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Preparing for the Next Recession, Farm Bankruptcy Cases, Small Business Owner Chapter 13s and More to Be Discussed at ABI's 2019 Central States Bankruptcy Workshop June 13-15

Alexandria, Va. — The American Bankruptcy Institute’s (ABI) 2019 Central States Bankruptcy Workshop returns on June 13-15, 2019, to the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Traverse City, Mich., bringing a flexible workshop format for both consumer and business practitioners. The Workshop’s repeating sessions allow attendees to customize their personal learning experience while earning up to 8.25/9.5 hours of CLE/CPE, including 2.75/3 hours of ethics. Workshop panel sessions will feature 11 bankruptcy judges representing Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Concurrent panel sessions at the Central States Bankruptcy Workshop include:

  • Top 10 Ethics Traps and How to Avoid Them
  • E-Discovery and Cybersecurity for Insolvency Professionals
  • The Ethics of the Vulnerable Client Population in Bankruptcy
  • Judicial Roundtable

Sessions on the Workshop’s Business Track include:

  • Preparing for the Next Recession
  • Contracting Around the Bankruptcy Code and Communicating with Your Corporate Partner
  • Farm to Table, They Are All in Trouble!
  • Benefits and Pitfalls to Restructuring, Recapitalizing or Selling Out of Court

Sessions on the Workshop’s Consumer Track include:

  • Who Gets What? Chapter 7 and 13 Conversions, Dismissal Considerations and More
  • Automatic Stay Violations and Sanctions Litigation
  • The Small Business Owner’s Chapter 13

Sessions on the Workshop’s Skills Track include:

  • Effective Client Interviews, Deposition Strategies, Techniques and More
  • Understanding DIP Financing Agreements, Valuation Approaches and More

Richard E. Kruger of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss (Southfield, Mich.) and Mark L. Radtke of Fox Rothschild LLP (Chicago) are the Workshop co-chairs. Bankruptcy Judges James W. Boyd (W.D., Mich.) and Catherine J. Furay (W.D. Wis.; Madison) are the judicial co-chairs for the Workshop.

To view the full list of expert speakers and for more information on attending ABI’s Central States Bankruptcy Workshop, please click here. Members of the press interested in attending the Workshop 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 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