Southwest Bankruptcy Conference August 26 - August 27 | Online

ABI and the Southwest Bankruptcy Workshop Advisory Board are pleased to present the 2021 Southwest Bankruptcy Workshop virtually.

An outstanding faculty of regional judges and practitioners will be presenting information-packed sessions on a variety of topics, both business and consumer — ensuring that there is something for everyone.

Because you might not be able or ready to travel to our in-person event, ABI will be bringing its Southwest Bankruptcy Workshop to you virtually, live from the Four Seasons Las Vegas. Through an innovative and interactive platform, attendees of the virtual workshop will be able to be present for livestreamed panels and have access to on-demand sessions through September 27.

We’re betting that you’ll want to join us!

Click here to access the schedule for the in-person program.

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  • Welcome Remarks

  • Judicial Roundtable

    The Judges Roundtable will provide opportunities for discussion and interaction with our exciting panel of judges from around the country. Judges will discuss the following three topics: (1) What happens when the various COVID moratoria on enforcement end; (2) who gets the benefit of post-petition appreciation of an asset when a case converts from chapter 13 to chapter 7; and (3) measuring the success of the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019.


    Virtual Attendee Host

  • Stretch Break

  • Concurrent Sessions (2)

    Consumer: Consumer Cases in the Headlines

    This panel will cover recent legislation and judicial decisions that have affected the consumer bankruptcy practice over the last year. Panelists will discuss the recent Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit decisions on consumer cases.


    Chapter 11 Cases in the Headlines

    This panel will discuss notable Chapter 11 cases and legislation from the past year for an overall refresher and update on chapter 11 basics and trends.

  • Stretch Break

  • Concurrent Sessions (2)

    Consumer: Intersection of Divorce and Bankruptcy

    This panel will be exploring the interplay between state court divorce law and bankruptcy. We will focus on many of the misconceptions which arise when those two unrelated areas of the law intersect or overlap.


    Repurposing or Reimagining Distressed Real Estate

    This panel will discuss options and issues surrounding distressed shopping centers, retail spaces, apartments, office buildings and other distressed real estate assets, plus proactive planning for distressed real estate assets.

  • Lunch and Virtual Networking

  • ABI Talks

    Based on the "Ted Talks" format, the presenters will address such timely and divisive issues as rejection of power purchase agreements, the future of oil and gas, and venue alternatives, and will provide an analytical review of Bankruptcy Appellate Panel reversals and affirmances.



    Jurisdictional Battle: Bankruptcy Courts vs. FERC in Rejection of Power Purchase Agreements


    Ninth Circuit as an Alternative to SDNY/Delaware


    Current State and Near Future of Oil and Gas


    Analytical Review of Reversal/Affirmance Rates Between BAPs and District Courts in BAP Circuits

  • Stretch Break

  • Concurrent Sessions (2)

    Consumer: Nondischargeability, Discharge Injunction Violations and BofA Sanctions

    This panel will cover the ins-and-outs of nondischargeability, discharge injunction violations and how to avoid them and the recent BofA sanctions.


    Eight COVID-19 Predictions for a Brave New Bankruptcy World: Hits, Misses and the Unforeseen

    This is a panel discussion involving experienced members of the bench and bar which explores eight predictions made in March of 2020 about the impact on the bankruptcy world of the then-new disease entering the world lexicon as COVID-19. Using both historical and current information, the panel will "score" the predictions, supporting their conclusions with legal, economic and social data relating to bankruptcy practice, procedure and the economy. From that, a discussion will be had adding to predictions for the future as bankruptcy professionals continue to navigate in choppy and murky waters.

  • Partners
  • Crossover Ethics Topic: Strategies and Risks of Bankruptcy as a Response to State Court Litigation

    This session addresses when a bankruptcy court will accept jurisdiction and control of pending state court litigation upon the filing of a bankruptcy case by an involved party. Topics include removal, abstention, stay relief and remand, as well as the strategies and risks of filing bankruptcy in hopes of having a state court action removed to bankruptcy court.

  • The following sessions will also be on-demand post-conference.


    Complex Confirmation Issues

    This panel will focus on impairment, TransWest issues, third-party releases, horizontal gifting related to Noverra and more.

  • COVID-19: Infecting Employment Issues in Bankruptcy

    This panel will discuss the WARN Act, KERPs and KEIPs, vacation/sick time and the § 507(a)(4) cap, varying state laws on severance claims that are driving the locations of filings, and more.

  • First Look at Small Business Reorganization Act Cases

    This panel will review the implementation, practical effects, unintended consequences, and foreseen and unforeseen problems related to the Small Business Reorganization Act.

  • Partners

Virtual Attendee Rate

ABI Member: $225

ABI Govt./Nonprofit/Aca. Member: $150

Join & Save*: $575

Join & Save Govt./Nonprofit/Aca.*: $250

*Includes a one-year ABI membership for first-time members — a $375 value! You must be an ABI member to attend. 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

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].

Judicial Co-Chairs

Program Co-Chairs

Sponsorship Chairs

Advisory Board

This program is eligible for 7.5 hours of general CLE credit, including 1.50 hours of ethics/diversity, in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 9.0 hours of general CLE credit, including 1.8 hours of ethics/diversity, in 50-minute-hour states. Credit hours are estimated, are subject to each state’s approval and credit-rounding rules, and might not be approved prior to the program. California MCLE: ABI certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 7.5 hours, of which 1.5 hours will apply to ethics. NY MCLE: This course or program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 9.0 credit hours, of which 8 credit hours can be applied toward the professional practice requirement and 1.8 credit hours can be applied toward the ethics professionalism requirement.

CPE credit is NOT AVAILABLE for the Virtual Workshop.

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.

Will I be able to watch the session recordings at a later date?

The session recordings will be available directly on the attendee page using your 'Magic Link'. 

What version of zoom do I need?

To maximize your experience, please make sure you have updated to version 5.3.0 or higher of Zoom so you can enjoy its latest features.

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/cell phone (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.