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 Pepper Hamilton attorney appointed chair of ABA committee

Pepper Hamilton Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy partner Kay Standridge Kress has been elected chair of the Business Bankruptcy Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA). Kress’s new leadership role began on September 15, and she will serve a three-year term.

The ABA’s Business Bankruptcy Committee is the world’s largest organization of bankruptcy restructuring lawyers. It offers educational programs on business bankruptcy (many for CLE credit) and publishes model agreements and pleadings for use by members in bankruptcy cases. The committee also advocates for bankruptcy reform, and develops and reviews proposed bankruptcy legislation and rules.
As chair, Kress will oversee 38 subcommittees, three working groups and task forces, and four special projects committees. She will also appoint attorneys to leadership positions for the subcommittees. 
“It’s a very active committee with a great deal of participation,” Kress said. “I have been working on those appointments to try and get the right people into the right positions so we can continue the success of our group.”

Kress’s goals for her tenure as chair include increasing young lawyer and law student involvement in the Business Bankruptcy Committee, creating a subcommittee for leadership training, more collaboration with other ABA sections and bankruptcy and insolvency organizations, and communicating valuable information to members.

Kress has 28 years of experience in representing debtors, creditors’ committees, secured creditors, trustees and individual creditors and parties in interest, both as lead counsel and as co-counsel in out-of-court workouts and in bankruptcy courts throughout the country. She is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and Wayne State University Law School, where she was a member of Order of the Coif and the recipient of the Bronze Key Certificates for Academic Achievement in 1983 and 1984.

Wolverine Bar to hold November member meeting

The Wolverine Bar Association will hold its November Member Meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. at Bodman PLC (1901 St. Antoine, 5th Flr, in Detroit). Join the WBA as it shares announcements and for a presentation from experts giving the inside scoop on successfully starting and running a nonprofit corporation. For details, see www.wolverinebar.org.