College of Law holds bankruptcy conference for Thai judiciary

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

The University of Illinois College of Law hosted  “U.S. Solutions to Bankruptcy Problems,” a two-week training program on bankruptcy law for 34 members of the judiciary of Thailand.

Designed by Robert Lawless, associate dean for research and the Max L. Rowe Professor of Law, in partnership with the Office of the Judiciary of Thailand, the training program covered a range of topics from individual indebtedness to corporate and cross-border insolvency.

The conference drew upon the expertise of world-renowned scholars and practitioners, including Illinois law faculty—Ralph Brubaker, Pamela Foohey, Robert Lawless, and Charles Tabb; alumni David Eaton (’78), a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, and Jeffrey Paulsen (‘09), an attorney at FactorLaw, and others, including:

  • Cari Kauffman, an attorney with the firm Manley Deas,
  • Melissa Root, a bankruptcy attorney at Jenner & Block,
  • Gretchen Silver, a trial attorney in the Chicago Office of the United States Trustee,
  • Catherine Steege, a bankruptcy lawyer and co-chair of Jenner & Block’s Bankruptcy Litigation Practice,
  • Deborah Thorne; an associate professor at The Ohio University, and
  • Shamira Youkhaneh, a staff attorney in the Consumer Practice Group at the Legal Assistance Foundation. 

The 34-member delegation consisted of senior members of the Thai judiciary working in the area of bankruptcy. They were led by the president of the bankruptcy section of the Thai Supreme Court.

The program was held in Chicago and included visits to Kirkland & Ellis, hosted by David Eaton (’78); the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, hosted by Judge Timothy Barnes of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois; and the College of Law in Champaign for a concluding lunch and presentation of certificates by Dean Bruce Smith.