Daily Briefs

Attorney to join panel on fifth anniversary of Detroit’s bankruptcy

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Plunkett Cooney bankruptcy attorney Douglas C. Bernstein was one of the many professionals involved in the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy, which remains the largest Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy ever filed. To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the historic event, Bernstein will participate in a panel discussion on July 18.

Hosted by DBusiness magazine from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Gem Theatre in Detroit, the panel discussion is part of the event titled: “Detroit’s Bankruptcy: Five Years Later – Past, Present and Future.” It will feature Bernstein along with former Detroit Councilmember Sheila Cockrel, Patrick O’Keefe of O’Keefe Financial Advisors and John
Naglick, chief deputy CFO and finance director for the city of Detroit.

“It’s remarkable how Detroit made it through the bankruptcy process. It had a perfect cast of leaders to see the process through. It was historic and the solutions were very creative,” said Bernstein who serves as the Business Law Department leader of Plunkett Cooney.

During the city’s bankruptcy proceedings, Bernstein represented foundations that donated to the so-called “Grand Bargain” to ease pension cuts and spin off the Detroit Institute of Arts. He still serves as a resource to local, regional and national media on Detroit’s emergency financial status and issues generally related to Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy.

Bernstein earned his undergraduate degree in 1978 from Wayne State University and his law degree in 1982 from the Detroit College of Law. Earlier this year, he became the only Michigan attorney inducted into the 2018 class of Fellows of the American College of Bankruptcy.

Tickets for the July 18 panel discussion cost $65 and are available at www.eventbrite.com. Groups of 10 cost $50 per person. Prior to the start of the discussion, there will be a networking reception and strolling breakfast from 7:30- 8:30 a.m.


SBM Family Law ­Section Mid-Summer Conference July 19-21

Join the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section for the annual Mid-Summer Conference to be held from Thursday, July 19 through Saturday, July 21 at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls. The conference will feature presentations by family law practitioners providing state-of-the-law education and tips on family law issues.

Both days will include Q&A sessions with the presenters. A panel discussion is also planned. The fee includes the conference, breakfasts, a cocktail reception, and printed materials. The cost for section members is $175; for non-section members, $225; and law students, $175. Register by July 13 at www.michbar. org. To reserve a room at the resort, call central reservations at (800) 462-6963. Discounted tickets to the Avalanche Bay waterpark are available. Tee times, golf reservations, and spa services through Solace Spa also can be reserved through the resort.