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Thursday, June 11

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

American Board of Certification Exams

3:00-6:00 p.m.

Optional Event: Young & New Members Pub Outing

Sponsored by McDonald Hopkins LLC

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Opening Reception

Sponsored by McGuireWoods LLP

Bars sponsored by Harney Management Partners, LLC and Sweet DeMarb LLC

Friday, June 12

7:15-8:15 a.m.

Breakfast

Sponsored by MorrisAnderson

7:30-7:45 a.m.

Welcome by Central States Bankruptcy Workshop Program Chairs

7:45-9:00 a.m.

Principal Mistakes Attorneys Make in Litigation (A Judges Panel)

Oscar Wilde said that “experience is simply the name we give our mistakes”. This panel of Judges will address mistakes that attorneys make during litigation seen from the perspective of the bench.

Stuart A. Gold, Moderator

Gold Lange & Majoros, P.C.; Southfield, Mich

Hon. A. Benjamin Goldgar

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ill.); Chicago

Hon. J. Philip Klingeberger

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ind.); Hammond

Hon. Pamela Pepper

U.S. District Court (E.D. Wis.); Milwaukee

Hon. Mark A. Randon

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mich.); Detroit

9:10-10:40 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions (6)

Loan-to-Own and Other § 363 Bidding and Acquisition Strategies; ABI Commission Final Report

Does a secure creditor engage in inequitable conduct if it acquires debt, or makes a loan with the intent to acquire the debtor rather than collect on the loan? This panel will discuss “Loan-to-Own” and other common and singular Section 363 bidding and acquisition strategies, including the pitfalls and advances of each.

Hon. John T. Gregg, Moderator

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D. Mich.); Grand Rapids

Richard E. Kruger

Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss; Southfield, Mich.

Stephen D. Lerner

Squire Patton Boggs; Cincinnati, Ohio

David M. Neff

Perkins Coie LLP; Chicago

David M. Powlen

Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Wilmington, Del.

To Wind Down or Not . . . in Court or Not . . . That Is the Question

Does an ABC Really save time and money? What about liability; or automatic stay? Can I just lock the door and walk away? This panel will discuss these questions and more including discussing timing, alternatives processes to bankruptcy, forcing an involuntary bankruptcy, tax liens and anti-assignment contract clauses and the professionals role in such processes.

Hon. Marci B. McIvor, Moderator

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mich.); Detroit

John A. Dischner

AlixPartners, LLP; Chicago

Daniel F. Dooley

MorrisAnderson; Chicago

Laura Marcero

Huron Consulting Group Inc.; Troy, Mich.

Hot Bankruptcy Topics Involving D&O and E&O Policies

This session will include a discussion of coverage, the need for coverage, covered and non-covered conduct. The panel will provide insight into common and esoteric issues in bankruptcy cases involving D&O and E&O policies, and trends that arise during a claim for D&O and E&O liability insurance coverage.

Scott A. Wolfson, Moderator

Wolfson Bolton PLLC; Troy, Mich.

Marc Carmel

Paul Hastings, LLP; Chicago

John C. Hoard

Rubin & Levin, P.C.; Indianapolis

Jason Horwitz

JLT Specialty; Denver, Co.

Effectiveness of Reaffirmation Agreements

Reaffirmations of both secured and unsecured obligations remain a major component of consumer bankruptcy practice. This panel will discuss the ins and outs of the reaffirmation process from the debtor’s, creditor’s and debtor’s attorney’s perspectives.

Hon. Laura K. Grandy, Moderator

U. S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Ill.); East Saint Louis

Karen E. Evangelista

Karen E. Evangelista, PC; Rochester, Mich.

Michael P. Hogan

Schneiderman & Sherman, P.C.; Farmington Hills, Mich.

Hon. John H. Squires (ret.)

SpringerBrown LLC; Wheaton, Ill.

Just How Much Is My Junk Worth? Proper Valuation under §§ 522 and 506

BAPCPA contained a number of provisions meant to assist the debtor in the art of valuation. The valuation process is more important than ever given recent Supreme Court rulings on exemption limits. This panel will revisit the statutory provisions of the Code and discuss recent cases dealing with the appropriate methodology to be employed by the debtor when completing the bankruptcy schedules — and how that valuation impacts the ultimate administration of the case by the trustee.

