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Thursday, October 3

11:00 a.m.

Registration Desk Open

11:45 a.m.-12:00 noon


12:00-1:00 p.m.

Frank W. Koger Memorial Luncheon and Lecture

Sponsored by Carmody MacDonald P.C. and Husch Blackwell

ABI Consumer Commission Report

ABI's 250-page Commission Report provides a roadmap for enhancing the fresh start, improving creditor certainty and making chapter 13 work for all stakeholders. Hear what's next from one of the members of the Commission.

Alane A. Becket

Becket & Lee LLP; Malvern, Pa.

1:00-1:10 p.m.

Refreshment Break

1:10-2:15 p.m.

ABI Talks - Bankruptcy Ideas Worth Sharing

Venue Reform

Mark T. Benedict

Husch Blackwell LLP; Kansas City, Mo.

Economic Forecasts

William K. Black

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law; Kansas City, Mo.

Sovereign Citizens

Thomas M. Horan

Fox Rothschild LLP; Wilmington, Del.

Marijuana Issues

Mathew A. Petersen

Spencer Fane LLP; Kansas City, Mo.

2:15-3:30 p.m.

Concurrent Breakouts (2)

Mock Dischargeability Hearing

This session offers a valuable-yet-fun look at §523 through a mock adversary trial. Conducted by some of the most experienced bankruptcy litigators in the country, this event will most definitely help sharpen your trial skills.

Michael P. Gaughan

Lewis Rice LLC; Shawnee Mission, Kan.

Hon. Shon Hastings

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. N.D.); Fargo, N.D.

Bradley D. McCormack

The Sader Law Firm; Kansas City, Mo.

Ashley B. Garr

First American Title Insurance Company; Leawood, Kan.

Health Care Panel

The panel will discuss the risk of administratively insolvent health care cases, the issues that create such risk, the impact on the various constituencies, and potential ways to mitigate those risks, including the use of cash collateral and availability of post-petition financing. The panel will also address one specific issue that creates the risk of administratively insolvent health care cases: the exercise of the so-called Strumpf administrative freeze by CMS on Medicare reimbursements, which can cut off the lifeline of many health care businesses.

Richard T. Arrowsmith

Alvarez & Marsal; Washington, D.C.

John J. Cruciani

Husch Blackwell LLP; Kansas City, Mo.

Nancy A. Peterman

Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Chicago

3:30-3:45 p.m.

Refreshment Break

3:45-5:15 p.m.

Ethically Speaking: Competence and Common Pitfalls in Bankruptcy

Among the many foundations of practicing law is competence. Competency is especially important and hard to achieve in an area of the law as complex as bankruptcy. This session will examine what the Model Rules of Professional Conduct have to say about competence, what we learn about competence in bankruptcy practice from related case law, and how to avoid the pitfalls and mistakes of others.

Elizabeth M. Lally

Goosmann Law Firm; Omaha, Neb.

5:30-7:00 p.m.

Networking Reception

Friday, October 4

7:30-8:00 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

Sponsored by MorrisAnderson & Associates, Ltd.

8:00-8:15 a.m.

Welcome and Second-Day Announcements

8:15-9:30 a.m.

Case Law Updates From the Bench

This panel of Eighth and Tenth Circuit bankruptcy judges will discuss several recent decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Eighth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals and Bankruptcy Appellate Panels, and elsewhere that are likely to impact on your bankruptcy practice.

Hon. Brian T. Fenimore

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D. Mo.); Kansas City

Hon. Terrence L. Michael

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Okla.); Tulsa

Hon. Kathleen H. Sanberg

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Minn.); Minneapolis

Hon. Kathy A. Surratt-States

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mo.); St. Louis

9:30-9:45 a.m.

Refreshment Break

Sponsored by Thompson Coburn LLP and Williams-Keepers LLC

9:45-10:45 a.m.

Concurrent Breakouts (2)

Hot Topics in Consumer Law

This panel will provide insights on a wide range of topics they and their clients may soon face, including bifurcation of attorneys' fees, addressing the standard for imposing sanctions for violation of the discharge injunction, forcing a creditor to turn over a repossessed vehicle post-petition, and the dischargeability of student loans.

Hon. William H. Brown (ret.)

Carbondale, Colo.

Hon. Dennis R. Dow

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D. Mo.); Kansas City

Tara Twomey

National Consumer Law Center; Carmel, Calif.

Hot Topics in Agriculture Law

This panel will focus on current financial stresses facing farmers and agribusinesses; the business management actions that are necessary to guide the successful restructurings or bankruptcies of farmers; and opportunities to utilize chapters 11 and 12 of the Bankruptcy Code to successfully reorganize or “right-size” farming operations, with an emphasis on dealing with the tax implications.

