ABI Mid-Level Professional Development Program

November 9 | Online

The American Bankruptcy Institute and the Mid-Level Professional Development Advisory Board are excited to invite you to attend this year’s online Mid-Level Professional Development Program — a unique conference geared specifically toward mid-level insolvency and restructuring professionals.

This specialized one-day event, spearheaded by honorees of ABI’s “40 Under 40” program, will feature a range of interactive educational sessions delivered via an innovative conference platform, capped off by a virtual mix and mingle with colleagues.

Program session recordings will be viewable until December 9, 2021.

Sponsorships are available; please email Erin Finnegan at [email protected] for more information.

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event!

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  • Kick off the Mid-Level Professional Development Program with a cup of coffee, courtesy of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Be sure to check your email for your free voucher.
    *Registered attendees only.*

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  • Hot Topics in Bankruptcy


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    Each panelist will focus individually on divisive mergers and the Texas two-step approach in mass tort cases, third-party-release issues, matters related to the role of independent directors in a restructuring, and venue reform — and will explain why each issue is pertinent in today's insolvency practice.


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    Sponsored by Deloitte

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  • Enjoy lunch delivery courtesy of JW Infinity Consulting LLC. Be sure to check your email for your free voucher.
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  • Ethics and Well-Being: How to Balance and Manage Competing Obligations


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    This session will cover barriers to wellness for lawyers, and why lawyers are often reluctant to seek help. This panel will also include achievable strategies that lawyers can employ to enhance their well-being. In addition, this program will review lawyers' ethical obligations, and how enhancing personal well-being and adopting strategies for balancing life’s demands can enhance their ability to comply with these obligations.


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    Sponsored by Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

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  • Concurrent Sessions (2)

    1. Artificial Intelligence and Technology in Litigation and Bankruptcy


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    Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly changing the way litigation and bankruptcy cases are being handled. On high-volume document-review cases, AI systems are used to improve the efficiency and accuracy of document analyses. On complex contested matters, AI technology may hold the key to gaining an advantage over one’s opponent in court. This panel will present several hypothetical case studies where AI is deployed and debate whether those strategies would hold up in courts in the U.S. and abroad. Join us for a lively discussion on creative ways to deploy AI as a means to “disrupt” your opponent and win your legal battle.



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    Sponsored by Squire Patton Boggs

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    2. Charting the Course: Navigating Hospitality Insolvencies


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    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused hotel filings to rise and forced hospitality industry professionals, advisors and their clients to confront bankruptcy, insolvency and loan-workout issues amid a historic drop in bookings. This distinguished panel of experts will discuss the legal and business issues facing distressed hotel properties in the current climate, and demonstrate how hospitality companies can successfully navigate the chapter 11 process. The discussion will include valuation and sale issues, and how to steer clear of potential problems.


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  • Concurrent Sessions (2)

    1. Evidence and Trial Skills in Bankruptcy


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    This panel will focus on the role of experts in bankruptcy, including applicable evidentiary rules and how to best present expert testimony in a way that will be admissible and effective. Learn about expert-related evidence and trial skills, including practical tips and tricks, from our experienced panelists!


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    Sponsored by Reid Colllins

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    2. Hot Topics in Subchapter V


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    The panel, comprised of bankruptcy practitioners, a subchapter V trustee and a bankruptcy judge, will explore various “hot topics” in subchapter v cases, including challenging the subchapter v election, removing the debtor in possession, and the role and expansion of the subchapter v trustee’s powers. The panelists will also provide helpful tips to ensure a successful subchapter V process.


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  • Mid-Level/Mid-Career Decisions


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    Gone are the days of a one-size-fits-all career trajectory; practitioners now arrive at bankruptcy practice from a variety of backgrounds. After spending a couple of years doing bankruptcy work, however, what happens next? Join these panelists, who hail from all across the country, as they discuss their career paths in the insolvency and restructuring industry.


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  • Virtual Mix & Mingle



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Registration Rates

ABI Member/Non-Member
Registration + ABI Membership for New Members*

* 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 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 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].

The Mid-Level Professional Development Program session recordings will be viewable until December 9, 2021.

5 hours of total CLE credit, including 1 hour of Mental Health, 1 hour of Technology, 1 hour of Skills and 1 hour of Law Office Management are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 6.10 hours of total CLE credit, including 1.2 hour of Mental Health, 1.2 hour of Technology, 1.2 hour of Skills and 1.2 hour of Law Office Management 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.

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

CPE credit is NOT AVAILABLE for this conference.

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 one.

Can I share this link with others?

As with in-person meetings, registrations cannot be shared. The registration 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 workshop takes place over about 6 hours on Tuesday. During breaks from the live sessions, you can visit other areas of the conference, such as the Attendee Lounge.

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 or 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.