Hon. Thomas J. Tucker, Moderator

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mich.); Detroit

Matthew Boyd

Kuhn Rogers PLC; Traverse City, Mich.

Lawrence A. Friedman

Friedman Partners LLC; Grayling, Mich.

Zane Zielinski

FactorLaw

Asset Protection (High Level Strategies & Problems)

This program analyzes the practical aspects of asset protection planning (i.e., what works and what does not).  The program discusses practical goals and limitations of asset protection, including exposure points related to avoidance actions under the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act and Bankruptcy Code.  The program will discuss various structures utilized, as well as the practical implications of such planning.

A. Todd Almassian, Moderator

Keller & Almassian, PLC; Grand Rapids, Mich.

William A. Ensing

Ensing Law Office; Lake Forest, Ill.

Gary A. Kanter

Dale & Gensburg, P.C.; Chicago

Barbara L. Yong

Golan & Christie; Chicago

10:40-11:00 a.m.

Refreshment Break

Sponsored by Wolfson Bolton PLLC

11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions (7)

Crucial Concepts in Drafting Contracts (Beyond the Basics)

This is not Contracts 101, but rather a panel discussion of the critical aspects of drafting contract that attorneys often forget. The panel shall discuss rules of contract construction including the last antecedent rule and its grammatical corollary, judicially adopted rules of interpretation. The panel will discuss how to avoid redundancies and ambiguities (including undefined terms) that create uncertainty and lead to costly and avoidable disputes. The program will discuss nuanced concepts which lead to more effective contracts.

Hon. Walter Shapero, Moderator

U. S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mich.); Detroit

Jennifer P. Wolff

Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.; Milwaukee, Wis.

Prof. Matthew Bruckner

Howard University School of Law; Washington, D.C.

John R. Burns, III

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Indianapolis

Pre-Pack Bankruptcies Strategies and Problems

This panel will discuss the mechanics and pros and cons of pre-packaged plans, covering topics such as favoring secured creditors over unsecured, retaining previous directors and managers. The panel will discuss voting/solicitation requirements, prepack-specific first day motions, and notice requirements. The panel will discuss plan support agreements and the case law detailing the issues associated with a pre-packaged plan.

Hon. James M. Carr, Moderator

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Ind.); Indianapolis

Mark A. Berkoff

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg, LLP; Chicago

Stephen M. Gross

McDonald Hopkins LLC; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Sheldon L. Solow

Kaye Scholer LLP; Chicago

Critical Concepts for Avoiding Lender Liability (What All Lenders Should Know)

Neither a borrower nor a lender be. But if you are a lender or borrower you need to avoid liability by adhering to policies, using checklists and knowing individual and institutional risks. Come explore the common and uncommon reasons why lenders face liability and ways to defend against and ways to prevent and minimize risks.

Hon. Daniel S. Opperman, Moderator

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mich.); Bay City and Flint

C. Daniel Motsinger

Krieg DeVault; Indianapolis

John A. Simon

Foley & Lardner LLP; Detroit

Alexander Terras

Reed Smith LLP; Chicago

Daniel J. Weiner

Schafer and Weiner, PLLC; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Ethics in Representing the Consumer Debtor

This panel will discuss the routine (and not-so-routine) issues that consumer bankruptcy practitioners face.

Hon. A. Benjamin Goldgar, Moderator

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ill.); Chicago

Kimberly Bacher

Office of the U.S. Trustee; Chicago

Tracy M. Clark

Steinberg, Shapiro & Clark; Southfield, Mich.

Julia D. Loper

Baldi Berg, Ltd.; Chicago

Riding Through Bankruptcy: Another Look at § 521 and the Debtor’s Intentions

The statement of intent and its value to the bankruptcy process will be the focus of this panel’s discussion, along with an updated look at the so-called fourth option: the debtor’s ride-through.

Hon. Susan V. Kelley, Moderator

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Wis.); Milwaukee

Karen L. Rowse-Oberle

Butler, Butler & Rowse-Oberle, P.L.L.C.; Saint Clair Shores, Mich.

Jason P. Smalarz

Gold Lange & Majoros, P.C.; Southfield, Mich.

