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Thursday, May 4
 

9:00am

FDCPA Extreme!
Learn the benefits of adding FDCPA Cases to your Bankruptcy Practice. 

FDCPA Extreme is a workshop that will help your bankruptcy practice add revenue, generate referrals and increase your client satisfaction. The workshop will cover fair debt collection practices act: history and legislation, when FDCPA comes into play for your bankruptcy client, statute of limitations, unlawful communications, bankruptcy stay violations, FDCPA violations after bankruptcy, protecting the claim, example communications, various remedies under FDCPA and creating a systematic process so you can add these cases to your practice.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan M. Callahan

Ryan M. Callahan

Ryan received a B.A. from Missouri State University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Tulsa School of Law, and a LL.M. in Tax Law from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. He is admitted to practice in Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois, as well as the Western D... Read More →
avatar for Dave Philipps

Dave Philipps

Attorney, Philipps & Philipps, Ltd.
David J. Philipps is a partner in the law firm of Philipps & Philipps, Ltd., in  | southwest suburban Chicago.  David is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of  | Law and Loyola University of Chicago.  David is a founding member of the National  | Association of Consumer Advocates (1995), was the Illinois State Chair for... Read More →
avatar for Craig Shapiro

Craig Shapiro

Craig Shapiro is an attorney with the Law Offices of John T. Orcutt in Raleigh, North Carolina. Craig represents consumers in cases involving unlawful debt collection practices and mortgage practices. He has been appointed class counsel in numerous class actions certified in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, and North Carolina, and is licensed to practice in the States of Illinois and North Carolina, United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Seventh Circuits, and United States District Courts for the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of Illinois, Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina, Northern District of Indiana, and Western District of Michigan. Craig is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and Chicago-Kent College of Law, has been a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates for twelve years, and has lectured at conferences and webinars hosted by the National Consumer Law Center, North Carolina Bar Foundation, and the National Association of Chapter Thirteen Trustees Academy. Craig is a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates Ethics... Read More →
avatar for John Steinkamp

John Steinkamp

John’s office has filed over 1,800 bankruptcy cases. He has filed over 650 lawsuits against debt collectors and creditors under certain federal statutes. A former family law attorney, he has participated in over 300 trials and over 100 mediations. Overall, John has been an atto... Read More →


Thursday May 4, 2017 9:00am - 4:00pm
Australia 3 Dolphin Hotel

9:00am

Student Loans Workshop
You already know the importance of understanding student loans for your bankruptcy practice. Now, you can get all the basics to start making sense of your clients student loan situation and how to work it with your bankruptcy practice. One full day of student loans in bankruptcy. Learn where to get the information your client can't seem to find, how do use that information, and how to make mole hills out of mountains. This special pre-convention session cover administrative discharges, all the repayment plans, the forgiveness plans, and how to deal with private student loans as well.

8:30 – 9:00 Student loan industry entities and their roles
9:00 – 9:30 Types of Fed loans
9:30 – 10:00 Administrative Discharges
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 10:45 Default Consequences
10:45 – 11:15 Curing the Default
11:15 – 11:30 Balance Based Repayment
11:30 – 12:30 - Lunch
12:30 – 1:00 Income Driven Repayment
1:00 – 1:30 Forgiveness
1:30 – 2:00 Repayment Plans During a 13 – Ed Boltz
2:00 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 2:45 Private Student Loan Defense (in and out of 13)
2:45 – 3:30 Review of 523a(8) with Analysis.

Speakers
avatar for Ed Boltz

Ed Boltz

Mr.  Boltz is a member of the Law Offices of John T. Orcutt, P.C., where he has managed the firm's office in Durham, North Carolina since 1998, representing clients in not only Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 bankruptcies, but also in related consumer rights litigation, including fighting abusive mortgage practices.Mr... Read More →
avatar for Josh Cohen

Josh Cohen

Josh is THE Student Loan Lawyer, practicing in Vermont and Connecticut. He has counseled student loan borrowers nationwide on federal student loan resolution matters, and regularly consults with consumer protection attorneys on strategies and techniques to help them better serve... Read More →
avatar for John Rao

John Rao

Attorney, National Consumer Law Center, Inc.
John Rao is an attorney with the National Consumer Law Center, Inc. Mr. Rao focuses on consumer credit and bankruptcy issues and has served as a panelist and instructor at numerous bankruptcy and consumer law trainings and conferences. He has served as an expert witness in court... Read More →


Thursday May 4, 2017 9:00am - 4:00pm
Asia 4 Dolphin Hotel

5:00pm

$0 Down Chapter 7’s: Why it’s Legal, and How it Can Double Your Production in 2017
Presented by BK Billing, this 50 minute session will offer attendees an overview of one those most talked about topics in Chapter 7 practice, advanced funding. How can it be done ethically? Where are the pitfalls? How does it benefit a consumer bankruptcy attorney?

Speakers
avatar for Sean Mawhinney

Sean Mawhinney

Sean Mawhinney is President of BK Billing, the nation’s bankruptcy law firm financier. | Prior to BK Billing, Sean was one of the top-filing bankruptcy attorneys in the West.  Sean founded and managed Utah's first Gephardt-Approved financial law firm, and was Utah's top-filing bankruptcy attorney for many years, filing as many as 136 cases in one... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Millar

Aaron Millar

Aaron Millar is the Chief Legal Officer of BK Billing, where Aaron has helped the company grow to be the national leader in advanced funding for consumer bankruptcy attorneys.  Aaron also heads a successful private law practice at Millar Walker, where he is a passionate advocate for good people going through tough times. In 2008, Aaron began practicing bankruptcy, representing Chapter 7 Trustees and creditors, and eventually he shifted to a consumer debtor... Read More →
avatar for David Stidham

David Stidham

David Stidham is the CEO of BK Billing.  David leads the strategic vision of BK Billing and is accountable for advancing and growing its business lines through continued investment in technology, innovation and service excellence.  David is an innovator in the legal finance industry, drawing on his experience as both a marketer and a founder of a finance company that challenged traditional models by providing accessibility to legal... Read More →


Thursday May 4, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Asia 4 Dolphin Hotel

5:00pm

How to File a Record Number of Cases This July
Are you sick and tired of July being a "Slow" month?  I'll reveal how to make this July the best month of the year and we'll do it without investing one nickel in additional advertising.

