Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy partner Thomas Moers Mayer has been elected to the membership of the National Bankruptcy Conference. Membership to this prestigious group of leading bankruptcy lawyers, scholars, and judges is by invitation only and is of the highest honor. With only 60 members, the National Bankruptcy Conference advises Congress on the operation of bankruptcy and related laws and any proposed changes to those laws.
In a recent historic decision, a federal judge in Washington ordered four Kramer Levin clients - ethnic Chinese Uighur detainees who have been wrongfully imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for over six years - to be released from Guantanamo. This follows the government's concession, after years of litigation, that it no longer contends that Kramer's clients are "enemy combatants." During the dramatic hearing in a courtroom packed with Uighur-Americans, the judge ordered the government to fly the clients and 13 other identically situated Uighur detainees to Washington on Friday, October 10, to be released to members of the Uighur-American community and other humanitarian groups that have agreed to house them while the U.S. government continues its "efforts" to find the Uighurs a permanent home in some other country. However, the government has made clear its intention to appeal and seek a stay from the D.C. Circuit.