Thomas E. Springer

Springer Brown, LLC; Wheaton, Ill.

Is It or Is It Not Property of the Estate? § 541 Conundrums

Just what is and is not property of the estate? This panel will present a thorough review of § 541 and its application in real-world situations.

Hon. James W. Boyd, Moderator

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D. Mich.); Grand Rapids

Joseph A. Baldi

Baldi Berg & Wallace, Ltd.; Chicago

Andrew W. Muller

Stinson Leonard Street LLP; Kansas City, Mo.

Claire Ann Resop

Steinhilber, Swanson & Resop; Madison, Wis.

Problems, Problems, Problems (Business)

Hon. Arthur I. Harris, Moderator

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ohio); Cleveland

11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Downtown Traverse City Shuttle Service

Sponsored by Gold Lange & Majoros, P.C.

12:15-2:15 p.m.

Optional Event: Family Picnic

Sponsored by Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC

Entertainment sponsored by Day Rettig Peiffer, P.C.

1:00 p.m

Optional Event: Golf Tournament

Hole Sponsors: Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave, P.C. and Dale & Eke, P.C.

Beverage Cart sponsored by Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

2:00-6:00 p.m.

Optional Event: Wine Tour

Sponsored by Dykema Gossett PLLC

2:30-5:00 p.m.

Optional Event: Pirates Cove Adventure Outing

Sponsored by Alderney Advisors, LLC

6:30-9:00 p.m.

Optional Event: Cherry Capital Dine-Around (McGee’s No. 72, Georgina's)

Sponsored by Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

8:00-10:00 p.m.

Dessert Reception

Sponsored by Jenner & Block

Entertainment Sponsored by Ice Miller LLP

Saturday, June 13

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Breakfast

Sponsored by Perkins Coie LLP

7:45-8:00 a.m.

Morning Announcements

8:00-9:30 a.m.

The Intersection of Ethics & Discovery (What Attorneys Need to Know)

This panel will cover the critical relationship between professional responsibility and rules of discovery. The panel will discuss the pitfalls and common mistakes that attorneys make with digital discovery and electronic evidence.

Sheryl L. Toby, Moderator

Dykema Gossett PLLC; Detroit

Judy B. Calton

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP; Detroit

Hon. Donald R. Cassling

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ill.); Chicago

Philip H. Cohen

Greenberg Traurig, LLP; New York

Vincent E. Lazar

Jenner & Block; Chicago

9:40-11:00 a.m.

Repeat Concurrent Sessions (6)

Crucial Concepts in Drafting Contracts (Beyond the Basics)

Pre-Pack Bankruptcies Strategies and Problems

Critical Concepts for Avoiding Lender Liability (What All Lenders Should Know)

Ethics in Representing the Consumer Debtor

Riding Through Bankruptcy: Another Look at § 521 and the Debtor’s Intentions

Is It or Is It Not Property of the Estate? § 541 Conundrums

 

Concurrent Session

Problems, Problems, Problems (Consumer)

Hon. Mary Ann Whipple, Moderator

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ohio); Toledo

11:00-11:15 a.m.

Refreshment Break

Sponsored by Lambert Leser, Attorneys at Law

11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Downtown Traverse City Shuttle Service

Sponsored by Murphy Desmond Lawyers S.C.

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Repeat Concurrent Sessions (6)

Loan-to-Own and Other § 363 Bidding and Acquisition Strategies; ABI Commission Final Report

To Wind Down or Not … in Court or Not … That Is the Question

Hot Bankruptcy Topics Involving D&O and E&O Policies

Effectiveness of Reaffirmation Agreements

Just How Much Is My Junk Worth? Proper Valuation under §§ 522 and 506

Asset Protection (High Level Strategies & Problems)

2:00-3:30 p.m.

Optional Event: Ice Cream Social

Sponsored by FactorLaw and Schafer and Weiner, PLLC

2:00-4:30 p.m.

Optional Event

2:00-5:00 p.m.

Optional Event: 2nd Annual Tour de ABI Bicycling Outing

Sponsored by Commercial Recovery Associates, LLC and Law Office of Deborah K. Ebner

6:15-10:00 p.m.

