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American Bankruptcy Institute
22nd Annual Spring Meeting
April 15-18, 2004
JW Marriott
Washington, D.C.

Join ABI in the Nation's Capital for the 22nd Annual Spring Meeting!

You are cordially invited to attend ABI's 22nd Annual Spring Meeting! In this year's program, Tim Russert will be the featured luncheon speaker! He is the managing editor and moderator of "Meet the Press" and political analyst for both "NBC Nightly News" and the "Today" program. He anchors "The Tim Russert Show," a weekly interview program on CNBC, and is a contributing anchor for MSNBC. Russert also serves as senior vice president and Washington bureau chief of NBC News. We also have a second luncheon feature—Twenty Questions with Robert Hormats, Vice Chairman (International) and Managing Director of Goldman, Sachs & Co. Mr. Hormats served as a Senior Staff Member for International Economic Affairs on the National Security Council from 1974-77 and acted as Senior Economic Advisor to Dr. Henry Kissinger, General Brent Scowcroft and Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski. He also served as Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs at the Department of State from 1977-79, Ambassador and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative from 1979-81 and Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs from 1981-82. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

In addition, this year's program features the Eighth Annual Great Debates, and a Final Night Gala Dinner with Blood, Sweat & Tears, an event that will benefit ABI's Endowment Fund. Up to 19.5 hours of CLE credit is available! The 2004 conference will include the following workshops:

  • Companies and Employees Square Off: Battles Over Pension and Benefit Plans, Accounting Rules Under Scrutiny
  • Defending Preference Actions: Developing Financial Information, Proving Affirmative Defenses, Other Barriers to Recovery
  • Crystal Ball Gazing: Consumer Cases at the Supreme Court
  • SEC Enforcement Strategies: Who Really Pays?
  • Going-out-of-business Sales: State and Local Governments Fight for Regulation, Rights of Landlords During Sales, Maximizing Value
  • Legitimate Discharge of Consumer Taxes or Tax Evasion?
  • Plenary Session: Judges' Roundtable
  • Valuing a Distressed Business: Concepts Everyone Needs to Know
  • Electronic Discovery: Finding the "Byte" in the Haystack
  • Successor Liability Revisited: Recent Developments and Trends
  • Dischargeability of Student Loans
  • Plenary Session: Selection and Use of Expert Witnesses: Successful Strategies & Mock Presentation
  • Plenary Session: New Case Law Developments in Bankruptcy
  • The Ethical Quagmire: Disclosures and Waivers
  • Ethical Considerations for Chapter 7 Trustees
    and More!

This year's 22nd Annual Spring Meeting will also feature Educational Committee Sessions. Get involved in ABI's committee meetings and earn CLE credit! Don't miss the committee meetings of your choice!

The Eighth Annual Great Debates will cover:

  1. Resolved: Abolish the Doctrine of Necessity
  2. Resolved: Bankruptcy Judges Are Too Protective of Consumer Debtors
  3. Resolved: DIP Lenders Must Be Restricted

April 15, 2004, 8:00 a.m.­5:00 p.m.

At this special program, an outstanding faculty of judges and practioners will explain the fundamentals of bankruptcy. Separate consumer and business tracks allow the new practitioner to customize their educational experience.


$95 with Annual Spring Meeting registration; $295 for the program only.

*All attendees receive a copy of Bankruptcy in Practice. Non-ABI members receive a one-year ABI membership (a $225 value).


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