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American Bankruptcy Institute Elects New Officers and Directors, Ward Named President

April 24, 2024, 08:05 AM

The following members of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) were elected to leadership positions as officers and directors:
Christopher A. Ward of Polsinelli (Wilmington, Del.) has become ABI President for a one-year term, succeeding Soneet R. Kapila of KapilaMukamal, LLP (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), who will now assume the positions of both Immediate Past President and Interim Chairman; due to the unfortunate passing of Hon. Kevin J. Carey (ret.) of Hogan Lovells US LLP (Philadelphia), who was to be named Chairman, ABI’s bylaws stipulate that Kapila will serve as Interim Chairman of the Board until next year, when he becomes Chairman for a one-year term. Hon. Bruce Harwood (D. N.H.; Concord), formerly ABI Vice President-Communications & Information Technology, was named President-Elect and will become ABI President in April 2025.
Jennifer McLemore of Williams Mullen (Richmond, Va.) replaces Judge Harwood as Vice President-Communications & Information Technology and will serve a two-year term. Ericka Johnson of Bayard (Wilmington, Del.) was elected to serve as an At-Large member of the Executive Committee. The following Executive Committee members were reappointed for second terms: William Henrich of Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC (New York) for ABI Treasurer, Paul Hage of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, LLP (Southfield, Mich.) for ABI Secretary and Paul Leake of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (New York) for ABI Vice President-Publications.
Five ABI members were elected to their first terms on the ABI Board of Directors:

  • Timothy Anzenberger of Adams and Reese (Jackson, Miss.)
  • Amber Carson of Gray Reed (Dallas)
  • Lindsay Milne of Bernstein Shur (Portland, Maine)
  • Megan Murray of Underwood Murray (Tampa, Fla.)
  • Jolene Wee of JW Infinity Consulting, LLC (New York)

Of note, the five new members of the Board of Directors this year are former ABI “40 under 40” honorees.
There are 60 members on the ABI Board of Directors.

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