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Agriculture Distress, ABI Consumer Commission Report, Health Care Issues and More to Be Discussed at ABI's 2019 Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute Program on Oct. 3-4

Alexandria, Va. — ABI and the UMKC School of Law are pleased to present the 2019 Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute at the University of Missouri-Kansas City on Oct. 3-4, 2019! This year’s program features business, consumer and professional development tracks at affordable pricing, so attendees can get the exact training that they need. Attendees have the opportunity to earn up to 12.7/12 hours of CLE/CPE credit and 3.6/1 hours of ethics credit. There is also a special track of programs tailored to consumer practitioners at a reduced rate. The program will feature a special luncheon presentation by ABI President Alane A. Becket of Becket & Lee LLP (Malvern, Pa.), who will discuss the Final Report of ABI’s Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy. The popular ABI Talks session will feature discussions on venue reform, provide economic forecasts and look at marijuana issues in bankruptcy. Jill D. Olsen of The Olsen Law Firm, LLC (Liberty, Mo.) and Paul D. Sinclair of Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C. (Kansas City, Mo.) are the program co-chairs, and Bankruptcy Judge Dennis R. Dow (W.D. Mo.; Kansas City) is the judicial chair.

Program sessions include:

  • Mock Dischargeability Hearing
  • Health Care Panel
  • Ethically Speaking: Competence and Common Pitfalls in Bankruptcy
  • Case Law Updates from the Bench
  • Hot Topics in Consumer Law
  • Hot Topics in Agriculture Law, Including New Chapter 12 Debt Limit
  • Legal Writing: Tips to Make Your Writing Stand Out
  • Trust Issues: Chapter 7 and 13 Trustee Views on Assets, Income and Case Administration
  • What Not to Put in a Chapter 11 Plan
  • Professional Fees: How to Get Paid Ethically

If you are a member of the press and would like to attend the Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute, please contact ABI Public Affairs Manager John Hartgen at 703-894-5935 or


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 11,000 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 For additional conference information, visit