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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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    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.