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The ABC Events at the ABI Spring Meeting, April 11-14. 2019​

Marriott Marquis

901 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington, DC  20001

Ph: 202-824-9200


Register Here:


Individual room locations are to be determined.

Thursday, April 11: 

           9:00 am – 5:00 pm:  ABC Exams (already have 5 confirmed)

           6:00 pm – 7:30 pm:  ABI Opening Reception        

Friday, April 12: 

            6:00 pm:  ABC Reception

                              This will be open to the Entire Conference.  Great Networking time to get as many interested in becoming members as possible.

Saturday, April 13: 

            10:00 am – Session:  Ain’t Misbehaving (ABC Judges Panel)

            11:30 am – 1:30 pm:  ABC Executive Committee lunch

            2:00 pm:  ABC Board Meeting 

                          (2:00 pm Eastern, 1:00 pm Central, Noon Mountain, 11:00 am Pacific)

            6:00 pm – ABC Board Dinner, reservations at Bobby Van’s Grill


** Executive Committee Chair Reports are Due NLT:  Wednesday, April 3rd.

An email will be sent to the Board of Directors and Emeritus Directors when the documents are posted on the Intranet.

Thank you,

Kristin Delfs, Executive Director

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    About ABC Board Certification

    The American Board of Certification (ABC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the public and improving the quality of the bankruptcy and creditors' rights law bars. ABC has certified nearly 1,000 attorneys in consumer and business bankruptcy and creditor's rights law nationwide. ABC certification serves the public by allowing potential clients to make an informed decision in choosing bankruptcy and creditors rights counsel. In addition, ABC certification encourages attorneys to strive toward excellence and recognizes those attorneys who have met the rigorous ABC standards. ABC offers separate certification programs in business bankruptcy, consumer bankruptcy and creditors' rights law.