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     There are a number of organizations that represent a certain segment of those involved or associated with bankruptcy and the law. They include the following.


   American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI)
   American Bar Association (ABA)
   American Board of Certification (ABC)
   Commercial Law League of America (CLLA )
   International Association of Restructuring,
     Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals

   National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees (NABT)
   National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees (NACTT)
   National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA)
   National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy
   National Bankruptcy Conference (NBC) -
   National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ)

Knowledgeable consumer and business organizations are involved in the field of bankruptcy with many attorneys listed as members.

American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) - Founded in 1982, the organization offers an "unbiased analysis of bankruptcy issues" for the bankruptcy community and has over 13,000 members. Some of the professions within the membership include judges, attorneys, lenders and accountants. The office is located in Alexandria, Virginia. Their telephone number is (703) 739-0800.

American Bar Association (ABA) - Started in 1878, the ABA is a voluntary organization with over 400,000 members. The association offers a number of benefits not only to the legal profession, but also to the public as a whole. Some of their activities include law school accreditation, and continuing education courses in law The ABA also has a number of committees and groups within the organization that are offered to members of the bar. The organization is located in Chicago with an office in Washington, DC. The contact number is (312) 988-5000.

American Board of Certification (ABC) - This nonprofit organization has over 1,000 attorneys certified in business bankruptcy, consumer bankruptcy and / or creditors rights' (View "Bankruptcy Specialist" for certificate requirements). Their program is designed to recognize lawyers who have met "discrete, objective certification standards". The program is also certified by the American Bar Association (ABC). Their offices are located in Cedar Rapids Iowa. They can be reached at (319) 365-2222.


Commercial Law League of America (CLLA) - The CLLA is a nonprofit organization involved in creditors' rights. It was founded in 1895 with over 3,000 members. The membership consists of attorneys, collections, creditors' rights and professionals involved in the field of bankruptcy. Over 300 members are employed with collection agencies. The Commercial Law League of America is involved with the American Board of Certification (ABC), Their office is located in Chicago, Illinois and their contact number is (312) 240-1400.

International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL) -INSOL is an international organization founded in 1982 with a membership composed of over 9000 accountants and lawyers who are specialists in turnaround and insolvency. Their office is located in London and can be contacted at +44 (0)20 7248 3333.

National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees (NABT) - The NABT was established in 1982 to address the needs and concerns of Chapters 7 Trustees throughout the United States. Membership includes chapter 7 trustees and their staff, U.S. Bankruptcy Judges, employees from the Office of the U.S. Trustee, and those professionals associated in the field of bankruptcy and the law. The office is located in Columbia, South Carolina. The telephone number is (803) 252-5646

National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees (NACTT) - The nonprofit organization was established in 1965 and its membership consists of over 1000 members. The members included Chapter 13 trustees and their staff, bankruptcy judges, accountants and other professionals related in the field of bankruptcy. The office is located in Columbia, South Carolina and the telephone number is (800) 445-8629.

National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) - The NACA has over 1500 members (attorneys and consumer advocates) nationwide that are involved in the rights of consumers. The web site has a list of attorneys (Find an Attorney) that practice consumer bankruptcy law by state and the area of emphasis in the consumer bankruptcy field. Their office is located in Washington D.C. and the telephone number is (202) 452-1989.

National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) - Established in 1992, the NACBA is an advocate for consumer bankruptcy attorneys and their clients. NACBA has over 4000 members throughout the United States and can be reached at (216) 491-6770. Their web site has a comprehensive list of members that can be searched by city and state.

National Bankruptcy Conference (NBC) - The National Bankruptcy Conference started its roots during the Depression in the 1930's. The organization consisted of experts and professionals in the bankruptcy field, who assisted congress in drafting bankruptcy legislation. Today, current membership (60 members) is by invitation only. The invaluable knowledge and experience of the membership serves as a nonpartisan advisory role to congress in regards to the federal bankruptcy rules and guidelines. The office is located in Fairfax, Virginia and can be contacted at 703-273-4918.

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ) - A nonprofit organization that offers conferences, seminars and legal education to Bankruptcy Judges and to those involved in the bankruptcy profession. They are located in Irmo, South Carolina and can be contacted at (803) 749-4115.

State Bars - Lawyer Membership

     Below is a list of some of the state bars in the United States. Each one has a review and summary in regards to bankruptcy and membership.
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