Press Releases Archive

2019

September 24, 2019
Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) Introduce H.R. 4421, the Bankruptcy Venue Reform Act of 2019
Rolling Meadows, IL, September 24, 2019 – Last week, two of the Commercial Law League of America’s (“CLLA”) friends in Congress, Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), introduced H.R. 4421, bipartisan, common-sense legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to reform and strengthen the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Reps. Charlie Christ (D-FL), and Greg Steube (R-FL) have also signed on as original cosponsors.  Simply put, our country’s Bankruptcy Code allows companies to flee their communities, employees, and local creditors to reorganize their finances in another state that might be more sympathetic to their interests.  READ MORE

August 29, 2019
Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 Signed Into Law
Rolling Meadows, IL, August 2, 2019 – The Commercial Law League of America (“CLLA”) is pleased to announce that on August 23, 2019, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (“SBRA”) (H.R. 3311), HAVEN Act (H.R. 2938), The National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Extension Act of 2019 (H.R. 3304), and the Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019 (H.R. 2336). The CLLA is active in bankruptcy reform efforts and recently lobbied the Senate in support of the SBRA. The CLLA believes that the SBRA will enable small businesses, defined as having a total of noncontingent liquidated secured and unsecured debt of less than $2,725,625, to obtain Chapter 11 bankruptcy relief more quickly and cheaply. Among the features of the SBRA are (1) an automatically appointed, standing trustee whose authority and duties are similar to those of a standing Chapter 13 trustee; (2) creditors’ committees will not be appointed absent a showing of cause; (3) no disclosure statement will be required; (4) only the debtor may file a plan; and, perhaps most importantly, (5) provided the debtor contributes all of its disposal income over a three to five year period, and its proposed plan is “fair and equitable” and feasible, the bankruptcy court may confirm a Chapter 11 plan under the SBRA even without an assenting class of creditors, and even without paying unsecured claims in full. The statute will take effect on February 1, 2020 and will provide a significant opportunity for more small businesses to reorganize through Chapter 11. READ MORE

August 2, 2019
Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 Passed by US Senate
Rolling Meadows, IL, August 2, 2019 – The Commercial Law League of America (“CLLA”) is pleased to announce that yesterday the United States Senate passed the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (“SBRA”) (H.R. 3311), HAVEN Act (H.R. 2938), the Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019 (H.R. 2336), and the National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Extension Act (H.R.3304). All four bills were passed by a voice vote. The bills will now be sent to President Trump for his consideration. The CLLA is active in bankruptcy reform efforts and has recently lobbied the Senate in support of the SBRA.   The SBRA (S. 1091) was a bipartisan bill sponsored in the Senate by Senators Grassley, Whitehouse, Tillis, Klobuchar, Ernst, and Blumenthal.  The CLLA believes that the SBRA will enable small businesses, defined as having a total of noncontingent, liquidated, secured, and unsecured debt of less than $2,725,625, to obtain Chapter 11 bankruptcy relief more quickly and cheaply.  Small businesses make up the vast majority of Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings, and it is expected that this will provide a cost effective and predictable remedy for small businesses seeking to reorganize, while at the same time providing the creditors’ legitimate right to be paid in the bankruptcy case.  READ MORE

July 29, 2019
Commercial Law League of America Announces Premier Certification Renewal Agreement 
with the IACC
Rolling Meadows, IL, July 29, 2019 – The Commercial Law League of America (CLLA) is pleased to announce their renewed agreement with the International Association of Commercial Collectors (IACC) to jointly continue providing certification for the CLLA Commercial Collection Agency Certification Program. READ MORE

June 25, 2019
Commercial Law League Announces 2019 Lawrence P. King Award Winner
Rolling Meadows, IL 6/25/19 — The Commercial Law League of America (CLLA) and its Bankruptcy Section are pleased to announce that they will present the Lawrence P. King Award  to G. Eric Brunstad, Jr. at the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ) in Washington, D.C. in October 2019.

The CLLA events at NCBJ will take place on October 31, 2019. They include the CLLA Luncheon, featuring the Lawrence P. King Award presentation, and the Keynote presentation “How Ronald Reagan Turned Around a Failing Economy and Ended the Cold War.” Following the luncheon will be the Honorable Frank W. Koger Memorial Education Program. For more information, please visit the Events page on www.CLLA.org.    READ MORE

May 16, 2019
Commercial Law League 125th National Convention a Success. Robert Ingold Awarded 2019 CLLA President’s Cup
Rolling Meadows, IL 5/16/19 — The Commercial Law League of America (CLLA) held its 125th National Convention on May 2-5, 2019 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida. Attendees explored the multi-tracked, educational event covering topics in bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, complex litigation, legislation and collections. Attendees were awarded continuing legal education (CLE), and offered opportunities for networking through planned social events, and witnessed the Passing of the Gavel, the President’s Cup Award presentation, and the induction ceremonies of leadership roles at the Annual Awards Luncheon.

Timothy Wan, Smith Carroad Levy Wan & Parikh, PC Sworn in as President of CLLA
During the convention, the third-ever female President, Lorna Walker, Sweet & Walker, PC, San Francisco, California, “passed the gavel” to Timothy Wan, Senior Partner at Smith Carroad Levy Wan & Parikh, PC of Commack, New York.  READ MORE


March 8, 2019
Commercial Law League Sixth Annual Hill Day A Success
Rolling Meadows, IL 3/8/19 — On February 25, 2019, the Commercial Law League of America returned to Capitol Hill for its Sixth Annual Hill Day. This year’s delegation numbered 24, making it the largest group to date. Collectively the commercial law activists had over one hundred meetings with Congressional members and staff. The group was broken into three teams: bankruptcy venue reform, bankruptcy preference reform and creditors’ rights.

The bankruptcy venue reform team, which included retired Bankruptcy Judges Russell Nelms and Steven Rhodes, sought support for a new version of the Bankruptcy Venue Reform Act of 2018. This legislation, which was co-sponsored by U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Elizabeth Warren, would eliminate the ability of companies to file for bankruptcy in distant forums based on their state of incorporation or the location of an affiliate. The bill was drafted with assistance from Prof. Jay Westbrook of the University of Texas School of Law (who was also the 2018 recipient of the King Award).

The preference reform team advocated for an end to abusive practices related to recovery of preferential transfers, such as trustees suing everyone who received payments during the 90 days before bankruptcy and filing suit on small claims in distant forums. The CLLA’s package of reforms included a meet and confer requirement prior to filing a preference suit, requiring that preference suits seeking to recover $50,000 or less be filed in the defendant’s home district and including payments made under settlement agreements within the ordinary course of business defense.

