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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
South Carolina. The telephone number is (803) 252-5646
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.