The Coastal Bankruptcy Law Institute (CBLI) is a non-profit corporation established in 1994 for the purpose of creating a continuing educational resource for bankruptcy practitioners with emphasis on the law and procedures in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Georgia. The institute’s primary function is to organize, promote and conduct periodic

seminars on bankruptcy law. The materials presented at these seminars will be of interest to practitioners who regularly appear in court cases involving consumers and small to medium size businesses on behalf of either debtors or creditors. The institute expects to advance the dual purpose of increasing lawyer proficiency and promoting the efficient administration of justice.

The mission has changed. With technological developments it has become possible to develop research tools and applications that better serve the research needs of all lawyers. The first endeavor to aid Georgia lawyers was finalized in 2000 in the form of a PC CD-ROM that provides quick and ready access to the published and unpublished Bankruptcy decisions of the Bankruptcy Judges of the Southern District of Georgia. This was a major breakthrough in local bankruptcy research. This was not enough. The Georgia Lawyer including bankruptcy practioners needed a comprehensive research tool focused on the Georgia Law Practice and CBLI set out to make such a tool available.