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Monday, October 8

8:00-8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:30-9:45 a.m.

Everybody Wants to Get Paid: The Complete Guide to Compensation Issues

This panel will discuss chapter 13 issues including CARA considerations, expenses in light of National Rule changes, and fee-jumping, as well as chapter 7 issues including pre- vs. post-petition payment, no-money-down cases and limited representation.

9:45-10:45 a.m.

They Don’t Call Us Counselors for Nothing

This panel will be a discussion of life-coaching issues implicated by bankruptcy practice, as well as the life dilemmas that attorneys sometimes face.

10:45-11:00 a.m.

Coffee Break

Sponsored by Fox Rothschild LLP

11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Concurrent Sessions (3)

It Was So Much Fun; Let’s Do It Again: Cars, Parking and Municipal Violations, Take Two

This very lively debate will examine the case law that has developed in the last year — and where things may go next.

Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff (ret.), Moderator

Oak Park, Ill.

So, Now What Do We Do? Chapter 13 Hot Topics

This session will take a look at the National Plan one year later: what was intended vs. what is actually happening, differences in the plans across the districts, PLUS issues regarding notice of final cure/response process, proof-of-claim challenges, implications of failing to make plan payments/discharge issues, and payments “under the plan.”

Don’t Be a Dinosaur

This session will provide an overview of the technology every lawyer must know about, use and be responsible for. Included will be a discussion of a lawyer’s duty to be technologically savvy in regards to running a business, responding to clients and using it to promote the business, along with issues regarding the storage of information, electronic discovery, e-mail responsibilities and ethics, and the use of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

12:00-12:30 p.m.

Grab-n-Go Lunch

12:30-1:45 p.m.

Luncheon Session

What do you mean my credit is ruined? Credit Scores and Reports

This session will cover the gamut of credit scores and reports: how they are calculated, what goes into improving or hurting a credit score, and what clients can do to fix a credit score — and counseling clients on the same.

1:45-2:00 p.m.

Refreshment Break

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Repeat Concurrent Sessions (3)

It Was So Much Fun; Let’s Do It Again: Cars, Parking and Municipal Violations, Take Two

So, Now What Do We Do? Chapter 13 Hot Topics

Don’t Be a Dinosaur

3:15-4:30 p.m.

“I’ll Take the Constitution for $500”: “Case Law Jeopardy,” the 2018 Version

Ronald R. Peterson, Moderator

Jenner & Block; Chicago

4:30 p.m.



2018 Conference Rates

Registration Rates Early Bird
(by 9/14/18)
(after 9/14/18)

ABI Member
Join and Save*

Exhibitor Rates

ABI Member Exhibitor**
New ABI Member Exhibitor***

* Includes a one-year ABI membership for first-time members — a $325 value! Expired members should select the member rate and add in the membership renewal fee. You must be an ABI or CBA member to attend the conference.

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

*** Includes one 6’ table and full registration for one booth representative AND a one-year ABI membership (a $325 value).

Judicial Chair

Hon. Janet S. Baer

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

Planning Committee

Nathan M. Delman, Co-Chair

The Semrad Law Firm, LLC; Chicago

Heather Giannino, Co-Chair

Heavner, Beyers & Mihlar, LLC; Decatur, Ill.

Michael C. Burr

Robert J. Adams & Associates; Chicago

Hon. James M. Carr

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

Hon. Donald R. Cassling

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

A. Stewart Chapman

Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee; Chicago

Nathan E. Curtis

Geraci Law L.L.C.; Chicago

Hon. Catherine J. Furay

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D. Wis.); Eau Claire

Hon. Mary P. Gorman

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (C.D. Ill.); Springfield

Hon. Beth E. Hanan

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

Ariane R. Holtschlag

FactorLaw; Chicago

David P. Leibowitz

Lakelaw; Waukegan, Ill.

Hon. Thomas M. Lynch

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

Berton J. Maley

Codilis & Associates, P.C.; Burr Ridge, Ill.

Debra L. Miller

Standing Chapter 13 Trustee; South Bend, Ind.

Ronald R. Peterson

Jenner & Block; Chicago

Brian L. Shaw

Fox Rothschild LLP; Chicago

M. Gretchen Silver

Office of the U.S. Trustee; Chicago

Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff (ret.)

Oak Park, Ill.

Barbara L. Yong

Golan Christie Taglia LLP; Chicago

Mark S. Zuckerberg

Law Office of Mark S. Zuckerberg; Indianapolis


Conference Information


The conference will be held at the Jenner & Block Conference Center, located at 353 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654.

Continuing Education Credit


6.75 hours of CLE credit, including 1.25 hours of ethics, are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 8 hours of CLE credit, including 1.5 hours of ethics, are pending in 50-minute-hour states. Credit hours granted are subject to each state’s CLE credit approval regulations and may not be approved prior to the program. NY MCLE: This transitional and non-transitional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the CLE Board for a maximum of 8 credit hours, of which 1.5 hours of credit can be applied toward the ethics professionalism requirement. California MCLE: ABI certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 6.75 hours, of which 1.25 hours will apply to ethics. 8 hours of CPE credit, including 1.5 hours of ethics, are also available.


* ABI offers intermediate-level courses, which assume that attendees will have at least some detailed knowledge of 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 submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website, For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaints and refunds, please contact the American Bankruptcy Institute at (703) 739-0800.


Financial Hardship

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. Financial assistance is available for this program; all applications for financial assistance must be submitted by September 17, 2018. For more information, please contact the American Bankruptcy Institute at (703) 739-0800 or send an e-mail to

Cancellation Policy

All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by September 17, 2018. No refunds will be granted after September 17, but substitutions will be allowed. After September 17, 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.


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