The 2023 NJSBA Bankruptcy and Restructuring Forum

Date: Nov 2, 2023 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick and Online

Member Price: $188

Non-Member Price: $235

Event Code: I111123

Areas of Law: Bankruptcy

Earn up to 6.7 credits! (More Information)



Hon. Renee Marie Bumb, Chief U.S.D.J.
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Hon. Michael Kaplan
US Bankruptcy Court


Melinda D. Middlebrooks, Esq.
Middlebrooks Shapiro, PC, Belmar
David H. Stein, Esq.
Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A., Woodbridge


Hon. Andrew B. Altenburg
United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey
Hon. Rosemary Gambardella
Martin Luther King Jr Federal Bldg, Newark
Hon. John K. Sherwood
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
John M. August, Esq.
Saiber LLC, Florham Park
Morris S. Bauer, Esq.
Duane Morris LLP, Newark
David B. Grantz, Esq.
Meyner & Landis, LLP, Newark
James W. Hughes, Ph.D.
University Professor, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Carlos D. Martinez, Esq.
Law Office of Carlos D. Martinez, Iselin
Jennifer Mazawey, Esq.
K & L Gates, Newark
is a Partner in Genova Burns LLC in Newark, New Jersey, and a member of the firm’s Commercial Real Estate & Redevelopment, Environmental Law, and Land Use & Approvals Practice Groups as well as the Construction & Engineering, Education and Land Development Industry Groups. She concentrates her practice in commercial real estate, land use and construction law, and represents developers in all aspects of their development projects. Regularly appearing before planning boards and zoning boards of adjustment, Ms. Mazawey assists clients with permit acquisition, construction contracts and in construction-related disputes. She has also practiced education law and served as general counsel and special labor counsel to boards of education and boards of trustees throughout New Jersey.

Admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York, and before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Ms. Mazawey is Past Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Land Use Law Section and a member of the Association’s Environmental and Women in the Profession Sections as well as the Renewable Energy, Cleantech and Climate Change Committee. She has served on the Women’s Leadership Committee of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and has been President and Co-Director of Sponsorship for Commercial Real Estate Women, Inc. of New Jersey (CREW-NJ) as well as a member of the national CREW Network. She is also a former Trustee of the New Jersey Association of School Attorneys.

Ms. Mazawey is a co-author of “In the Election of 2002, the Voters of New Jersey Were the Winners,” (27 Seton Hall Legislative Journal 77, 2003). She has lectured for ICLE, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the New Jersey School Boards Association and other industry groups, and is the recipient of numerous honors.

Ms. Mazawey received her B. A. from Rutgers University and her J.D., cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law. After law school, she was Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Christine L. Miniman, J.S.C.
Marc D. Miceli, Esq.
S. Mitnick Law PC, Oldwick
Eamonn O'Hagan
United States Attorney's Office, Newark
Rebecca L. Rakoski, Esq.
XPAN Law Partners LLP, Marlton
David E. Sklar, Esq.
Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C., Morristown
Carmela Graciela Walrond, Esq.
JLD Tax Resolution Group, Jersey City
Stephanie Wilson, Esq.
Reed Smith, LLP, Princeton

Presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Bankruptcy Law Section

The popular NJSBA Bankruptcy and Restructuring Forum returns for 2023 with special keynote speakers and four panels on cutting-edge topics that are vital to your practice. Hear special presentations including one from the Hon. Renée Marie Bumb, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the Hon. Michael Kaplan, Chief Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey and from Professor James Hughes, Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Policy Development, as they each provide you with their unique insights into the courts, the economy and how your practice will be impacted by both.

The forum will also feature panels from esteemed judges and practitioners on how the practice of bankruptcy law will be affected by the very latest issues in cybersecurity, taxation, banking, real estate and land use, as well as what you need to know about unique issues in Chapter 11 plan considerations.

The day includes breakfast, lunch and a wine and cheese reception following the program.

Whether you are a Judge, a petitioner’s attorney, a creditor’s attorney or a trustee, you will end the day with information that you can immediately put to use in your practice.

Program Agenda:

  • 9:00 - Welcome from Program Organizers - Melinda D. Middlebrooks, Esq.; David H. Stein, Esq.
  • 9:05 - The State of the Economy: James W. Hughes, Ph.D.
  • 9:50 - Bankruptcy, Banking and Cybersecurity
    • Moderator/Speaker: Rebecca L. Rakoski, Esq.
    • Speakers: Hon. Andrew B. Altenburg; Stephanie J. Wilson, Esq.; Mohung Wong
  • 10:50 - Break
  • 11:00 - Tax and Bankruptcy
    • Moderator/Speaker: Carmela Graciela Walrond, Esq.
    • Speakers: Hon. Rosemary Gambardella; Eamonn O’Hagan
  • 12:00 - Lunch
  • 12:50 - Real Estate, Land Use, Repurposing Real Estate -
    • Moderator: Marc D. Miceli, Esq.
    • Speakers: Hon. John K. SherwoodMorris S. Bauer, Esq.; David B. Grantz, Esq.; Jennifer Mazawey, Esq.
  • 1:50 - Unique Chapter 11 Plan Considerations 
    This segment will provide unique considerations for issues that are over and above the “typical” reorganization. Topics include: third-party releases; asset sales inside/outside the Plan; treatment of tort claims; various means for implementation; and more.
    • Moderator/Speaker: John M. August, Esq.
    • Speakers: Carlos D. Martinez, Esq.; David Edward Sklar, Esq.
  • 2:50 - Break
  • 3:00 - The State of the Bankruptcy Court 2023 – Hon. Michael Kaplan
  • 3:15 - Update on the State of the Federal Judiciary for Bankruptcy PractitionersHon. Renee Marie Bumb
  • 3:55 - Wrap UpMelinda D. Middlebrooks, Esq.; David H. Stein, Esq.
  • 4:00 - Seminar Adjourn - Cocktail Reception begins

CLE Credits
NJ CLE:NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 6.7 hours of total CLE credit (Full Credits Available: NJ General: 6.7).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Professional Practice Non-Transitional: 6.5
PA CLE:PA Substantive Credit: 5.5
New: No PACLE fee is required for this program. To earn PA CLE credits, a valid PA Bar ID number must be entered into the CLE form provided after attending the program.

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