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Thursday, October 3

11:00 a.m.

Registration Desk Open

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

Welcome

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.

Marijuana Issues

Mathew A. Petersen

Spencer Fane LLP; Kansas City, Mo.

2:15-3:30 p.m.

Concurrent Breakouts (2)

Mock Dischargeability Hearing

Michael P. Gaughan

SouthLaw, P.C.; Shawnee Mission, Kan.

Bradley D. McCormack

The Sader Law Firm; Kansas City, Mo.

Ashley B. Osborn

First American Title Insurance Company; Leawood, Kan.

Health Care Panel

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

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

9:45-11:00 a.m.

Concurrent Breakouts (2)

Hot Topics in Consumer Law

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

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

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)

Chapter 7 & 13 Trustee Panel

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

Marcus Helt

Foley Gardere; Dallas

Robert T. Kugler

Stinson LLP; Minneapolis

Richard Peil

GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group LLC; Phoenix

Eric C. Peterson

Spencer Fane LLP; St. Louis

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

Mark Craige

Crowe & Dunlevy, PC; Tulsa, Okla.

Hon. Charles “Sketch” Rendlen

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

Jordan Sickman

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

Daniel R. Wiggins

MorrisAnderson; St. Louis

4:00 p.m.

Adjourn

 

Chairs

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

Office of the U.S. Trustee; 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

Location

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 of $189 per night at The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection. 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 block will sell out. Please make your reservations accordingly.

The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection
325 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO, 64112

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 www.visitkc.com.

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, www.nasbaregistry.org.

 

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 efinnegan@abiworld.org.

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.

 

Partners

Premium Sponsors

MorrisAnderson Polsinelli PC

Patron Sponsors

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP Carmody MacDonald P.C. Gavin/Solmonese LLC Husch Blackwell 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

Conference Rates

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

Business Track: ABI Member
$355
$410
$455
Business Track: Join and Save*
$680
$735
$780
Consumer Track: ABI Member
$265
$290
$325
Consumer Track: Join and Save*
$415
$440
$475

 

* 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**
$1,000
New ABI Member Exhibitor Registration***
$1,325
Additional Booth Representative
$500

** 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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