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Happy 25th Anniversary to The ABC!! (1992-2017)

Help us Celebrate at the ABI Annual Spring Meeting in Washington D.C., April 21st, 2018.

4:00: Concurrent Session: ABC Program: Professionalism! Competence! Featuring Judges on Best Practices.
Bankruptcy judges sound off on the best (and worst) behavior of our bankruptcy brothers and sisters. Join us in our first ABC-sponsored session!
ABC Certified Judges Honorable James M. Carr, Honorable David W. Hercher, Honorable Jerry C. Oldshue, Jr., Honorable James J. Tancredi, and Honorable Mary F. Walrath will lead this session co-moderated by our current ABC Chairman, Craig M. Geno, and our current ABC President, J. Scott Bovitz

5:00: ABC Reception and 25 Year Anniversary Recognition

The ABC Office has moved. Please update your contact information to:

The American Board of Certification
225 2nd Street SE, Suite 314
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
Phone: (319) 365-2222
Fax: (319) 363-0127
Toll-Free: (877) 365-2221

Thank you.
Kristin Delfs, Executive Director

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    About ABC Board Certification

    The American Board of Certification (ABC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the public and improving the quality of the bankruptcy and creditors' rights law bars. ABC has certified nearly 1,000 attorneys in consumer and business bankruptcy and creditor's rights law nationwide. ABC certification serves the public by allowing potential clients to make an informed decision in choosing bankruptcy and creditors rights counsel. In addition, ABC certification encourages attorneys to strive toward excellence and recognizes those attorneys who have met the rigorous ABC standards. ABC offers separate certification programs in business bankruptcy, consumer bankruptcy and creditors' rights law.