Sponsors
avatar for Richard James

Richard James

Silver, Richard James
Building law firms one system at a time…


Thursday May 4, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Australia 3 Dolphin Hotel

5:00pm

Convention Check-In & Exhibitor Meet & Greet
Thursday May 4, 2017 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Atlantic Hall BC Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

6:00pm

Automotive Lending While in Chapter 7 & Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
What lenders are looking for in determining a good risk and how that helps your clients rebuild a new credit portfolio.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Martin

Tom Martin

National Auto Brokerage Services
Tom Martin has been in the automotive retail business since 1995 and has spent most of his time working with sub-prime borrowers. In 2003 he took a small country dealership and increased used car sales by 200% by marketing to open bankruptcy customers. In his 7 years he was there he assisted in selling over 5000 retail auto transactions with 75% coming from customers that were involved with an open bankruptcy. Tom is passionate with his clientele and determined to get the best possible terms and conditions for his customer. He has assisted with many of those customers continually re-build their credit and help them with re-financing and increase credit scores. | In 2012, Tom brought his program to his current dealership and helped found National Automotive Brokerage Services. Although at first the company concentrated on marketing to insurance companies for total loss replacement and they implemented the open bankruptcy segment with... Read More →


Thursday May 4, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Asia 3 Dolphin Hotel

6:00pm

Surviving as a Bankruptcy Practitioner
This program can mean the difference between success and failure. Many attorneys know a lot about the law but very little about how to run a business and market themselves. Yet, if they can’t generate new clients, they can’t pay the bills and grow their practice. They have to rapidly learn how to be entrepreneurs and employ cost-effective marketing techniques. Former attorney and legal marketing specialist at Martindale-Nolo Legal Marketing Network, Bob Somal, reveals the top marketing techniques; how to evaluate what’s right for each attorney; and how to set up a cost-effective marketing program to generate more leads and convert them into clients.

Speakers
avatar for Bob Somal

Bob Somal

Bob Somal, Esq., former attorney and marketing specialist at Martindale-Nolo Legal Marketing Network | After practicing bankruptcy and tax law for 7 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, Bob closed up his law practice to educate other lawyers in how to use the right resources to b... Read More →


Thursday May 4, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Asia 4 Dolphin Hotel

7:00pm

Top 10 Tools to Train Your Intake Team & Double Lead Conversion Rate

Many of the fastest growing bankruptcy law firms use an internal intake person or team to handle calls and qualify leads. However, the difference between an untrained receptionist and a fully trained intake professional can make or break your law firm.

Come learn from nationally recognized experts in intake training and lead conversion as they share with you the top tools, systems, and best practices you need to turn your team into intake experts! You will learn: 

  • The difference between a receptionist and an intake professional
  • Characteristics of top intake people
  • Training protocols for your team
  • Biggest mistakes to avoid
  • Best practices in lead conversion rates
  • How to implement a system to measure your team’s results

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Fairley

Stephen Fairley

Two-time international best-selling author, Stephen Fairley is the Founder and CEO of The Rainmaker Institute, the nation's largest law firm marketing company specializing in marketing and lead conversion for small to medium law firms. Over 18,000 attorneys nationwide have benefited from learning and implementing the proven Rainmaker Marketing System. Stephen was academically trained as a clinical psychologist and ran 2 successful small businesses prior to focusing on the legal marketplace. Since 1999, he has built a national reputation as a legal marketing expert and been named... Read More →


Thursday May 4, 2017 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Australia 3 Dolphin Hotel
 
Friday, May 5
 

7:00am

Convention Check-In & Exhibitor Meet & Greet
Friday May 5, 2017 7:00am - 5:00pm
Atlantic Hall BC Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

7:15am

Breakfast
Complimentary continental breakfast for all covention registrants and attendees with purchased meal tickets.

Friday May 5, 2017 7:15am - 8:15am
Atlantic Hall BC Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

8:15am

Opening Remarks & Welcome by NACBA President & Executive Director
Welcome to NACBA's 25th Annual Convention!

Speakers
avatar for Jim Haller

Jim Haller

Jim received his B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield Minnesota and his J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the 7th and 8th Circuit Courts of Appeal, the Federal District Courts of Northern and South... Read More →
avatar for Dan LaBert

Dan LaBert

Executive Director, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
Dan LaBert, former executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), has been named as the organization’s executive director. Prior to joining PICPA, LaBert served as the executive director of the Bar Ass... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 8:15am - 8:45am
Pacific Hall BC Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

8:45am

PLENARY: The Champion’s Code: Building Relationships Through Life Lessons of Integrity and Accountability from the Sports World to the Business World
Ever wonder why certain teams are SUCCESSFUL whereas others aren’t? Ross explains WHY — in an engaging and visually entertaining style that’s designed to improve YOUR organization’s productivity, morale and bottom-line profitability.

The best-selling author of nearly 50 sports books, Ross Bernstein is an award-winning business speaker who helps companies and organizations think and act more like CHAMPIONS. Ross and his books have been featured on thousands of television and radio programs over the past 20 years, including CNN, MSNBC, CBS This Morning, FOX News, ESPN, NPR, and the CBC, as well as in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, USA Today, and Maxim Magazine.

Ross’ signature program, "The Champion’s Code: Building Relationships Through Life Lessons of Integrity and Accountability from the Sports World to the Business World,” is based on more than six years of research that resulted in two critically acclaimed series of sports-business books.  The first examines how and why certain teams win world championships; while the other chronicles the unwritten and unspoken rules in the world of sports, or “codes” as they are known, which explores the fine line between cheating and gamesmanship — and the consequences involved when that line is crossed.
Ross interviewed more than 1,000 professional athletes and coaches for the six books and along the way he saw some fascinating patterns, metrics and trends develop among certain individuals who possessed a very unique DNA. For these unique individuals, or “champions,” it wasn’t always about winning, it was about following their moral compass in order to play the game the right way — with respect and integrity — in order to achieve success. In his presentation, Ross identifies upwards of 100 unique characteristics and traits that are common among champions, which he then ties into poignant life lessons and inspirational stories that relate back to his client’s event theme and desired learner outcomes.

Based largely on the “Good to Great” ideology of how the best companies are able to separate themselves from the rest of the pack through dynamic leadership and extraordinary customer service, Ross’ program reinforces the concept that individuals win games, but TEAMS win championships. Momentum, roles, buy-in, motivation, consistency, sacrifice, trust, chemistry, work-ethic, innovation, karma, and being humble — they’re all a part of what it takes to become the best of the best — a champion both on and off the field.
So... who are the champions in your organization? Let Ross customize a keynote (from one to four hours) for your next annual conference, corporate event, or sales meeting — his passion and energy is contagious and he’d LOVE to be a member of YOUR team for the day!

