Bankruptcy Law Section

Lynn Lewis Tavenner, chair

Bankruptcy practitioners abound in firms of all sizes and locations and the Bankruptcy Section enjoys a large membership from a cross-section of our body as a whole.  The board’s vice chair during this past fiscal year was Douglas M. Foley of McGuireWoods and the secretary was Steven B. Ramsdell of Tyler, Bartl, Ramsdell & Counts PLC.  

This year the section has focused upon providing quality continuing legal education at low cost to our members.  To that end, we held two very successful programs this year.  The first was titled “Complex Issues in Bankruptcy: From the Supreme Court to the Practice Court — Applying Old and New Legal Precedents to Consumer and Business Cases for the Individual Debtor.”  This was a day-long complex consumer program held in Richmond, and moderated by the Honorable Kevin R. Huennekens and planned by Steve Ramsdell, our secretary, and Rebecca B. Connelly, who will become the next Bankruptcy Judge in the Western District of Virginia in August. Many of our membership volunteered to serve as speakers.  By all accounts it was a success—both entertaining and informative.  We followed that program up with a ninety-minute session titled “Business Ch.13s and Individual Ch.11s? - A Counterintuitive but Common Use of the Bankruptcy Code,” which was held as part of the VSB Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach.  We were delighted to have the Honorable Frank J. Santoro lead a panel of Kelly M. Barnhart, Steve Ramsdell and Marshall M. Slayton on one of the first panels to discuss the Fourth Circuit’s very recent opinion on the impact of the absolute priority rule on individuals in Chapter 11.  We are very fortunate to have so many of our own members and the judiciary to volunteer their time for our programs.

In addition to our CLE programs, the bankruptcy board, through the leadership of Editor Mark C. Leffler and his Newsletter Committee, has continued to publish scholarly articles and case updates for our membership through the Bankruptcy Law News.  For the first time this year, all editions have been transmitted through the use of electronic media.  It takes a great deal of non-billable hours to put together these very informative materials and we very much appreciate the volunteer efforts of Mark Leffler and our entire Newsletter Committee.

We also look forward to moving forward next year under the leadership of Douglas M. Foley.

Updated: Aug 16, 2012