ABI Midwestern Virtual Bankruptcy Institute

September 30 - October 1 | Online

ABI, UMKC and the Midwestern Advisory Board invite you to attend the Midwestern Virtual Bankruptcy Institute!

This year’s event will take advantage of the flexibility that an online conference offers. Attendees will be able to choose from a range of interactive educational sessions during the two-day event. Whether your specialty is business, consumer or both, you can experience quality education on current topics without leaving your desk.

Plus, virtually connect with your Midwestern colleagues during breaks and a networking event via the conference’s cutting-edge platform.

Session recordings will be viewable until November 1, 2021. Please note that CPE credit is not available for this event.

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

    MorrisAnderson & Associates, Ltd. logo
  • Case Law Update

    This panel of Eighth and Tenth Circuit bankruptcy judges will discuss several recent decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Eighth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals and Bankruptcy Appellate Panels, and elsewhere that are likely to impact your bankruptcy practice.


    Sponsored by Lathrop GPM LLP

    Lathrop GPM LLP logo
  • Break

  • ABI Talks

    Presented in the style of the ever-popular TED Talks, this year's ABI Talks will focus on three timely topics: industry and filing trends, PPP loans and fraud, and bad-faith filings.


    Bad Faith Filings


    PPP Loans & Fraud


    Industry Filings and Trends


    Sponsored by Nyemaster Goode, P.C.

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  • Break

  • Concurrent Sessions (choose Business or Consumer)

    Business Track: Current Issues and Practice in Subchapter V Cases

    Featuring a bankruptcy judge, USTP attorney, debtor’s counsel and creditor’s attorney who is also a subchapter V trustee, this panel will discuss a number of important current and emerging legal issues and practice pointers regarding subchapter V cases.


    Sponsored by Sandberg Phoenix

    Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C. logo


    Consumer Track: Not-So-Obvious Fraudulent Transfers

    This session will focus on fraudulent transfers, which are surprisingly frequent yet not generally given much thought. The discussion will include fraudulent transfers in divorce and family law scenarios, pledges of third-party debts and asset-protection, and the panelists will analyze ways to uncover fraudulent transfers from the creditor's and debtor's sides.


    Sponsored by Baird Holm LLP

    Baird Holm logo
  • Break

  • Koger Lecture: The Wall of Debt, and Other Economic Legacies of COVID-19


    Sponsored by Spencer Fane LLP

    Spencer Fane logo


  • Break

  • Concurrent Sessions (choose Business or Consumer)

    Business Track: Who Is My Client, Anyway? Ethical Dilemmas in Chapter 11

    This panel will discuss several ethical issues, including conflicts in chapter 11 cases with multiple related debtors, chapter 11 cases with private-equity shareholders, and chapter 11 cases of closely held companies. Learn how to identify potential conflicts and strategies to deal with them.


    Sponsored by Thompson Coburn LLP

    Thompson Coburn LLP logo


    Consumer Track: Ethics: Duty to Perform

    This panel will explore a debtor's attorney's duty to represent the client competently and to perform a reasonable investigation of the facts and circumstances involved in the case before filing. Specifically, the panel will explore recent case developments, applicable rules and laws, best practices, and more.


    Sponsored by Goosmann Law Firm

    Goosmann Law Firm logo
  • Virtual Mix & Mingle

    Say "Cheese"! Enjoy a cheese and charcuterie sampling from A Virtual Toast, a business venture from Kansas City-based M Square Capital, known for its nationally acclaimed, award-winning Tannin Wine Bar and Kitchen.


    The cost for this event is $55 per person, which includes a chef’s selection of three cheeses, three cured meats, and a full array of accompaniments. To register for this event, please check the appropriate box on the online registration form. Registration for this event closes on September 17, 2021.


    *You must be registered for the Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute in order to attend this optional event.

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  • Start the last day of the Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute with a cup of coffee, courtesy of B. Riley Advisory Services. Be sure to check your email for your free voucher.
    *Registered attendees only.*

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  • Judicial Round & Round

    In this virtual variation on the in-person format, a group of distinguished regional judges will discuss current bankruptcy and practical skills issues in an innovative Zoom-style presentation. Every 15 minutes, judges and attendees will rotate to a new online “room.” Enjoy quality time and gain valuable insights into best practices with judges and colleagues.


    Sponsored by Walentine O'Toole LLP

    Walentine & O'Toole logo
  • Presentation of the Michael Roser Award

  • Concurrent Sessions (choose Business or Consumer)

    Business Track: Chapter 11 Feasibility and Related Confirmation Topics

    The panelists will address variances in feasibility standards throughout the country while highlighting feasibility challenges unique to the COVID-19 pandemic, startups, and the hospitality industry.


    Sponsored by Husch Blackwell LLP

    Husch Blackwell LLP logo


    Consumer Track: Hot Topics in Chapter 13

    The panelists will provide an in-depth review of mortgage issues, including post-petition mortgage defaults, mortgage mediation programs and Rule 3002.1 issues; student loan issues, including dischargeability, bankruptcy reform and applying plan payments to principal; payment of the administrative claims of trustee fees and debtors’ attorney fees.


    Sponsored by Polsinelli

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  • Break

  • Learn Mindfulness to Curtail Implicit Bias and Make Ethical Decisions

    In this timely session, the panelists unpack implicit bias: what it is, why it matters, and strategies to become aware of our unconscious biases and enhance mindful decision-making. This discussion will enhance your ability to recognize these biases and implement strategies to curtail their harmful effects in your life.


    Sponsored by Dentons & Shook Hardy Bacon

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    Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. logo
  • Adjourn

  • Partners

Business Track: $300

Business Track: Join and Save*: $650

Consumer Track: $175

Consumer Track: Join and Save*: $525

Govt./Aca.: $175

Govt./Aca. New Member: $300

*Includes a one-year ABI membership for first-time members — a $375 value! Membership is individual and nonrefundable. If your membership has expired, select the member 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 are 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. ABI also has reduced rates for government employees, professors, law clerks and students. Financial assistance is available for this program. Illinois Attorneys: If registration fees are more than $500, attorneys who qualify will receive at least a 50% reduction in the registration fee. For more information, please contact the American Bankruptcy Institute at (703) 739-0800 or send an e-mail to [email protected].

Program Chairs and Advisory Board

Advisory Board

6.66 hours of total CLE credit, including 0.8 hour of Ethics and 0.8 hours of Elimination of Bias, are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 8.0 hours of total CLE credit, including 1.0 hours of Ethics and 1.0 hours of Elimination of Bias, are pending in 50-minute-hour states. Credit hours granted are subject to each state’s CLE credit-approval regulations and might not be approved prior to the program.

CPE Certificates of Attendance will be distributed by UMKC upon completion of the course.

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.

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.