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Principal Hugh Ray will be speaking at the 2012 Judicial Conference of the Fifth Circuit taking place May 6-9 at the Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The event allows judges within the Fifth Circuit an opportunity to attend sessions focusing on various topics as well as state meetings.

Hugh’s panel will review Stern v. Marshall, a case in which the U.S. Supreme Court held that a bankruptcy court, as a non-Article III court, lacked constitutional authority under Article III to enter a final judgment on a state law counterclaim that is not resolved in the process of ruling on a creditor’s proof of claim, even though they are granted statutory authority under 28 U.S.C. §157 (b)2(C). This case drew an unusual amount of interest because the petitioner was Anna Nicole Smith.

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