance, Elizabeth C. Wiggins, Erwin Chemerinsky, Laurie Levenson, Suzanna Sherry, Anne Fleming

Some of the nation’s top legal scholars discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2017–2018 term and analyze the decisions that are most likely to affect the work of federal judges. Among the decisions discussed will be those involving the First, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments as well as bankruptcy law, immigration law, and the federal courts.

April 26, 2018

This package of materials was transmitted to Congress on April 26, 2018, concerning amendments to the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure to become effective on December 1, 2018.

Amendments to the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure are as follows:

February 7, 2018
Elizabeth C. Wiggins, Lawrence A. Larose

Lawrence A. Larose, partner at Norton Rose Fulbright who leads the firm’s municipal restructuring practice, discusses municipal finance and how it differs from corporate finance from a bankruptcy perspective.

Related videos are available in the Chapter 9 Online Repository.

February 7, 2018

This unique bankruptcy time line maps the evolution of bankruptcy law from its inception in 1787 in the U.S. Constitution through 2018. It also provides statistics demonstrating the burgeoning bankruptcy caseloads, and historical snapshots of select sociopolitical events that occurred along the way.

This updated time line is forthcoming. Requests will be filled as soon as it is available.

December 5, 2017

This package of materials was transmitted to the U.S. Supreme Court on October 4, 2017, concerning amendments to the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure to become effective on December 1, 2018.

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November 15, 2017
Elizabeth C. Wiggins

This guide on the use of distance participation (DP) technology to conduct bankruptcy hear­ings and trials provides an overview of general considerations, ranging from philo­sophical to practical, and then examines separately the use of the teleconferencing and videoconferencing. Each district, and indeed each judge, must decide whether to use DP technology, and if so, how to use it.

November 15, 2017
Elizabeth C. Wiggins

Municipalities facing fiscal crisis often must make difficult choices, attempting to balance their financial obligations with obligations to deliver critical services, such as the provision of public safety, education, and health, as well as water, sewer, and transportation services. The primary objectives of Chapter 9—to provide a breathing spell to, and adjust the debts of, a distressed municipality—are familiar to bankruptcy professionals. The substance and process of Chapter 9, however, differ from other plan chapters under the Bankruptcy Code in meaningful ways.

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November 7, 2017
Elizabeth C. Wiggins

This repository of materials was developed as a companion to the manual, Navigating Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code, to provide courts with examples of case documents and other resource materials related to issues likely to arise in Chapter 9 cases.

October 26, 2017
Susan M. Thurston, Dana McWay, Katherine B. Gullo

Three clerks of court share their courts’ experiences with Chapter 9 cases. In a practical and less formal manner, these commentaries supplement material presented in the Navigating Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code. Discussants are Susan Thurston (Bankr. D.R.I.), Dana McWay (Bankr. E.D. Mo.), and Katherine Gullo (Bankr. E.D. Mich.).

Related videos are available in the Chapter 9 Online Repository.

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