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Secured Creditor Issues Chapter 9 Cases Chapter 11 Reform and Consumer Bankruptcy Trends Among the Topics to Be Addressed at ABIs 33rd Annual Spring Meeting

Alexandria, Va. -- The American Bankruptcy Institute's (ABI) 33rd Annual Spring Meeting is set to take place April 16-19, 2015, at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. In addition to timely concurrent sessions, ABI’s largest conference tailors four concurrent workshops that include programs for attorneys in large and small commercial cases, a track for professional development and a track dealing solely with consumer issues. The conference will feature the 19th Annual Great Debates looking at municipal bankruptcy, chapter 11 and consumer bankruptcy issues, and 9 committee educational sessions. Keynotes at the Annual Spring Meeting will include Jake Halpern, author of Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld, and Bankruptcy Judge Steven W. Rhodes (E.D. Mich.) reflecting on his experiences presiding over Detroit’s chapter 9 case, the largest municipal bankruptcy in the U.S. Up to 18.25/22 hours of CLE/CPE are available in some states, along with ethics credit totaling 3.25/4 hours. Sessions at the 2015 Annual Spring Meeting include: How Secured Are Secured Creditors? The Changing Landscape of Secured Creditors and Chapter 11 Plan Confirmation What Do Clients Really Want? Preference Action Mock Hearing Report from the ABI Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 Getting to Confirmation: How to Draft a Chapter 11 Plan, Disclosure Statement and Related Documents Chapter 15 Answers that My Bankruptcy Teacher Never Told Me Home Loans Redux Report of the ABI Task Force on Plan Confirmation Recommendations for Sale Cases Anatomy of a Chapter 11 Plan Confirmation Hearing Lawyers and FAs — One for All and All for One Class Actions in Bankruptcy Cases Panic in Detroit — Chapter 9 Bankruptcy Process from Soup to Nuts Business Case Law Updates Consumer Case Law Updates Reconsidering Safe Harbors For Repurchase Agreements Do Hashtags Generate Business? Using Social Media and the Internet to Grow Your Practice (and Maybe Even Go Viral) Chapter 13 Cramdowns Judges’ Panel on Everything! Ethics: Chapter 11 Commission Recommendations on Professional Fees and Expenses For the full schedule with the speakers for each session at ABI’s Annual Spring Meeting, please click here: Networking and optional events include a golf tournament, Nationals baseball game, performance by the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and a special final night dinner performance by Lou Gramm, formerly of the band Foreigner. Press interested in attending the conference should contact John Hartgen at For more information about ABI’s 33rd Annual Spring Meeting, please click here: ### 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