Optional Event: Kids’ Night Out

6:30-9:00 p.m.

Optional Event: Cherry Capital Dine-Around (The Boathouse)

8:30-10:30 p.m.

Optional Event: S’mores on the Shores Social

Sponsored by AlixPartners LLP

Sunday, June 14

8:30-10:00 a.m.

Breakfast with a Judge

Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP

 

Hon. James W. Boyd

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D. Mich.); Grand Rapids

Hon. James M. Carr

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Ind.); Indianapolis

Hon. Donald R. Cassling

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ill.); Chicago

Hon. A. Benjamin Goldgar

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ill.); Chicago

Hon. Laura K. Grandy

U. S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Ill.); East Saint Louis

Hon. John T. Gregg

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D. Mich.); Grand Rapids

Hon. Susan V. Kelley

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Wis.); Milwaukee

Hon. J. Philip Klingeberger

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ind.); Hammond

Hon. Marci B. McIvor

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mich.); Detroit

Hon. Daniel S. Opperman

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mich.); Bay City

Hon. Pamela Pepper

U.S. District Court (E.D. Wis.); Milwaukee

Hon. Mark A. Randon

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mich.): Detroit

Hon. Walter Shapero

U. S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mich.); Detroit

Hon. Thomas J. Tucker

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mich.); Detroit

Hon. Mary Ann Whipple

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ohio); Toledo

10:00 a.m.

Adjourn

 

Optional Events

Young & New Members Pub Outing

Thursday, June 11, 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Sponsored by McDonald Hopkins LLC

A perennial favorite! Join us as we visit two of Michigan’s premier breweries: Right Brain Brewery and The Filling Station. #BeerNoEvil with Right Brain Brewery, voted one of the “Top 10 Best Breweries in Michigan.” The Filling Station features a rotating list of at least 10 craft beers, as well as views of Boardman Lake from both inside the pub and out on the patio. The $40-per-person fee includes transportation and sampler flights at both stops. Please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

Family Picnic

Friday, June 12, 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC

Entertainment sponsored by Day Rettig Peiffer, P.C.

If you like summer treats, then you’ll love our Family Picnic. Food, fun and entertainment will be provided for all! Please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

Golf Tournament

Friday, June 12, 1:00 p.m.

Hole Sponsors: Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave, P.C. and Dale & Eke, P.C.

Beverage Cart sponsored by Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Spruce Run, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa’s original resort course, was named as such in 1992 as an ode to the numerous fir and spruce trees that line its fairways and undulating greens. More forgiving than The Bear, Spruce Run is fun to play, yet still retains some of the challenges it was renowned for when it was the venue for the Michigan Open. It winds among the rolling hills surrounding the hotel and overlooks East Grand Traverse Bay. Water comes into play on 13 of the holes, and the 8th Hole is the only hole on the course with no bunkers. The $150-per-player fee includes green fee and cart, boxed lunch and beverage, and prizes. Please check the appropriate box on the registration form to play, and indicate your handicap. For those participating in the 2015 ABI Golf Tour, this will be the second stop leading to the 2015 Great American Cup. Please check the ABI Golf Tour box on the registration form to participate. For more information on the tour, see golf.abi.org.

Wine Tour

Friday, June 12, 2:00-6:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Dykema Gossett PLLC

Another annual favorite! Get a taste of the Old Mission Peninsula as we visit Bonobo Winery, Bower’s Harbor and Chateau Chantal. Bonobo Winery is one of the newest additions to the Peninsula and was co-founded by HGTV Star Carter Oosterhouse. Our next stop will be family-run Bower’s Harbor, followed by a visit to Chateau Chantal, which features breathtaking views of the East and West Bays. The cost is $50 per person and includes transportation, tour, tastings and gratuity. Please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

Pirates Cove Adventure Outing

Friday, June 12, 2:30-5:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Alderney Advisors, LLC

It’s a Paaarty! Join us for some swashbuckling fun at Pirates Cove Adventure Golf. The cost is $45 per person, which includes transportation and includes tickets of one zip line, one ropes course, one bumper boat ride and one go-cart ride. Please check the appropriate box on the registration form. This event requires a minimum number of attendees. If this minimum is not met, the event will not be held, and you will be refunded any fees and notified two weeks prior.

