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There is probably no Fellow in the College who is better known and more widely admired than Judge Houser , and we look forward to honoring her with our most prestigious award . While Judge Houser needs no introduction , she will be presented by the Hon . Thomas L . Ambro , himself a recipient of that same award in 2017 .
With lots of ground to make up as we emerge from the virtual format restraints of our last three meetings , we also plan for two educational programs to be organized by our Scholar in Residence , Prof . Susan Block- Lieb ; an Orientation Luncheon for Class 31 and 32 new Fellows ; the introduction of our Distinguished Law and Business Students ; and our traditional All Fellows Luncheon to cap off the Fall Meeting on Wednesday , October 6 . As important , we ’ ve also built in open time across all three days to meet and greet new and old friends whom all of us have missed seeing and spending in-person time with over the past year and a half .
The College ’ s Board of Directors also looks forward to receiving the initial status report of the Select Commission on Diversity , Equity and Inclusion that we appointed in the first quarter of this year . Chaired by Judges Laurel M . Isicoff and Jeffery P . Hopkins , the Commission has embraced its Mission Statement and task to present a final report at the March 2022 Annual Meeting in Denver . Consistent with that Mission Statement , the Commission is also putting together a program during the All Fellows Luncheon to promote mindfuIness of its objectives among all Fellows -- details will be forthcoming .
We are cautiously optimistic that conditions will permit us to meet in person in Indianapolis in October . Hotel accommodations already are available
through the NCBJ room block at https :// ncbjmeeting . org / 2021 / hotel-travel / hotelreservations /, and we thank the NCBJ for sharing that block and the meeting facilities with us from October 4-6 . For those of you who are not ready to travel in October , we will be offering a hybrid option for at least some of our events ; details to follow in the coming weeks .
While looking ahead to the future and our time together , I would be remiss if I did not look back to our virtual meeting held in March and highlighted by the outstanding program on “ The Wall of Corporate Debt , and Other Financial Legacies of COVID-19 .” The College is grateful to Judge Michelle M . Harner , Richardo Kilpatrick and Jim Millstein for their detailed and provocative discussion of economic trends and forecasts , corporate and personal finance , and the outlook for our economy and the insolvency industry as we work through and emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic . Over 280 Fellows registered for the meeting and presentation , and came away with a greatly enhanced understanding of the domestic and global challenges on the economic front , as well as the pressures that are likely to confront continued on page 30