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Cryptocurrency, Negotiating Strategies and Evidence, and Trial Skills in Consumer Cases Among the Topics to Be Discussed at Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar August 22-23 in Cincinnati

Alexandria, Va. – Featuring eight bankruptcy judges and many nationally recognized insolvency professionals, the 2018 Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar will take place August 22-23 at The Westin Cincinnati. Attendees have the opportunity to earn up to 13.5 hours of CLE (including 2 hours of ethics) while hearing the latest information from experts on a variety of key industry issues. Providing both a consumer and business track for program sessions, the Seminar also features a special reduced registration rate for consumer practitioners.

Special luncheon presentations feature Hon. Mark Painter (ret.) of Helmer, Martins, Rice & Popham, LPA (Cincinnati) providing a two-part “Legal Writing” presentation to show attendees how to make their legal writing more concise, understandable and effective by stripping away unnecessary legal jargon and other clutter that distracts readers, and Prof. Nancy B. Rapoport of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law (Las Vegas), who will deliver a special “Images of Lawyers in Film: Legal Ethics and the Movies” presentation.

General sessions at the 2018 Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar include:

  • Case Law and Rules Update: Part I
  • Exploring New Frontiers: Cybersecurity, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency
  • What Social Science Can Teach Us About Good People and Bad Choices
  • Great Debates
  • We've Had Our Differences, but Your Bankruptcy Filing Makes Me Whole
  • There's Gold in Them Thar Shares
  • Damned if I Do (Fraud), Damned if I Don't (Malpractice): Bankruptcy Planning, Exempt Assets and Stuff Like That

Commercial track sessions at the Seminar include:

  • ADR, Arbitration and Mediation in Chapter 11
  • Negotiating Strategies and Issues Related to Financing a Chapter 11 Case, Cash Collateral and DIP Financing
  • The Dysfunctional Corporate Client

Consumer track sessions at the Seminar include:

  • Trustees, Unusual Assets and the Unwary: How to Keep a Discharge and Not Be Sued for Malpractice
  • Evidence and Trial Skills in Consumer Bankruptcy Cases
  • A Full Run-Down of the Shut Down: How to Close a Corporate Entity

Bankruptcy Judges Beth A. Buchanan (S.D. Ohio; Cincinnati) and Jeffery P. Hopkins (S.D. Ohio; Cincinnati) are the judicial co-chairs of the Seminar, and Stephen D. Lerner of Squire Patton Boggs (Cincinnati) is the program chair.

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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 For additional conference information, visit