NCBJ President’s Welcome to the NCBJ Annual Conference – Get Ready Your Engine Running for Indy!

Message from NCBJ President Hon. Frank J. Bailey, District of Massachusetts

The NCBJ is excited to be live and in person, as well as on a virtual platform, from October 6 to 9, 2021 for its Annual Conference. I hope that you will join us at the conference as we celebrate all things bankruptcy and insolvency in the beautiful City of Indianapolis.

The Education Committee has developed a whole new approach to bankruptcy education.   After over a year of cataclysmic change to our economy, to our practice area, and to how we present issues in court, we are planning innovative ways to target your educational experience.  Sure, there will be the cutting-edge topics and formats that you have come to expect at our conference, such as our opening plenary session: Jeopardy: The Broken Bench Edition. But there will also be “micro-topic” sessions geared to your unique interests.  You will have the chance to discuss those topics in small group settings with judges, experts, and (for the first time in a long time) each other. Recognizing your need to understand how judges see recent developments and presentation methods, there will be more judicial roundtable discussions than ever before.

The NCBJ Annual Conference has long served as the preeminent meeting place for all bankruptcy and insolvency professionals and proudly joins with ABA, ABI, CLLA, ACB, IWIRC, AIRA, to name a few, to present an assortment of programs, distinguished speakers, and networking opportunities.

Our opening night reception will be like no other in our nearly 100-year history.  We will be at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, location of the Indianapolis 500, the most famous motor race in the world.  While there, you can take a high-speed ride around the track, stand on the famous red bricks, and have a photo taken with the Indy 500 trophy, all while enjoying the unique refreshments that we have planned.

And while you are discovering Indy, please take advantage of our expanded “dine-around” program.  We have made reservations at dozens of restaurants ranging from national brands like the Capital Grille, to local icons like St. Elmo’s Steakhouse, as well as family-owned favorites that only locals know about. When you sign up for the restaurant of your choice, you will be joined by at least one judge and four to six friends, both old and new. There is something for everyone.

After the year we have had, I am certain that you are looking forward to seeing your colleagues in person, rather than on computer monitors. We look forward to seeing you at the NCBJ Annual Conference in Indy – where we are back on track!


Frank J. Bailey

NCBJ President