The creditor’s rights contingent focused on H.R. 5082, a House Bill from the 115th Congress that made it out of the Financial Services Committee but did not make it to the floor for a full House of Representatives vote. 5082 sought to exempt attorneys actively engaged in litigation from the definition of a debt collector under the FDCPA. In addition, 5082 sought to remove attorneys engaged in litigation from CFPB authority unless the attorney was not a debt collector and is providing a financial product or service. Although it is unlikely that 5082 will be re-introduced in the 116th Congress, much positive feedback was provided, and the creditor’s rights team will continue to focus on drafting potential legislation addressing this critical area as well as reaching out to elected officials to build bi-partisan support.


March 8, 2019
Commercial Law League Celebrates Diversity by “Passing the Presidential Gavel”
Rolling Meadows, IL 3/8/19 — The Commercial Law League of America (CLLA) is pleased to announce that at the upcoming 125th National Convention on May 2-4, 2019, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida, the third-ever female President, Lorna Walker, Sweet & Walker, of San Francisco, California, will be “passing the gavel” to Timothy Wan, Senior Partner at Smith Carroad Levy Wan & Parikh, PC of Commack, New York.

“As the third madam president, I am honored that I will be the one to swear in Mr. Wan. I have worked closely with him over the past few years and know he will do an excellent job. I am confident that our league will benefit greatly from his leadership and enthusiasm,” stated Ms. Walker.

Mr. Wan enthusiastically remarked, “As the first-ever non-white President, and one of the youngest, I am honored to be receiving this heavy mantle. I am ready to roll up my sleeves, and make change happen – more than just because of finally breaking the diversity wall!”

Attendance at the convention is open to members and non-members. For more information on the event or to register, visit https://www.clla.org/events/.


March 7, 2019
Commercial Law League Names Robert Ingold as 2019 President’s Cup Award Winner
Rolling Meadows, IL 3/7/19 — The Commercial Law League of America has named Robert Ingold, Chief Executive Officer of the Commercial Collection Corp. of NY, as the 2019 President’s Cup award recipient.

Mr. Ingold has held several key positions in The Commercial Law League. He has served on the Board of Governors of the CLLA, as a former chair of the Commercial Collection Agency Section of the CLLA, and as a former chair of the Eastern District of CLLA – the first agency member to hold this office in over 100 years. He is a past recipient of the CLLA Robert E. Caine Leadership Award. Mr. Ingold also served as a past President of IACC, and was a recipient of the IACC Leadership Award. Currently, Mr. Ingold is a member of the IACC Board of Directors.

Mr. Ingold joined Commercial Collection Corp of NY in 1979 from Chase Manhattan as an installment banking officer. Since then, the company has evolved from a third party collection agency to a multi-service company in the accounts receivable arena – First Party collections, Lien Services, Credit/Collection Training and Seminars, Credit Reporting services and Letter Writing programs – with offices in Buffalo, Ohio, Louisville, Ft. Lauderdale, Saratoga Springs, Minneapolis, NYC and Montreal, Canada. Mr. Ingold is a frequent lecturer on the Art of Commercial Collections as well as other subjects relating to the industry. Mr. Ingold is a veteran of the United States Air Force.

CLLA will present the award to Ingold at its 125th National Convention, held from May 2 – May 5, 2019 in Orlando at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.

“Thank you for notifying me as well as being your selection,” Ingold said upon hearing of his nomination. “It is indeed a privilege to share with so many terrific winners.”
President’s Cup winners are selected by a special committee comprised of CLLA board members, a previous President’s Cup recipient and a member of the American Lawyers Quarterly law firm directory. Since 1964, the award has been presented to a CLLA member who has shown outstanding service to the organization, in addition to leading a respected personal and professional life.

For more on Ingold and Commercial Collection Corp. of NY, visit www.commercialcollection.com.


February 12, 2019
Commercial Law League Finalizing Preparations for Its 6th Annual Capitol Hill Day
Rolling Meadows, IL 2/12/19 — The Commercial Law League of America is finalizing preparations for its 6th Annual Capitol Hill Day where important policy issues will be discussed and promoted on behalf of its members, constituents and in the interest of the credit and finance industry. This year, the following issues will be pursued.

Bankruptcy Venue Reform
The League supports a rebalancing of where commercial Chapter 11 cases are filed and distributed throughout the country. Thus, it proposes legislation reform that limits venue to only where the debtor is headquartered or where its principal assets are located.  Link

2018

November 21, 2018
Commercial Law League of America Files Amicus Brief
Rolling Meadows, IL 11/21/18 — The Commercial Law League of America has filed an amicus brief in support of the Respondent in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus, et al, pending before the United States Supreme Court.  The issue in Obduskey is whether the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act applies to a non-judicial foreclosure remedy under state law.  The consumer alleged that McCarthy & Holthus continued to send notices with regard to the foreclosure after receiving a request to verify the debt. Both the District Court and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a non-judicial procedure to foreclose a lien does not constitute debt collection under the FDCPA.  Link


June 21, 2018
Commercial Law League and IACC 2018 National Convention and Spring Meeting a Success.  Robert A. Bernstein awarded 2018 CLLA President’s Cup  Link


April 16, 2018
CLLA Appoints New Management Company  Link


February 23, 2018
Proposed Amendment for the Life Membership  Link


January 19, 2018
California State Bar Sections From New Nonprofit Organization
California Lawyers Association aims to expand educational and networking opportunities for its members  Link

2017

April 27, 2017
Comment of the Commercial Law League of America Submitted to the United States Congress in Support of H.R. 1849 – Practice of Law Technical Clarification Act of 2017  Link


April 20, 2017
CLLA’s Lawrence P. King Award Recipient Announced – Nancy B. Rapoport  Link


March 7, 2017
CLLA Hosts Hill Day 2017  Link


February 24, 2017
CLLA Hill Day 2017  Link


January 26, 2017
CLLA to Host 4th Annual Capitol Hill Day in Washington, D.C.  Link

2016

June 28, 2016
CLLA Forms Government Affairs Committee  Link


May 18, 2016
Press Release – For Immediate Release

CLLA and The Venue Group Publish Data on Bankruptcy Forum Shopping 
Wauconda, IL May 18, 2016 – The Commercial Law League of America, a long-time leader in the push for national bankruptcy venue reform and The Venue Group, an ad hoc group of lawyers located throughout the country, have developed and recently published a list of bankruptcy cases that were filed in Delaware or the Southern District of New York instead of their home states.  The results are astonishing.

