41st Annual Bankruptcy Institute Recap

By Brian R. Anderson

As Co-Chair for the Bankruptcy Section’s CLE Committee, I wanted to say a few words about the 41st Annual Bankruptcy Institute before we set our sights on next year.

First, I want to say thank you to all of the speakers who volunteered their time and expertise to make the Institute a success.  As many of you know, researching an issue, drafting a manuscript, and preparing a presentation that is both timely and interesting is a time-consuming process.  Collectively, our speakers prepared program materials totaling over 1000 pages! These materials are a tremendous resource for a plethora of issues.  All of our speakers did a tremendous job.


The 41st Annual Bankruptcy Institute CLE programs are available via video replay or on demand through the NCBA website at this link.

The CLE Committee tried to ensure that this year’s Institute had something for every bankruptcy practitioner, from advice for young lawyers to hot topics in farm bankruptcies.  We were particularly lucky this year to have Professor Melissa B. Jacoby from UNC School of Law as our keynote speaker.   Professor Jacoby had been closely following the Weinstein Company Bankruptcy and gave us her insight into a case that touches on a multitude of interesting issues.  Professor Jacoby is always a “must see” presenter.

While I may be a bit biased in thinking that the Institute was a raving success, we want your honest feedback.  During the Institute, you received an email invitation to fill out a program evaluation online. The CLE Committee would love to have your feedback about every aspect of this program, from topics to logistics. Your input helps us better plan future programs of interest.  If you missed that email, please follow this link to the program evaluation.

If you were not able to attend the Institute, no problem. You can still view the CLE programs through video replays or on demand through the NCBA website at this link. The program was approved for 9.75 hours of MCLE for North Carolina and includes 1.0 hours of Ethics/Professional Responsibility.

I hope you will join us next November for the 42nd Annual Bankruptcy Institute in New Bern.  Pam McAfee and Margaret Westbrook, incoming co-chairs for the CLE Committee, are already hard at work planning next year’s event.  If you are interested in serving on the CLE Committee, have ideas for topics, or are interested in speaking on a particular topic (or any topic) at next year’s Institute, please contact Pam and Margaret.  Speaking is a fantastic way to market yourself to the Bar, and the Institute is the premier event put on by the Bankruptcy Section each year.

It was my pleasure serving as co-chair of the CLE Committee this year and I look forward to seeing everyone at future Section events.