Welcome to the April edition of Focus on Fellows. We invite all Fellows to submit information (whether about themselves or other Fellows) about awards, news, job changes, and/or recent publications. Member highlights will be distributed to all Fellows through email and social media. Please email focus@amercol.org and include a brief description of the items you would like considered for inclusion in our announcements. Thank you.
Whiteford Taylor & Preston announced that Marc Abrams has joined the firm. Marc is experienced in complex chapter 11 cases and non-judicial restructurings, principally on behalf of debtors. He also has extensive experience representing creditors' committees and groups, opportunistic investors and lenders, as well as substantial experience with restructurings involving foreign insolvency regimes and related cases under the Bankruptcy Code, including chapter 15 cases.
Previously a top bankruptcy partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, James Bromley now co-heads Sullivan & Cromwell's global restructuring practice. He quietly made the switch earlier last month after practicing at Cleary for about 30 years.
Hon. Joy Flowers Conti (U.S. Senior District Judge, Western District of Pennsylvania) participated in the March 13, 2019 webinar discussing the 2019 Federal Judges Survey results. Judge Conti, along with two other federal judges, reviewed these results and discussed: best practices for maintaining e-discovery defensibility without sacrificing efficiency; the most common areas where e-discovery mistakes are made; and why you should have higher expectations for outside counsel regarding e-discovery expertise. 
Michael P. Coury (Glankler Brown) has been named a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, an association of 868 attorneys across the state. Invitations to membership, which is a position of honor, were extended to 24 attorneys this year by the Board of Trustees. The introduction of new Fellows took place in January at the annual Fellows' Dinner in Nashville.
Julia Frost-Davies (Morgan Lewis) was named a member of the Bankruptcy Editorial Advisory Board for Law360 (2019).
Susan M. Freeman (Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP) is the recipient of the 2019 Barbara Barrett Arizona Women's Education and Employment Icon award. It was presented to her during an awards ceremony on March 23, 2019. This annual award recognizes women who have helped others overcome obstacles and made extraordinary contributions to society. The award is named after Ambassador Barbara Barrett in recognition of her lifetime of service to her community and nation.
Christopher Andrew Jarvinen (Berger Singerman LLP) has been named a senior Fulbright Specialist by the U.S. Department of State. Christopher has accepted an invitation from the Bankruptcy Law and Restructuring Research Center ("Center") of the China University of Political Science and Law ("CUPL") to be in residence between March-May, 2019. 
Rep. Doris O. Matsui, D-California, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on February 4, honoring Judge Michael S. McManus:

Madam Speaker, I rise today in honor of Judge Michael S. McManus and his retirement from the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of California. As his colleagues and local community leaders gather to honor his remarkable career, I ask my colleagues to join me in paying tribute to Judge McManus' service to the federal judiciary.

Judge McManus graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1975 with Bachelor of Art Degrees in Criminology and Psychology. In 1978, Judge McManus received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to becoming a judge, he practiced bankruptcy law at Diepenbrock, Wulff, Plant & Hannegan. In the late 80's, he also served in many capacities on the Debtor/Creditor Relations and Bankruptcy Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California.

Judge McManus has dedicated his career to public service. Appointed on January 11, 1994, Judge McManus initially started his first and second terms on the bankruptcy bench in the Modesto Division of the Eastern District of California and subsequently transferred to the Sacramento Division. He served as Chief Bankruptcy Judge from 2000 to 2008, as District of Nevada Judge through 2010, as the Chair of the Ninth Circuit Conference of Chief Bankruptcy Judges, as an observer on the Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit, and as an ex officio member of the Court-Council on Bankruptcy Judge Appointments. In addition to these great accomplishments, he is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

Madam Speaker, as Judge McManus, his friends, and colleagues celebrate his retirement, I ask all my colleagues to join me in thanking and recognizing him for his many years of service. Judge McManus has contributed immensely to the bankruptcy bench and our community.
Paul Steven Singerman (Berger Singerman LLP) is the recipient of the 2019 M&A Advisor Lifetime Achievement Award. Paul was honored for his significant contribution to the bankruptcy and restructuring industry at the 13th Annual Turnaround Awards Gala on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, FL. 
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