Law Dean J. Rich Leonard to give keynote at 46th Annual Bankruptcy Institute

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RALEIGH – Campbell Law School Dean J. Rich Leonard will give the keynote address at the 46th Annual Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) on Dec. 8-9 at the Renaissance Asheville Downtown Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina.

A former federal bankruptcy judge, Leonard will present, “Teaching International Bankruptcy Law in Bhutan,” at the event planned by the North Carolina Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Section.

The institute will feature participation by all the U.S. Bankruptcy Court judges in North Carolina, as well as ABI commentator Bill Rochelle, bestselling-author Brad Stulberg  and other experts and thought leaders. 

The event has been approved for 12 CLE credit hours including one hour of Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit and one hour of Substance Abuse/Mental Health Qualifies credit from the North Carolina State Bar.

The in-person event will also be live webcast.

Sessions include:

  • Business Owners and Their Interests

  • Merchant Cash Advance Lending

  • Student Loan Discharge Issues

  • Circuit Splits and Hot Topics

  • Professional Responsibility

  • Judges’ Panel: State of the Districts

  • Taking Bankruptcy International

  • Farming and Bankruptcy

  • Hot Topics in Chapters 7 and 13

  • Criminal Investigations and Prosecution and Their Impact on Bankruptcy

  • Cryptocurrency and Other Digital Assets

  • Substance Abuse/Mental Health

Speakers include:

  • Chief Judge Laura T. Beyer, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of N.C., Charlotte

  • Chief Judge Lena M. James, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of N.C., Winston-Salem

  • Judge Joseph N. Callaway, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of N.C., Greenville

  • Judge Benjamin A. Kahn, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of N.C., Greensboro

  • Judge Pamela W. McAfee, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of N.C., Raleigh

  • Chief Judge David M. Warren, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of N.C., Raleigh

  • Judge J. Craig Whitley, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of N.C., Charlotte

  • Benjamin Bain-Creed, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Charlotte

  • John C. Bircher III, Davis Hartman Wright LLP, New Bern

  • Rashad Blossom, Blossom Law PLLC, Charlotte

  • Blake Y. Boyette, Buckmiller Boyette & Frost PLLC, Raleigh

  • Sheree Cameron, Cameron Bankruptcy Law, Raleigh

  • Richard P. Cook, Cape Fear Debt Relief, Wilmington

  • John Paul H. Cournoyer, U.S. Bankruptcy Administrator for the Middle District of N.C., Greensboro

  • John A. “Sean” Doyle, MCNC, Raleigh

  • Ashley A. Edwards, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, Charlotte

  • Ryan Griffith, AlixPartners, Bel Air, MD

  • Jason L. Hendren, Hendren Redwine & Malone PLLC, Raleigh

  • Jenny P. Holman, Chapter 13 Office for the Western District of NC, Charlotte

  • J. Rich Leonard, Campbell University School of Law, Raleigh

  • Michael L. Martinez, Grier Wright Martinez PA, Charlotte

  • Robert A. “Rob” Mays, Mays Johnson Law Firm, Asheville

  • Rebecca F. Redwine, Hendren Redwine & Malone PLLC, Raleigh

  • William J. “Bill” Rochelle III, American Bankruptcy Institute, Santa Fe, NM

  • Kimberly A. Sheek, Law Office of Kimberly A. Sheek, Charlotte

  • Brad Stulberg, Asheville

  • Matthew P. Weiner, Poyner Spruill LLP, Raleigh

Learn more at this link.


Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. Among its accolades, the school has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the nation’s top Professionalism Program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 4,800 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. In 2023, Campbell Law is celebrating 45 years of graduating legal leaders and 14 years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.