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July 1, 2013
Bankruptcy certification training for support staff set for October in Atlanta

The Association of Bankruptcy Judicial Assistants (ABJA) will hold its annual Bankruptcy Certification Training and Educational Conference in Atlanta on October 29-31.

The ABJA, consisting of judicial assistants to bankruptcy judges and certified bankruptcy assistants, strives to promote and maintain professional standards. In 1999, the ABJA Continuing Legal Education Committee developed a segment specifically for JA’s, secretaries, legal assistants, and/or paralegals to become certified in bankruptcy law. Since bankruptcy law has developed into a very technical area of expertise, the certification program will enable support staff to keep pace with new developments and the recent changes of the law.

The certified bankruptcy assistant (or CBA) training consists of a day and a half of training followed by a certification exam. Participants can attend the training without taking the exam; however, they cannot be certified until they take and pass the exam. Once certified, participants are invited to become associate members of the ABJA. ABJA membership is $30 a year and members receive a quarterly newsletter as well as discounted registration fees for attending future conferences.

The cost for registration and the examination is $399 and includes the study guide, educational program, break refreshments, lunch for one of the days, and the examination. If you don’t wish to take the exam, then the cost is $250. More information regarding the certification program can be found on the ABJA website at

On Thursday, October 31, additional training will be provided for those wishing to attend the advanced portion of the conference. CBAs are required to obtain at least 6 CEU/CLE credits every two years, and they can do that locally or attend this portion of the conference.

The conference is set for the Hilton Atlanta hotel and room rates for a single/double/triple/quad is $133. Agenda and registration forms will be posted on in late June or early July.

For more information contact Martie Kantor at

[Revised: 04-25-2017]