NCBJ will host the 15th Next Generation Program at its Annual Meeting in Seattle, from September 18-20, 2024. The application deadline is May 24, 2024.

The program will host up to 50 up-and-coming bankruptcy practitioners for exclusive NextGen events including:

  • A judicial roundtable event featuring bankruptcy judges from across the nation
  • A small-group lunch with experienced bankruptcy practitioners
  • A networking reception and dinner to build contacts and relationships with NextGen alumni
  • A social outing to discover Austin with NextGen’rs and judges
  • Future opportunities to participate as panelists with judges and other practitioners in educational
  • offerings during the NCBJ Annual Meetings

2024 Nomination Qualifications

Law firms, government agencies, and bankruptcy judges are invited to nominate program participants. The program is designed to host up to fifty bankruptcy practitioners.

  • Three to ten years of experience practicing law (including clerkships)
  • Devote at least fifty percent of his/her practice to bankruptcy cases
  • Demonstrate legal excellence in the practice of bankruptcy law
  • Display a serious commitment to principles of civility, ethics and professionalism
  • Demonstrate commitment to the continued educational development of bankruptcy professionals and to professional activities that will benefit the public, members of the bar and the court system

Costs for Participation in the 2024 Program

The cost of the participant’s attendance at the Annual Meeting must be borne by the participant or his or her employer, but no additional cost will be incurred to attend the Next Generation lunch, Judges’ roundtable, or NextGen’rs reunion reception. There may be extra costs for optional events, including the alumni dinner and social outing.

We anticipate that, consistent with past years, NCBJ registration fee waivers, as well as scholarships to defray part of the cost (up to 50% of eligible expenses, not to exceed $1,500.00), will be available to the first five eligible applicants. To qualify for a scholarship and a fee waiver, an applicant must earn less than $85,000.00 gross income per year. To be considered for those subsidies, a request attesting to the nominee’s qualifications for scholarships must accompany the nomination.

How to Nominate

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, May 24, 2024. Nominees who qualify and whose applications are submitted timely will be selected to participate. Should the number of nominations exceed the allocated number of participants, selections will be made randomly through a computerized lottery program. Each nomination must include a completed nomination form, a blank copy of which is attached, along with a cover letter from an authorized partner of the law firm, senior attorney of a governmental agency, or bankruptcy judge, attesting to the qualifications of the nominee to be a Next Generation Program participant. This cover letter is critical to the nomination package, so please do not forget to include it. Lawyers in firms with five or fewer attorneys may self-nominate, but must fulfill the eligibility requirements. The cover letter and attachments must be submitted in PDF by email to


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