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Cannabis in Bankruptcy, Distressed Health Care Providers, Key 'ABI Talks' Among Sessions Featured at ABI's 2020 Mid-Atlantic Virtual Bankruptcy Workshop

Alexandria, Va. — Bankruptcy judges and leading practitioners from the Third and Fourth U.S. Judicial Circuits will examine important and timely topics pertaining to both consumer and business bankruptcy practice at ABI’s 2020 Mid-Atlantic Virtual Bankruptcy Workshop on August 6 and 7. The virtual program will take place via an innovative Zoom meeting environment, allowing attendees to choose from a range of interactive educational sessions during the two-day event from the comfort of their home or office. Up to 4/4.5 hours of general CLE/CPE credit are available for the program, including 1 hour of ethics. This online workshop will also provide participants with ample opportunities to network virtually with bankruptcy professionals in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond — for a total price of $100.  

One of the featured sessions at the Virtual Workshop will be the “ABI Talks,” presented in the style of TED Talks. The ABI Talks will focus on three important issues: (1) the coronavirus, namely the reaction of the market, what industries have been/are going to be hurt the most, and the potential short-term and long-term financial implications of the outbreak; (2) the changing public perceptions of bankruptcy, looking at the way history has moved from imprisoning debtors to bankruptcy being such a commonly accepted tool to address debts that even the President has used it; and (3) social issues in bankruptcy, such as the #MeToo movement and the Catholic priest and Boy Scouts scandals.

Other sessions at the Mid-Atlantic Virtual Bankruptcy Workshop include:

  • Cannabis in Bankruptcy
  • Bax Decision
  • The Pros and Cons of Transactions Involving Distressed Hospitals and Health Care Providers
  • Ethics: How to Get Retained as Debtors’ Attorneys
  • Judicial Round-and-Round

Program co-chairs for the Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop are Anne Eberhardt of Gavin/Solmonese LLC (New York), Shanti M. Katona of Polsinelli (Wilmington, Del.) and Lisa B. Tancredi of Gebhardt & Smith LLP (Baltimore). The judicial co-chairs for the workshop are Bankruptcy Judges Ashely Chan (E.D. Pa.; Philadelphia) and Stacey L. Meisel (D. N.J.; Newark).

If you are a member of the press and would be interested in attending the 2020 ABI Mid-Atlantic Virtual Bankruptcy Workshop, please contact ABI Public Affairs Officer John Hartgen at 703-894-5935 or [email protected]


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