American College of Bankruptcy Save the date for Virtual Meetings and Events-Induction to Be Postponed

Thursday, March 18, 2021 – Saturday, March 20, 2021
In the December issue of College Columns, we noted the uncertainty of the times and pledged to notify you as far in advance as possible if the COVID-19 situation required us to change the plans for our 2021 Annual Meeting to avoid a repeat of last Spring, when circumstances required that the College cancel only days before so many Fellows were about to travel to Washington, D.C.
And so with deep regret, we write to notify you that the Executive Committee has voted unanimously to cancel the in-person events scheduled for Washington, D.C. on March 18-20, 2021. We ask that you nevertheless save those dates, as we are working to plan one or more virtual presentations and events during that period, along with the usual slate of Board and Committee meetings that also will be conducted virtually. 
We know that this announcement will come as a disappointment, (but likely not a surprise), particularly to the new Fellows in both Classes 31 and 32, whose induction we had hoped to celebrate in Washington. That happy day will come down the road as circumstances permit, tentatively in the form of an expanded Fall Meeting on the front end of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Conference scheduled for Indianapolis on October 5-9. Naturally, we will provide as much notice as possible, as we all hope to resume our usual schedule of meetings and a return to a more normal life. 
We should add here that months ago, in recognition of the uncertain environment for meetings and travel, the College negotiated an addendum to the hotel contract for the 2021 Annual Meeting that enabled us to cancel without financial penalty or expense to the College of any kind. As usual, we are grateful to our Executive Director Shari Bedker and to Counsel Pat Vance for protecting the interests of the College, as well as to the management of the Renaissance Washington DC for its flexibility and professionalism. We expect to be back at the newly renovated Renaissance for our Annual Meeting in 2024, after the Brown Palace in Denver in 2022 and the Grand Hyatt in Washington in 2023. 
Please stay tuned for further announcements about the schedule of virtual events in March and, hopefully, a live and in-person meeting in Indianapolis in early October. And above all else, we wish you, your families and loved ones a safe and peaceful holiday season, and a better new year for us all.
Mark Bloom, Melissa Kibler and the Executive Committee