Past College Events 

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Other Past Activities: 

  • The 2020 Fall Dinner was cancelled due to COVID-19, but the College's Advanced Seminar went virtual, thanks to the technology team, and President Pamela Martinson of Sidley Austin.  College Fellows who attended the September10th Advanced Seminar found the presentations and the break-out sessions to be timely, instructive, and very stimulating. The program, The UCC and Emerging Technologies: Transactional Conundrums, included a report on the ALI/ULC Joint Committee on the UCC and Emerging Technologies (Fellow Kristen David Adams, Professor of Law, Stetson University College of Law), and up-to-date information on eContracting and eVaulting (Steve Bisbee, President and Founder, and Valerie Daly, Vice President, Customer Services, eOriginal, Inc.)  

    The presenters have graciously provided their PowerPoint presentations to share with our Fellows and ACCFL website readers.  Professor Adams’ presentation can be accessed and downloaded by clicking here.  If you have no way of opening the PowerPointhere is a pdf that was converted from it.  The eOriginal PowerPoint is accessible by clicking this link for downloading, and click here for the PowerPoint converted to a pdf 

  • The College determined it necessary to cancel its 2020 Annual Meeting and Dinner that was to be held in Boston, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.  However, new Fellows were admitted into the College after a special meeting of the Board of Regents.  The College hosted a virtual welcome get- together for the new class of Fellows in July, where the new Fellows met the Executive Committee and also were provided more specific information about the College.  
  • The College's 2019 Fall Dinner was held on Saturday, September 14 at the University Club of Washington D.C., following the ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting.  The Fellowship and their guests took advantage of the Club’s ambiance and renowned culinary fare with a well-deserved "time out", and filled the evening with camaraderie and relaxed interaction, after a week of business and learning at the ABA meetings.  The dinner was very well attended, and registrations for the Advanced Seminar a comment on the topic, the times, and the presenters!

    The Fall Advanced Seminar, Distributed Ledger Technology and the UCC, featured Professor and Fellow Charles W. “Chuck” Mooney, Jr.University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Professor Carla L. Reyes, Michigan State University College of Law.  The topic was particularly timely as the American Law Institute and the Uniform Law Commission launched their Joint Study Committee on the UCC and Emerging Technology.  Through the kindness of Fellow Scott A. Lessne, Sunday morning, September 15, Fellows gathered at at the Washington, DC offices of Crowell & Moring LLP, 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (at Tenth Street; about 10 blocks from ABA BLS meeting hotels) for the three-hour seminar. 

  • The 2019 Annual Meeting & Dinner was held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the historical Vancouver Club in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. Fellows E. Carolan Berkeley and Sandra M. Rocks were presented the Homer Kripke Achievement Award for their leadership and history of exceptional dedication to the improvement of commercial finance law and practice.  The newest class of Regents was voted into office, and the 2019-2020 Executive Committee was introduced.  

Twelve (12) new Fellows were inducted into the College during the Fellows Annual Meeting: 
Katherine E. Bell, Paul Hastings, LLP
James S. Cochran, O'Connor Cochran LLP
Linda W. Filardi, Capital One Bank
Kevin Heaney, Crowley Fleck, PLLP
Sarah Jane Hughes, Indiana University School of Law
Marc L. Klyman, Vedder Price P.C.
Kay S. Kress, Pepper Hamilton
Stuart M. Litwin, Mayer Brown LLP
Arleen Nand, DLA Piper LLP (US)
Reade H. Ryan, Jr., Shearman & Sterling LLP
Heather Sonnenberg, Blank Rome LLP
Jane Summers, Latham & Watkins
The College acknowledged these 2019 sponsors:  Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP,  Borden Ladner Gervais LLP,  Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP,  Cleary Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP,  Corporation Service Company (CSC),  Patrick (Buzz) Guida (Duffy & Sweeney, Ltd.),  Fennemore Craig PC,  Lane Powell PC,  McGlinchey Stafford PLLC,  Nader, Hayaux & Goebel,  Sidley Austin LLP,  and White & Case LLP.   
  • Fellows and guests gathered for the 2018 Fall Dinner & Advanced Seminar in Austin, TX.  The Dinner was held on Saturday evening, September 15, 2018 at Lambert's Downtown Barbecue.   The evening's food, ambiance and collegiality transformed a pleasant event into a dynamic and delightful evening for all!   The College's Advanced Seminar, held on Sunday, September 16th at Winstead, PC was as enjoyable as it was educational.  Fellow Prof. Stephen Sepinuck's seminar lived up to expectations, challenging attendees throughout the morning - causing fellows to be even more grateful for Winstead's sponsorship.  The seminar was held Winstead's Austin office, with a delicious, nourishing breakfast served that kept attendees going all morning long!