Speakers
avatar for Ross Bernstein

Ross Bernstein

The best-selling author of nearly 50 sports books, Ross Bernstein is an award-winning peak performance business speaker who’s keynoted conferences on four continents for audiences as small as 10 and as large as 10,000. Ross and his books have been featured on thousands of television and radio programs over the years including CNN, ESPN, Bloomberg, Fox News, and... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 8:45am - 10:00am
Pacific Hall BC Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

10:00am

Coffee Break
This is a short break to refresh, mingle or grab some more nourishment. Coffee will be served in the Exhibitor Area. It's also another chance to see what innovations our carefully selected exhibitors are showing. Visit each exhibitor and submit passport for chance at winning prizes.

Friday May 5, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
Atlantic Hall BC Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

10:30am

PLENARY: The Practicalities of Admitting or Objecting to Evidence in Bankruptcy Court
Many attorneys don't have a truly working knowledge of evidence law because they don't understand the procedural framework within which evidence law operates.  This presentation will review the practicalities of the procedures for both the proponent and opponent of the proferred evidence.

Speakers
avatar for John Cantrell

John Cantrell

Attorney, Cantrell Legal PC
Mr. Cantrell is the owner of Cantrell Legal PC, and has practiced law in South Carolina for almost 30 years.  He is currently the SC state chair for NACBA, and has been a member since 2006.  He is admitted to state and federal courts, including bankruptcy and district courts in SC, and to the 4th Circuit Court of... Read More →
avatar for Prof. Edward J. Imwinkelried

Prof. Edward J. Imwinkelried

Edward L. Barrett, Jr. Professor of Law Emeritus
Edward Imwinkelried could easily be a model for a character in crime fiction. News stories quoting him have included "Probers Use DNA Tests to Find Killer in Florida," "Love-Triangle Killing: Defense Questions Police," and "Will High-Tech Sleuthing Hold Up in Court?" To the count... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Pacific Hall BC Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

11:30am

PLENARY: Case Law Update
The panel will discuss recent trends in bankruptcy case law, with analysis of cases decided by the Courts of Appeals and other appellate courts.

Speakers
avatar for Prof. Angela K. Littwin

Prof. Angela K. Littwin

Professor Littwin studies bankruptcy, consumer, and commercial law from an empirical perspective. Her current research includes studying the knowledge of and attitudes towards bankruptcy among consumer being sued by debt collectors as well as the relationship between consumer credit and domestic violence (DV). She has published in journals such as the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the California Law Review, and the American Bankruptcy Law Journal. She has recently published article about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's complaints process and supervision program as well as on how consumer bankruptcy attorneys adapted to the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act. Professor Littwin has been a principal investigator for a number of empirical projects. With... Read More →
avatar for Henry Sommer

Henry Sommer

Supervising Attorney
Henry J. Sommer is Supervising Attorney at the pro bono Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project in Philadelphia. He has litigated many major cases involving bankruptcy, consumer law, civil rights and other issues. Previously, he was the head of the Consumer Law Project at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, where he worked for over 21 years. Mr. Sommer has also served as a Lecturer-in-Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and is an Adjunct Professor at Temple University School of Law. He received his A.B. degree from Harvard College, magna cum laude and his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, cum... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Pacific Hall BC Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

12:30pm

Keynote Luncheon: Matt Lewis | Appellant Awards
Matt K. Lewis is a Senior Columnist for the Daily Beast, a CNN political commentator and author of the book Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections. Right Wing News named Matt one of the “50 Best Conservative Columnists” in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The American Conservative Union named him the 2012 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Business Insider named Matt one of the 50 “Pundits You Need To Pay Attention To Between Now And The Election” in 2011. Matt’s work has also appeared in outlets such as GQ, POLITICO, and the Guardian — and he has been quoted or cited by major media outlets including New York Magazine, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Associated Press. As a commentator, Matt has appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, C-SPAN, ABC’s Nightline, and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Lewis

Matt Lewis

Senior Columnist for the Daily Beast, Author of “Too Dumb to Fail”
Matt K. Lewis is a Senior Columnist for the Daily Beast, a CNN political commentator and author of the book Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (and How It Can Reclaim Its Conservative Roots). | He is also a contributing editor for TheWeek.com, and a former senior contributor for the Daily Caller. Previously, Matt served as a columnist for... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 12:30pm - 2:15pm
Pacific Hall A Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

2:30pm

ADVANCED: Regulation X & Z Enforcement: New Tools for Consumer Attorneys
"Regulation X & Z Enforcement," provides an overview of federal Regulation X and Regulation Z and demonstrates how these laws can empower consumers and their counsel. The presentation outlines specific errors prohibited by these regulations.Presenters will walk participants through examples of actual Requests for Information and Notices of Error used daily by The Dann Law Firm. Marc will explore these regulations with case studies highlighting real-life scenarios faced by clients. Attendees can expect to gain a solid understanding of Regulation X and Z and how these statutes could benefit their clients.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Marc Dann

Marc Dann

Managing Partner, The Dann Law Firm Co. LPA
Attorney Marc Dann has devoted his entire legal career to fighting for homeowners, consumers and small businesses. After serving in the Ohio Senate, he was elected  Ohio Attorney General in 2006 and quickly became a national leader in the effort to hold banks, predatory lenders, ratings agencies and financial speculators accountable for the role they played in causing the collapse of the housing market and near-meltdown of the U.S. economy. After leaving office... Read More →
avatar for O. Max Gardner III

O. Max Gardner III

O. Max Gardner III, Esq.Max is recognized as one of the leading lawyers in America in the area of Predatory Mortgage Servicing and the standing of Mortgage Servicers in consumer bankruptcy cases. His position on the front lines of the war against predatory lenders and mortgage servicers has captured the attention of ABC News Nightline, CNN, BusinessWeek, The New York Times, The Washington Post and many other news outlets across the country.Gardner received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1969 and graduated with high honors from the UNC School of Law in 1974. Among others, he was a member of the Law Review, named the Outstanding Law Graduate of 1974, served as President of the Student Bar Foundation and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Following graduation, he served as the Senior Law Clerk to the Hon. William H. Bobbitt, the late Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, and as Senior Law Clerk to the Hon. William Copeland, an Associate Justice of that Court. | Max has been the lead attorney of record in many landmark cases but some of his most significant were Marshall v Spindale Savings... Read More →
avatar for Roberto Rivera