For the eleven-year period between 2004 and 2014, a total of 745 cases (630 to Delaware and 115 to the SDNY) were filed outside their home jurisdictions involving approximately $909 billion in assets, $1.88 trillion in liabilities affecting 5.3 million creditors and nearly 2 million employees.  As a consequence of forum shopping, bankruptcy courts located in remote cities decide the fate of hundreds of companies located in other states, likely with limited input from the home base of those most directly impacted by the bankruptcy such as employees, trade creditors and retirees holding pensions.  This trend is not limited to large publicly held companies, almost half of the listed Delaware cases involved smaller businesses with less than $15 million in assets at the time of filing.  The CLLA has been a long supporter of bankruptcy venue reform, that in its present form eliminates the state of incorporation as a proper forum for reorganizing a business and limits gamesmanship with affiliate-based filings to achieve forum shopping goals.  To review the case data or for further information about the CLLA’s and The Venue Group’s efforts, please log onto The Venue Reform Workroom at the CLLA’s website located at www.clla.org/venue.


April 27, 2016

Press Release – For Immediate Release
CLLA Referral Translates Into Big Win for CLLA Member and Victims’ Families 

Wauconda, IL  April 27, 2016 – The United States Supreme Court in a 6-2 ruling on April 20, 2016, upheld the rights of victims of terrorism and their families to collect nearly $2 billion dollars from the Republic of Iran in the case Peterson v. Markazi.  The landmark decision is a win for the victims’ families and the CLLA Member attorney representing them.

In 2012, Congress passed the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012.  In 2013, the plaintiffs were successful in obtaining a United States District Court order requiring Citibank, N.A., Clearstream Banking SA and Banca UBAE SpA to turn over to the Plaintiffs approximately 2 billion in funds those banks held for the benefit of the Central Bank of Iran.    Lead counsel for the Plaintiffs in the action was Liviu Vogel, of the law firm of Salon Marrow Dyckman Newman & Broudy LLP of New York City.    The Plaintiffs were the families of the United Marines injured or killed in the 1983 terrorist bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon.  Attorney Vogel was retained in 2008 after judgment had been obtained by the Plaintiffs and over the next 8 years he undertook the lead in seeking out avenues to attach, seize and collect the funds.   The firm successfully obtained an order in 2013 directing the turnover of close to Two Billion Dollars in post judgment enforcement proceedings against the government of Iran and its central bank under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities act of 1976 and anti-terrorism statutes, including The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002.    The order was affirmed by the Second Circuit of Appeal which was then appealed to the United States Supreme Court.  This marks the largest successful enforcement of a judgment held by victims of terrorism against any foreign sovereign to date.

The matter was referred to Liviu Vogel based in part on his membership in the Commercial Law League of America.  Vogel stated, “. . . my membership and active participation in the League was instrumental in having this matter referred to my firm through contacts [made] in the League.”  The League congratulates Attorney Vogel, his firm and especially his clients on this ruling in bringing some relief to the victims.

The issue before the Supreme Court was whether Congress had exceeded its authority when it passed the 2012 law aimed at specifically securing restitution as outlined herein.   Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for the majority stated, “Applying laws implementing Congress’ policy judgments, with fidelity to those judgments, is commonplace for the Judiciary.”

The case was argued before the Supreme Court in January prior to Justice Antonia Scalia’s passing.  The Plaintiffs did not know whether the court would choose to render a decision or elect to hear the case again when a 9th Justice is appointed.

The two Justices who voted against affirmation of the lower court ruling were Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Sonia Sotomayor who questioned whether Congress had the right to interfere with the role of judiciary in passing the 2012 law when the case was still pending before the courts.


April 25, 2016
Press Release – For Immediate Release
The Commercial Law League of America Announces New Agency Member Section
Wauconda, IL 4/25/2016 — Individual members of collection agencies have a new home within the Commercial Law League of America.
At the 122nd National Convention of the CLLA, the Board of Governors approved the formation of a new section for collection agency members. Triadic business (forwarded between collection agencies, law lists, and attorneys) has long been and continues to be an important part of the CLLA and this section will further emphasize the value of that business to its members. CLLA members that are agency owners or employees will be eligible to join the Agency Members Section (AMS).  While participation in the joint CLLA/IACC certification program will be encouraged, it will not be a pre-requisite for membership.


April 21, 2016
Press Release – For Immediate Release
The Commercial Law League of America Responds to the Passing of HR 2947 Bankruptcy Bill by Voice Vote
Wauconda, IL 4/19/2016 — Peter Califano, Commercial Law League of America’s (CLLA) president states, “The CLLA supports the use of the bankruptcy system to address the financial ills of large financial institutions, as opposed to the non-bankruptcy resolution process provided under the Dodd-Frank Act.  We believe that a process overseen by an experienced bankruptcy judge and guided by time-tested bankruptcy principles is invaluable.”

The House passed HR 2947 on April 12 2016.  The bill would overhaul the bankruptcy process for failing financial institutions. The measure passed in a voice vote, after the House Judiciary Committee moved it in a 25-0 vote.

The bill is designed to set up a specialized form of bankruptcy for large financial institutions that would be less disruptive to the economy than the process available under current law. House Financial Services Committee Jeb Hensarling said the bill “is the first step to ending ‘too big to fail’ once and for all.”

Hensarling said the next step is the Financial Services Committee passing a bill later this week that would repeal part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law that gives the government the power to unwind a failing financial firm outside of bankruptcy in a process known as orderly liquidation authority. To view bill HR 2947, click here.


February 24, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU ORDERS CITIBANK TO PROVIDE RELIEF TO CONSUMERS FOR ILLEGAL DEBT SALES AND COLLECTION PRACTICES   Link

February 22, 2016
Commercial Law League of America (CLLA) to Host 3rd Annual Capitol Hill Day in Washington, D.C.
Wauconda, IL 2/15/2016 — The Commercial Law League of America is scheduled to host its third Legislative event in Washington D.C., February 28 – March 1, 2016. CLLA held its first D.C. Legislative Day in February of 2014 and found the event to be very successful in building relationships with legislators. Historically, the League has focused on certain bankruptcy issues such as Venue and Preference Reform. This year, CLLA will expand the focus to include limiting FDCPA expansion. More information on these positions can be found on the League’s Hill Day Event page, visit www.clla.org/events and select Hill Day 2016 from the calendar.

