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13th Annual BICR Educational/Social Retreat (2018)
March 1, 2018 March 2, 2018
The American Club Resort
419 Highland Drive
Kohler WI
Event ID: SA6971


The Annual BICR Educational/Social Retreat at the American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin is back and better than ever!  Sponsored by the Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Creditors’ Rights Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the 13th Annual Retreat will be held on the afternoon and evening of Thursday, March 1, 2018 and the morning of Friday, March 2, 2018.

The 13th Annual Retreat features a stellar lineup of judges, nationally-recognized insolvency professionals, and leading Wisconsin practitioners who will provide the most current and informative advice on the issues most important to bankruptcy and insolvency practitioners.

Attendees will engage in breakout and plenary sessions, sitting Wisconsin bankruptcy judges will be in attendance and will once again present the Wisconsin Case Law Update, and a majority of the active bankruptcy practitioners in the state will be in attendance as well as many of the standing Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 trustees.

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This year’s retreat will begin with a luncheon featuring a presentation to The Honorable Robert D. Martin, who will be presented with the volume of the Bankruptcy Reporter commemorating the portrait presentation in recognition of his twenty-five years of outstanding service to the bench.  The Honorable Diane Sykes and The Honorable Pamela Pepper will then give a not-to-be missed presentation on Tips on Prosecuting a Bankruptcy Appeal.

Special highlights at this year’s retreat include the Thursday afternoon plenary session, The Ethical Implications of Valuing Assets in Bankruptcy presented by The Honorable Cynthia A. Norton, Western District of Missouri Bankruptcy Court judge; and The Honorable Robert D. Martin joining the sitting Wisconsin bankruptcy Judges at the Wisconsin Case Law Update.

The National Case Law Update will be presented by nationally recognized speakers and Retreat favorites The Honorable Louis Phillips and The Honorable Eugene Wedoff, who will be joined this year by Bill Rochelle, Editor-at-Large of the American Bankruptcy Institute.

As in previous years, the retreat features informative breakout sessions for consumer and business bankruptcy practitioners led by knowledgeable practitioners in each area.  This year’s sessions include breakout sessions on objections to discharge, mediation in bankruptcy, creative plans for Chapter 13 cases, and Chapter 11 contested confirmation issues.

The American Club, 419 Highland Drive, Kohler, WI

Section Member - $305.00
Non Section Member - $335.00
Non-Attorney Staff Member (when registering with an attorney) - $305.00
The cost of the retreat, which includes Thursday’s lunch and dinner/dance, Friday’s breakfast, and Bloody Mary Break is $305.00 for section members, $335.00 for non-section members, and $305.00 for non-attorney staff (when registering with an attorney).

Guests of attendees may attend the luncheon at an additional cost of $50.00 and the dinner/dance for $95.00. Attire is business casual for educational sessions, and cocktail dress for Thursday night’s dinner/dance.

The retreat will again be held at The American Club, a national historic landmark and the Midwest’s only Triple AAA, Five Diamond resort hotel complete with a spa and outstanding meeting space and service.  Spouses and significant others are encouraged to attend.  Activities and amenities abound in the area.

In addition to the luncheon on Thursday, social events are scheduled for Thursday evening, March 1, 2018, including a cocktail party and dinner at the American Club for all participants and their guests. The award winning staff of The American Club will create a fabulous culinary creation for our pleasure.

Dancing will follow Thursday night’s dinner with music provided by the Indubitable Equivalents, the American Bankruptcy Institute (“ABI”) House Band, whose members are experienced and nationally recognized insolvency professionals from across the United States.   The Indubitable Equivalents is a classic rock band and was formed in 2004 by keyboardist and vocalist Michael P. Richman.  He was then joined by several other ABI member-musicians who collaborated with him over the years at post-midnight, post-conference piano jam sessions.  The members of the Indubitable Equivalents currently include Tom Salerno on drums, Ted Gavin  on guitar,  Jack Esher on bass and acoustic guitar, Steve Rhodes on rhythm guitar, and Michael Richman on piano, who will be doing double-duty at this year’s Retreat as presenters in various breakout sessions. For more information on the Indubitable Equivalents, visit its website at

New this year! The Wisconsin network of the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation invites all BICR Retreat attendees for lunch and yoga on Friday, March 2, 2018!  Directly after the BICR Retreat, IWIRC Wisconsin will host an introduction lunch at the Woodlake Market, and then will host a light yoga class for all levels at Yoga on the Lake.  IWIRC hopes that you join them for laughs, stretching, and detoxing, all while learning about IWIRC in Wisconsin!  Registration for this event must be completed through IWIRC Wisconsin’s eventbrite site,  Tickets for the event are $35 and include lunch and yoga instruction. For more information about IWIRC, see

This program will be submitted to the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners for up to 9.0 CLE credits, including one EPR Credit.


  • Online
  • Call the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Customer Service Department at (800) 728-7788. 
  • Mail your registration form, together with your choice of entrées, your guest’s name, if applicable, and payment to State Bar of Wisconsin, Attn:  BICR Retreat, P.O. Box 7158, Madison, WI 53707-7158
  • Fax your registration form together with your choice of entrées, your guest’s name, if applicable, and your credit card information to (608) 257-5502.

Thank you to our generous sponsors and vendors.

Action Digital Document Solutions, LLC
The CINgroup Family
DeLadurantey Law Office, LLC
DeMarb Brophy LLC
Geraci Law Office
Gingras, Cates & Wachs
Kerkman Wagner & Dunn
Steinhilber Swanson LLP
Weld Riley, S.C.


The BICR Section is partnering with Action Digital Document Solutions, LLC to provide the course materials for the retreat. Course materials will be provided to retreat attendees in PDF format and will be downloadable from a site designated by Action Digital Document Solutions up to three days prior to, and 90 days after, the retreat. 

Action Digital Document Solutions will provide links to free downloadable programs to allow attendees to access the files from a computer, tablet or mobile device during the seminar.
For attendees who prefer to receive course materials in printed format, please check the box above to order printed course materials for an additional $35.00. You will also have access to the PDF format to get the benefit of both options.


Reserve your room now.  A block of rooms has been set aside at $167.00 per night, a rate that is almost too good to be true for the American Club Resort.  Rooms at this rate are limited and this rate expires at 5:00 p.m. on February 7, 2018 so call immediately to reserve your spot. 

Hotel reservations should be made directly with the American Club in Kohler at (855) 209-5679.  When calling the Reservation Department, please reference Reservation # 82B9HB and indicate that you are part of a group block under the name of State Bar of WisconsinAfter February 7, 2018, or if the room block is sold out, rates will increase and rooms may not be available, so make your reservations now.

* Course materials are provided in PDF format and are downloadable from myStateBar up to 4 days prior to, and 90 days after your seminar. For those who prefer their materials in a printed format, please select the tuition option that includes printed materials. You will also have access to the PDFs.

++ Credits indicated are the number of CLE and EPR credits the event will be submitted to receive from the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners based on program length and content. In most cases, the number of credits approved matches the number of credits sought. In rare instances, the number of credits approved by the Board of Bar Examiners (BBE) may vary from the number sought. The final number approved by the BBE will be indicated in your CLE Tracker.
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