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Vol 13, Num 6 l 2015 in Review

Technology and Intellectual Property

► In This Issue:

A Letter from Your Consumer Bankruptcy Committee Co-chairs


Margaret A. Burks
Office of the Trustee


Caralyce Lassner
Acclaim Legal Services, PLLC
Warren, Mich. 

The ABI Consumer Committee has had a wonderful, busy year; our Leadership members have been hard at work. Caralyce Lassner and Margaret A. Burks serve as Co-Chairs.

Cara was part of an ABI Webinar in October which discussed BAPCPA 10 years later. She gave a debtor’s attorney perspective on how BAPCPA has affected consumer practice in the last 10 years. She also spoke on an ABI Seminar CFPB panel in Kansas City, MO.  Did you know the CFPB has a web portal for making complaints?  And Marge has done a fabulous job keeping our committee leadership striving to be the best of the best – sharing her experience and knowledge to help our newer leaders shoot to the top in their respective roles.

Our Committee was honored when Judge Dow of the National Rules Committee asked us to put together a survey for the new National Plan, Compromise Solution and Rules. The survey went out in November.

Ariane Holtschlag, our Education Director, developed an outstanding program for the Winter Leadership Conference, in Phoenix, Arizona, with the Legislative Committee.  Our Topic was “Recent and Pending Legislation regarding Student Loans and CFPB regulations for Mortgage Servicing” with panelists Debra Miller, Ed Boltz, and Prof. Susan Hauser.

She has also started working with the Health Care Committee to develop an excellent program for the Annual Spring Meeting in Washington in the Spring of 2016. The panel will discuss how health care issues affect Consumer Cases and what resources do we have? How does ‘Obamacare’ fit in? » Read More

You Spoke, We Listened: ABI Offers a Condensed Communications Schedule

This fall you should have noticed a change in the look, feel and frequency of communications that you are receiving from ABI. In an effort to cut down on the number of emails in your inbox, ABI launched a new weekly schedule that still includes the popular Daily Headlines and Bankruptcy Brief (reduced to Thursday afternoon, only).

New weekly highlights include:

Tuesday's delivery is the InSights newsletter, which highlights important information and benefits that you receive as an ABI member. Membership InSights will offer helpful tips about new ABI technology and benefits that will save time and money for your practice. Need to know what summaries were posted to Volo last week? Turn to next Tuesday's issue of Membership InSights for your answer.

Wednesday's InTouch newsletter provides you with upcoming programs specific to your circuit, as well as national programs that may be of interest to you. InTouch will also highlight online CLE and ABI publications designed to bring you quality information on the topics you care about most.

ABI would love to hear what you think about our new communication plan. Please contact us at

Have You Watched a Complimentary Eye on Bankruptcy Session?

Launched in spring 2015, “Eye on Bankruptcy” is an online series produced by Bloomberg Law and ABI. Each program is aired on the last Thursday of each month and provides analysis of the latest case developments. Recorded at either Bloomberg’s New York studio or ABI's Virginia headquarters, each episode features commentary by top practitioners, academics and judges, hosted by Professor Michelle Harner (University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law).

Each episode explores:

  • Recent filings, motions, and decisions
  • Revisions to bankruptcy rules and forms
  • Changes in bankruptcy and restructuring

Visit online to learn more and view past recordings.

Commission Page Houses Complimentary Videos on Related Topics

In 2015, after years of blood, sweat, and tears (we may be exaggerating a little here), the Commission completed its final report and proposed reforms to Chapter 11 and related statutory provisions. While the full report has been available online for most of the year, ABI has continued to post a variety of videos related to the commission on its website. Access quick links from the list below, and catch up on all content at

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