2017 S.A.B.A Conference




Bankruptcy from a
Government Perspective Seminar


Since this program is being done in addition to the scheduled list of courses for the National Attorneys General Training & Research Institute (NAGTRI), there will be no generally available scholarship funds for this program. However, special group rates (set out below) are available for those states sending three or more attendees.

Tentative Program & Registration Information

Download the 2017 Conference Agenda (.pdf)

To register, please do so online at:


Early Registration Deadline is September  2, 2017

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 The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) will be joining the States’ Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys (SABA) to present the Bankruptcy From a Governmental Perspective Seminar under the auspies of the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI) at the Georgia Coastal Center, located at 305 Fahm Street, Savannah, Ga. 31401. 
     This year’s seminar will run for three and a half days from Monday afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m., through Thursday afternoon at 3:45 p.m. – please plan your travel accordingly.  As in previous years, the Bankruptcy Seminar will use a hypothetical fact pattern as  a framework for most of the sessions. The hypothetical this year will be based on a for-profit school that fraudulently induced students to attend by promising they would get great jobs on graduation so they could pay off the huge student loans they had to take out. When the consumer protection complaints piled up and the school was forced to shut down due to the charges it faced, students were left with no education, no diploma, and a mound of debt. The seminar will cover a range of issues including both general regulatory and tax issues, as well as a special focus on student loans. We will look at both the states’ normal role in collecting on such loans and opposing their discharge, as well as the broader concerns about the growth of such loans and the options for dealing with defrauded students. The seminar will have tracks geared to both regulators and tax counsel, as well as for everyone from novices to the bankruptcy guru in the office. In addition, we will have a special 1.5 day “mini-track” this year, at a reduced rate, for child support collectors that will allow them to attend the introductory sessions and finish Tuesday afternoon with a program devoted solely to the Code’s treatment of child support claims. This seminar is the only one devoted solely to issues relevant to government practitioners so every minute will be useful.

     The presenters for this conference will include highly experienced practitioners from a wide range of state offices, as well as current and former bankruptcy judges, representatives of the Office of the U.S. Trustee and the Department of Justice, and a number of highly esteemed private counsel who have litigated with (and sometimes against) the States in a variety of contexts. The speakers will have a wealth of experience and lead the lively discussions that we have each year.

     There will be a number of sessions with a special focus on collection issues so these will be helpful for staff employees, as well as the attorneys, to attend.
Tentative Schedule
        Please download the complete Tentative Agenda in .pdf format here.  We expect to have a distinguished panel of presenters for the seminar, including bankruptcy judges, representative of the U.S. Trustee Program, distinguished private attorneys and experienced bankruptcy counsel from state, local, and federal agencies. Each has been selected based on his or her knowledge and expertise with respect to the unique issues facing government counsel in bankruptcy court. We will run through late afternoon Wednesday on the assumption that most attendees will have to stay until Thursday; travel plans should be made accordingly.
Fees - T.B.D.
          The conference registration fee schedule is still being determined and will be posted shortly.
Hotel Information
Primary Hotel:
Hampton Inn & Suites
603 West Oglethorpe Ave.
Savannah, Ga. 31401

The group rate will be available three days post meeting.

Primary Hotel:
Courtyard Savannah Downtown
415 West Libery St.
Savannah, Ga. 31401

The group rate will be available three days prior/post meeting.

Overflow Hotel:
Spring Hill Suites
150 Montgomery St.
Savannah, Ga. 31401

The group rate will be offered three days prior/post meeting.

Hotel Reservation Deadline: Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

The conference will take place at the Georgia Coastal Center. This is located at 305 Fahm Street, Savannah, Ga. 31401.

NAAG has secured a room block at the Courtyard Savannah Downtown/Historic District, the Hampton Inn & Suites and at Spring Hill Suites. The group rate for all hotels is $129/night plus applicable state and local taxes at the time of check in. This rate is available until the cutoff date or until the room block has been exhausted, whichever comes first. The conference follows a holiday weekend, so book soon to reserve your spot.

Complimentary breakfast is included at all hotels! 

The cut-off date for all the hotels is Wednesday, October 18, 2017.
Cancellations must be made 72 hours prior to arrival.

What's Included in the Registration; Other Activities
          In addition to the course and materials, the seminar registration will include per diem payments for breakfasts for Wednesday through Friday, breaks on Tuesday through Friday and an opening reception on Tuesday night. We will be scheduling an optional activity as well; details are still tentative on that, but we will provide information later and you can register for that activity as part of the conference registration.

          A charge of $75 will be made for guests of the participants who wish to attend the opening reception and the breaks. If you will not be attending the conference, but are interested in purchasing a copy of the briefing materials, please contact Karen Cordry at kcordry@naag.org by September 9, 2017, so we know how many copies to make of the materials. The cost for materials only (including shipping) is $90.       
Travel Information
          The Savannah Hilton Head International Airport has a number of transportation options available for you to utilize. You can view them all by Clicking on This Link.

            For those driving, parking is $25 per day at the Hampton Inn & Suites, $24 per day at both the Courtyard and SpringHill Suites.       
Cancellation Policy
         Cancellation requests must be made in writing by email. A minimum 20% administrative fee will be deducted for all refunds. No refunds will be made for cancellation requests received 7 days or fewer prior to the meeting start date absent a demonstrated and unavoidable emergency. The state may substitute a new attendee for the prior registrant at any time without cost. We look forward to seeing participants in Santa Fe. If there are any questions about the seminar, please call NAAG Bankruptcy Counsel Karen Cordry at (202) 326-6025 or email to kcordry@naag.org.        
We look forward to seeing participants in Savannah!
        If there are any questions about the seminar, please call NAAG Bankruptcy Counsel Karen Cordry at (202) 326-6025 or email to kcordry@naag.org



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