James Cullen

Steeplechase Advisors, LLC; Minnetonka, Minn.

Joseph Peiffer

AG & Business Legal Strategies; Hiawatha, Iowa

Hon. Thomas L. Saladino

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Neb.); Omaha

Donald Swanson

Koley Jessen; Omaha, Neb.

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

Legal Writing: Tips to Make Your Writing Stand Out

In a world of tweets, emojis and acronyms, effective legal writing remains an essential skill. What is good legal writing, and why is it important? Hear about tips and tricks designed to help you write clearly, efficiently and persuasively, despite the complexities of the law.

Hon. Karen Arnold-Burger

Kansas Court of Appeals; Topeka, Kan.

Hon. Cindy Reams Martin

Missouri Court of Appeals (W.D.); Kansas City

12:00-1:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch

Sponsored by Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard P.C. and Tittle Advisory Group, Inc.

1:15-2:15 p.m.

Concurrent Breakouts (2)

Trust Issues: Chapter 7 and 13 Trustee Views on Assets, Income and Case Administration

Two chapter 7 trustees and two chapter 13 trustees will examine the differences in trustee statutory powers under each chapter and will explain how they address various issues under each chapter, including preferential transfers, tax refunds and causes of action.

Jill D. Olsen, Moderator

The Olsen Law Firm, LLC; Liberty, Mo.

Diana S. Daugherty

Office of the Standing Chapter 13 Trustee (E.D. Mo.); St. Louis

Kathleen A. Laughlin

Chapter 13 Trustee (D. Neb.); Omaha

Deborah L. Petersen

Petersen Law PLLC; Council Bluffs, Iowa

Janice E. Stanton

Stanton & Redlingshafer, LLC; Kansas City, Mo.

What Not to Put in a Chapter 11 Plan

This panel will address matters regarding third-party release provisions and injunction provisions, and how to tailor these provisions in chapter 11 plans for confirmation. The panelists also will review current cases involving third-party releases in chapter 11, and will discuss issues with what to include and what not to put in “lockdown agreements,” as well as such related issues as gerrymandering, sales transactions and other chapter 11 plan concerns.

Marcus Helt

Foley Gardere; Dallas

Brent King

GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group LLC; Lenexa, Kan.

Robert T. Kugler

Stinson LLP; Minneapolis

Hon. Anita L. Shodeen

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Iowa); Des Moines

2:15-2:30 p.m.

Refreshment Break

Sponsored by Thompson Coburn LLP and Williams-Keepers LLC

2:30-4:00 p.m.

Professional Fees: How to Get Paid Ethically

This panel will discuss fee guidelines for attorneys in larger chapter 11 cases, as well as issues with getting paid in consumer cases, including fee-bifurcation, bankruptcy billing and fee-only chapter 13 cases.

Mark Craige

Crowe & Dunlevy, PC; Tulsa, Okla.

Daniel F. Dooley

MorrisAnderson; Chicago

Hon. Charles “Sketch” Rendlen

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mo.); St. Louis

Jordan Sickman

Office of the U.S. Trustee; Wichita, Kan.

4:00 p.m.




Hon. Dennis R. Dow, Judicial Chair

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D. Mo.); Kansas City, Mo.

Jill D. Olsen

The Olsen Law Firm, LLC; Liberty, Mo.

Paul D. Sinclair

Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C.; Kansas City, Mo.

Advisory Board

Mark T. Benedict

Husch Blackwell LLP; Kansas City, Mo.

Mark V. Bossi

Thompson Coburn LLP; St. Louis

Andrea Chase

Spencer Fane LLP; Kansas City, Mo.

John T. Coghlan

Kutak Rock LLP; Kansas City, Mo.

John J. Cruciani

Husch Blackwell LLP; Kansas City, Mo.

Daniel F. Dooley

MorrisAnderson; Chicago

Karie L. Fahrenholz

W.H. Griffin, Chapter 13 Trustee; Roeland Park, Kan.

Hon. Brian T. Fenimore

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D. Mo.); Kansas City, Mo.

Rachel L. Foley

Foley Law, P.C.; Independence, Mo.

W. Thomas Gilman

Hinkle Law Firm LLC; Wichita, Kan.

David L. Going

Armstrong Teasdale LLP; St. Louis

Robert A. Hammeke

Dentons; Kansas City, Mo.

Brian M. Holland

Lathrop Gage LLP; Kansas City, Mo.

Eric L. Johnson

Spencer Fane LLP; Kansas City, Mo.

Elizabeth M. Lally

Goosmann Law Firm; Omaha, Neb.

Michelle M. Masoner

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP; Kansas City, Mo.