Cherry Capital Dine-Around

Friday, June 12, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 13, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

Get out and sample four of the area’s most popular restaurants! Space is limited to 12 participants per restaurant.

Friday Night: Newbies

McGee’s No. 72: All-American fare, with seafood, steaks, poultry and pasta. The cost is $55 per person and includes transportation, dinner, two drinks and gratuity. Please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

 

Georgina's: Georgina's is an intimate, brick-walled eatery with creative Latin & Asian fusion dishes. The cost is $60 per person and includes transportation, dinner, two drinks and gratuity. Please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

 

Saturday Night: Old Mission Peninsula Favorites

The Boathouse: Exceptional waterfront dining with delightful views of the docks and bay through wide-open windows. Indoors, the charming décor invokes a relaxed cottage atmosphere. The cost is $65 per person and includes transportation, dinner, two drinks and gratuity. Please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

Tour de ABI Bicycling Outing

Saturday, June 13, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Commercial Recovery Associates, LLC and Law Office of Deborah K. Ebner

The $15-per-person fee includes guide, snack and gratuities. If you need to rent a bike, please contact Einstein Cycles by May 27th at (231) 421-8148 or by e-mail at info@einsteincycles.com.

Ice Cream Social

Saturday, June 13, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Sponsored by FactorLaw and Schafer and Weiner, PLLC

Ice Scream, You Scream, We all scream for ice cream! Make your own sundae, and enjoy the sweet side of summer. The cost is $10 per person. Please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

Kids’ Night Out

Saturday, June 13, 6:15-10:00 p.m.

Date night! Kids ages 6+ will enjoy dinner and a movie while you enjoy a night out on the town or a peaceful night at the resort. The cost is $35 per child. Please check the appropriate box on the registration form. This event requires a minimum number of attendees. If this minimum is not met, the event will not be held, and you will be refunded any fees and notified two weeks prior.

S’mores on the Shores Social

Saturday, June 13, 8:30-10:30 p.m.

Sponsored by AlixPartners LLP

Join us for “s’more” networking on Saturday night! We’ll be at The Shores roasting marshmallows by the fire — a sweet ending to our last night in Traverse City! The cost is FREE for attendees, $15 for adult guests and $10 for children 12 and under. Please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

Workshop Chairs

Hon. Daniel S. Opperman, Judicial Chair

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mich.); Bay City

Matthew T. Gensburg, Program Chair

Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Chicago

Hon. Donald R. Cassling, Judicial Board Chair

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ill.); Chicago

Stuart A. Gold, Advisory Board Chair

Gold Lange & Majoros, P.C.; Southfield, Mich.

2015 Advisory Board

Carla O. Andres

Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.; Green Bay, Wis.

Bernadette M. Barron

Barron Business Consulting; Chicago

Chris L. Blacker

AlixPartners, LLP; Chicago

Winnifred P. Boylan

Lambert Leser, Attorneys at Law; Bay City, Mich.

Hon. John T. Gregg

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D. Mich.); Grand Rapids

Stephen M. Gross

McDonald Hopkins LLC; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Terry E. Hall

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Indianapolis

Richard E. Kruger

Jaffe Raitt Heuer Weiss; Southfield, Mich.

Richard S. Lauter

Freeborn & Peters LLP; Chicago

Barry P. Lefkowitz

BL Consultants; Birmingham, Mich.

Douglas L. Lutz

Frost Brown Todd LLC; Cincinnati

Laura Marcero

Huron Consulting Group Inc.; Troy, Mich.

Hon. Marci B. McIvor

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mich.); Detroit

Anne B. Miller

Fishman Miller PC; Lake in the Hills, Ill.

Alex D. Moglia

Moglia Advisors; Schaumburg, Ill.

C. Daniel Motsinger

Krieg DeVault; Indianapolis

Richard D. Nelson

Cohen, Todd, Kite & Stanford, LLC; Cincinnati

David M. Powlen

Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Wilmington, Del.

Mark L. Radtke

Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC; Chicago

Claire Ann Resop

Steinhilber, Swanson & Resop; Madison, Wis.

Shawn M. Riley

McDonald Hopkins LLC; Cleveland

Hon. John H. Squires (ret.)

