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Restructuring the Bankruptcy Bar: Strategies to Increase Diversity

Melissa Anne Peña, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group, will co-present the webinar, “Restructuring the Bankruptcy Bar: Strategies to Increase Diversity,” hosted by the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey (SABA-NJ).

Strategies to Increase Diversity

This webinar will discuss various issues related to:

  • Current diversity initiatives
  • Personal experiences in the bankruptcy field
  • How to increase diversity among bankruptcy attorneys

When: Wednesday, May 26, 2021

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

This webinar is free to SABA-NJ members and costs $25 for non-members.

Participants will receive 1.2 NJ and 1.0 NY CLE credits.

About Melissa Peña

Melissa, a member of the firm’s Management Committee and Chair of its Diversity & Inclusion Committee, concentrates her practice in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and mortgage foreclosures. Her practice covers all aspects of litigation and insolvency matters in both state and federal courts. She frequently represents secured lenders, creditors’ committees, debtors, trustees, landlords, and other creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings pending in New York, New Jersey, and Delaware.

In addition, Melissa has extensive experience litigating cases involving UCC matters, actions to enforce promissory notes and guarantees, inter-creditor agreements, lien priority disputes, equipment leases, fraudulent conveyance actions, preferences, and various creditor enforcement matters. She regularly represents lenders in commercial mortgage foreclosure proceedings. Whether inside or outside the courtroom, Melissa’s goal is to find a practical business solution for clients. She utilizes litigation as a tool to further a client’s business objectives in a cost-effective manner.

Melissa serves on the Board of Directors for Meritas, the largest worldwide affiliation of high-quality law firms, and as Co-Chair of its Financial Services/CRABS Section. She is also a member of the Bankruptcy Inn of Court, New York County Lawyers’ Association, and National Association of Women Lawyers.