2022 Southwest Bankruptcy Conference

September 8-10 | Las Vegas, NV

Join ABI for the 2022 Southwest Bankruptcy Conference, back at the fabulous Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas! Experienced practitioners and regional judges will present information-packed sessions on a variety of topics, both business and consumer — ensuring that there is something for everyone.

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  • ABI Registration Desk Open

  • Opening Reception

    Sponsored by Development Specialists, Inc. and KCC

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  • Partners
  • ABI Registration Desk Open

  • Networking Breakfast


    Sponsored by FTI Consulting

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  • Welcome Remarks

  • Plenary Session: Judicial Round-and-Round

    This session will provide opportunities for discussion and interaction with an exciting panel of judges from around the country. Participants will engage on current bankruptcy issues in a small-group format to address (1) the SBRA and recent thought-provoking subchapter V decisions (In re Cleary and In re RS Air); (2) § 522 exemptions, as well as a closer look at subsections m, o, p and q; and (3) 3M, NRA and Infowars, and the role of the bankruptcy court in resolving mass litigation.

  • All-Day Coffee


    Sponsored by Stretto
    Snacks and Small Bites Networking Break sponsored by Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP, Reid Collins & Tsai LLP and Sacks Tierney P.A.

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  • Concurrent Sessions (2)

    General: The Fix for Third-Party Releases in Chapter 11 Cases

    This panel will briefly review the current state of third-party releases, then discuss/debate different ways and mechanisms to potentially remedy the issues that have been highlighted by (or that have bothered) various courts around the country.


    Business: Is Bankruptcy Dead?

    Filing a bankruptcy petition is not always a viable option or the best solution. This panel will explore alternative avenues for distressed companies, including receiverships, assignments for the benefit of creditors and Article 9 foreclosures, as well as when a bankruptcy filing is the most effective tool. Learn what factors should be considered in evaluating the various options and what the benefits and drawbacks of each alternative are.

  • All-Day Coffee


    Sponsored by Stretto
    Snacks and Small Bites Networking Break sponsored by Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP, Reid Collins & Tsai LLP and Sacks Tierney P.A.

    Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones logo
    Reid Collins logo
    Sacks Tierney P.A. logo
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  • Concurrent Sessions (3)

    Consumer: Discovery Skills in Consumer Cases

    The panel will discuss the importance of structure and scope in consumer cases. The panelists will explore the guidelines and efficacy of current discovery skills while analyzing bankruptcy and federal rules.


    General: The Wrath of Stern

    What are the constitutional limits of bankruptcy court jurisdiction and authority? This panel will discuss recent decisions implicating Stern v. Marshall to see when and how courts are addressing limits on jurisdiction and authority. The panelists will analyze when state law actions may be maintained in bankruptcy court and when the bankruptcy court can enter final orders and review key local rules. Additionally, the panelists will provide strategies for how to address matters where a bankruptcy court cannot issue final orders.


    Business: Out-of-the-Money Creditors: Are They Just Extorters?

    Unsecured creditors (and official creditor committees) may appear hopelessly “out of the money” at the beginning of a case, but how may they most effectively and most responsibly assert their interests throughout the case to win a recovery? This panel addresses this question and more.

  • Lunch


    Sponsored by Paul Hastings, LLP

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  • Luncheon Plenary: ABI Talks

    Cannabis Company Workouts



    Cryptocurrency, NFTs and DAOs



    Climate Change, Tourism and Redwoods: A Case Study



    Spousal Imputation in § 523 Actions


  • All-Day Coffee


    Sponsored by Stretto
    Snacks and Small Bites Networking Break sponsored by Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP, Reid Collins & Tsai LLP and Sacks Tierney P.A.

    Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones logo
    Reid Collins logo
    Sacks Tierney P.A. logo
    Stretto logo
  • Concurrent Sessions (3)

    Consumer: How Fulton May Change Practice

    How has Fulton changed practice related to the extent and impact of the automatic stay? The Supreme Court may have made debtors’ recovery of repossessed vehicles less "Fast and Furious," but does the "Repo Man" now have all of the leverage? Fasten your seatbelts for a discussion of Fulton’s potential impact on debtors, creditors, and all types of proceedings and collateral — cars and beyond.


