Sylvia regularly writes, teaches and speaks about mediation, arbitration, current bankruptcy and restructuring issues, resolution planning, diversity and inclusion, and a variety of topics related to pro bono services. Recent presentations and papers include:
“Tips on Preparing for Mediation,” ADR Deskbook for the Business Lawyer published by American Bar Association, August 2016.
“Maximizing the Value of Bankruptcy Mediation,” American Bankruptcy Institute’s Bankruptcy Litigation Newsletter, June 2016.
“The Silver Checklist: A Guide to Navigating Decision Making regarding Care & Independence as You or Your Loved One Ages,” Congregation Emanu El, Classic Connections, November 2015.
“A Perspective from the Trenches – Bankruptcy Mediators and Practitioners Speak Out,” Panel Participant, State Bar of Texas’ Bankruptcy Law Section’s Mediation in Bankruptcy Cases Conference, September 2015.
“Tips for Difficult Conversations,” The Forum @ Memorial Woods, August 2015.
“Tips for Difficult Conversations,” Senior Thrive, August 2015.
“Top Five Tips in Preparing for Bankruptcy Mediation,” American Bankruptcy Institute, April 2015.
Guest on “The Senior Answer” radio show, aired on KKHT 100.7 FM, March 2015.
“The Silver Checklist: A Guide to Navigating Decision Making regarding Care & Independence as You or Your Loved One Ages,” Senior Corp’s Foster Grandparents Program, March 2015.
“The Silver Checklist: A Guide to Navigating Decision Making regarding Care & Independence as You or Your Loved One Ages,” Belmont Village, February 2015.
“Tips for Difficult Conversations,” Houston Area Continuity of Care monthly meeting, February 2015.
“Mediation and Arbitration in Elder Law and Guardianship Law,” Panel Participant focused on Elder Care Mediation, State Bar of Texas’ Alternative Dispute Resolution Course, January 2015.
“The Silver Checklist: A Guide to Navigating Decision Making regarding Care & Independence as You or Your Loved One Ages,” Houston Metropolitan Paralegal Association, January 2015.
“Tips and Traps of Mediation Preparation,” University of Texas Law School 36th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute, Dallas, Texas, April 2014 and Houston, Texas May 2014.
“Overview of Chapter 11 and Plan Process.” Guest Lecture, University of Houston Law Center, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
“The Plan After the Plan: 30 Tips in 30 Minutes for Life After Reorg” University of Texas 32nd Annual Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference, Austin, Texas, November 2013.
“Better Late Than Never? FSB Reports Regulatory Reform is Advancing, But Slowly,” Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report, Vol. 66 Nos. 3 & 4, published June 2013.
“Stop the Dominoes from Falling,” University of Texas Law School 35th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute, Houston, Texas, May 2, 2013.
“Pro Bono: Doing Good for Yourself and Others,” Corporate Counsel Section Newsletter, Spring II 2013.
“Resolution Lemonade: Finding the Positives in Recovery and Resolution Planning,” The Banking Law Journal, February 1, 2013.
“The Hidden Value in Recovery and Resolution Planning,” American Banker, December 7, 2012.
“Overview of Chapter 11 and Plan Process.” Guest Lecture, University of Houston Law Center, November 27, 2012.
“Resolution and Recovery Plans,” Banking Law Committee, ABA Business Law Section, Washington D.C., November, 2, 2012.
“Resolve to Make it Better – Lessons Learned in the Resolution Planning Process.” The RMA Journal, October 1, 2012.
“Developing Programs and Partnerships with Peers: Expanding Your Firm’s Ability to Do Pro Bono.” Pro Bono Coordinators Retreat, State Bar of Texas, Austin, Texas, September 21, 2012.
“European Union Publishes Proposed Directive on Bank Resolution and Recovery.” The Banking Law Journal, Vol. 129, No. 8, September 2012.
“FSB Reports Regulatory Reform is Advancing, but Slowly.” The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, July 20, 2012.
“Lessons Learned from the Economic Downturn: Critical Guidance for In-House Counsel.” Greater Houston Partnership Speaker Series, Houston, Texas, October 5, 2011.
“Resolution Plan Redux: Rule Requiring Insured Depository Institutions to Submit Resolution Plans Under the FDIA Closely Parallels Rule Requiring Bank Holding Companies to submit Resolution Plans under the Dodd-Frank Act.” Weil Bankruptcy Blog, http://www.weil.com/news/pubdetail.aspx?pub=10481, September 20, 2011.
“What Do You Do With a Completed Bankruptcy Examiner’s Report?” American Bar Association: Litigation Section – Expert Witness Newsletter, Vol. 7, No. 1, Spring/Summer 2011.
“Negotiating in Life . . . from the Boardroom to the Dry Cleaners.” Texas Wall Street Women, Houston, Texas, June 9, 2011.
“Houston Economic Outlook: Business Retention, Expansion and Contraction in Houston.” Turnaround Management Association, Houston Chapter, Houston, Texas, June 8, 2011.
“I Wish I May, I Wish I Might . . . File Chapter 11 Tonight: Authorization and D&O Considerations When Filing Chapter 11.” University of Texas 29th Annual Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference, Austin, Texas, November 18, 2010.
“Overview of Chapter 11 and Plan Process.” Guest Lecture at University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, November 30, 2010.
“Help Energy Clients Survive Tough Times.” Texas Lawyer, November 15, 2010.
“Economic Downturn is Likely to Test Some Provisions of BAPCA, FNIA.” Daily Bankruptcy Review Small-Cap, April 23, 2008.
“New Orleans Now: A Portrait of Signature Projects and Excellence.” American Bar Association’s Equal Justice Conference, March 23, 2007, Denver, Colorado.
“Does BAPCA Signify the Fall of ‘Traditional’ Executive Retention Plans and the Rise of ‘Everyman’ Plans?” Journal of Private Equity, Spring 2006.