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Bankruptcy Sales, Avoidance Issues, Preferences and Fraudulent Conveyances and More to Be Discussed at ABI's Views from the Bench Program on Sept. 20

Alexandria, Va. — ABI’s popular Bankruptcy 2019: Views from the Bench program will take place on Sept. 20 at The Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. The program features the views of 17 sitting and retired bankruptcy judges. This year’s program will examine a number of current issues related to bankruptcy sales, dilemmas of the creditors’ committee, a debate on the standard of disinterestedness, and much more. Attendees have the chance to earn up to 6 hours of CLE credit and 1.2 hours of ethics. The judicial co-chair of the program is Bankruptcy Judge Michelle M. Harner (D. Md.; Baltimore), and the program chair is Donald A. Workman of BakerHostetler (Washington, D.C.).

The program will also feature ABI’s popular Great Debates session. Bankruptcy Judge Michael E. Wiles (S.D.N.Y.; New York) will moderate a debate between retired Bankruptcy Judge Eugene R. Wedoff (Oak Park, Ill.) and Craig Goldblatt of WilmerHale (Washington, D.C.) over the issue of whether a creditor in possession of a debtor’s collateral must surrender it to avoid a stay violation. Thomas M. Horan of Fox Rothschild LLP (Wilmington, Del.) will moderate the second debate, during which Bankruptcy Judge Kevin J. Carey (D. Del.; Wilmington) and retired Bankruptcy Judge Robert E. Gerber of Joseph Hage Aaronson LLC (New York) will discuss whether the legal test or application of the standard of disinterestedness should be changed.

Panel sessions at the Views from the Bench program include:

  • Confirmation Roundtable
  • Bankruptcy Sales
  • Dilemmas of the Creditors’ Committee
  • Avoidance Issues
  • Cheat, Prey, Shove: 3 Acts Forbidden by Ethics

If you are a member of the press and would like to attend the “Views from the Bench” program, 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