The CLLA has devoted a section of its website, www.clla.org, to Venue Reform. The ad hoc group’s written statement as well as other related resources are available in the CLLA Venue Reform Workroom.

CLLA’s Hill Day event also provides attendees the opportunity to learn about the important lobbying work CLLA is doing and how to get its voice heard in Washington. Join CLLA in our efforts on Capitol Hill by registering online or contacting us at info@clla.org.

CLLA has a history of providing members and non-members alike with outstanding educational opportunities, many which provide state required CLE credit. CLLA has presented courses on Venue Reform for many years, as well as hosting a variety of events centered on the topic, such as the 2014 “Great Debate”. 2016 Capitol Hill Day is another such opportunity.

For more information on the D.C. Summit or other CLLA events, please contact us or visit our events page www.clla.org/events

February 18, 2016
FTC Reports on 2015 Activities to Combat Illegal Debt Collection Practices
Summary Provided to CFPB for Annual Report to Congress   Link


January 25, 2016
Deborah K. Ebner, FactorLaw Join Forces  Link

January 14, 2016
Andersen, Randall & Richards and The Bessenbacher Co. Announce Merger Creating BARR Credit Services, Inc.  Link


January 11, 2016
FTC and State Law Enforcement Partners Announce More Actions and Results in Continuing Crackdown Against Abusive Debt Collectors
In four separate actions, the Federal Trade Commission is announcing that it has stopped illegal debt collection tactics of several debt collection operations. In addition, other federal and state law enforcement officials have taken 12 more actions as part of a federal-state-local law enforcement initiative against deceptive and abusive debt collection practices. The cases announced today bring to 130 the number of actions taken over the past year by more than 70 law enforcement partners in Operation Collection Protection.

The continuing nationwide crackdown targets collectors whose illegal tactics include harassing phone calls, false threats of lawsuits and arrest, attempts to collect phony debts, not providing consumers with legally required disclosures, and noncompliance with state licensing requirements.   Click here to read the full press release

2015

November 10, 2015
Complete Paper Trails to Boost Debt Collection Success, new IACC Survey Says  Link

October 07, 2015
Commercial Law League Selects 2015 Robert E. Caine Leadership Award Winner  Link

July 30, 2015
“Fraudulent Transfer Litigation: an Overview” Webinar to Premiere August 4th
CHICAGO IL  The Commercial Law League of America, Chapter11Litigation.com, and Financial Poise Webinars are pleased to announce the August 4th premiere of their jointly-produced webinar, “Fraudulent Transfer Litigation: an overview.”

Businesses commonly face lawsuits accusing them of having received a fraudulent transfer. Join bankruptcy law experts Michael Brandess (Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP) Brett Amron, Teresa M. Pilatowicz (Garman Turner Gordon LLP), Lisa Vandesteeg (Levenfeld Pealstein, LLC) as they explain this complicated area of the law in plain English. Bankruptcy trustees bring these actions with some frequency; if you or your clients deal with companies that have filed or may file for bankruptcy, they could be targets.

Webinar sponsors are Eisner Amper and Chapter 11 Dockets.

The Commercial Law League of America (“CLLA”) is a respected organization of attorneys and other experts in credit and finance actively engaged in the field of commercial law, bankruptcy and insolvency.

Financial Poise provides unbiased news, continuing education, and intelligence to private business owners, executives, investors, and their trusted advisors.

For more information contact David Strait at dstrait@financialpoise.com or 312-469-0135.cial Law League of America and Financial Poise Webinars are pleased to announce the August 4th premiere of their jointly-produced webinar, “Fraudulent Transfer Litigation: an overview.”

July 29, 2015
Leading Commercial Collection Associations Announce Updated Agency Certification Logo
PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release
Wauconda, 7/15/2015 – The Commercial Law League of America (CLLA) and the International Association of Commercial Collectors, Inc. (IACC), announced today the update of the CLLA agency certification logo. This logo represents the power and prestige of the recent alliance between the two organizations. The logo update was inspired by the recently improved certification program and the affiliation and endorsement by IACC.

“The response from IACC members coming into CLLA’s program has been excellent. We are processing this year’s recertification applications and are pleased with the results. Both organizations are marketing the program to credit providers across the service and manufacturing industries, said Robert S. Bernstein, CLLA President.

Jeff Henderson, CLLA Executive Vice President, added, “Credit grantors can be sure of the benefits they will receive when retaining a CLLA Certified Collection Agency as part of their RFP. This program is respected not only for being the oldest of its kind, but the most rigorous.”

To become Certified, CLLA’s program requires commercial collection agencies to be bonded, financially secure, able to pass an on-site audit, and in compliance with all Federal regulations. Certified agencies must recertify each year and submit to reviews regarding adherence and compliance to the standards of the program.

Tom Brenan, IACC President, said, “Our members are impressed by the rigor demanded by CLLA’s program. No other organization can deliver a more robust validation when it comes to commercial credit agency certification and this is the only certification process that requires a trust audit by a Certified Public Accountant.”

For more information about the Certification program, to apply for Certification, or to locate a Certified Agency please visit CLLA online by clicking here.

June 10, 2015
IACC Launches B2B Collections, a Free E-Newsletter for Commercial Creditors and Collectors
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Kellie Gates
Kellie@comsolutionsgroup.com or (215) 884-649
(MINNEAPOLIS, June 8, 2015) The International Association of Commercial Collectors (IACC) has launched B2B Collections, a free electronic source of news, features and other information targeted to the specific needs and interests of commercial creditors, commercial collectors and those in related industries.

Each month, B2B Collections contains interesting and informative articles pertaining to commercial collections and credit and the points where they intersect. “We plan to grow this publication into a go-to clearinghouse of news and ideas on our industries, one that is responsive to our audience,” said IACC President Tom Brenan, president of Altus Global Trade Solutions, Inc., one of the largest receivables management firms in North America.

Some of B2B’s content will be written by IACC members or staff, and some by contributing writers who are experts in commercial credit. This new publication has reported on the skills and personality traits necessary for success in the collections industry, as unearthed by IACC’s recent Pulse of the Profession Survey. It also offered practical advice on recognizing when accounts should be referred to a commercial collector and how to negotiate the process of switching a slow-paying customer from credit to cash-in-advance billing.

