College Columns December 2021 - Page 14

Report on the Pittsburgh Educational Forum “ After the Pandemic ”

Eric Schaffer
Led by Fellows in Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania , the American College of Bankruptcy and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law jointly presented an educational forum exploring how bankruptcy law and practice will be changed by the pandemic . The November 4 , 2021 program , with the hopeful title “ After the Pandemic ,” received a warm reception online and in person at Pitt Law .
The program kicked off with a Report from Capitol Hill by Judge Gregory L . Taddonio from the Western District of Pennsylvania , the co-chair of the legislative committee of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges . He was followed by a panel discussing commercial practice after the pandemic , featuring Judge Marvin P . Isgur from the Southern District of Texas , Chief Judge Frank J . Santoro from the Eastern District of Virginia , Heather Lennox from Jones Day in Cleveland , and Kurt L . Gwynne from Reed Smith in Wilmington .
The second panel , discussing consumer practice after the pandemic , featured Chief Judge Michael B . Kaplan from the District of New Jersey , Alane A . Becket from Malvern , Pennsylvania , and Ronda J . Winnecour from Pittsburgh ,
Pennsylvania . The third panel , looking at the economic landscape after the pandemic , included Mohsin Meghji from M3 Partners in New York , Professor David J . Denis from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh , and Eric A . Schaffer from the Stonecipher Law Firm in Pittsburgh .
Lively discussions continued at a reception hosted by Pitt Law , after which the Third Circuit Fellows adjourned to a nearby restaurant to welcome their newest colleagues .
The local organizing committee comprised Eric Schaffer , Judge Jeffrey A . Deller and Retired Judge Judith K . Fitzgerald , both from the Western District of Pennsylvania , and Ronda Winnecour . Pitt Law provided a wonderful venue and outstanding support , with students and faculty joining College members and others , and the University looks forward to hosting future College events .