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ABI Hosts Detroit Bankruptcy Conference, "Practice Under the New Bankruptcy Law

October 21, 2005, Alexandria, Va.- ABI’s Detroit Bankruptcy Conference will bring together the area’s top insolvency professionals for one day of intense learning. Conference participants can earn up to 7 hours of CLE credit. The event will be held Nov. 11, 2005, at the Novi Sheraton, Novi, Mich. Program co-chairs are Stuart A. Gold of Gold, Lange & Majoros PC (Southfield, Mich.) and Richardo I. Kilpatrick of Kilpatrick & Assoc. PC (Auburn Hills, Mich). The judicial chair is Hon. Steven W. Rhodes of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan.

The opening session, “Attention All Lawyers: What Every Practitioner Needs to Know about the New Code,” will be conducted by Hon. James D. Gregg of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Michigan; Judge Rhodes and Hon Thomas F. Waldron of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Ohio.

Lynn M. Brimer of Raymond and Prokop PC (Southfield, Mich.) and David K. Foust of Gold, Lange & Majoros PC (Southfield, Mich.) will address tax changes as regards the new law.

Breakout sessions on consumer bankruptcy issues will include “The Means Test: An In-Depth Analysis,” conducted by Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois; “Chapter 13 Changes,” conducted by Krispen Carroll, Chapter 13 Trustee (Detroit) and Henry E. Hildebrand III of Lassiter, Tidwell and Heldebrand PLLC, Chapter 13 Trustee (Nashville, Tenn.); “The Rest of the Story: Everything Else That’s New,” with Stuart Gold and Richardo Kilpatrick; “What Debtors Get to Keep (and Not),” conducted by David W. Allard of Allard & Fish PC (Detroit) and Michael A. Mason (Flint, Mich.); and “The New Supercreditor: Domestic Support Changes,” with Lisa Sommers Gretchko of Howard and Howard Attorneys PC (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and Hon. Margaret D. McGarity of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Panelists for the all-afternoon business breakout session, “The New World of Chapter 11: Small Business Rules, Strategies in Real Estate Cases, Lease Rules, Preference and Reclamation Issues and Ethics,” will be Robert M. Fishman of Shaw, Gussis, Fishman, Glantz, Wolfson and Towbin LLC (Chicago); Anthony C. Flanagan of AlixPartners LLC (Southfield, Mich.), Barbara Rom of Pepper Hamilton LLP (Detroit), Keith J. Shapiro of Greengberg Traurig LLP (Chicago) and Hon. Philip J. Shefferly of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan.

For more information or to register for the event, please go to // Detroit05 .


ABI is the largest multi-disciplinary, non-partisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency. ABI was founded in 1982 to provide Congress and the public with unbiased analysis of bankruptcy issues. The ABI membership includes more than 11,000 attorneys, accountants, bankers, judges, professors, lenders, turnaround specialists and other bankruptcy professionals providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. For additional information on ABI, visit For additional conference information, visit



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