From Our Desks To Yours…. May 2022

Dear Members:


May will be a busy month for the Council – and I am thrilled to have several opportunities to see you all in person at various events throughout the month.


Earlier this week, the Council’s Bankruptcy Litigation Committee hosted a tribute event for SDNY Bankruptcy Judges Shelly Chapman and Robert Drain and SDNY Chief Bankruptcy Judge Cecilia Morris. Over 400 members of the restructuring bar and several dozen judges gathered at Tavern on the Green for a lovely evening of cocktails, live music, and tributes to our honorees. It truly was an evening
to remember.


Next week we will honor Judge Denny Chin with our Learned Hand Medal at our annual Law Day Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street. I am thrilled that we have over 65 law firms represented at the dinner and look forward to raising a glass with everyone in honor of Judge Chin. Later in May, our Connecticut Committee is hosting a reception for the new judges in the District of Connecticut, and I look forward to a mini road trip to meet and welcome them and say hello to our Members up there. Finally, at
our June 2nd Judges Reception we will host a long-overdue celebration here in the city for the new judges in the Circuit, who have been confirmed since 2019 but we haven’t been able to welcome and congratulate due to the pandemic.


We continue our celebration of the Council’s 90th Anniversary with a remarkable discussion on legal practice in the Second Circuit. I hope you will join us on Wednesday, May 11th at 8:30am via Zoom for FBC@90: A Retrospective and Prospective Look at the Legal Profession in the Second
. The program will be moderated by FBC President Jonathan Moses, and feature Judge John Walker, Judge Kevin Castel, Sheila Birnbaum, Sheila Boston, Bob Fiske, Cynthia Fernandez Lumermann, and Lynn Neuner.


The transitions “back” into in-person work and events have begun to feel like an ebb and flow. As we move into a period of more in-person activity, many people are more conscious about how they are spending and allocating their time. This is a good sign that we are paying closer attention to our mental health and our changed needs or wants post-pandemic. Mental health in the legal profession has been discussed quietly for years. The pandemic has pushed the conversation to the forefront and law firms are placing a greater emphasis on the mental and emotional well-being of both attorneys and staff.


In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we are pleased this month to offer a CLE on mindfulness for our Members on Wednesday, May 18th at 8:30am. Led by Sarah Stuart, CEO of The Really Mindful Group and a former clerk of Hon. Kimba Wood and longtime in-house practitioner, the program will be suitable for both those experienced with mindfulness and beginners who are ready and/or curious to create a mindfulness practice in their lives. The program is free to Members.


I look forward to seeing you in the next several weeks!






Here is what is on my shelf this month:

This month was another slow reading month for me. I don’t often delve into the fantasy genre but received a recommendation for a book series and gave it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. Here is what I read this month: 




This month I listened to more podcasts than usual. Three that I found especially compelling and encourage you to listen to are:


Let me know what you’re reading!

Upcoming Programs and Events

May 3, 2022
Bankruptcy Litigation Committee Spring Event
May 10, 2022
Law Day Dinner
May 11, 2022
May 16, 2022
FBC Inn of Court Meeting: Team Liman
May 16, 2022
Federal Criminal Practice Committee Meeting
May 17, 2022
May18, 2022
May 19, 2022
Public Service Committee Meeting
May 19, 2022
May 24, 2022
June 2, 2022

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