Roberto Rivera

Loss Mitigation Consultant/Trainer at RR Compliance Consulting
Roberto Rivera is a nationally recognized loss mitigation consultant, professional speaker, and thought leader in loan modifications and home retention. With 20 years of experience in the mortgage and real estate industries, he has successfully modified loans for more than 1,500 homeowners, brokered hundreds of mortgages, and processed over 700 real estate transactions. Since founding RR Compliance Consulting in 2009, Mr. Rivera has established a reputation among the legal industry as the "go-to" consultant for loss mitigation. He has worked with more than 50 real estate and bankruptcy attorneys in nine states across the country, and achieved a success rate of 99+% in securing favorable outcomes for homeowners seeking loan modifications. Mr. Rivera is unparalleled in his knowledge of government initiatives, industry regulations, and banking policies regarding home retention programs. Through detailed analysis of successful loan modifications, he has uncovered proprietary processes, formulas, and algorithms used by financial institutions in determining case outcomes. He has also applied Regulations X and Z to deepen his understanding of bank programs and opportunities. As a sought-after leader in loan modifications, Mr. Rivera has served as a keynote speaker and presented at numerous high-profile industry events and training programs, including multiple appearances at Max Gardner's Bankruptcy Boot Camp, Max Gardner's Consumer Defense Academy, and seminars sponsored by RR Compliance Consulting. Mr. Rivera has also conducted industry training programs with a former Ohio Attorney General. Topics of his trainings and presentations have included Loss Mitigation, Loan Modifications, and Regulations X and Z. Much of Mr. Rivera's success can be attributed to his vast experience and relentless pursuit of knowledge in all aspects of home retention from initial application through appeal and successful disposition. He is well-versed in Non-GSE HAMP Tier I... Read More →
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Daniel M. Solar

Daniel M. Solar is an Associate with Dann, Doberdruk & Wellen focusing primarily on foreclosure defense. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Denison University in 2006 and his J.D. from the University of Akron School of Law in 2009. He has been licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio since 2009. Prior to joining the firm, Dan worked as a freelance attorney on numerous complex corporate litigation matters focusing primarily on the discovery process. Dan has also interned with the Cuyahoga County Public... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Pacific Hall C Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

2:30pm

Discharging Taxes in Bankruptcy
The presentation will cover the basics for determining the dischargeability of taxes in bankruptcy.  This will include an overview on classifying tax liabilities, a review of tax filing requirements and the impact of tolling events. There will also be a short demonstration on how to read a tax transcript. 

Moderators
avatar for Alex Dolhancyk

Alex Dolhancyk

With over 27 years of experience, attorney Alex Dolhancyk offers valuable insight into consumer bankruptcy cases. He is the current Georgia state chair for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA); is Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification; and holds an LL.M (Master of Laws) in International Business Law from Emory University School of Law. Attorney Dolhancyk has numerous reported bankruptcy cases, including Whaley v... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Gary Bluestein

Gary Bluestein

Gary Bluestein, focuses his practice exclusively on tax representation.  Prior to entering private practice, Gary served as a Senior Attorney for the Internal Revenue Service and was a Special Assistant United State’s Attorney.  Gary was hired by the Department of Treasury through the... Read More →
avatar for Robert McKenzie

Robert McKenzie

Robert E. McKenzie is a partner of the law firm of Arnstein & Lehr LLP of Chicago, Illinois, concentrating his practice in representation before the Internal Revenue Service and state agencies. He has lectured extensively on the subject of taxation. He has presented courses before thousands of... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Australia 3 Dolphin Hotel

2:30pm

Trustee's Do’s & Don’ts: Be the Hero to Your Client and Trustee
The preparation of the schedules should act as a road map so your Trustee doesn't get lost. Receive tips from a Trustee and Debtors Counsel on how to best build schedules, prepare your client and communicate with the trustee to make the 341 meeting and administration of the estate a seamless endeavor.

Moderators
avatar for Chuck Moore

Chuck Moore

Charles G. Moore “Chuck” is a 1987 graduate of The University of Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. In 1990 Chuck graduated from Stetson University College of Law with a Juris Doctorate Degree. Soon after graduating from Law School he... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Robert Colliersmith

Robert Colliersmith

Mr. Colliersmith received his undergraduate degree from Emory University and his J.D. from Mercer Unversity, Walter F. George School of Law. He has practiced bankruptcy law in the Northern District of Georgia since 1980.  He practices with his wife and partner, Carol A. Colliersmith, exclusively in the area of small business and consumer bankruptcy. Mr. Colliersmith has presented at prior NACBA Conventions, ABI Conventions, State Bar Conventions and local bar presentations and was a member of the State Bench and Bar in... Read More →
avatar for Chuck Moore

Chuck Moore

Charles G. Moore “Chuck” is a 1987 graduate of The University of Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. In 1990 Chuck graduated from Stetson University College of Law with a Juris Doctorate Degree. Soon after graduating from Law School he... Read More →
avatar for Traci Stevenson, Chapter 7 Trustee

Traci Stevenson, Chapter 7 Trustee

Traci K. Stevenson is a 1982 graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Business Administration. Before attending law school, she was a police officer and labor negotiator among other things. In 1991 Traci graduated cum laude from Stetson University College of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree. Soon after graduating she was appointed by the Office of United States Trustee as a chapter 7 bankruptcy panel trustee and has been a panel trustee for twenty five... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Pacific Hall B Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

2:30pm

Building a 7-Figure Lifestyle Law Firm: Moving from a Business Operator to a Business Owner

There are 3 stages every law firm goes through to break the 7-figure barrier. At each stage there are different challenges that must be faced and overcome to grow to the next level. Since 1999, The Rainmaker Institute has trained over 18,000 attorneys and helped hundreds of their clients break 7-figures. If you've struggled to scale to a million dollars or more in your law firm you need to attend and discover:

  • What are the 5 key challenges you must face to grow to the next level
  • How to go from being an business operator to a business owner
  • The 10 major parts of every successful law firm
  • Specific steps you must take to build a lifestyle law firm that provides the income you want to enjoy the life you want

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Fairley

Stephen Fairley

Two-time international best-selling author, Stephen Fairley is the Founder and CEO of The Rainmaker Institute, the nation's largest law firm marketing company specializing in marketing and lead conversion for small to medium law firms. Over 18,000 attorneys nationwide have benefited from learning and implementing the proven Rainmaker Marketing System. Stephen was academically trained as a clinical psychologist and ran 2 successful small businesses prior to focusing on the legal marketplace. Since 1999, he has built a national reputation as a legal marketing expert and been named... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Asia 3 Dolphin Hotel

2:45pm

FIRESIDE CHAT: Ask the Evidence Professor
Ask your questions regarding evidence scenarios that they have encountered in your practice that will help you resolve those questions.

