The ABI Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy is charged with researching and recommending improvements to the consumer bankruptcy system that can be implemented within its existing structure. These changes might include amendments to the Bankruptcy Code, changes to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, administrative rules or actions, recommendations on proper interpretations of existing law and other best practices that judges, trustees and lawyers can implement. To view a fact sheet on the Commission, please click here.

For the overall list of topics to be considered by the ABI Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy, please click here.


You may send comments to the Commission by email at ConsumerCommission@abiworld.org.


The commission is grateful to the financial support from the ABI Anthony H.N. Schelling Endowment Fund and the NCBJ Endowment.


The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law held a hearing on September 26 to consider H.R. 3553, the “Bankruptcy Administration Improvement Act of 2017". The bill was introduced last year by House Judiciary Subcommittee Chair Tom Marino (R-Pa.) and aims to increase the amount of compensation paid to chapter 7 bankruptcy trustees for services rendered. Ariane Holtschlag of the Law Office of William J. Factor, Ltd. (Chicago) and a member of ABI’s Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy testified to provide Commission recommendations on trustee compensation. Please click here to read her statement.

The Committee on Case Administration & the Estate of the ABI Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy held a public meeting during the annual conference for the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ) on October 10, 2017, from 10:45 AM – 1:00 PM in the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. The Commission invited stakeholders attending the event to request time to make an oral statement at this public meeting, and in addition to submit a written statement to the Commission. Click here to read prepared statements.

The Committee on Chapter 7 of the ABI Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy held a public meeting during the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees (NABT) on September 15 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Commission invited stakeholders attending the event to request time to make an oral statement at this public meeting, and in addition to submit a written statement to the Commission. Click here to read prepared statements.

The Commission’s Committee on Chapter 13 held a public meeting during NACTT’s 2017 Annual Seminar on July 15 in Seattle, Washington. The Commission invited stakeholders attending the event to request time to make an oral statement at this public meeting, and in addition to submit a written statement to the Commission. Click here to read prepared statements.

The Commission’s held its first public meeting during NACBA’s 2017 Annual Convention. During the meeting, the Commission heard from more than a dozen witnesses on their ideas and concerns about the consumer bankruptcy process. Click here to view a video recording and read prepared statements.