Jenner & Block Partner Catherine L. Steege spoke on a panel titled “The Stern Trilogy: The Future of Article I Courts,” on April 15, 2016, during the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Annual Conference in Chicago. The panel discussed the Supreme Court’s recent decisions on the issues of: (1) the constitutional limitations of Article I federal courts; (2) whether or not these courts have the authority to enter final orders; and (3) the role of litigant consent and the impact these decisions have on federal practice.
Ms. Steege is co-chair of the firm’s Restructuring and Bankruptcy and Bankruptcy Litigation Practices. She is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, and, since 2008, she has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in bankruptcy and restructuring law. In 2015, The National Law Journal named Ms. Steege as one of the United States’ most accomplished female lawyers. That same year, she won a ruling from the US Supreme Court in Wellness International Network v. Sharif that Article I bankruptcy courts may, with the express or implied consent of the parties, decide non-core claims connected to a bankruptcy, clarifying a considerable constitutional question over the authority of the nation’s nearly 1,000 federal bankruptcy judges and federal magistrate judges.