Moderators
avatar for John Cantrell

John Cantrell

Attorney, Cantrell Legal PC
Mr. Cantrell is the owner of Cantrell Legal PC, and has practiced law in South Carolina for almost 30 years.  He is currently the SC state chair for NACBA, and has been a member since 2006.  He is admitted to state and federal courts, including bankruptcy and district courts in SC, and to the 4th Circuit Court of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Prof. Edward J. Imwinkelried

Prof. Edward J. Imwinkelried

Edward L. Barrett, Jr. Professor of Law Emeritus
Edward Imwinkelried could easily be a model for a character in crime fiction. News stories quoting him have included "Probers Use DNA Tests to Find Killer in Florida," "Love-Triangle Killing: Defense Questions Police," and "Will High-Tech Sleuthing Hold Up in Court?" To the count... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Atlantic Hall BC Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

3:45pm

Coffee Break
This is a short break to refresh, mingle or grab some more nourishment. Coffee will be served in the Exhibitor Area. It's also another chance to see what innovations our carefully selected exhibitors are showing. Visit each exhibitor and submit passport for chance at winning prizes.

Friday May 5, 2017 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Atlantic Hall BC Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

4:15pm

ADVANCED: Getting Paid Hourly Fees vs. No Look Fees
“No-Look” fees in Chapter 13 cases are easy to use, but are they the best choice for you? This panel will discuss when to use the “No-Look” fees and when not to, how to challenge Court assumptions about fees, and the best strategies to maximize your fees.

Moderators
avatar for Jeff Tromberg

Jeff Tromberg

Jeffrey H. Tromberg obtained his Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Miami in 1988 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami in 1990. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1991, to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in 1991 and the Middle District of Florida in 1992. He has been in private practice since 1991 and is the managing attorney of Florida Debt Relief Center, LLC. Mr... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Prof. Bruce Markell

Prof. Bruce Markell

Bruce A. Markell was appointed the Professor of Bankruptcy Law and Practice at Northwestern in 2015. From 2013 to 2015, he had been the Jeffrey A. Stoops Professor of Law at Florida State University School of Law. Before that he was a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Nevada, a position he had held since 2004. After law school, he clerked for then-judge Anthony M. Kennedy on the Court of Appeals for the Ninth... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Tromberg

Jeff Tromberg

Jeffrey H. Tromberg obtained his Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Miami in 1988 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami in 1990. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1991, to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in 1991 and the Middle District of Florida in 1992. He has been in private practice since 1991 and is the managing attorney of Florida Debt Relief Center, LLC. Mr... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Pacific Hall B Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

4:15pm

CFPB Revised Servicing Rule
Major revisions to the mortgage servicing regulations, made by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will become effective in 2017 and early 2018. These changes deal with a variety of important issues, including servicing transfers, loan modification applications, and loss mitigation requests from successors in interest.  Most important for bankruptcy attorneys are the new regulations requiring monthly statements to be given to debtors in bankruptcy.  Learn how these new rules can be used in your bankruptcy practice.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Mancini

Sarah Mancini

Sarah Bolling Mancini is Of Counsel for NCLC half-time, focusing on foreclosures and mortgage lending, and works half-time as an attorney in the Home Defense Program of Atlanta Legal Aid. She has experience representing homeowners in bankruptcy cases and litigating in state, fede... Read More →
avatar for John Rao

John Rao

Attorney, National Consumer Law Center, Inc.
John Rao is an attorney with the National Consumer Law Center, Inc. Mr. Rao focuses on consumer credit and bankruptcy issues and has served as a panelist and instructor at numerous bankruptcy and consumer law trainings and conferences. He has served as an expert witness in court... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Australia 3 Dolphin Hotel

4:15pm

Debunked: the Dischargeability of Student Loans

Not all student loan debt is created equal. Enhance your practice by assisting new and past clients with student loan debt. Explore recent case law that challenges this well-known myth and common scenarios that you will encounter. Learn how to simplify the process with a new tool in Best Case® Bankruptcy which can help identify next steps using built-in tools and documents. Plus, review the Jurisdictional Scorecard™ to learn the likelihood of discharging student loan debt in your area. 


Speakers
avatar for Bethany Lape

Bethany Lape

Bethany Lape is the Director of Products at CINgroup and has worked for over ten years to provide products and services for both bankruptcy attorneys and debtors.  The problem of student loan debt has been of particular interest to her, and she has been passionate about developin... Read More →
avatar for Austin Smith

Austin Smith

Austin Smith is a litigator who focuses on discharging private student loans in bankruptcy.  Smith's article, The Misinterpretation of 11 USC 523(a)(8), was foundational in articulating the proper scope and application of the student loan non-dischargeability provision of the Bankruptcy Code, and its arguments and reasoning have been adopted by bankruptcy courts all across the... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Pacific Hall C Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

4:15pm

Top 10 Tips for Your Client's Trip Through Tomorrowland (aka Life After Bankruptcy)
With proper pre-bankruptcy planning, your clients may enjoy a far better experience in bankruptcy and beyond.  Receive valuable advice from two experienced Debtors Counsel on how best to work with your clients while focusing on asset protection and learn tips and tricks to navigate through the world of means testing.

Moderators
avatar for Jeff Tromberg

Jeff Tromberg

Jeffrey H. Tromberg obtained his Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Miami in 1988 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami in 1990. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1991, to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in 1991 and the Middle District of Florida in 1992. He has been in private practice since 1991 and is the managing attorney of Florida Debt Relief Center, LLC. Mr... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Greg Colpitts

Greg Colpitts

Attorney, The Colpitts Law Firm
Mr. Colpitts was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and graduated from Tulsa Memorial High School.  Mr. Colpitts attended Oklahoma State University from 1983 to 1987 when he graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology. | | After graduation from Oklahoma State University in 1987, Mr. Colpitts attended the University of Tulsa College of Law and received his J.D. in 1991... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Tromberg

Jeff Tromberg

Jeffrey H. Tromberg obtained his Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Miami in 1988 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami in 1990. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1991, to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in 1991 and the Middle District of Florida in 1992. He has been in private practice since 1991 and is the managing attorney of Florida Debt Relief Center, LLC. Mr... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Asia 3 Dolphin Hotel

4:30pm

FIRESIDE CHAT: Strategies for Dealing with Overreaching Trustees

Are your clients being subject to out of line requests and turnover actions by overbearing Trustees? We will discuss methods of dealing with these actions including how to keep trustees in line, use of extensions of time to object to requests by the Trustee and how to use the political system to help your client. Learn how to defend turnover of mass tort awards and college tuition fraudulent conveyance litigation, exclude inherited IRA from property of the estate (In re Clark), defend requests to turn over convenience accounts and use secured creditor carve outs to help your client, not hurt them, and much more.


