Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Section

Welcome to the Member Community for the Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Section. We are delighted to offer this interactive forum for legal professionals interested in regulatory, legislative and judicial matters related to Commercial and Bankruptcy Law. Our goal for this Community is to provide a resource to help members communicate with each other and share resources.

If you have questions about the Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Section or ideas for how we can improve this community and its resources, we want to hear from you. This is, after all, your section and our success depends on your active participation. Please send your questions and ideas to chairperson Robert Gainer or any member of our section council.

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Upcoming Events

  • Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Seminar (In-person or Live Webinar)

    Sep 23, 08:00:00 AM - 05:00:00 PM (CT)


    8:00 - 8:15 - Welcome
    8:15 - 9:00 - UCC Case Law Update 
    – Speaker: T. Randall Wright, Baird Holm LLP
    9:00 - 10:00 - 8th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (BAP) Decision Update – Speakers: Hon. Anita L. Shodeen, Bankruptcy Judge, Southern District of Iowa; Hon. Charles Nail, Jr., Chief Bankruptcy Judge, District of South Dakota
    10:00 - 10:15 - Break
    10:15 - 11:00 - Small Business Reorganization Act (SBRA), Subchapter V Trustee Role and Best Practices – Speaker: Elizabeth Lally, Goosmann Law Firm
    11:00 - 11:30 - Pandemic-Related Legislation – Speaker: Hon. Lee M. Jackwig, Chief Bankruptcy Judge, Southern District of Iowa
    11:30 - 12:00 - Topic to TBD – Speaker: Hon. Thad Collins, Chief Bankruptcy Judge, Northern District of Iowa
    12:00 - 12:45 - Lunch (provided with in-person registration)
    12:45 - 1:30 - Iowa Business Specialty Court Panel – Speakers: Hon. Lawrence McLellan, District Judge, Iowa Judicial District 5C and Hon. John Telleen, District Judge, Iowa Judicial District 7
    1:30 - 2:00 - Adversary Proceedings – Speakers: Terry Gibson, Wandro & Associates, PC
    2:00 - 3:00 - Mediation – Speakers: Hon. Shon Hastings, Chief Bankruptcy Judge, District of North Dakota; Hon. Cynthia Norton, Bankruptcy Judge, Western District of Missouri; Hon. Kathy Surratt-States, Chief Bankruptcy Judge, Eastern District of Missouri
    3:00 - 3:15 - Break
    3:15 - 3:35 - Using Rescue Financing and Bad Loan Buyouts in Small and Middle Markets – Speakers: Jeremy Hollembeak, Baird Holm LLP and Thomas Ashby, Baird Holm LLP
    3:35 - 4:00 - General Execution Against Titled Vehicles: Sheriff Could You Pretty Please…? – Speaker: Jonathan Kramer, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C.
    4:00 - 5:00 - Post-Pandemic Lessons for Ethical Practice – Speaker: Tara Van Brederode, Office of Professional Regulation

    CLE CREDIT (approved)
    7.50 state hours which includes 1 ethics hour

    ISBA Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Section Members - $180
    Please use promo code bank180 when registering to receive the $180 rate. This code is for ISBA Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Section members only. This code is not applicable to YLD Members (Years 1-5) who are members of the section. 

    ISBA Members - $190
    YLD Members (Years 1-5) - $125
    Non-ISBA Members - $300
    Law Students - Free

    Please select attendance preference (in-person or live webinar) when registering for this event. In-person attendance will take place at the ISBA Building (625 E. Court Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309).

    Sponsored by The Iowa State Bar Association Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Section

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  • New date for Cady Cup Golf Tournament

    The annual Cady Cup Golf Tournament is an event for law school graduates, faculty, staff and students of Drake University Law School and the University of Iowa College of Law. All are invited to participate - regardless of skill level - to show support for their law schools and raise funds for Iowa Legal Aid.

    Heavy rains in mid-May left the Echo Valley Golf Course in Norwalk too wet to play on the original scheduled date of May 17, disappointing the 104 golfers registered for the Cady Cup event. A new date of Monday, Sept. 20, has now been reserved at Echo Valley.

    The Cady Cup, formerly known as the Dean's Cup, was renamed in 2019 in honor of the late Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady. Click here to view the registration form.
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