Articles & Speaking

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:

  • “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.
  • “Resolution Planning:  Lessons Learned.” Bank Director, http://www.bankdirector.com/index.php/board-issues/regulation/resolution-planning-lessons-learned/, July 6, 2012.
  • “’Living Wills’ Present an Opportunity for Banks.” American Banker, July 3, 2012.
  • “Better Late Than Never?  FSB Reports Regulatory Reform is Advancing, But Slowly.”  Weil Alert, http://business-finance-restructuring.weil.com/financial-markets/better-late-than-never-fsb-reports-regulatory-reform-is-advancing-but-slowly/#ixzz1zCB0jfWB, June 28, 2012.
  • “Bankruptcy Issues & Employment Law”, presentation to Houston Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section, June 11, 2012.
  • “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble – FSOC Designates Systemically Important Financial Market Utilities and Adopts Procedures to Contest Designations; Non-Bank SIFI Designations to Follow.”  Weil Alert, http://financial-reform.weil.com/uncategorized/lets-ready-rumble-fsoc-designates-systemically-important-financial-market-utilities-adopts-procedures-contest-designations-nonbank-sifi-designations-follow/#axzz1vjGjzAI4, May 23, 2012.
  • “Lessons Learned from the Economic Downturn:  Critical Guidance for In-House Counsel.”  University of Texas Law School 34th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute, Houston, Texas, May 3, 2012.
  • “A SIFI in Three Easy Steps?  FSCO Approves Final Rule for Nonbank SIFI Designations.”  The Banking Law Journal, Vol. 129, No.5, May 1, 2012.
  • “Overview of Chapter 11 and Plan Process.”  Guest Lecture, University of Houston Law Center, May 1, 2012.
  • “Nonprofit Board Governance Playbook.”  ExxonMobil Law Department, Houston, Texas, April 19, 2012.
  • “Weil: A Community of Respect.”  Anti-Defamation League – Southwest Region, Community of Respect™ Initiative Program, Houston, Texas, April 17, 2012.
  • “Systemically Important in Three Easy Steps?”  Weil Alert, http://www.weil.com/news/pubdetail.aspx?pub=10753, April 5, 2012.
  • “FDIC Holds the Trump Card:  FDIC Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Implementing Title II Receiver’s Ability to Enforce Subsidiary’s Contracts.”  Weil Bankruptcy Blog, http://business-finance-restructuring.weil.com/dodd-frank/fdic-holds-the-trump-card-fdic-issues-notice-of-proposed-rulemaking-implementing-title-ii-receivers-ability-to-enforce-subsidiarys-contracts/#axzz1uxRGTQaS, March 23, 2012.
  • “The Thirsty Horse.”  Texas Lawbook, February 12, 2012.
  • Dialogue Houston, HCC TV, Guest of Lawrence Payne for one hour interview and dialogue regarding diversity and inclusion in Houston.  Houston, Texas, February 12, 2012.
  • “E3C Executive Cross Cultural Coalition.”  Presentation for “Connecting Communities” Project, Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Houston, Texas, February 12, 2012.
  • “Alphabet Soup of Receivership and Similar Proceedings.”  University of Texas 30th Annual Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference, Austin, Texas, November 18, 2011.
  • “Test Your Resolution:  Living Wills in an Era of Regulatory Uncertainty.”  Banking Law Journal, Vol. 128, No. 10, November 1, 2011.
  • “FSOC Three Step:  Financial Stability Oversight Council Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Outlining Criteria for Designating Nonbank SIFIs.”  Weil Bankruptcy Blog, http://business-finance-restructuring.weil.com/dodd-frank/fsoc-three-step-financial-stability-oversight-council-issues-notice-of-proposed-rulemaking-outlining-criteria-for-designating-nonbank-sifis/#axzz1uxRGTQaS, October 14, 2011.
  • “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.
  • “FDIC Approves Final Rule Regarding submission of Resolution Plans:  Significant Changes Made in Response to Comments.”  Weil Bankruptcy Blog, http://www.weil.com/news/pubdetail.aspx?pub=10455, September 14, 2011.
  • “FSB Issues Recommendations on Global Resolution Planning.”  Weil Bankruptcy Blog, http://www.weil.com/news/pubdetail.aspx?pub=10484), July 26, 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.