Speakers
avatar for Paul Maschmeyer

Paul Maschmeyer

Mr. Maschmeyer is a Shareholder/Director of Maschmeyer Karalis P.C. This firm limitsits practice to Bankruptcy, Corporate, Corporate Reorganization, Litigation, Insolvency,Creditors’ Rights and Real Estate Law. Mr. Maschmeyer has represented trustees in manybankruptcy liquidations, official... Read More →
avatar for Richard Nemeth

Richard Nemeth

Mr. Nemeth is a consumer and small business bankruptcy practitioner and litigator in Cleveland, Ohio and the ND Ohio state chair for NACBA.  He has been practicing bankruptcy law in Cleveland for over 25 years.In July, 2008, Mr. Nemeth was named NACBA Member of the Month for spearheading a successful effort to get the Ohio legislature to adopt a new and far more consumer-friendly exemption statute... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Atlantic Hall BC Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

6:00pm

Reception & NACBA Anniversary Celebration
All registrants are encouraged to attend a special #NACBA25 ANNIVERSARY PARTY sponsored by CIN Group on Friday, May 5th (6PM-9PM) that will include a live concert, food trucks, desserts and perhaps some Disney magic. If no magic, we may just open the bar! There is no cost to attend.

Friday May 5, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Atlantic Hall BC Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel
 
Saturday, May 6
 

7:15am

Breakfast
Complimentary continental breakfast for all covention registrants and attendees with purchased meal tickets.

Saturday May 6, 2017 7:15am - 8:00am
Atlantic Hall BC Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

7:30am

Fastcase Training
Learn how to make the most of one of NACBA's member benefits.

Each NACBA member receives FREE, as part of his/her membership, access to Fastcase’s bankruptcy database, including opinions of: (i) the U.S. Supreme Court from 1 U.S. 1 to the present; (ii) the Federal Courts of Appeal from 1 F.2d 1 to the present; (iii) the Federal District Courts from 1 F.Supp. 1 to the present; and (iv) the Bankruptcy Courts from 1 B.R. 1 to the present. In addition, NACBA members are eligible to purchase Fastcase’s “Premium Plan,” which includes access to a database of opinions of the supreme courts and courts of appeal of all 50 states, at an annual rate of just $195. This is a significant discount from the non-member annual price of $995. See how to access Fastcase HERE

Saturday May 6, 2017 7:30am - 8:00am
Asia 3 Dolphin Hotel

8:00am

PLENARY: Ethics Jeopardy
Have fun exploring the ethics issues of consumer bankruptcy law practice playing Jeopardy with bankruptcy judges, Hon. Cynthia A. Norton of Kansas City and Hon. Catherine Peek McEwen of Tampa, and practitioner James H. (Jim) Cossitt of Kalispell, MT. Bring your cell phone to participate in the audience polling.

Moderators
avatar for Jill Michaux

Jill Michaux

Managing Partner, Neis & Michaux, P.A.
Jill A. Michaux was appointed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts to a three-year term on the national Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules on November 30, 2012, and reappointed to a second three-year term in October 2015. She practices law with the firm of Neis & Michaux, P.A., o... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jim Cossitt

Jim Cossitt

Attorney, James H. Cossitt, PC
James H. Cossitt has practiced in Kalispell, Mont., since 1999 in the areas of bankruptcy & workouts, business & commercial litigation, real estate, landlord / tenant, secured transactions and construction law.   He began his career in insolvency law as a bankruptcy attorney wit... Read More →
avatar for Hon. Catherine Peek McEwen

Hon. Catherine Peek McEwen

Catherine Peek McEwen is a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Florida (appointed August, 2005).  She is also an adjunct professor at the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.  Prior to becoming a judge, she was in private practice, concentrating on commercial litigation with an emphasis on representing parties in bankruptcy... Read More →
avatar for Hon. Cynthia Norton

Hon. Cynthia Norton

Cynthia A. Norton graduated summa cum laude from the University of Kansas in 1981 with a double major in French and Art History. She received her law degree from the same institution in May 1984. She clerked for the Hon. John E. Rees of the Kansas Court of Appeals, and the Hon. James A. Pusateri, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, and was a partner at Lewis Rice... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Pacific Hall BC Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

9:00am

PLENARY: National Updates & Insight
This session will cover the latest national legislative news, an update on the Rules Committee, and the recent work of the National Consumer Bankruptcy Rights Center.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Michaux

Jill Michaux

Managing Partner, Neis & Michaux, P.A.
Jill A. Michaux was appointed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts to a three-year term on the national Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules on November 30, 2012, and reappointed to a second three-year term in October 2015. She practices law with the firm of Neis & Michaux, P.A., o... Read More →
avatar for James

James "Ike" Shulman

Ike Shulman received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and he received his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. Mr. Shulman has practiced bankruptcy law in San Jose, California, since 1986. His practice has been devoted almost entirely to small business and consumer bankruptcy debtors. He is certified as a Specialist in personal and Small Business Bankruptcy Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Shulman is a member of the State Bar of California, and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Seventh and Ninth Circuits. He served as a delegate to the California State Bar Conference of Delegates from 1987 through 1989. A member of the Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Executive Committee of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, he organized and served as the first Chair of its Chapter 13 Subcommittee in 1989-90. He again served as its Chair for 2002. In 1996 and 1997, Mr. Shulman testified on consumer bankruptcy issues before the National Bankruptcy Review Commission. In March 1998, he also testified on pending bankruptcy legislation before the House Judiciary Committee. | | In 1992, Mr. Shulman led the effort to organize the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys to provide consumer debtors with an effective voice in the legislative process. Mr. Shulman was elected... Read More →
avatar for Henry Sommer

Henry Sommer

Supervising Attorney
Henry J. Sommer is Supervising Attorney at the pro bono Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project in Philadelphia. He has litigated many major cases involving bankruptcy, consumer law, civil rights and other issues. Previously, he was the head of the Consumer Law Project at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, where he worked for over 21 years. Mr. Sommer has also served as a Lecturer-in-Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and is an Adjunct Professor at Temple University School of Law. He received his A.B. degree from Harvard College, magna cum laude and his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, cum... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Yarowsky

Jonathan Yarowsky

Partner, WilmerHale
Jonathan Yarowsky provides strategic advice to clients in an array of areas including antitrust, telecommunications policy, intellectual property, and administrative practice and procedure. Mr. Yarowsky also maintains a robust practice in congressional investigations as well as i... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Tara Twomey

Tara Twomey

Amicus Director, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
Tara Twomey is the Amicus Project Director for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and currently Of Counsel to the National Consumer Law Center. She is currently a Lecturer in Law at Stanford, and has previously lectured at Harvard and Boston College Law Sch... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Pacific Hall BC Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

10:00am

Coffee Break
This is a short break to refresh, mingle or grab some more nourishment. Coffee will be served in the Exhibitor Area. It's also another chance to see what innovations our carefully selected exhibitors are showing. Visit each exhibitor and submit passport for chance at winning prizes.

