ABIs Chicago Consumer Bankruptcy Conference to be Held October 12

ABIs Chicago Consumer Bankruptcy Conference to be Held October 12

Contact: John Hartgen
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June 19, 2009, Alexandria, Va. — Chicago-area practitioners will have the opportunity to examine current issues affecting the consumer bankruptcy profession at the American Bankruptcy Institute’s (ABI) Second Annual Chicago Consumer Bankruptcy Conference on Oct. 12 at The Standard Club in Chicago. Faculty members include experienced local chapter 7 and 13 consumer attorneys, bankruptcy judges and panel trustees from the Northern District of Illinois and a representative from the Executive Office for the U.S. Trustees. In addition, attendees are invited to join ABI’s Scholar in Residence and Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown University, Adam Levitin, for a lunchtime discussion on current legislative developments affecting consumers.

Co-chairs for the Chicago Consumer Bankruptcy Conference are Brian L. Shaw of Shaw Gussis Fishman Glantz Wolfson & Towbin LLC (Chicago) and Bankruptcy Judge Eugene R. Wedoff (N.D. Ill.; Chicago).

Panel sessions include:

The “Means Test 2009” session will feature Ariane Holtschlag of Grochocinski, Grochocinski & Lloyd, Ltd. (Orland Park, Ill.), Chapter 13 Trustee Keisha M. Hooks (Chicago), M. Gretchen Silver of the U.S. Trustee’s Office for Region 11 (Chicago) and Bankruptcy Judge Eugene R. Wedoff (N.D. Ill.; Chicago).

Panelists on the “Home Mortgage Update” session will include Michael C. Burr of Robert J. Adams and Associates (Chicago), A. Stewart Chapman of Pierce & Associates (Chicago) and Bankruptcy Judge Eugene R. Wedoff (N.D. Ill.; Chicago).

The “Litigation Skills: Handling the Evidentiary Hearing” session will feature presentations by Bankruptcy Judge A. Benjamin Goldgar (N.D. Ill.; Chicago) and Catherine L. Steege of Jenner & Block LLP (Chicago).

A panel including Joseph A. Baldi of Joseph A. Baldi & Associates, PC (Chicago), David P. Leibowitz of Lakelaw (Waukegan, Ill.) and Bankruptcy Judge Jack Schmetterer (N.D. Ill.; Chicago) will take part in the “Consumer Chapter 11” session.

The “Ethical Issues with Respect to Attorney’s Fees in Consumer Cases” will feature Bankruptcy Judge Bruce W. Black (N.D. Ill.; Chicago), Chapter 13 Trustee Gerald Mylander of Glenn Stearns (Lisle, Ill.) and Thomas E. Springer of Springer, Brown, Covey, Gaertner & Davis LLC (Wheaton, Ill.).

For more information on ABI’s Consumer Bankruptcy Conference, please visit http://www.abiworld.org/Chicago09/.


ABI is the largest multi-disciplinary, nonpartisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency. ABI was founded in 1982 to provide Congress and the public with unbiased analysis of bankruptcy issues. The ABI membership includes nearly 12,000 attorneys, accountants, bankers, judges, professors, lenders, turnaround specialists and other bankruptcy professionals, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. For additional information on ABI, visit www.abiworld.org. For additional conference information, visit http://www.abiworld.org/conferences.html.