2024 Central States Bankruptcy Workshop

June 17-19 | Chicago, IL

Join your colleagues from the Upper Midwest region and beyond for the 31st Annual Central States Bankruptcy Workshop, debuting at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago June 17-19, 2024.

Kick off the week with a reception in the Windy City, then design your own learning experience with specially designed business, consumer and skills tracks while exchanging ideas with esteemed regional judges and experienced colleagues.

This program and location are not to be missed. Come celebrate over 30 years of ABI’s Central States Bankruptcy Workshop!

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  • Optional Event

    Young & New Members Pub Outing

    Calling all young and new members! Join us for an arcade bar outing, where you can try your hand at a few games while forging new connections. Cost is $80 per person; please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

  • Speaker/Sponsor Reception

  • Opening Reception

  • Partners
  • Breakfast

  • Welcome by Central States Bankruptcy Workshop Program Chairs

  • Plenary Session

  • Refreshment Break

  • Concurrent Sessions (3)

  • Refreshment Break

  • Concurrent Sessions (3)

  • Lunch and Learn

  • Optional Event

    Private Architecture Boat Cruise

    Explore Chicago's iconic architecture aboard the Fair Lady, led by an expert from the Chicago Architecture Center! The $125 ticket includes guided tour, food and open bar while on the boat. Please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

  • Optional Event

    Cubs Home Game from Wrigley Rooftops

    Watch the hometown Chicago Cubs take on the San Francisco Giants from local favorite Wrigley Rooftops. These spaces provide superb views of the field and vast areas for networking. Each ticket gets you entry onto the rooftop and includes an open bar and buffet with all of your ballpark favorites! Tickets are $200 per person.

  • Partners
  • Family Breakfast

  • Morning Announcements

  • Plenary Session: Judges

  • Break

  • Concurrent Sessions (3)

  • Refreshment Break

  • Plenary Session: Ethics

  • Adjourn

  • Partners
(by 5/3/24)
(after 5/31/24)
Workshop Rates*
ABI Member
New ABI Member**
Govt./Academic/Nonprofit ABI Member
Govt./Academic/Nonprofit New ABI Member**
* There will be a $50 fee added to all on-site registrations.
** Includes a one-year ABI membership for first-time members — a $425 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, full registration for one booth representative AND a one-year ABI membership for first-time members only — a $425 value!
 Attendee Price
Guest Price Child 13 & under Price
Optional Events
Young & New Members Pub Outing
Opening Reception
Private Architecture Boat Cruise

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.

Cancellation Policy

All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by May 24, 2024. No refunds will be granted after May 24, but substitutions will be allowed. After May 24, 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.

Anti-Harassment Policy

The American Bankruptcy Institute is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers. Our anti-harassment policy can be found at https://www.abi.org/about-us/bylaws-and-policies.


The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago is situated on the city’s Gold Coast within a vibrant and luxurious and setting. This iconic address unites city, lake and sky while providing excellent hospitality. ABI has arranged a special conference rate of $375 single/double per night. Make your reservations by May 20, 2024, to reserve the special rate. ABI cannot guarantee anyone a room after the May 20 cutoff 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 Ritz-Carlton, Chicago has graciously extended attendees a 20% discount off spa treatments.


Air:The Ritz Carlton, Chicago is 18 miles southeast of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and 12 miles northeast of Chicago’s Midway International Airport (MDW). Chicago’s Union Station is only two miles away. Milwaukee and Detroit are within a two- to four-hour drive.

Workshop Chairs

Advisory Board

8.25 hours of CLE credit are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 9.9 hours of CLE credit are pending in 50-minute-hour states. Credit hours granted are subject to each state’s CLE credit-approval regulations and might 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 9.5 credit hours, of which 3 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 8.25 hours. 9.5 hours of CPE credit are also available.

*ABI offers intermediate-level courses, which assume that attendees have some 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 submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website, www.nasbaregistry.org. For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaints and refunds, 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, we may allow the individual to work at our 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 their registration fee. For information on tuition assistance, send an e-mail to [email protected].