Bankruptcy Trial Advocacy Training Course

ICLEF has joined with the Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Practice Institute (ACBPI), a Tennessee not-for-profit Public Benefit Corporation 501(c)(3) organization, to produce a litigation skills training seminar for consumer bankruptcy practitioners.  This program is open all Indiana practitioners representing creditors, debtors or trustees and will take place on May 14-15-16, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Indianapolis-Airport.

Using a small group model – a student to faculty ratio never exceeding 8-to-1 – ACBPI has trained more than 475 consumer bankruptcy attorneys at one-and-a-half day Institutes across the country.

The current ACBPI trained faculty members are:

  • William Houston Brown, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge (Ret.) (W.D. Tn.)
  • Dennis Dow, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge (W.D. Mo.)
  • Roger Efremsky, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge (N.D. Cal.)
  • Hank Hildebrand, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee, Nashville, Tn.
  • Barbara Houser, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge (N.D. Tex.)
  • Ricardo Kilpatrick, Kilpatrick & Associates, Auburn Hills, MI
  • *Keith Lundin, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge (M.D. Tn.)
  • *Margaret Mahoney, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge (S.D. Ala.)
  • Bruce Markell, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge (D.Nev.)
  • *Ray Mullins, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge (N.D. Ga.)
  • Johnie Patterson, Walker and Patterson, Houston, Tex.
  • Pamela Pepper, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge (E.D. Wis.)
  • Tom Waldron, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge (Ret.) (S.D. Ohio)
  • *Larry Walter, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge (S.D. Ohio)
  • Gene Wedoff, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge (N.D. Ill.)
  • *Ronda Winnecour, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee, Pittsburgh, Pa.
    *(Denotes Indianapolis Faculty Members for the May 14-15-16, 2012 training session)


According to APBCI, the consumer bankruptcy practice is a local bankruptcy practice. The economics of representing debtors and creditors in small cases drives consumer practice into small firms that typically practice in a tight geographic area. These firms handle relatively large volumes of cases and the time demands on counsel are extraordinary. As a result of this model there is relatively little time for mentoring within consumer bankruptcy firms and lawyers in consumer practices tend to learn by doing.

Bankruptcy judges and law professors have known for decades that the consumer bankruptcy bar nationwide fundamentally lacks litigation skills. Consumer bankruptcy attorneys representing debtors and creditors don’t “work” their way into court; they are typically thrown into court by the system described above, without formal courtroom skills, training or experience. The result is a self-replicating diet of poorly prepared and inexperienced consumer bankruptcy practitioners without easily accessible resources or prospects for improvement. None of this is news to anyone who practices consumer bankruptcy.

To enhance the trial and litigation skills of Indiana consumer bankruptcy practitioners ICLEF presents the Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Practice Institute  on May 14-15-16, 2012.  Registrants will experience an intensive day and a half of instruction, practice and critique designed to establish competence and confidence in the litigation skills that bankruptcy practitioners need every day: introduction of exhibits; direct examination; cross examination; impeachment; making and defending objections; the use (or not) of opening statements and closing arguments.  Join us for this unique, hands-on, learn-by-doing workshop experience.

Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Practice Institute
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ICLEF • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indianapolis, IN

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