B2B arrives in an email with summaries of that month’s stories and links. Those interested can subscribe by visiting the IACC’s website, www.commercialcollector.com. Scroll down the home page to “sign up for our monthly industry newsletter.” Enter an email address into the box and hit “subscribe.”

ABOUT IACC
The International Association of Commercial Collectors, Inc. (IACC) is an international trade association comprised of more than 350 commercial collection agencies, attorneys, law lists and vendors. With members throughout the U.S. and in 25 international countries, IACC is the largest organization of commercial collection specialists in the world. The IACC contributes to the growth and profitability of its members by delivering essential educational and professional tools and services in a highly collaborative and participatory environment. For more information, visit www.commercialcollector.com

June 10, 2015
IACC Mid-Year Conference Press Release
Commercial Collection Professionals Will Meet in Boston to Further Knowledge of Their Industry
MINNEAPOLIS (June 3, 2015) – The International Association of Commercial Collectors, Inc. (IACC) will host its annual Mid-Year Conference 2015 at the Boston Sheraton, July 17-19, 2015, where higher level commercial collection professionals will meet to learn and discuss new ideas to strengthen their business strategies.

This year’s conference will focus on marketing strategies for reaching that target prospect, compliance, using technology to work better, international fee arrangements, managing your multi-generational staff, hot topics and more. In addition, the Mid-Year Conference provides ample opportunities for networking including a Boston Beer Works Tour and dinner as well as the famous Boston Duck Tours.

“IACC is growing and thriving because the organization provides educational opportunities and industry specific information that translates into real time benefits to our members,” said IACC President Tom Brenan. “These meetings are the perfect way to network and be ‘in the know’ of what’s developing in this industry. It’s the perfect mix of education and developing relationships with your fellow commercial collection colleagues.”

To download the registration form online, visit the IACC website.

For more information on the IACC, b2b collection and the upcoming Conference, visit the IACC website or call (952) 925-0760.

The International Association of Commercial Collectors (IACC) is an international trade association comprised of more than 350 commercial collection agencies, attorneys, law lists and vendors. With members throughout the U.S. and in 25 international countries, IACC is the largest organization of commercial collection specialists in the world. The IACC contributes to the growth and profitability of its members by delivering essential educational and professional tools and services in a highly collaborative and participatory environment.

June 10, 2015
CLLA President’s Cup Winner Press Release
Chicago 5/20/2015 — The Commercial Law League of America has named Warren Pinchuck, CEO, Columbia Financial International, Inc., as the 2015 President’s Cup award recipient.

Mr. Pinchuck, Past President of The Columbia Law List, graduated from Brooklyn College in June 1956 with a BA in Economics. Mr. Pinchuck served 2 years in the military before beginning his career. Originally from the East Coast, Mr. Pinchuck currently resides in Boca Raton, Florida.

Mr. Pinchuck, a Lifetime Member of The Commercial Law League of America, has held several key positions in the organization. A 3 Time Member of the Board of Governors as the Law List Publishers Representative, and Past Chair of the Eastern Region, Mr. Pinchuck has been a dedicated CLLA member. Currently, he is serving as the Eastern Region Arrangements chair and working to plan the Fall Conference which will take place in November in NYC. Mr. Pinchuck is also an active member of the Association of Law List Publishers.

CLLA presented the award to Pinchuck at its 2015 National Convention, held from April 29 – May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas at the legendary Caesars Palace.

“I was honored to receive the President’s Cup award at this year’s convention,” Pinchuck said. “The CLLA has been a significant part of my life for decades, and I look forward to my continued involvement with the organization.”

President’s Cup winners are selected by a special committee comprised of CLLA board members, a previous President’s Cup recipient and a member of the American Lawyers Quarterly law firm directory.

Since 1964, the award has been presented to a CLLA member who has shown outstanding service to the organization, in addition to leading a respected personal and professional life.

For more on Pinchuck and the Columbia List, visit www.columbialist.com.

June 10, 2015
UCI Law Prof. Gregory Shaffer Appointed as Shimizu Visiting Professor at London School of Economics
IRVINE, Calif., June 8, 2015 — Gregory Shaffer, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Director of the Center on Globalization, Law, and Society (GLAS) at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, has been selected for a prestigious Shimizu Visiting Professorship at the London School of Economics for October 2015.

The Shimizu professorship is awarded each year to three prominent individuals from around the world who stay at LSE for a two-week period. The objective is to enrich the intellectual life of LSE’s Law Department and to expose its graduate students to the work of leading scholars. As a Shimizu Professor, Shaffer will give public lectures and meet with faculty and graduate students regarding their work. The London School of Economics is recognized internationally for its top-ranked research faculty in the UK.

Shaffer stated, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to engage with LSE’s faculty and students. The LSE Law Department is renowned for its leading interdisciplinary work.”

A Chancellor’s Professor at UCI, Shaffer’s publications include six books and more than 80 articles and book chapters on international trade law, global governance, and globalization’s impact on domestic regulation. He is vice president of the American Society of International Law, serves as a representative to the American Council of Learned Societies, and is on the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law. He coordinates the Collaborative Research Network on Transnational and Global Governance at the Law and Society Association. His many awards include a Fernand Braudel Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence (2009) and a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship in Rome (2007).

About UC Irvine School of Law
UCI Law is a visionary law school focused on training talented and passionate lawyers and driven by professional excellence, intellectual rigor, and a commitment to enrich our communities through public service. UCI Law is a collegial environment, and our faculty comprises accomplished, nationally ranked thought leaders from around the country with a broad range of expertise. More about the Law School is available at law.uci.edu.

May 14, 2015
PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release
ROBERT BERNSTEIN NAMED PRESIDENT OF THE Commercial Law League of America
Wauconda 5/11/2015 — The Commercial Law League of America (CLLA) is pleased to announce that Robert S. Bernstein, of Bernstein-Burkley, P.C., in Pittsburgh, PA, will serve as its 2015-2016 Board of Governors president. This makes Bernstein the only two-term president other than the group’s founder, William Sprague, in 1896.

Since joining the CLLA in 1975, Bernstein has held a number of leadership positions, including a previous term as the President of the Board of Governors in 1995-1996. Since his initial position as Secretary of the Young Members Section in 1985, Bernstein has been active within the League’s Governance Structure and held numerous positions within the YMS and Bankruptcy Sections, on the Board of Governors and on a wide variety Committees.