Saturday May 6, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
Atlantic Hall BC Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

10:30am

ADVANCED: Know the Code, Nuances & Strategies of Taxes in Bankruptcy
Moderators
avatar for Brett Weiss

Brett Weiss

Brett Weiss, a senior partner at Chung & Press, LLC, has been representing people and businesses in all phases of bankruptcy for over 25 years. He has experience in com¬plex individual Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases, and in Chapter 11 small business restructuring and reorganization. Mr. Weiss lectures nationally on bankruptcy issues. He has spoken before the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, and is a regular speaker before the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association and Maryland State Bar Association. He has testified before the Federal Bankruptcy Rules Committee and has twice testified before Congress on bankruptcy and credit issues. Brett Weiss is the co-author of "Individual Bankruptcy Under Chapter 11" for LexisNexis, and has written "Not Dead Yet: Bankruptcy After BAPCPA," for the Maryland Bar Journal, as well as hundreds of blogs for the Bankruptcy Law Network. Mr. Weiss has received international media attention in connection with his work. He was interviewed by Barbara Walters on The View, has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, ABC News with Peter Jennings, the Montel Williams Show, NPR, AARP-TV, the BBC World Service, German state television, and numerous local radio and television programs, and been quoted in Money magazine, The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun, among others. Brett Weiss is the Maryland State Chair for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, a founding member of the Bankruptcy Law Network, on the board of the Maryland State Bar Consumer Bankruptcy Council, and a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Bankruptcy Bar Association of Maryland, and the Civil Justice Network. He has been recognized as a... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Gary Bluestein

Gary Bluestein

Gary Bluestein, focuses his practice exclusively on tax representation.  Prior to entering private practice, Gary served as a Senior Attorney for the Internal Revenue Service and was a Special Assistant United State’s Attorney.  Gary was hired by the Department of Treasury through the... Read More →
avatar for Robert McKenzie

Robert McKenzie

Robert E. McKenzie is a partner of the law firm of Arnstein & Lehr LLP of Chicago, Illinois, concentrating his practice in representation before the Internal Revenue Service and state agencies. He has lectured extensively on the subject of taxation. He has presented courses before thousands of... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 10:30am - 11:40am
Pacific Hall B Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

10:30am

Malpractice Mistakes Made by Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
This panel will discuss some of the most common ethics missteps that attorneys make in representing clients in consumer bankruptcy cases.  In a top-10 format reminiscent of old David Letterman skits, the goal of this session is to interject humor into a serious discussion of ethics.

Moderators
avatar for Alex Dolhancyk

Alex Dolhancyk

With over 27 years of experience, attorney Alex Dolhancyk offers valuable insight into consumer bankruptcy cases. He is the current Georgia state chair for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA); is Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification; and holds an LL.M (Master of Laws) in International Business Law from Emory University School of Law. Attorney Dolhancyk has numerous reported bankruptcy cases, including Whaley v... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for William Brewer

William Brewer

William E. Brewer, Jr. practices law with The Brewer Law Firm in Raleigh, NC.  He graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with an A.B. in Economics in 1973 and a J.D. with  Honors in 1976.  He is certified as a specialist in consumer bankruptcy law by the North Carolina State Bar... Read More →
avatar for Gary Fraley

Gary Fraley

Mr. Fraley is the owner and founder of Fraley & Fraley Sacramento Bankruptcy Attorneys. As a practicing bankruptcy law attorney with over 37 years experience, he has filed thousands of successful bankruptcy cases. He is one of only about 154 attorneys in California that is Certified by the State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a Bankruptcy Law Specialist. That State Bar Certification as a bankruptcy Law Specialist is held by only about 1/20 of 1 percent of all California bankruptcy attorneys. Gary Fraley is also one of the longest practicing Bankruptcy Law Specialists in the state of California. He has been teaching bankruptcy law issues and practice pointers to bankruptcy attorneys for many years. He grew up in Needles, California. He is a 1974 graduate of University of Southern California with a... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Rapoport

Nancy Rapoport

Interim Dean and Gordon Silver Professor, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada
Nancy B. Rapoport is the Special Counsel to the President of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  She is also the Garman Turner Gordon Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is an Affiliate Professor of Business Law and Ethics in the Lee Business School at UNLV... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 10:30am - 11:40am
Pacific Hall C Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

10:30am

To Reaffirm or Not to Reaffirm: What Are the Factors?
This session will focus on counsel’s legal and ethical duties concerning reaffirmation agreements, covering everything from pre-petition responsibilities to representing the Debtor at the reaffirmation hearing.  The session will also cover many of the current issues related to the reaffirmation process, including an overview of the cases and practical advice related to vehicle, vehicle lease and mortgage reaffirmations, as well as reaffirmation alternatives and ride-through. 

