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 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.

    Sponsored by Keller & Almassian, PLC

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  • IWIRC Cocktail Reception in the Seneca Room

    Join IWIRC for an hour of fun networking before the Opening Reception. Registration for this event is separate. Please register here.

  • Speaker/Sponsor Reception

  • Opening Reception

    Sponsored by Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.; Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Kerkman & Dunn; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP; and Riveron Consulting, LLC. Bar sponsored by Frost Brown Todd LLP.

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    Greenberg Traurig logo
    Frost Brown Todd LLP logo
    Kerkman and Dunn logo
    Kilpatrick Townsend logo
    Riveron logo
  • Partners
  • Breakfast

    Sponsored by MorrisAnderson and Spencer Fane

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  • All-Day Coffee

    Sponsored by Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP

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  • Welcome by Central States Bankruptcy Workshop Program Chairs

  • Great Debates


  • Refreshment Break

    Snacks and Small Bites sponsored by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

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  • Concurrent Sessions (3)

    Best Practices: Transactional Drafting

    This panel will lead attendees through negotiating and crafting polished purchase agreements and sale pleadings to avoid contested sale hearings and post-closing disputes.


    Post-Confirmation/Post-Sale Jurisdiction

    Bankruptcy courts are courts of limited jurisdiction. Given that parties can neither waive nor consent to subject-matter jurisdiction, this panel will explore the limits of 28 U.S.C. § 1334 and the effectiveness of the retention of jurisdiction provisions in sale orders and confirmation orders. The panelists will discuss recent decisions on the scope of “arising under,” “arising in” and “related to” jurisdiction. The panel also will delve into whether, and to what extent, bankruptcy courts automatically have jurisdiction to interpret and enforce their own orders, including whether that jurisdiction diminishes over time. Finally, the panelists will discuss mandatory and permissive abstention and the parallel proceeding rule.


    Consumer: Federal Tax Issues in Bankruptcy


  • Refreshment Break

    Snacks and Small Bites sponsored by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

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  • Concurrent Sessions (4)

    Best Practices: Litigation and Courtroom Skills



    Subchapter V Creditor Issues



    Consumer: Separate Entity (LLC/Corp.) Issues



    Consumer: Litigation Tactics


  • Lunch and Learn: Mock Sale Hearing


  • 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.

    Sponsored by Jenner & Block LLP and Perkins Coie LLP

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    Perkins Coie LLP logo
  • 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. This event is currently sold out. To be put on the waiting list, please email [email protected].

    Sponsored by Adelman & Gettleman, Ltd.

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  • Partners
  • Family Breakfast

    Sponsored by Cozen O’Connor and Lakelaw

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  • All-Day Coffee


    Sponsored by Swanson Sweet LLP

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  • Morning Announcements

  • Judges’ Roundtables


  • Break

  • Concurrent Sessions (3)

    Advanced Fraud-Based Litigation

    Beyond a general overview of the fraudulent transfer elements under state law and the Bankruptcy Code, this panel will dissect recent fraud-related litigation topics and share personal experiences in representing and adjudicating such matters. Understanding who may be the subject of a fraudulent claim in bankruptcy, when a fraudulent transfer claim may arise, the ever-developing defenses to fraud, and the consequences for not complying with fraud-related discovery are just some of the issues that will be addressed in this panel. As more cases are filed because of, or in order to pursue, fraud claims, the panelists will provide their perspectives and highlight considerations of which all professionals should be aware.


    Commercial Real Estate

    With a sluggish return to office, a looming maturity wall and a challenging refinancing environment, distress in commercial real estate looks to be here to stay for the foreseeable future. This panel will help attendees navigate this complex environment while offering diverse perspectives representing landlords, debtors, committees and lenders, as well as from the bench.


    Consumer: Property of the Estate and Exemptions


  • Refreshment Break

  • Ethics: Wellness Matters with Kendra Brodin


  • 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 Outing
Opening Reception
Private Architecture Boat Cruise
Cubs Home Game from Wrigley Rooftops

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 24, 2024, to reserve the special rate. ABI cannot guarantee anyone a room after the May 24 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

7.5 hours of CLE credit, including 1.25 hours of Wellness, are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 9 hours of CLE credit, including 1.5 hours of Wellness, 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 nontransitional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the CLE Board for a maximum of 9 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 7.5 hours, of which 1.25 hours will apply to ethics. CPE credit is NOT AVAILABLE for viewing on-demand recorded sessions.

The American Bankruptcy Institute 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 for Group Live (live in-person). 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.learningmarket.org.

  • Recommended CPE Credits and Field of Study: Behavioral Ethics, Information Technology, Human Resources, Specialized Knowledge
  • Program attendees can earn up to 9 hours of CPE credit, including 1.5 hours of Behavioral Ethics.
  • Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites.
  • dvanced preparation: None
  • rogram level: Intermediate

*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.

Financial Hardship Statement

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].