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Emerging Cannabis Industry, Municipal Bankruptcies, Retail Distress and More to be Discussed at ABI's 26th Annual Bankruptcy Battleground West Conference

Alexandria, Va. — More than 150 practitioners are expected to attend the American Bankruptcy Institute’s (ABI’s) 26th Annual Bankruptcy Battleground West conference, scheduled for March 6, 2018, at the JW Marriott LA LIVE in Los Angeles. The day-long conference will examine retail distress, perspectives on the emerging cannabis industry, municipal insolvencies and more. The conference will also include a special keynote by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of the UC Berkeley School of Law (Berkeley, Calif.), who will look at the Supreme Court and bankruptcy law, with a focus on recent and pending cases. Attendees have the opportunity to earn up to 5.5/6.5 hours of CLE/CPE credit. Conference co-chairs are Kimberly A. Posin of Latham & Watkins LLP (Los Angeles) and Randye B. Soref of Polsinelli LLP (Los Angeles). The judicial chair for the conference is Bankruptcy Judge Hannah L. Blumenstiel (N.D. Cal.).

Sessions include:

  • “The Next Retail Shoe to Drop: Preparing for a Mall Meltdown or Miracle?
  • Perspectives on the Emerging Cannabis Industry
  • “Shark Tank”: In a riff on the popular television show “Shark Tank,” bankruptcy practitioners will pitch a panel of judicial “sharks” for requested modifications to recent Supreme Court/circuit-level decisions and timely bankruptcy issues.
  • I’m Gonna Make You an Offer You Can’t Refuse! The Fight Between Secured Creditors and Junior or Unsecured Creditors in Bankruptcy
  • Municipal Insolvency: California, Puerto Rico and Beyond — the Pension Crisis, Growing Bond Debt Issues and Labor Issues
  • Writs of Certiorari: Pros and Cons

To view the full roster of conference sessions and speakers, please click here.

Members of the press looking to attend the conference should 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 more than 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