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Cannabis and Bankruptcy, Student Loans, Third-Party Litigation Financing and More to Be Discussed at ABI’s 2019 Southwest Bankruptcy Conference Sept. 5-7

Alexandria, Va. – ABI’s 2019 Southwest Bankruptcy Conference will be held Sept. 5-7 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas. An outstanding faculty of leading judges, noted academics and prominent industry professionals will present sessions on a variety of topics for both consumer and business practitioners. The conference will feature the popular “ABI Talks” series, with discussions on divisive mergers, retail bankruptcies, derivatives in bankruptcy, and new U.S. Trustee fees and their potential impact. The conference will also feature a Judges’ Roundtable featuring Q&A with bankruptcy judges from the Ninth Circuit and across the country. Program co-chairs for the Southwest Bankruptcy Conference are Patrick A. Clisham of Engelman Berger, PC (Phoenix), Jordan A. Kroop of Perkins Coie LLP (Phoenix) and John W. Lucas of Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP (San Francisco). The sponsorship chair is Louis M. Bubala, III of Kaempfer Crowell (Reno, Nev.), and the judicial co-chairs are Bankruptcy Judges Martin R. Barash (C.D. Cal.; Woodland Hills) and Daniel P. Collins (D. Ariz.; Phoenix). Attendees have the opportunity to earn 7.75/9 hours of CLE/ CPE credit, including 1.25/1.5 hours of ethics credit.

Timely topics for the panel sessions include:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Provisions in Bankruptcy
  • Consumer Cases in the Headlines
  • Chapter 11 Cases in the Headlines
  • Third-Party Litigation Financing
  • Bad Math: Student Loan Challenges, Bankruptcy Alternatives and Discharge
  • Evidence, Part I: Overview of the Underbrush
  • Evidence, Part IIA: Consumer Workshop on Evidence
  • Evidence, Part IIB: Commercial Workshop on Evidence
  • Best of the Best and Worst of the Worst: Local Rules We Love and Hate
  • Cannabis and Bankruptcy: The Impermissible Contact High
  • Hotcakes and Hot Topics: Judges’ Roundtable Q&A

For a list of speakers and additional details about the Southwest Bankruptcy Conference, please click here. Press looking to attend the Southwest Bankruptcy Conference should contact John Hartgen at 703-894-5935 or to obtain a press pass.


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