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The ABC Events December 6-9, 2018 at the ABI Winter Leadership Conference

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

7575 East Princess Drive

Ph: 800.344.4758


Thursday, December 6: ABC Exams 8:45 am - 5:00 pm. Location: TBD


Friday, December 7: ABC Reception 6-7 pm. Location: TBD

** Please bring a Non-ABC Member as a Guest. 

*** ABI "40 Under 40" Class of 2018 are also invited


Saturday, December 8: ABC Board of Directors Meeting 2:00 pm.  Location: TBD 

4:00 pm Eastern, 3:00 pm Central, 2:00 pm Scottsdale, AZ (MST), 1:00 pm Pacific


Saturday: ABC Board Dinner 7:00 pm.  Location: TBD


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

Thank you,

Kristin Delfs, Executive Director

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    Posted on Dec 1st, 2018

    Benchnotes: When Are Orders Final? Sixth Circuit Clarifies the Standard for Finality

    In Jackson Masonry, the Sixth Circuit addressed whether the appellant had timely appealed an order denying a motion for relief from the automatic stay. Before the bankruptcy filing, the movant, Ritzen Group, had contracted with the debtor to purchase the debtor’s property. Litigation was brought over on whether the debtor breached the purchase contract, but the litigation was stayed by the debtor’s bankruptcy filing.
    Posted on Dec 1st, 2018

    Feature: Persuasive Authority: Compelled Third-Party Releases

    Compelled third-party releases have been a controversial element of chapter 11 plans for some time. Parties have challenged the appropriateness of such releases on their merits, bankruptcy courts’ subject-matter jurisdiction to consider them, and bankruptcy courts’ constitutional authority to grant them.
    Posted on Dec 1st, 2018

    Chapter 8 Humor: It’s Only Au Revoir: War Stories and Missteps in Advocacy

    When I went to law school, my mother, Carole June Bovitz, told me that I should become a trial lawyer. She thought I had the gift of gab. “You could be the next Gerry Spence,” my mother insisted. Back then, Spence was just a successful trial lawyer who went on to become “a member of the American Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame.”

    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.