Central States Bankruptcy Workshop June 17 - 18 | Online

The American Bankruptcy Institute and the Central States Advisory Board continue their tradition this year of bringing seasoned insolvency professionals together to discuss the leading issues in the industry, with a focus on the Upper Midwest region.

You will be able to design your own learning experience with business, consumer and skills offerings during this two-day online experience, making this a program you will not want to miss — all from the comfort of your home or office.

And don’t forget the networking! Virtually connect with colleagues familiar and new during evening networking events.

The Central States Bankruptcy Workshop session recordings will be viewable until July 18, 2021



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Add to Calendar   2021-06-17 11:45:00 2021-06-18 16:30:00 America/Chicago Central States Bankruptcy Workshop - Virtual

  • Kick off the first day of the Central States Bankruptcy Workshop with a cup of coffee, courtesy of MorrisAnderson. Be sure to check your email for your free voucher. *Registered attendees only.*

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  • Welcome

  • Concurrent Sessions (2)

    Business Track

    Capital Markets and Commercial Real Estate Update

    The panelists will discuss the state of the middle-market and commercial real estate industries, with a focus on the capital markets and current transactions. Topics covered will include a review of financing and M&A alternatives, how lenders are dealing with distressed companies and assets, key issues in lease restructuring, and the future of the office sector.


    Sponsored by Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

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    Skills Track

    Unlocking Gating Issues in Potential Debtor Engagements

    This panel will discuss several threshold issues that should be considered when determining whether you can and should represent a potential debtor client, including (1) whether you can ethically and legally be retained, (2) how you can be compensated for your work, (3) whether your potential client has the requisite corporate authority, and (4) reasons to walk away from an engagement before it’s too late. The panelists will highlight real-life examples and provide best practices and pitfalls to avoid with respect to these issues.


    Sponsored by Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

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  • Stretch Break

  • Concurrent Sessions (2)

    Consumer Track

    Dumb and Dumber: A Bankruptcy Stay Story

    The panel will enact three hypotheticals involving repeat filer/debtor Harry, his not-quite-blue-stocking creditor Lloyd of Lloyd’s Auto Lot, and the chapter 7 and chapter 13 trustees, Dusty and Rusty. The legal issues presented will concern the “expiring stay” for repeat filers, redemption of repossessed vehicles, a discharge violation question involving refusal to release the car lien/title, and the attendant procedural and costs questions for each. Ripe Potatoes rates this a “must see”!


    Sponsored by Varnum LLP

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    Skills Track

    Have We Got a Sale for You!

    This panel features seasoned professionals discussing and demonstrating how to address and negotiate appropriate bid procedures and run an effective sales process. The panelists will discuss these issues in the presence of a judge through the presentation of a hypothetical sale that has more than its share of complicating factors.


    Sponsored by Perkins Coie LLP

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    Sponsored by Sherwood & agencyIP

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  • Covid’s Disruption of the Insolvency World

    This panel will discuss the effects that the pandemic has had on both business and consumer bankruptcy filings, as well insolvency case work in general. The panelists will provide their insights on whether there will be permanent changes to bankruptcy and insolvency practice spurred by COVID-19.


    Sponsored by AlixPartners, LLP

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  • Virtual Mix & Mingle


    Sponsored by Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

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  • Partners
  • Start the last day of the Central States Bankruptcy Workshop with a cup of coffee, courtesy of Cozen O'Connor. Be sure to check your email for your free voucher. *Registered attendees only.*

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  • Avoiding the Dreaded B-Word: Alternatives to Bankruptcy

    The panelists will discuss in-court and out-of-court options for distressed businesses, as well as alternatives both pre- and post-COVID-19, drawing upon their experiences and what they see in the market going forward.



    Sponsored by Ballard Spahr LLP

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    Sponsored by Sherwood & agencyIP

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  • Concurrent Sessions (2)

    Business Track

    Subchapter V: A Practical Look at the First 12 Months of the Small Business Reorganization Act

    This panel will provide a statistical overview of the cases filed in the first year under the SBRA, examine how subchapter V may provide a more attractive and viable chapter 11 option for specific debtors, and consider the legislation’s impact on various types of creditors. In addition, the panelists will discuss the role, duties and compensation of subchapter V trustees as developed by the case law and practice, from the differing perspectives of a lawyer trustee and a financial consultant trustee.


