Welcome to the October 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.
Joan N. Feeney (JAMS) has been selected to receive the prestigious 2019 American Inns of Court Bankruptcy Inn Alliance Distinguished Service Award. John Waites, president of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ), will present the award on November 1 at NCBJ's annual conference in Washington, D.C.

Until she retired in May, Feeney was the chief judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the First Circuit in Boston. She was a U.S. bankruptcy judge for the district of Massachusetts since 1992, serving as chief judge from 2002 to 2006. She is vice president of the American College of Bankruptcy and a past president of NCBJ. "She cares about her colleagues, the lawyers who appear before her, her staff, and, most of all, the litigants who come before her," says Robert J. Keach, Esquire, of Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson PA in Portland, Maine. "She wants the honest debtors who come before her to get the relief they deserve and to have better futures." Feeney was also a co-chair of the Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court's pro bono committee.
The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts announced that Janet E. Bostwick was sworn in as the Court's newest bankruptcy judge on September 27, 2019. Judge Bostwick will preside in Boston and, with limited exceptions, has assumed the cases formerly assigned to retired Judge Joan N. Feeney.
The Commercial Law Committee of the Missouri Bar selected Gary Barnes (Husch Blackwell) to receive the 2019 Michael R. Roser Excellence in Bankruptcy Award on October 4, 2019.  The award recognizes "an attorney who manifests the highest standard of excellence in bankruptcy practice, who contributes distinctively to the development and appreciation of bankruptcy law, and who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of bankruptcy practice or administration." It  is presented by the Commercial Law Committee of the Missouri Bar and recipients are selected by a special selection subcommittee consisting of past recipients and attorneys representing different geographical areas throughout the state in a variety of practice sizes.
Hogan Lovells announced that Kevin J. Carey joined the firm's Business Restructuring and Insolvency Practice as a partner effective September 15, 2019. Carey joins the firm following his retirement on August 31, 2019 from the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware.
Berger Singerman announced Jordi Guso as its new managing partner, effective January 1, 2020. Guso was elected on September 18 for a four-year term by the firm's equity partners as part of a strategic succession and leadership transition plan.
Lisa Donahue (AlixPartners) and Susheel Kirpalani (Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP) were presented with the Catholic Renewal 2019 St. Francis Service Award in New York, NY on September 16, 2019. The St. Francis Service Award is given to members of the corporate restructuring community who, regardless of creed, have demonstrated a standard of selfless integrity, humility and charity that warrants the recognition and acclaim of their peers.
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP announced that Sidney Levinson has joined the firm's New York office as a partner and co-chair of its Restructuring Group.
McDermott Will & Emery announced that  Jeffrey M. Reisner has joined the Firm's Transactions and  Restructuring & Insolvency groups as a partner, based in Los Angeles and New York.  Jeff will become co-chair of the Restructuring & Insolvency group.
James M. Wilton (Ropes & Gray LLP) published an article examining the current circuit split over the doctrine of debt recharacterization, including analysis of choice of law and a discussion of state law precedents:
James M. Wilton and William A. McGee, "The Past and future of Debt Recharacterization," 74 Bus. Law. 91 (Winter 2018 - 2019). 
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