“I have been an active League member for 40 years, and I am proud to now serve the prestigious, long-standing organization for a second term as president,” said Bernstein. “I plan to work closely with the other leaders of the League to strengthen our relationships with allied organizations and expand the business opportunities available to members, while continuing to provide the high level educational programs to members and the credit community.”

While fulfilling his duties as co-managing partner of Bernstein-Burkley, P.C., Bernstein represents other businesses of all sizes and types in many areas of their operation, including representation in reorganization proceedings. With more than 40 years’ experience in the legal community, Robert Bernstein, has extensive knowledge in the areas of collections, bankruptcy and business law. He has been certified as both creditors’ rights and business bankruptcy specialist by the American Board of Certification for more than 20 years – making him one of only a few attorneys to hold both certifications.

To schedule an interview Robert Bernstein regarding his CLLA presidency, or any other collections, bankruptcy or credit-related topic, contact Bernstein-Burkley, P.C. Marketing Director, Marissa Luznar, at 412-456-8113 or mluznar@bernsteinlaw.com.

April 22, 2015
CLLA Member Wins Before the Highest Court in the Land CLLA
Member Steve Kaila of Kohner, Mann & Kailas appeared before the Supreme Court, and was victorious. To read the Kohner, Mann & Kailas press release, please click here.

April 07, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Persistent? Organized? Ethical?
IACC Pulse of the Profession Survey Suggests Commercial Collections Is Your Ideal Career  Link

February 18, 2015
Commercial Law League of America (CLLA) to Host 2nd Annual Capitol Hill Day Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C.
Chicago 2/16/2015 — The Commercial Law League of America is schedule to host its second Legislative Summit in Washington D.C., March 1st – 3rd, 2015. CLLA held its first D.C. Summit in February of 2014 and found the event to be very successful in building relationships with legislators, trade associations, and other nations. This year, CLLA plans to continue to utilize those relationships while focusing on the issue of venue reform. The CLLA supports bankruptcy venue reform because it constructively attempts to rebalance the interests of all parties in bankruptcy by making sure that the bankruptcy reorganization process remains within the regions and communities that have the most significant vested interest in the outcome.

The ad hoc group’s written statement is available on the portal CLLA has created on its website for information on venue reform.

CLLA’s Hill Day event also provides attendees the opportunity to learn about the important lobbying work CLLA is doing on their behalf and how to get their voice heard in Washington. Additionally, as part of CLLA’s ongoing mission to provide our members with new business opportunities, the D.C. Summit features collaborative face-to-face meetings with key embassy and trade organization representatives. Join CLLA in our efforts on Capitol Hill by contacting us at (800) 978-CLLA or info@clla.org.

CLLA has a history of providing members and non-members alike with outstanding educational opportunities, many which provide state required CLE credit. CLLA has presented courses on Venue Reform for many years, as well as hosting a variety of events centered on the topic, such as the 2014 “Great Debate”. 2015 Capitol Hill Day is another such opportunity.

For more information on the D.C. Summit or other CLLA events, please contact us or visit our events page: https://www.clla.org/events/.

February 13, 2015
IACC’S New Initiatives and Website Help Members Educate Others about the Commercial Collection Industry 

(MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 12, 2015) The International Association of Commercial Collectors (IACC) has launched a series of communication initiatives aimed at helping its members market themselves while also raising awareness that IACC membership denotes adherence to high ethical and professional standards.

The IACC Marketing Toolkit has been developed to help members educate their clients and prospective clients about the expertise and insights they possess as a result of their IACC membership.

The toolkit includes: promotional brochures, website FAQs on how to select a commercial collector, suggested LinkedIn copy, and a complete PowerPoint presentation on when to hire a commercial collection professional. Two customizable press releases, along with guidelines on working with the press, are provided for members who wish to secure more positive publicity.

“We believe this new members-only offering will provide a leg up to members who do not have the time or resources to create their own marketing campaign,” said IACC President Tom Brenan. “All the work has been done for them in the toolkit; they can use it with ease.”

To support heightened utilization of the IACC website as a source for information and education, it was revamped in late January at www.commercialcollector.com. The new, user-friendly website provides easy access to information about upcoming professional development opportunities, informational products, members-only resources and association news.

The new website also serves as an essential resource to creditors. The IACC member directory provides a well-organized list of commercial collection agencies that meet IACC’s stringent ethical and professional standards. An informative brochure, Commercial Collection Guidelines for Credit Grantors, is also available on the website.

Members of the media searching for experts on commercial collection issues can now arrange interviews with a simple phone call, thanks to IACC’s creation of a Media Expert Rapid Response program. In addition, IACC has been reaching out directly to media outlets with commercial collection success stories.

“Stepping up our marketing efforts in 2015 is a win-win for both IACC and our members. I am excited about this new direction and know it will bring greater attention to IACC’s contributions to the commercial collection industry,” said Brenan.

ABOUT IACC
The International Association of Commercial Collectors, Inc. (IACC) is an international trade association comprised of more than 350 commercial collection agencies, attorneys, law lists and vendors. With members throughout the U.S. and in 25 international countries, IACC is the largest organization of commercial collection specialists in the world. The IACC contributes to the growth and profitability of its members by delivering essential educational and professional tools and services in a highly collaborative and participatory environment. For more information, visit www.commercialcollector.com

2014

October 8, 2014
CLLA Announces Caine Award Winner
The Commercial Law League of America is pleased to announce that it has chosen Robert Tharnish of Buffalo, Mew York, as its 2014 Robert E. Caine Leadership Award winner. Click here for the press release on the award.

May 27, 2014
Commercial Law League Names James Adelman as 2014 President’s Cup Award Winner
The Commercial Law League of America has named James Adelman, of the Pennsylvania-based creditors’ rights law firm Morris & Adelman, as the 2014 President’s Cup award recipient. For more information, please click here to read the CLLA press release.

May 19, 2014
Commercial Law League Announces Revised Agency Certification Program Is Now Available
The CLLA debuted its newly revised commercial collection agency certification program on May 14, 2014. Many of the current certification program elements remain the same, including validation of trust accounts, bonding requirements and on-site facility audits.

Some of the significant changes include a higher level of program impartiality, with documentation review and facility audits managed by the CLLA and its third-party agent, Acumen Solutions Group, LLC. In addition, with the program, agency certification costs have decreased, in some cases by as much as 33 percent. The decrease is attributed to a more efficient control of the program costs, which has been accomplished without compromising the program’s integrity. For more information, click here to read the press release.