Springer Brown, LLC; Wheaton, Ill.

Paul G. Swanson

Steinhilber, Swanson & Resop

Sheryl L. Toby

Dykema Gossett PLLC; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Robert A. Weisberg

Carson Fischer, P.L.C.; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Hon. Mary Ann Whipple

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ohio); Toledo

 

Conference Information

Hotel

The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is regarded as one of Michigan’s premier vacation destinations. It has been ranked among the nation’s finest resorts, with accolades from Golf Digest, USA Today, Family Circle, Condé Nast, Travel + Leisure and more. ABI has arranged a special conference rate of $192 single/double (Hotel rooms) and $221 single/double (Tower rooms) per night. Make your reservations by May 10, 2015, to secure these special rates. ABI cannot guarantee anyone a room after the May 10 cut-off or after the specially rated ABI block has been filled. You will receive a special room reservation link after you have registered with ABI.

Spa Discount: The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa has graciously extended attendees a 10% discount off spa treatments valued at $99 or more. To receive the 10% group discount, make your appointment with the Spa at (800) 748-0303, ext. 6750, or spadesk@gtresort.com, and print/bring the voucher found here: Spa Discount Voucher.

Travel

Air:

The Grand Traverse Resort is just six miles northeast of Traverse City, Mich., and 10 minutes from Traverse City’s Cherry Capital Airport (TVC). For guests who are flying in, the resort offers complimentary Airport Shuttle service to and from the resort. Contact the front desk at (800) 236-1577 to reserve shuttle service. Driving time from Detroit and Chicago is between 4-6 hours.

United Airlines Discount:

You may book online at www.united.com and enter your Offer Code ZUSU670949 in the Offer Code box when searching for your flights.

Ground Transportation:

Rental car discounts are available with the following companies: Avis: www.avis.com, worldwide discount number (AWD) T312900; Budget: www.budget.com, discount number (BCD) Z823091; and Enterprise: www.enterprise.com, discount account number EHSB16A, pin ENT.

Continuing Education Credit

9.5 hours of general CLE credit, including 2.75 hours of ethics, are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 11.5 hours of general CLE credit, including 3 hours of ethics, are pending in 50-minute-hour states. Credit hours granted are subject to approval from each state. California MCLE: ABI certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 9.5 hours, of which 2.75 hours will apply to ethics. NY MCLE: This transitional and non-transitional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the CLE Board for a maximum of 11.5 credit hours, of which 3 hours of credit can be applied toward the ethics professionalism requirement. 11.5 hours of CPE credit, including 3 hours of ethics, are also available.

 

ABI offers intermediate-level courses, which assume that attendees will have at least some detailed knowledge in insolvency matters (pursuant to the “Statement on Standards for CPE Programs” established by AICPA and NASBA). ABI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE sponsors. State boards of accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417, or www.nasba.org. For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaint and refund, please contact the American Bankruptcy Institute at (703) 739-0800.

 

ABI acknowledges that in some instances there will be persons who need to attend an educational seminar for CLE credit who are not able to pay full registration fees. ABI will handle such instances on a case-by-case basis and will work with the individual on alternative solutions. For persons who cannot meet the full registration rate, ABI will offer a reduced rate based on what the individual can reasonably afford to cover the cost of meals and materials. For persons unable to pay a reduced rate, ABI may allow the individual to work at the registration area for a few hours during attendee check-in, or assist in conference set up. ABI also has reduced rates for government employees, professors, law clerks and students. Illinois Attorneys: If registration fees are more than $500, attorneys who qualify will receive a reduction of at least 50% off the registration fee. Financial assistance is available for this program. For more information, please contact the American Bankruptcy Institute at (703) 739-0800 or send an e-mail to ecarden@abiworld.org.

Cancellation Policy

All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by May 21, 2015. No refunds will be granted after May 21, but substitutions will be allowed. After May 21, upon written request, a coupon for 20% off the registration fee (not including optional events) will be issued, which can be used (by the canceling registrant only) for any ABI educational program up to one year after this conference, or for this same conference next year.

