Fordham Law

Fordham Law and U.S. Bankruptcy Court Co-Host Training Program for Judiciary of Thailand

May 23, 2011

Fordham Law School’s Office of International and Non-J.D. Programs and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York co-hosted a delegation from Bangkok, Thailand for a week-long training program on the U.S. legal system. The event took place May 9-13, 2011 and was primarily held at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

The visiting group included members of Thailand’s Supreme Court, Central Bankruptcy Court, Criminal Court, Provincial Court, and Court of Appeals. The Thai delegates were welcomed to New York City by the Honorable Arthur J. Gonzalez '82, Southern District of New York Chief Bankruptcy Judge, followed by an introduction to the U.S. legal system by Toni M. Fine, Assistant Dean for International and Non-J.D. Programs. The delegates then toured the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, and enjoyed a welcome reception and remarks by the Honorable Dennis Jacobs, Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Over the course of the week, the Thai delegates visited international law firm Latham & Watkins; participated in a dialogue with lawyers from the U.S. Trustee for the Second Region; and attended numerous training sessions including mediation in bankruptcy, consumer bankruptcy, recognition of cross‐border insolvency cases through Chapter 15 of the Code, valuation in bankruptcy and treatment of derivatives in bankruptcy.

Training sessions were led by leading academics and judges including Fordham Law School professors Susan Block‐Lieb and Richard Squire, the Honorable Allan L. Gropper, Honorable Cecelia G. Morris, Honorable Martin Glenn, and the Honorable Shelley C. Chapman.

The training program ended with a closing luncheon and certificate ceremony, which was attended by the Honorable Denny Chin '78, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, along with the Honorable Loretta A. Preska '73, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.