James Molleur was a speaker at the National Bankruptcy Judge's Conference, held in Phoenix Arizona from September 24 - 27, 2008. The National Bankruptcy Judge's Conference is the premier conference for Bankruptcy Judges in the United States. It is one of the oldest nationally held bankruptcy conferences and features current topics of interest in bankruptcy and the economy. This year's conference had several seminars on the financial meltdown in the country, including the Wall Street credit crisis and the subprime mortgage disaster.
Among the seminars presented on consumer bankruptcy issues, was a seminar on disputes between various bankruptcy courts on important changes in the 2005 changes to the Bankruptcy Code. James Molleur moderated a panel of speakers, including Judge Surratt-States from Missouri, Mark Redmiles from the U.S. Trustee's office, and Dennis Levine, a bankruptcy attorney from Florida. One of the topics for the panel was on the effect of negative equity on the cramdown options in a Chapter 13 plan (the issue presented in the In re Look case, currently on appeal to the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston). The panel generated extensive discussion among the attendees and provided thoughtful analysis of each topic area.