Past College Events
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The College's mid-year dinner was held on September 10, 2016, at the distinguished Algonquin Club of Boston, MA. A delightful reception was followed by a delicious dinner, both made more memorable by the collegiality and enjoyment of the more than 50 attendees.
The venue for the 3rd annual Advanced Seminar on September 11, 2016, at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP in Boston, was graciously provided courtesy of our host, fellow Edwin Smith. The seminar started with a light breakfast and quickly took off into the topical discussion designed and led by Professor Daniel S. Kleinberger, Emeritus Professor of Law, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, and Reporter for the Uniform Law Conference Drafting Committee on Series of Unincorporated Business Entities.
Prof. Kleinberger's creative and catchy title "LLC Member as Debtor – A Jungian Analysis? (It all depends on how we look at things, and not on how things are in themselves; and the Mobius Strip of Business Entities (The Protected Series))" proved to be designed to challenge attendees' minds and foretell the interesting presentation and discussions at the seminar.
Watch for photos of both the Fall Dinner and the Advanced Seminar to be posted.
The April 9, 2016 Annual Meeting and Dinner of the Fellows of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers was convened in Montréal, Canada, in conjunction with the Spring Meeting of the Business Law Section of the ABA. The meeting and dinner was held at the gracious and historic Mount Royal Club, 1175 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, Quebec, Canada. Here is a link to the Mount Royal Club website for a taste of the ambiance we all enjoyed. Thanks to Steven O. Weise, we also have photos of the event to share.
At this dinner the College welcomed nine new fellows (here is the list), and a new class of Regents. The College also honored Professor Amelia H. Boss, Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, with the College’s Homer Kripke Achievement Award. Professor Xuan-Thao Nguyen of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law is receiving the College’s Grant Gilmore Award for her articles: “Financing Innovation: Legal Development of Intellectual Property as Security in Financing, 1845-2014” 48 Ind. L. Rev. 509 (2015), and “In the Name of Patent Stewardship: The Federal Circuit’s Overreach into Commercial Law” 67 Fla. L. Rev. 127 (2015).
Other Past Activities:
September 20, 2015 Advanced Seminar in Chicago, Payment Rights as Article 9 Collateral, was designed specifically for the Fellows of the College by Professor Neil B. Cohen (Jeffrey P. Forchelli Professor at Brooklyn Law School).
The Advanced Seminar addressed various types of payment rights that are covered in one way or another by Article 9. Issues moved from the familiar (e.g., the enforcement of the payment rights by a secured party) to special contexts and areas of controversy (including issues currently being considered by the Permanent Editorial Board of the UCC for commentary). The Advanced Seminar was highly informative, interactive and intellectually engaging (and challenging). With more than thirty Fellows in attendance, including a significant representation of the Revised Article 9 and 2010 Amendments Drafting Committees as well as the Permanent Editorial Board in attendance, the enlivened discussions probed the nuances and uncertainties of the UCC and current law. So engaged were the attendees that the decision was made not to rush the discussion and instead to hold over a portion of the seminar until the 2016 Annual Seminar, anticipated to be held next Fall in Boston. Click here for the Introduction handout; the problem descriptions provided attendees; and the an article on payment rights in Article 9.
April 18, 2015 Annual Meeting & Dinner in San Francisco. Last year's Annual Meeting & Dinner of the Fellows of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers was held on Saturday April 18, 2015 in San Francisco, California. As in prior years, the College’s Annual Meeting and Dinner was convened in conjunction with the Spring Meeting of the Business Law Section of the ABA. Photos of the event were taken and provided by Steve Weise for the College fellows enjoyment and can be found by clicking HERE.
Maury Poscover one of the College’s founders, was honored with the College’s Homer Kripke Achievement Award. We also honored Professor Melissa B. Jacoby (Graham Kenan Professor of Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and Professor Edward J. Janger (David M. Barse Professor, Brooklyn Law School), whose article Ice Cube Bonds: Allocating the Price of Process in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy , 123 Yale L.J. 862 (2014), has been awarded the College’s Grant Gilmore Award. The College welcomed the eleven new Fellows who were inducted at the event.
- September 14, 2014: Our Advanced Seminar on Intellectual Property Traps in Secured Financing designed specifically for the Fellows of the College by Professor Stephen Sepinuck (Gonzaga School of Law) . After a brief review of the perfection and priority rules applicable to security interests in patents, trademarks, and copyrights, participants discussed problems carefully designed to reveal some of the IP traps for secured lenders. The problems covered issues that can arise when the debtor is an owner, licensor, or licensee of IP. The seminar materials are posted here and the PowerPoint slides are posted here.
- Submission of a comment letter on the March 2011 Draft Report of the Permanent Editorial Board for the Uniform Commercial Code – UCC Rules Applicable to the Assignment of Mortgage Notes and to the Ownership and Enforcement of those Notes and the Mortgages Securing Them. A copy of the letter can be accessed here. The Permanent Editorial Board for the Uniform Commercial Code published its report “Application of the UCC to Selected Issues Relating to Mortgage Notes” in November 2011. It can be viewed and downloaded here or from the ALI website. The PEB Report addresses the application of the rules in UCC Articles 3 and 9 to issues such as who may enforce a mortgage note, what steps must be taken to transfer ownership of a mortgage note or use the note as collateral for an obligation, the effect of a transfer of a mortgage note on the related mortgage, and what steps a person to whom a mortgage note has been transferred may take in order to become an assignee of record of the mortgage note if that step is necessary for non-judicial foreclosure. Professor Stephen L. Sepinuck, R. Marshall Grodner and Teresa Wilton Harmon led the effort on the College’s comment letter.