    In addition to Winstead's gracious sponsorship of its offices and provision of breakfast, the College appreciates the sponsors for the 2018 Fall Dinner & Advanced Seminar:  CSC, Patrick (Buzz) A. Guida (of Duffy & Sweeny), McGlinchey Stafford, and White & Case. 

  • The 2018 Annual Meeting & Dinner was held on Saturday, April 14. 2018, at Charley's Steak House, in Orlando Florida.  The College elected its new Board of Regents and Executive Committee, and welcomed and inducted eleven (11) new Fellows during the meeting. 

          2018 New Fellows include: 
                  Kamil Ansar, The Ansar Law Firm 
                  Cindy Chernuchin, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP 
                  Melanie Gnazzo, Chapman and Cutler, LLP 
                  William Henning, Texas A&M University School of Law 
                  Sherry Lowe Johnson, Volvo Financial Services 
                  Kyle Mathews, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP 
                  Leslie J. Polt, Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC 
                  Patricia Redmond, Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson 
                  Christina Rissler,  Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP 
                  Stephanie Robinson, BMO Financial Group 
                  Stephanie Stephens, Lane Powell, PC
Fellow Frederick Miller was honored with the prestigious Homer Kripke Achievement Award.  Feedback was extremely positive about food, ambiance, and collegiality of the event.  Fellows were pleased to welcome the highly qualified new Fellows, and to support the continuation of the College's mission and ideals with the choice of the 2018-2019 Board of Regents and Executive Committee.  Sponsorships were provided by:  Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP,  McGlinchy Stafford, PLLC, White & Case, LLP, and the The ACCFL Fellows at Sidley Austin LLP. 
  • 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.  
  • The 2017 Annual Meeting & Dinner was another collegial and highly enjoyable event.  It was held on Saturday, April 8th at Arnaud's Restaurant in New Orleans, LA.  Arnaud's was opened in 1918.  Located steps off of Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter, Arnaud’s offers classic Creole Cuisine and exemplary service in beautifully restored turn of the century dining rooms.  Fellows voted for the new Officers, and new Fellows were inducted.  The College welcomed new Fellows: 
                James E. Byrne, Institute of International Banking Law & Practice, Montgomery Village, MD
                R. Wilson Freyermuth, University of Missouri School of Law, Columbia, MO 
                John D. Gregory, Grand Bend, ON, Canada 
                Jennifer C. Hagle, Sidley Austin, Los Angeles, CA 
                Melissa B. Jacoby,  University of North Carolina School of Law , Chapel Hill, NC 
                Daniel S. Kleinberger, (Professor Emeritus, Mitchell Hamline School of Law). Mendota Heights, MN 
                Dominic A. Liberatore, De Lage Landen Financial Services, Inc. (DLL), Wayne, PA 
                Xuan-Thao Nguyen,  Indiana University McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, IN 
                Douglas M. Rutherford, Rutherford & Bechtold LLC, Minneapolis, MN 
                Edgar C. Snow, Jr., Burr & Forman LLP, Atlanta, GA 

  • The College's Fall 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. KleinbergerEmeritus 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. 

  • 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).

  • 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.