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Retail Restructuring, Small Business Case Issues, Individual Chapter 11 Cases and More to Be Discussed at ABI's 25th Annual Central States Bankruptcy Workshop June 7-9

Alexandria, Va. — The American Bankruptcy Institute’s (ABI) 25th Annual Central States Bankruptcy Workshop returns June 7-9, 2018, to the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa at Lake Geneva, Wis., 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 9/10.5 hours of CLE/CPE, including 1.5 hours of ethics. Workshop panel sessions will feature 12 bankruptcy judges representing Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Concurrent panel sessions at the Central States Bankruptcy Workshop include:

  • 25 Years of Central States
  • ABI Talks
  • Conflict Issues and Getting Paid

Sessions on the Workshop’s Business Track include:

  • Retail Restructuring and Liquidation
  • Hiring and Roles of Receivers and Examiners
  • Small- and Closely Held-Business Issues
  • Chapter 11 Plan-Confirmation Issues
  • Selecting and Advocating Expert Witnesses
  • Getting Paid and Avoiding Disgorgement

Sessions on the Workshop’s Consumer Track include:

  • Chapter 13 Hot Topics
  • Discharge and Dischargeability Issues
  • Chapter 7 Debtor and Trustee Interactions
  • An Individual Chapter 11 Case Is Not Just a Bigger 13

Paul G. Swanson of Steinhilber, Swanson, Mares, Marone & McDermott (Oshkosh, Wis.) is the program chair, Bankruptcy Judge Mary Ann Whipple (N.D. Ohio; Toledo) is the judicial chair, Bankruptcy Judge Catherine J. Furay (W.D. Wis.; Madison) is the judicial advisory board chair, and Richard E. Kruger of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss (Southfield, Mich.) is the advisory board chair.

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 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