American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers

The American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers is a professional organization dedicated to promoting the field of commercial finance law through education, legislative reform and the recognition of distinguished practitioners, jurists and academics. The College offers a venue to promote and recognize outstanding achievement and advances in the field of commercial finance law.

Upcoming Events

Fellows, mark your calendars to attend the College's 2018 Annual Meeting & Dinner in Orlando.  The event will be held on Saturday evening, April 14, 2018 following the ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting.  Watch this website and your email for further details and registration information. 

Click here to access information about upcoming events including the College’s Observer Briefing Calls for Fellows.

Letter to Fellows from President Peter Carson, August 5, 2016

2018 Fellowship Dues

Notices for the College's 2018 dues will be distributed on December 8, 2017.  These dues support the ACCFL services and activities during the 2018 calendar year, so prompt payment is appreciated.  If you are a current Fellow and do not receive your notice and invoice, please contact our administrative office at accfl.admin@dgallc.net and we will be happy to assist you.  

History of the College

The American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers was founded a quarter century ago, through the foresight, insight and perseverance of our co-founders Maury Poscover, David Willenzik and Earnest Bland Williams III.  Over the succeeding years, this College has inducted nearly 300 preeminent practitioners and scholars as Fellows and has firmly established itself not only as a prominent honorary society of remarkable collegiality, but importantly also as a learned, active and influential participant in the field of commercial finance law.  And now, through the labors and invaluable recollections of many, the history of the College has now been written and is available for your enjoyment.  Please click here to read the History of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers online or to download a copy.  

2017 Annual Meeting and Dinner  
was held in New Orleans on April 8th 

The College's 2017 Annual Meeting & Dinner, Saturday, April 8th at Arnaud's Restaurant in the French Quarter was another well-attended, highly enjoyable, and collegial event.  As in the past, the meeting was held following the ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting.  The College welcomed new Fellows, voted in new Officers, and approved a new class of Regents for the Board.  Fellows who were unable to attend should watch for photos to be posted in the near future.  

The College acknowledges sponsorships from Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, White & Case, LLP, and McGlinchey Stafford.  Their commitment to the future of the College is gratefully appreciated!  

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Fall Dinner & Advanced Seminar 
September 16-17 in Chicago

The College's 2017 Fall Dinner was held on SaturdaySeptember 16, at The Racquet Club of Chicago, 365 North Dearborn Parkway,Chicago, IL.  It was a well attended event, and a pleasure to be back at this historic Club with it's delicious cuisine and calming ambiance.  The College's Advanced Seminar was held on Sunday, September 17th, at the offices of Sidley Austin.

Neil B. Cohen, Jeffrey D. Forchelli Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School and one of the College’s Fellows, was our seminar presenter in Chicago at the Advanced Seminar. In the first segment of the seminar, Neil presented Part 2 of his highly acclaimed September 2015 College seminar on Payment Rights as Article 9 Collateral: Classification, Substantive Rules and Conflict of Laws Rules, recapped Part 1 and led a discussion on remaining problems from that seminar.  In the second segment, Neil addressed choice of law pitfalls in international commercial transactions, highlighting knotty problems in U.S. conflict of laws doctrine and examining the distinction between mandatory choice of law rules and rules that provide for party autonomy in selecting the applicable law.  Issues of renvoi and depecage were considered, too, as well as the critical relationship between forum selection and choice of law rules.  

ACCFL wishes to thank White & CaseMcGlinchey Stafford and Sidley Austin for their sponsorships for the College’s 2017 Fall Dinner & Advanced Seminar.  The College has begun to accept and acknowledge sponsorships for its programs and events, and plans to develop a sustainable College Sponsorship Program in the near future.