12th Annual American Bankruptcy Institute

Litigation Skills Symposium

SMU Dedman School of Law in Dallas
May 21-24, 2013

The 12th Annual American Bankruptcy Institute's Litigation Symposium returns to the SMU Dedman School of Law in Dallas, May 21-24, 2013.


The four-day Symposium offers insolvency practitioners and financial advisors a rare opportunity to gain critical skills in a unique learn-by-doing environment. The Symposium combines quality instruction with individualized critique. The expert faculty demonstrates the specific advocacy skills necessary to be an effective practitioner. Participants work in small groups; their performances are videotaped and evaluated by the faculty who provide invaluable feedback on technique, style and strategy. The workshops include live performances by lay and expert witnesses. The final-day mock trials will be held at the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas. The entire program is extremely work-intensive and interactive for both the attendees and faculty. Enrollment is limited to the first 24 lawyers to maximize the learning experience. In addition, there are 12 openings for financial professionals. These financial experts will receive invaluable training on how to be an effective witness and will put their learned skills to work as witnesses during the final day trial. Approximately 18.25 hours of CLE/CPE credit are available.


What they said last year:

"This program was fantastic and I am happy I completed it... I would enthusiastically recommend the program to any associate looking for trial experience."


Lecture and demonstration topics will include:

  • Introduction to Bankruptcy Litigation and Trial Preparation
  • Direct Examination and Introducing Evidence
  • Cross Examination of Expert and Lay Witnesses
  • Art of Persuasion/Trial Techniques to Win Your Case
  • Tactics and Strategies
  • Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • How to be an Effective Expert Witness


Earn 18.25 hours of CLE/CPE credit hours!


Thank you for your interest in the 2013 Litigation Skills Symposium. We are currently sold out of spots for attorneys, but will keep a waiting list in case we have any cancellations. We still have a limited amount of spots for financial advisors. If you are interested in registering as a financial advisor or joining the attorney wait list please email Tara Kennedy at tkennedy@abiworld.org.

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