May 8, 2014
The Commercial Law League of America Selects New 2014-2015 Board Members
The Commercial Law League of America is pleased to announce that it elected a new Board of Governors last week at its Annual Convention and Midwest Meeting.   For more information, please click here.

May 7, 2014
Commercial Law League Names New 2014-2015 President
The Commercial Law League of America is pleased to announce that Barry J. Gammons, of The Offices of Barry J. Gammons, PLLC in Nashville, will serve as its 2014-2015 president. For more information, please click here.

January 13, 2014
CLLA Expands Partnership to Offer New Promotional Opportunities to Members
The Commercial Law League of America is pleased to announced that the strategic partnership it formed recently with Financial Poise has been expanded to provide CLLA members with article publishing opportunities on three bankruptcy websites.  For more information, click here.

2013

November 25, 2013
CLLA Extends Support to Ad Hoc Venue Reform Committee
With the support of the Commercial Law League of America (CLLA), Douglas Rosner, a director and lawyer in the bankruptcy group at Goulston & Storrs, made a strong case for bankruptcy venue reform in testimony to a national association on Fri., Nov. 22, 2013.  Read a press release on the testimony and venue case here.

October 01, 2013
CLLA To Present Lawrence P. King Award To The Hon. A. Jay Cristol at the 2013 National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges  Link

June 24, 2013
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Representatives, Wells Fargo Senior Counsel and Other Leading Attorneys to Speak at CLLA Compliance Conference

To help the financial service industry manage the significant impact recent compliance regulations have had on the day-to-day operations of financial institutions and consumer-related businesses, the Commercial Law League of America will host an Aug. 23, 2o13, compliance conference in Charlotte.

Co-sponsored by the CLLA’s Southern Region, the dynamic one-day event will feature information and advice from Wells Fargo senior counsel, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau officials (including CFPB’s assistant director for legislative affairs and a member of the CFPB Credit Union Advisory Council) and leading compliance attorneys.

“Regulatory compliance is vital to financial services companies’ efficient and effective operations,” says CLLA President Jeffrey Schatzman, of Schatzman & Schatzman, PA. “The CLLA’s Southern Region Compliance Conference will provide critical advice from leading compliance experts to help ensure financial service industry members understand recent regulatory legislation and requirements.”

The one-day conference — designed for financial service industry members, commercial attorneys, and collections specialists — will offer insider tips on key industry issues, including:

  • Ensuring vendor compliance — the financial institution’s perspective
  • Avoiding costly Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) violations
  • How to prepare now for a potential CFPB review
  • Effective methods to maintain regulatory compliance

The financial service industry, government and legal compliance expert speakers include: Eugene Katz, senior company counsel, Corporate Regulatory Section, Wells Fargo Law Department; Marcus Schaefer, president & CEO, Truliant Federal Credit Union and member of the CFPB’s Credit Union Advisory Council; Jerry Myers, Smith Debnam Narron Drake Sainsting & Myers, LLP; Jim Dougherty, Marcadis Singer, PA.; Manny Newburger, adjunct University of Texas law school professor and partner, Barron & Newburger PC; Emory Potter, partner, Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP; Donald Lampe, partner, Dykema Gossett and Lisa Konwinski, CFPB’s assistant director for legislative affairs.

May 14, 2013
Commercial Law League Elects New President
Chicago 5/7/2013 — The Commercial Law League of America is pleased to announce that its members have elected Jeffrey N. Schatzman, of the Miami law firm Schatzman & Schatzman, P.A., as the 2013-2014 CLLA president.

Schatzman was elected as the CLLA’s 119th president and assumed office during the 119th National Convention and 83rd Chicago Spring Meeting, held from April 11-13, 2013.

“I am truly honored to have been chosen as CLLA president,” Schatzman says. “I look forward to working with the Board of Governors and our dedicated volunteer members to find new ways to provide additional programs, analysis and insight to the legal, business and credit industries.”

Since joining the CLLA in 1991, Schatzman has held a number of leadership positions, including Young Members’ Section and Southern Region chair. He previously served on the Executive Council of the CLLA’s Bankruptcy Section and is a member of CLLA’s Creditors’ Rights Section.

Schatzman has also been a member of the Dade County Bar Association, Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida and American Bar Association. He is admitted to practice law in all Florida state courts, Federal District Courts and Florida Southern and Middle District Bankruptcy courts.

Schatzman received his B.A. in political science from the University of Florida in 1986 and his J.D. from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan in 1989. He was admitted to the Florida Bar the same year.

In 1996, Schatzman and his father, Arnold, formed Schatzman & Schatzman, P.A. (www.schatzmanlaw.com). Schatzman directs the firm’s bankruptcy and collection practices and also frequently lectures on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights for the CLLA and other organizations.

To arrange an interview with Jeffrey Schatzman about his presidency or a collections, bankruptcy or credit-related topic, please contact Communications Director Erin Brereton at 773.852.9684 or ebrereton@clla.org.

2012

May 15, 2012
The Commercial Law League of America Selects New 2012-2013 Board Members
Chicago 5/15/2012 — The Commercial Law League of America is pleased to announce that it elected a new Board of Governors at its 82nd Annual CLLA Chicago/Spring Meeting.

The new 2012-2013 board members are:

  • President: Ivan Jac Reich, Gray Robinson, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • President Elect: Jeff Schatzman, Schatzman & Schatzman, PA, Miami, Fla.
  • Immediate Past President: James “Beau” Hays, Hays & Potter PC, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Recording Secretary: Mark Sheriff, Wiles, Boyle, Burkholder & Bringardner, Co. LPA, Columbus, Ohio
  • Treasurer: Murray Lubitz, Murray Lubitz Law Firm, White Plains, N.Y.
  • Attorney Board Member: David Mendelson, Mendelson Law Firm, Memphis, Tenn.
  • Attorney Board Member: Alisa Stein, Stein & Stein, Haverstraw, N.Y.
  • Young Members’ Section Representative: Jeff Lippman, Weinstock, Friedman & Friedman, PA, Baltimore, Md.
  • Creditors’ Rights Section Representative: Liviu Vogel, Salon Marrow Dyckman Newman & Broudy LLP, New York, N.Y.
  • Bankruptcy Section Representative: Peter Califano, Cooper, White & Cooper, LLP, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Commercial Collection Agency Representative: Bruce Godwin, Williams, Babbit & Weisman, Boca Raton, Fla.
  • Agency Section Representative: Meg Scotty, Commercial Collection Agency Association, Brennan & Clark, Ltd., Villa Park, Ill.

