2024 Alexander L. Paskay Memorial Bankruptcy Seminar

February 15-16 | Tampa, FL

Join ABI and Stetson University College of Law for the 48th Annual Alexander L. Paskay Memorial Bankruptcy Seminar, a memorial CLE program honoring the lifetime achievements of the late Bankruptcy Judge Alexander L. Paskay.

The seminar will feature programming options geared toward both business and consumer issues, taught by a faculty of prominent regional and national speakers and bankruptcy judges — and you won’t want to miss out on the numerous networking events!

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  • Registration and Continental Breakfast

  • Welcome by Program Chairs

  • Bankruptcy Crimes

    In this session, an FBI agent, a U.S. attorney, an Assistant U.S. Trustee and a bankruptcy trustee will discuss the who, what, when and why of bankruptcy crimes, including the relationship between a criminal prosecution and a contemporaneous bankruptcy case or cases involving the criminal defendants, either as principals of the debtor or the debtors themselves.

  • Break


    Sponsored by Baker & Hostetler LLP

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  • Concurrent Breakouts (2)

    Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors vs. Receivership vs. Subchapter V vs. Chapter 7

    This panel will explore the differences between state court assignments for the benefit of creditors and receiverships, and bankruptcy court chapter 7 and subchapter V.


    Consumer Issues Potpourri: What’s New, What’s Trending, and What Isn’t Trending that Should Be!

    This panel will bring attendees up to speed on Zoom § 341s and best practices, as well as recent and important changes to chapter 13 administrative orders and forms, and will explore trends and tips for handling merchant cash advance (MCA) issues in consumer cases and mortgage-modification mediations. The panelists also will discuss income-driven repayment plans and highlight the DOJ's latest guidance on discharging student loans.

  • Break

  • Concurrent Breakouts (2)

    Chapter 11 Updates and Core Issues

    This panel will discuss subchapter V updates, including dischargeability, voting and other issues, and will feature a Showdown at the Supremes discussion on Purdue Pharma, as well as a point/counterpoint talk on merchant cash advances (MCAs) and their related bankruptcy issues.


    The Coerced, Vulnerable or Incapacitated Debtor: What Are Your Ethical Obligations?

    Your consumer client’s problems may go beyond traditional insolvency issues. This panel will discuss ethical and legal strategies to protect your client’s interests.

  • Annual Paskay Memorial Luncheon Keynote and Networking

    Joe Navarro will explore the applied use of nonverbal communication in business to better understand, manage or negotiate with others. Drawing on his decades of experience studying human behavior, Joe will highlight those key behaviors executives need to know to decode the world around them.


    Sponsored by Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Postler, P.A.

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  • Break

  • Concurrent Breakouts (2)


    Two lawyers who regularly handle bankruptcy appeals, along with a district court judge who hears bankruptcy appeals, will lead this panel focused on key bankruptcy appeal topics.


    Creditor Remedies: Point/Counterpoint

    This panel will discuss different tactics creditors use to pursue the collection of debt, how debtors can defend against collection efforts and pursue claims when a creditor has gone too far, how creditors can minimize their exposure to such claims, and the potential impacts of pre-petition proceedings on creditors and debtors when a debtor files a bankruptcy petition.

  • Refreshment Break


    Sponsored by McGlinchey Stafford PLLC

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  • Adversary Proceedings and Evidence

    This panel will cover procedural and evidentiary issues that can arise in the context of adversary proceedings and contested matters related to expert witnesses and expert reports, witness examination, and the introduction of electronic content into evidence.

  • Opening Reception

  • All are welcome to this special dinner; you do not need to be an IWIRC member (or a woman) to attend. The event features a networking reception with two drink tickets, followed by a prix fixe dinner. Cost is $55 for IWIRC members, $70 for non-members and complimentary for judges. Please RSVP by 3:00 p.m. on February 7, 2024. Register here.

  • Optional Event

    ABI Endowment Event: Tampa Bay Lightning Game at Amalie Arena 


    Sponsored by Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

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  • Partners
  • Registration and Continental Breakfast

  • Welcome Remarks and Ethics Jeopardy

    Presented in a game show format, this session will feature real case examples, enabling attendees to learn about the nature of the duty of zealous advocacy, under what circumstances lawyers do cross the line, and the ethical and other consequences of being under- or overzealous.

  • Refreshment Break

  • Judicial Roundtable Workouts: Problems, Problems, Problems!

    Attendees will work through case problems in small judge-led groups.

  • Adjourn

  • Partners
(by 12/22/23)
(after 1/25/24)
Seminar Rates*
ABI Member
Join and Save**
Govt./Academic/Nonprofit ABI Member
Govt./Academic/Nonprofit New ABI Member**
Consumer Practitioner
Young Professional***
* 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.
*** Members 30 years of age or younger.
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 $425 value!).

Cancellation Policy

All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by January 31, 2024. No refunds will be granted after January 25, but substitutions will be allowed. After January 25, 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.

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. 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 at least a 50% reduction in the registration fee. For more information, please contact the American Bankruptcy Institute at (703) 739-0800, or send an e-mail to [email protected].

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 Westin Tampa Waterside hotel is a scenic sanctuary amid a vibrant travel destination. ABI has arranged a special conference rate of $289 per night for a Standard room. Make your reservations by January 25, 2024, to receive this special rate. ABI cannot guarantee anyone a room after the January 25 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.


725 S Harbour Island Blvd.,
Tampa, FL 33602

Conference Attire

Attire is business casual throughout the conference.

Judicial Co-Chairs

Program Chair

Advisory Board

8.75 hours of general CLE credit, including 2 hours of ethics, are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 10.4 hours of general CLE credit, including 2.4 hours of ethics, 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.

The American Bar Association 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) and Group Internet Based (live webinar) programs. State boards of accountancy have 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: Specialized Knowledge, Behavioral Ethics
  • Program attendees can earn up to 10 hours of CPE credit, including 2 hours of Behavioral Ethics.
  • Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites.
  • Advanced preparation: None
  • Program Level: Intermediate
  • Delivery Method: Group Live

If virtual or if recorded sessions are offered: CPE credit is available for live in-person sessions only. CPE credit is not available for virtual viewing or for recorded versions of live sessions.