Attorney Specialist Certification

The American Board of Certification (ABC) will offer its business bankruptcy, consumer bankruptcy and creditors’ rights exams at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa on June 11, 2015, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Details on the certification process, exam composition and a sample exam can be obtained by calling ABC at 319) 365-2222, by e-mailing assistantdirector@abcworld.org or by visiting the ABC website at www.abcworld.org. The ABC certification programs are sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Commercial Law League of America, and all three programs are accredited by the American Bar Association.

Platinum Sponsors

AlixPartners LLP
Clark Hill PLC
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Freeborn & Peters LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Jaffe Raitt Heuer Weiss
Jenner & Block
Krieg DeVault
Lambert Leser, Attorneys at Law
McGuireWoods LLP
MorrisAnderson

O’Keefe

Perkins Coie LLP
Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC
Steinhilber, Swanson & Resop
Summit Investment Management LLC
Wolfson Bolton PLLC

Gold Sponsors

Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Carlson Dash LLC
FactorLaw
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
Harney Management Partners, LLC
Ice Miller LLP
McDonald Hopkins LLC
Sweet DeMarb LLC
von Briesen & Roper, s.c.
Warner Norcross & Judd LLP

Silver Sponsors

Alderney Advisors, LLC

Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave, P.C.
Commercial Recovery Associates, LLC
Dale & Eke, P.C.
Day Rettig Peiffer, P.C.
Dykema Gossett PLLC
Gold Lange & Majoros, P.C.
Lakelaw
Law Office of Deborah K. Ebner
The Law Offices of Roger Higgins, LLC
Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone, PLC
Murphy Desmond Lawyers S.C.

Steinberg Shapiro & Clark

Supporting Sponsor

Plunkett Cooney

Special Thanks

We extend our special thanks to Bloomberg BRIEF and The Wall Street Journal for the media partnership, Conway MacKenzie for the educational materials on thumb drives, Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc. for the conference app, Sherwood Partners, LLC/agencyIP for sponsoring the exhibit hall, Thomson Reuters for providing the printed educational materials and Wilmington Trust for the tote bags.

Rates

Registration Rates Early
(postmarked by 4/17/15)
Regular
(4/18/15- 5/15/15)
Late
(after 5/15/15)

ABI Member
$595
$645
$695
Govt./Academic/Nonprofit ABI Member
$375
$425
$475
New ABI Member*
$870
$920
$970
Govt./Academic/Nonprofit New ABI Member*
$470
$520
$570

There will be a $50 fee added to all on-site registrations.

* Includes a one-year ABI membership for first-time members — a $275 value! You must be an ABI member to attend. Membership is individual and nonrefundable. If your membership has expired, select the member rate and add in your membership renewal fee (see below).

Exhibitor Rates

ABI Member Exhibitor Registration**
$1,200
New ABI Member Exhibitor Registration***
$1,495
Additional Booth Representative
$300

** Includes one 6’ table and full registration for one booth representative.

*** Includes one 6’table, full registration for one booth representative AND one-year ABI membership.

Optional Events

 

 

Price
Attendee
Guest 1
Guest 2

Young & New Members Pub Outing 

$40
Opening Reception
Guest

Child (12 and under)

$0
$40
$20
Family Picnic
$0
Golf Tournament
Handicap ____
$150
ABI Golf Tour
Handicap ____
$150
 
Wine Tour
$50
Pirates Cove Adventure Outing
$45

Friday Cherry Capital Dine-Around

McGee’s No. 72
The Franklin

 

$55

$60

Dessert Reception

Guest
Child (12 and under)

$0

$15

$10

Ice Cream Social
$10
2nd Annual Tour de ABI Bicycling Outing
$15
Kids’ Night Out
$35

Saturday Cherry Capital Dine-Around

The Boathouse

 

$65

S’mores on the Shores Social

Guest
Child (12 and under)

$0

$15

$10

ABI DEFINES A “GUEST” AS A SPOUSE, CHILD OR COMPANION — NOT A PROFESSIONAL COLLEAGUE. A professional colleague is defined as someone who consults with or is employed by an organization whose members are eligible for ABI membership. If a professional colleague is found to be registered as a guest, ABI reserves the right to cancel his or her event registration. Any person not meeting the criteria of “guest” who wishes to participate in any ABI function at the conference is required to register separately at the full conference rate.