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39th Annual Meeting of the Surety Claims Institute (“SCI”)

Sunderland: Maryland LawyerJason R. Potter: Maryland AttorneyWright, Constable & Skeen, LLP’s attorneys, Jerry Sunderland and Jason Potter, are the Co-program Chairs at SCI’s 39th annual meeting to be held during the last week of June at the Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina.

This meeting is usually attended by over 125 outside surety practitioners, surety claims consultants, and in-house surety claims professionals.  The two day educational program focuses on various topics of interest to surety claims practitioners.  The SCI is a national organization.  The attendees are from throughout the United States.  The program which Jerry and Jason have developed for this year’s meeting will address recent developments in the area of fidelity and surety law, including a multiple hour discussion of a recent United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decision involving the surety’s rights to contract funds held by the United States and related claims dealing with the United States.  There will also be papers involving current developments for commercial sureties faced with insolvent companies, and other discussions related to a surety’s ability to contest the dischargeability of individuals who served as fiduciaries.

Jerry and Jason will also co-present a paper entitled “Yes, Virginia, a Surety Does Have Rights,” which will address a surety’s rights when a government agency may threaten adverse action against a surety.

This is the second year in which Jerry and Jason have served as Co-program Chairs.  Jerry currently serves as the SCI’s Secretary and is a member of the SCI’s Board of Directors.  Jerry has over 40 years experience in surety law not only in private practice but also as an in-house surety claims professional for two major surety companies.

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