    Sponsored by Ice Miller LLP

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    Consumer Track

    Estopping the Madness: Personal-Injury Claims and Exemptions in Chapter 7 and 13 Cases

    This panel will discuss such personal-injury issues as mesh, malpractice and abuse cases in chapters 7 and 13. The discussion will include interviewing the client, appropriate disclosure of such claims, property of the estate, judicial estoppel, medical liens, federal and state exemptions, and settlements.


    Sponsored by Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC

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  • Stretch Break

  • Remote Work Is Here to Stay: Are You Meeting Your Cybersecurity (and Ethical) Obligations?

    Every business has an obligation to protect and secure confidential information that it may receive from employees, customers and clients. For lawyers and law firms, this duty is heightened to an ethical obligation to clients. Remote-work environments, which are likely to continue post-COVID-19, place additional strains on businesses to ensure that appropriate technology and practices are in place to reasonably protect data. This panel will discuss these ethical obligations generally and will provide advice on practical best practices for adapting and complying while working in a remote environment. The “new norm” extends the boundaries of the work environment, which lawyers and law firms will need to continue to assess, invest in and harden appropriately to protect data accordingly.



    Sponsored by Freeborn & Peters LLP

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  • Virtual Mix & Mingle



    Sponsored by FrankGecker, LLP

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  • Partners

ABI Member/Non-Member: $300

Registration + ABI Membership for New Members*: $650

Gov’t./Aca./Nonprofit.: $200

Gov’t./Aca./Nonprofit for New Members*: $325

* Includes a one-year ABI membership. Membership is individual and nonrefundable. If your membership has expired, select the base rate and add in your membership-renewal fee.

Cancellation Policy

No refunds will be granted for this online program. Should you become unable to attend any or all of the sessions, a recording of all sessions will be sent to you, along with the corresponding educational materials.

Anti-Harassment Policy

The American Bankruptcy Institute is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Our anti-harassment policy can be found at: https://www.abi.org/about-us/bylaws-and-policies.

Financial Hardship Statement
ABI acknowledges that in some instances there will be persons who need to attend an educational seminar for CLE credit who are not able to pay full registration fees. ABI will handle such instances on a case-by-case basis and will work with the individual on alternative solutions. For persons who cannot meet the full registration rate, ABI will offer a reduced rate based on what the individual can reasonably afford to cover the cost of meals and materials. ABI also has reduced rates for government employees, professors, law clerks and students. For information on tuition assistance, send an e-mail to [email protected].

Workshop Chairs

Advisory Board

The Central States Bankruptcy Workshop session recordings will be viewable until July 18, 2021

The live virtual program is eligible for up 6 hours of total CLE credit in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 7.2 hours of total CLE credit in 50-minute-hour states. With up to 2.0 hours of Skills credit and 1.0 hours of Ethics in 60 min states and 2.4 hours of Skills and 1.2 hours of Ethics in 50 minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit-rounding rules and might not be approved prior to the program.

Instructional Delivery Method: Group Live delivered online due to COVID-19.

Please note that CPE is not available for attending the Central States Bankruptcy Workshop at this time.

When and how can I access the virtual conference?

Registered attendees will receive a link via email to the attendee website 48 hours before the first session begins. The link will be sent to the email address you used to register for the program, and this is how you will access all of the conference content. You’ll use the same link each day to access the attendee website for the live conference and whenever you choose to view the on-demand content.

What if I don't receive the link?

Contact [email protected], and a member of the ABI team can provide you with your link.

Can I share this link with others?

As with in-person meetings, registrations cannot be shared. The registration link provides a secure single-sign-on experience for the user.

How much time should I expect to be online during the event days?

The virtual conference sessions take place for approximately 4.5 hours on both Thursday and Friday afternoon.

Are there any specific technology requirements?

You will be able to access the program sessions without downloading any plug-ins or software. However, for best results, we recommend that you use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Chromium Edge to access the sessions. The program will not be available on a mobile/cellphone (iPhone, Android, Blackberry), but can be accessed through laptop, desktop (PC or Mac) and certain other mobile devices (Surface Pro, iPad).

What are the suggested web browser prerequisites?

Internet Explorer 10 or higher
Chromium Edge 80 or higher
Google Chrome 53.0.2785 or higher
Safari 10.0.602.1.50 or higher
Firefox 76 or higher
Note: Mobile web browsers are not supported.