American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) - USA

American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) - USA
American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) - USA

The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) is the largest multi-disciplinary, nonpartisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency. ABI’s membership consists of more than 11,000 members in the United States and more than 41 other nations. International Activities ABI’s growing international presence includes educational programs in France, England, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Canada, Spain, China, Mexico, the Netherlands and the Caribbean. ABI members can also join ABI’s International Committee, which presents educational programs at ABI’s national meetings and produces regular newsletters. In 2020, we hosted a major international virtual conference featuring a conversation with former President Bill Clinton. Educational Programs ABI is the leading provider of quality CLE programs on insolvency in the U.S. ABI holds nearly 40 regional, national and international programs each year. Members can choose from live, online and recorded formats. Scholarly Research ABI’s Endowment Fund awards grants to scholars engaged in research on insolvency topics. Most recently, it funded research on why individuals choose to file chapter 11, as well as ABI’s Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy. The completed report from ABI’s Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 is available for download at commission.abi.org. The Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy report is available for download at consumercommission.abi.org/commission-report. Publications ABI maintains globalinsolvency.org, a comprehensive online source of information on current issues in international insolvency and restructuring law for cross-border news and information. ABI periodicals include the monthly ABI Journal, the semi-annual ABI Law Review and conference educational materials. In addition, ABI’s books include European Union Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings: An Introductory Analysis (4th Ed.), Chapter 15 for Foreign Debtors and Insolvency Law in Canada: A Primer for Practitioners. Legal Research ABI’s website, abi.org, provides data for insolvency professionals, the public and news media seeking to understand U.S. law. ABI’s research suite, free for members, includes a range of articles, statistics, case law summaries, conference materials, daily bankruptcy news headlines, court decisions, legislative news and videos. Legislation ABI regularly testifies before Congress to provide analytical assistance, and provides commentary to the news media. In the past, Congress has considered the recommendations of ABI's 2014 Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11, which led to the passage of the Small Business Bankruptcy Reform Act. Recommendations from ABI’s Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy, released in 2019, formed the core of the Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need (HAVEN) Act, which excepted from the chapter 7 means test veterans’ disability benefits from the calculation of disposable income, and are a backdrop to ongoing discussions about student loan discharges.