ABI, ABC Presented DREAMS Program at Howard University in November ABI’s Diversity and Inclusion Working Group and the American College of Bankruptcy (ABC) presented the Discovering Restructuring Expertise and Mentorship Symposium (DREAMS) on Nov. 9 at Howard University School of Law’s Pauli Murry Suite and the Moot Court Room in Washington, D.C. One set of panels was student-focused, while the remainder of the day was for practitioners and students alike. The free program included discussions on careers and diversifying the insolvency profession. The event wrapped up with a networking session.

The student portion included an open discussion about careers and important insolvency topics for law students, in addition to panels on career opportunities and student loans. The rest of the symposium focused on such topics as engaging and empowering a more equitable insolvency profession, which featured Robert Grey, Jr., president of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, and included a dialogue on inclusion and opportunities for all, as well as other sessions on bias in bankruptcy, and turning dreams into reality through engagement and empowerment.

ABI thanks Lynn Lewis Tavenner and Paula S. Beran of Tavenner & Beran, PLC (Richmond, Va.) for their work coordinating the event on behalf of ABI and ABC. Thanks also go to the following professionals for participating as moderators and panelists: Earl J. Barnes II of Sentara Health, Michael St. Patrick Baxter of Covington & Burling LLP, Veronica Brown-Moseley of Financial Freedom Legal, Prof. Matthew A. Bruckner of Howard University School of Law, Prof. Pamela Foohey of Cardozo School of Law, Elizabeth Gabaud of BakerHostetler, Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth L. Gunn (D. D.C.), Bankruptcy Judge Michelle M. Harner (D. Md.), Bankruptcy Judge Klinette Hunter Kindred (E.D. Va.), Jasmine Loston of Howard University School of Law, Lauren Friend McKelvey of Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLP, Ria Melhotra of Howard University School of Law, Amir Muhammad of Howard University School of Law, Kevyn D. Orr of Jones Day, Darwin Perry of Howard University School of Law, Emony M. Robertson of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, Bankruptcy Judge Frank J. Santoro (E.D. Va.), Miles A. Taylor of White & Case, LLP, Tara Twomey of the Executive Office for U.S. Trustees and Jolene E. Wee of JW Infinity Consulting, LLC.


The Discovering Restructuring Expertise and Mentorship Symposium, presented by ABI and ABC last month at Howard University, featured discussions on hot industry topics led by a range of bankruptcy professionals.

Photos courtesy of Lynn Lewis Tavenner.