    General: Post-COVID-19 Valuations and Appraisals: What Effects Did the COVID-19 Economy Have on Business and Real Estate Values?

    This panel will discuss various issues concerning the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic and the economy for the last two years have had on valuations and appraisals. Since cash flow is essential for valuations and operations, the panelists will also discuss the effects of the pandemic on businesses’ cash flow and what can be done to recover and improve cash flow. In addition, the panelists will discuss the sales and auctions of assets during the pandemic period.


    Business: Ninth Circuit-Confirmed Plans with Third-Party Releases

    This panel will identify recent examples of chapter 11 plans confirmed within the Ninth Circuit that contained third-party releases despite longstanding precedent in the Ninth Circuit prohibiting those releases outside of the asbestos context. The panelists also will describe the types of releases confirmed, as well as how the plan proponents were able to include the releases.

  • Happy Hour


    Sponsored by Proskauer

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  • Partners
  • ABI Registration Desk Open

  • Networking Breakfast

  • Procedural, Practical and Economic Efficiencies: Rules and Rule Changes to Reflect Current Realities and Potential Ethical Landmines

    This panel will present a discussion of bankruptcy rules and procedures that work and don’t work from a practical perspective, as well as reflections on how technology impacts current practice.

  • Adjourn

  • Partners
(by 7/22/22)
(after 8/25/22)
Registration Rates*
ABI Member
Join and Save**
Govt./Nonprofit ABI Member
New Govt./Nonprofit ABI Member**
* There will be a $50 fee added to all on-site registrations.

** Includes a one-year membership for first-time members only — a $425 value! You must be an ABI member to attend. Membership is individual and nonrefundable. If your ABI membership has expired, select the member rate and add in your ABI 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!
Adult Guest
Optional Events
Golf Tournament at Royal Links
Opening Reception Registrant
Happy Hour

Cancellation Policy

All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if notice is received in writing by August 18, 2022. No refunds will be made if notice is received after August 15, although substitutions will be allowed. After August 15, 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 the 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.

ABI’s COVID-19 Policy

As the COVID-19 landscape continues to evolve, so too must ABI’s safety policies for in-person events. ABI’s priority for all conferences and events is the safety and welfare of our attendees, partners and team. For the ABI Events, we are requiring that in-person attendees show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than two days (48 hours) prior to arrival. In lieu of testing, attendees can upload their vaccination card to show that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (as defined by the CDC) in order to gain admittance to the program. This decision was made in consultation with ABI leadership and is based on guidance issued by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health authorities. It is also consistent with the policies of many of our member firms and other associations nationwide.


The Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas is a sanctuary from the bright lights of the dazzling Las Vegas Strip, all located on the 35th to 39th floors of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Tower — ensuring a more intimate atmosphere and attentive personal service. ABI has arranged a special conference rate of $245 per night. To secure the special rate, reservations must be made directly with the resort by August 17, 2022. Reservations may only be made once you have registered with ABI. Upon payment of the conference registration fees, you will receive hotel reservation information with your conference confirmation. Rooms are held on a first-come, first-served basis. ABI cannot guarantee anyone a room after the specially rated ABI block is filled.


Fly into McCarran International Airport (LAS).

Conference Attire

Attire is casual throughout the conference.

Judicial Co-Chairs

Program Co-Chairs

Sponsorship Chair

Advisory Board

7.5 hours of CLE credit, including 1.25 hours of ethics, are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 9 hours of CLE credit, including 1.5 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. California MCLE: ABI certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 7.75 hours. NY 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 9 credit hours, of which 9 credit hours can be applied toward the professional practice requirement and 1.5 credit hours can be applied toward the ethics professionalism requirement.
9 hours of CPE credit, including 1.5 hours of ethics, 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 the registration fee. For information on tuition assistance, send an email to [email protected].