2019, 2019 Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar

NO CLE: Life Under the Act

Join experienced practitioners in a historical look at the U.S. Bankruptcy Code from 41 years ago to today, and where the Code may go in the future. Learn the challenges of practicing under the Bankruptcy Act in the 1970s, from the “first meeting of creditors” in front of a bankruptcy judge to reaffirmation of debt and filing two petitions for a husband and wife. How did attorneys, debtors, creditors and the courts adjust to the Code? How has the court and bar changed in terms of diversity? What is the importance of local precedent, and how was and is it disseminated?

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NO CLE: Into the Future: Where Do We Go from Here?

Take a look forward as this panel predicts where the Code will be in the next 40 years. Will venue be mandated or constricted? How will student loans be handled? What technologies will be in the courtrooms of the future? Does current case law foreshadow what is to come? How will the international insolvency landscape change? Will there even be a need for bankruptcy?

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NO CLE - The Bankruptcy Code at 40: A Q&A with Richard Levin, an Author of the Code

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NO CLE - Complex Cases and Advanced Trustee Issues

Our panel of chapter 7 trustees and consumer practitioners will discuss how to analyze corporate-entity assets, sales of real estate and other advanced issues.

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NO CLE: How to Decide Where to File — and When to Object to the Chosen Venue

Taking in the perspectives of the debtor and secured lenders, including the appropriateness to decline to support a filing in a jurisdiction that one believes is “unfavorable” in terms of permitted financing terms and covenants, how does a practitioner decide where to file? What goes into the decision? Why are the Sixth Circuit courts not as popular for selection? When should a venue be challenged?

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NO CLE - Judicial Town Hall

The judges will discuss ethical issues involved with the representation of parties in bankruptcy proceedings. Topics for discussion include pre-filing obligations (e.g., investigation of assets, conflicts, employment and fee-sharing agreements), duties upon filing the case (e.g., disclosures, fee applications, § 341 meetings, adversary proceedings), and ongoing and other obligations (e.g., fee disgorgement, duties throughout a chapter 13 proceeding, sanctions). The discussion will consider federal bankruptcy statutes, federal and state rules of procedure, and state rules for attorney conduct.

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NO CLE - Case Law and Rules Update: Part II

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NO CLE - ABI Consumer Commission Final Report — Committee on Chapter 13

Speakers, including members of the ABI Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy, will analyze the focus of and suggestions by the Commission on the reduction of barriers to entry into chapter 13, enhancing the fresh start and making chapter 13 work for all stakeholders.

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NO CLE - Pushing the Envelope in Chapter 11 — How Far Can You Go?

Take it to the limits in this commercial bankruptcy session while examining whether lenders should push for deal terms that are not contemplated by, nor consistent with, local rules or practice concerning financing orders. In an “emergency” filing that is followed by an immediate asset sale, why aren’t directors and officers exposed for undue delay, and what happens to that claim?

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NO CLE - Selected Topics on Case Administration and the Estate in Chapter 7

Our expert faculty will review the groundbreaking final report of the ABI Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy and the findings of its Subcommittee on Case Administration and the Estate.

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