The board also features several returning members whose term expires in 2013:

  • Attorney Board Member: Richard White, Barber & Batz, Inc., Tulsa, Okla.
  • Attorney Board Member: Frederic Weinberg, Gordon & Weinberg, Conshohocken, Penn.
  • Law List Publisher Representative: Warren Pinchuck, Columbia Directory, Inc., Boca Raton, Fla.

The following board members’ terms will expire in 2014:

  • Attorney Board Member: Barry Gammons, Law Offices of Barry J. Gammons, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Attorney Board Member: Marc Bressler, Bressler -Duyk Law Firm, Edison, N.J.

The CLLA’s Chicago Meeting was held at the Westin Michigan Avenue, 909 N. Michigan Ave., in Chicago from May 3-6, 2012. The board members assumed office on May 5, 2012.

May 15, 2012
Ivan J. Reich Sworn in as President of the CLLA  Link

May 15, 2012
CLLA and CCAA Announce New Business Structure
Chicago — On May 2, 2012, the Commercial Law League of America’s Board of Governors unanimously voted to change the CLLA business model.

The Commercial Law League of America and the Commercial Collection Agency Association will become separate entities with a distinct alignment for further business opportunities on behalf of their respective members.

“The CCAA membership looks forward to the new structure and its ability to offer an even stronger strategic partnership with CLLA, an alliance it has had for over 40 years,” says Annette Waggoner, Executive Director, Commercial Collection Agency Association.

“This new business model will help both organizations grow and thrive in the modern commercial law market,” says CLLA Executive Vice President Oliver Yandle.

An Implementation Committee has been formed to address the structural and contractual changes needed to implement the decision. The committee is expected to present its report to the CLLA Board of Governors by Aug. 1, 2012.

About the CLLA
Founded in 1895, the CLLA is the nation’s oldest organization of attorneys, collection agencies, judges, accountants, trustees, turnaround managers and other credit and finance experts working in the commercial law, bankruptcy and insolvency field. For more information—and an interactive network of attorneys, law list publishers and agencies working together to serve the credit community—visit www.clla.org or call (312) 240-1400.

2011

August 08, 2011
League Members Meet With Congressional Staff To Push For Bankruptcy Legislation
Aug. 8, 2011 — Several members of the Commercial Law League of America met with congressional staff members on Aug. 5, 2011, to share the CLLA’s position on critical bankruptcy issues including entities filing cases in remote jurisdictions and the rules regarding small business reorganizations.

CLLA Bankruptcy Section Chair Peter Califano; Immediate Past President Gary Weiner; President-Elect Ivan Reich, Board of Governors’ member Jeffrey Schatzman and Bankruptcy Section Executive Council member Louis Robin were present.

The CLLA members and Republican and Democratic Senate and House Judiciary Committee staff members discussed the CLLA’s comments and recommendations on H.R. 2533, which proposes restrictions to the liberal bankruptcy venue provisions permitting entities to file cases in jurisdictions other than where their real principal place of business or primary assets are located.

The group also conferred about the development of parameters for establishing and implementing small business reorganizations.

Although bankruptcy is not currently a top priority for Congress, it was noted that attention has been given to bills concerning venue issues; an extension of the military exception to means testing and limitations on Section 363 sales — which should see increased attention, including possible hearings, this fall.

According to Califano, “all of our meetings went very well, and each of the staff members we met with was genuinely interested in League’s position on the various bankruptcy issues discussed. In fact, most of the staff members requested that we provide them with additional commentary on several bankruptcy issues.”

The same group of CLLA members also met with a representative of the Commercial Finance Association to discuss the possibility of partnering on some legislative issues.

2010

February 02, 2010
Commercial Law League of America Executive Vice President Nominated for Association Forum Board of Directors
Chicago 2/02/2010 — The Commercial Law League of America is pleased to announce that CLLA Executive Vice President Oliver Yandle, JD, CAE, has been nominated for a position on the 2010-2011 Association Forum of Chicagoland Board of Directors.

Yandle has been nominated for the position of secretary-treasurer for a one-year term. Per Association Forum rules, if no additional nominations for the position are submitted, along with a written petition, by Feb. 11, 2010, the nominees will be elected by the board and will take office on April 1, 2o1o.

Prior to his work with the CLLA, Yandle served as senior director for association management company SmithBucklin, where he was responsible for two nonprofit associations, and served as the executive director for the International Association of Defense Counsel.

Yandle received his law degree from the Washington College of Law, American University, Washington D.C., and his undergraduate degree in journalism from Loyola University of the South in New Orleans.

In addition to being a certified association executive, Yandle has worked with the Association Forum since 2002 and received the Distinguished Service Award from the organization in 2007.

“I am thrilled to have been chosen as a candidate for the Association Forum secretary-treasurer position,” Yandle says. “I appreciate the opportunity and hope to enhance the member experience for all Forum members.”

In all, eight candidates were nominated for open Association Forum board positions. Other nominees included H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, president and CEO?of Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, for chair (automatically succeeding from chair-elect); Elaine Weiss, J.D., president and CEO of the Illinois CPA Society, for chair-elect (automatically succeeding from secretary-treasurer); Mary Lynn Fayoumi, CAE, president & CEO of The Management Association of Illinois, and Larry Robertson, CAE, senior director of human resources at the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, for regular member director with a three-year term; Dave Bergeson, Ph.D., CAE, of the Account Executive Association Management Center, for regular member director with a one-year term (Bergeson will also fill Yandle’s unexpired term); Regina Ward, senior vice president of Harris Bank, for supplier partner member director with a three-year term; Brian K. Willard, CAE, president of BK Solutions, for supplier partner member director with a one-year term.

About the Association Forum
The mission of the Association Forum of Chicagoland is to “advance the professional practice of association management.” Founded in 1916, Association Forum serves 47,000 association professionals whose efforts serve more than 37 million members and generate $22 billion in global annual expenditures. Visit www.associationforum.org.

2009

February 26, 2009
White Paper submitted to the FTC
The FTC has just issued its report on the 2007 Fall Workshop on debt collection. To view the report, please click on this link: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2009/02/fdcpa.shtm.

Included in the discussions were the issues addressed in the White Paper submitted to the FTC by our own CLLA members.