Mark Moedritzer

Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.; Kansas City, Mo.

Andrew J. Nazar

Polsinelli PC; Kansas City, Mo.

Hon. Cynthia A. Norton

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D. Mo.); Kansas City

Gary A. Norton

Farm Credit Services of America; Omaha, Neb.

Nicolette L. Robovsky

Pletz and Reed, P.C.; Jefferson City, Mo.

Christine L. Schlomann

Armstrong Teasdale LLP; Kansas City, Mo.

Wesley F. Smith

Stevens & Brand LLP; Lawrence, Kan.

Sharon L. Stolte

Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C.; Kansas City, Mo.

Bruce E. Strauss

Merrick, Baker & Strauss, PC; Kansas City, Mo.

Meredyth A. Vick

Vick Law Firm, LLC; Kansas City, Mo.

Sherri L. Wattenbarger

Federal Government Employee; Kansas City, Mo.

Victor F. Weber

Merrick, Baker & Strauss, P.C.; Kansas City, Mo.

Ronald S. Weiss

Berman DeLeve Kuchan & Chapman, LLC; Kansas City, Mo.

Abigail B. Willie

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mo.); St. Louis

T. Randall Wright

Baird Holm LLP; Omaha, Neb.

Nicholas T. Zluticky

Stinson LLP; Kansas City, Mo.


Conference Information


The Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute will be held at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

University of Missouri - Kansas City Volker Campus
Atterbury Student Success Center - Pierson Auditorium
5000 Holmes
Kansas City, Missouri 64110


Hotel Accommodations

ABI has arranged a special conference rate at The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection and the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza. Please make your reservations by September 4, 2019, to secure this special rate. ABI cannot guarantee anyone a room after the September 4 cut-off date or after the specially rated ABI block has been filled. You will receive a special room reservation link after you have registered for the program with ABI. The hotel blocks will sell out. Please make your reservations accordingly.


The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection
325 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO, 64112
Room Rate: $189/night


Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza
4445 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
Room Rate: $179
*Shuttle from Hotel to UMKC available, setup through the Hotel.

Ground/Air Transportation

Air: The University of Missouri - Kansas City is approximately 25 miles from Kansas City International Airport (MCI).

Ground: Courtesy phones for taxi service are located both inside and outside the terminal at each bag claim area and at other strategic locations outside the terminal exits. Make sure that you give the dispatcher your exact location.

Local Information

For information about Kansas City restaurants, shopping, attractions, etc., go to the Visit Kansas City website at

Continuing Education

This program is approved for 12.7 hours of CLE credit in Missouri, including 3.6 hours of ethics and professionalism. 12 hours of CLE credit including 3 hours of ethics is pending for Kansas. 12.9 hours of general CLE credit, including 3.5 hours of ethics, are pending in 50-minute-hour states, and 10.75 hours of general CLE credit, including 3 hours of ethics, are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour. Credit hours granted are subject to each state's CLE credit-approval regulations and might not be approved prior to the program. California MCLE: ABI certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 10.75 hours, of which 3 hours will apply to ethics. New York MCLE: This course or program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 12.5 credit hours, of which 9.5 credit hours can be applied toward the professional practice requirement and 3 credit hours can be applied toward the ethics requirement. 12 hours of CPE credit, including 1 hour 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. 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. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website,


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. Illinois Attorneys: If registration fees are more than $500, attorneys who qualify will receive a reduction of at least 50% off the registration fee. 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 12, 2019. No refunds will be granted after September 12, but substitutions will be allowed. After September 12, 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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Premium Sponsors

MorrisAnderson     Polsinelli PC    

Patron Sponsors

Berkeley Research Group, LLC     Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP     Carmody MacDonald P.C.    

Gavin/Solmonese LLC     GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group LLC     Husch Blackwell    

IronHorse LLC     Lathrop Gage LLP     Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard P.C.    

Spencer Fane LLP     Stinson LLP     Thompson Coburn LLP    

Tittle Advisory Group, Inc.     Williams-Keepers LLC     Wilmington Trust    

Supporting Sponsors

Fox Forensic Accounting, LLC     Hinkle Law Firm LLC     Kutak Rock LLP    

Conference Rates

Registration Rates Early
(by 8/9/19)
(8/10/19- 9/13/19)
(after 9/13/19)

Business Track: ABI Member
Business Track: Join and Save*
Consumer Track: ABI Member
Consumer Track: Join and Save*


* Includes a one-year ABI membership for first-time members — a $350 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.

Exhibitor Rates

ABI Member Exhibitor Registration**
New ABI Member Exhibitor Registration***
Additional Booth Representative

** 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 $350 value).


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