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jim Cossitt

Jim Cossitt

Attorney, James H. Cossitt, PC
James H. Cossitt has practiced in Kalispell, Mont., since 1999 in the areas of bankruptcy & workouts, business & commercial litigation, real estate, landlord / tenant, secured transactions and construction law.   He began his career in insolvency law as a bankruptcy attorney wit... Read More →
avatar for Koury Hicks

Koury Hicks

Koury Hicks is a Board Certified Specialist in Consumer Bankruptcy Law, and has been practicing bankruptcy law exclusively since 2008.    He has spoken at the 2011 and 2013 North Carolina Bar Association Annual Bankruptcy Institute Seminars on Means Test issues and Trustee... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 10:30am - 11:40am
Australia 3 Dolphin Hotel

11:45am

Deja Vu All Over Again: Mortgage Misbehavior & Mistake & Rule 3002.1
This panel will delve into the most recent case law enforcing and interpreting Rule 3002.1 to deal with mortgage cure issues, including the PHH Mortgage decision (litigated by panelist Michelle Kainen) in which the Bankruptcy Court of Vermont imposed a $375,000 sanction for the creditor's repeated failure to comply with Rule 3002.1 in three chapter 13 cases. We will also discuss recent cases in which chapter 13 trustees have sought denial of the discharge based on post-petition mortgage payment defaults identified through Rule 3002.1 notices. The panel will also highlight recent (and proposed) changes to the rule.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Michelle Kainen

Michelle Kainen

Michelle Kainen was admitted to practice in Vermont in 2003 and in New Hampshire in 2008. Michelle has been a solo practitioner since 2007. She practices in the areas of tax, criminal defense and bankruptcy law (debtor representation). Michelle received her B.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University. Michelle received her Masters Degrees in Social Work and Accounting also from San Diego State University. She completed... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Mancini

Sarah Mancini

Sarah Bolling Mancini is Of Counsel for NCLC half-time, focusing on foreclosures and mortgage lending, and works half-time as an attorney in the Home Defense Program of Atlanta Legal Aid. She has experience representing homeowners in bankruptcy cases and litigating in state, fede... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 11:45am - 12:45pm
Pacific Hall B Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

11:45am

Overview of Fundamentals of Evidence in Bankruptcy Courts
Attorneys representing debtors and creditors in consumer cases appear in bankruptcy court on a regular basis. The appearances are often routine and non-evidentiary. Other times, however, the court will expect proof in the form of evidence. It is in these evidentiary hearings that attorneys must have a working knowledge of the basics of evidence. In this program, Chief Judge Williamson will cover what you need to know to have your testimonial and documentary evidence successfully received by the court and made part of the record of your case. 

Moderators
avatar for Chuck Moore

Chuck Moore

Charles G. Moore “Chuck” is a 1987 graduate of The University of Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. In 1990 Chuck graduated from Stetson University College of Law with a Juris Doctorate Degree. Soon after graduating from Law School he... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chief Judge Michael Williamson

Chief Judge Michael Williamson

Judge Michael G. Williamson is chief judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida -- one of the largest districts in the United States with courthouses in Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, and Ft. Myers and approximately 40,000 pending cases. He also currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Stetson University College of Law teaching Bankruptcy Law and as Co-Author of... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 11:45am - 12:45pm
Pacific Hall C Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

11:45am

Tax Traps in Bankruptcy

This discussion will address the strategies, traps and pitfalls when dealing with the IRS as a creditor in bankruptcy.  This will include the impact of a Federal tax lien on exempt and excluded assets, how a Collection Due Process Appeal can affect the timing provisions for priority tax status and the impact of a Substitute for Return or delinquent return filing on dischargeability.


Moderators
avatar for Brett Weiss

Brett Weiss

Brett Weiss, a senior partner at Chung & Press, LLC, has been representing people and businesses in all phases of bankruptcy for over 25 years. He has experience in com¬plex individual Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases, and in Chapter 11 small business restructuring and reorganization. Mr. Weiss lectures nationally on bankruptcy issues. He has spoken before the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, and is a regular speaker before the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association and Maryland State Bar Association. He has testified before the Federal Bankruptcy Rules Committee and has twice testified before Congress on bankruptcy and credit issues. Brett Weiss is the co-author of "Individual Bankruptcy Under Chapter 11" for LexisNexis, and has written "Not Dead Yet: Bankruptcy After BAPCPA," for the Maryland Bar Journal, as well as hundreds of blogs for the Bankruptcy Law Network. Mr. Weiss has received international media attention in connection with his work. He was interviewed by Barbara Walters on The View, has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, ABC News with Peter Jennings, the Montel Williams Show, NPR, AARP-TV, the BBC World Service, German state television, and numerous local radio and television programs, and been quoted in Money magazine, The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun, among others. Brett Weiss is the Maryland State Chair for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, a founding member of the Bankruptcy Law Network, on the board of the Maryland State Bar Consumer Bankruptcy Council, and a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Bankruptcy Bar Association of Maryland, and the Civil Justice Network. He has been recognized as a... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Gary Bluestein

Gary Bluestein

Gary Bluestein, focuses his practice exclusively on tax representation.  Prior to entering private practice, Gary served as a Senior Attorney for the Internal Revenue Service and was a Special Assistant United State’s Attorney.  Gary was hired by the Department of Treasury through the... Read More →
avatar for Robert McKenzie

Robert McKenzie

Robert E. McKenzie is a partner of the law firm of Arnstein & Lehr LLP of Chicago, Illinois, concentrating his practice in representation before the Internal Revenue Service and state agencies. He has lectured extensively on the subject of taxation. He has presented courses before thousands of... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 11:45am - 12:45pm
Australia 3 Dolphin Hotel

12:00pm

FIRESIDE CHAT: Protecting your (Haunted) Mansion from Forced Surrender
The filing of a Chapter 7 or 13 bankruptcy petition while a mortgage foreclosure case is pending or about to be filed can be a tricky situation full of surprises at every turn.  Receive practical tips from two Florida-based Debtors Attorneys with an emphasis on how to choose between Chapter 7 and 13 and how to handle aggressive foreclosure counsel requests to waive state court remedies.

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Moore

Chuck Moore

Charles G. Moore “Chuck” is a 1987 graduate of The University of Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. In 1990 Chuck graduated from Stetson University College of Law with a Juris Doctorate Degree. Soon after graduating from Law School he... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Tromberg

Jeff Tromberg

Jeffrey H. Tromberg obtained his Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Miami in 1988 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami in 1990. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1991, to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in 1991 and the Middle District of Florida in 1992. He has been in private practice since 1991 and is the managing attorney of Florida Debt Relief Center, LLC. Mr... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Atlantic Hall BC Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

12:45pm

Keynote Luncheon | Annual Awards | Membership Meeting
Emmy Award Winning Filmmaker Billy Corben, who created the famed documentary “Broke,” a deep dive about pro athletes going bankrupt will address #NACBA25 as a keynote speaker. “Broke” paints a complex picture of the many forces that drain athletes’ bank accounts, placing some of the blame on the culture at large while still holding these giants accountable for their own hubris. A story of the dark side of success, “Broke,” is an allegory for the financial woes haunting economies and individuals all over the world.  Corben is also well know for his other films such as Cocaine Cowboys, Dawg Fight, and ESPN’s 30 for 30 The U and The U Part 2.

Speakers
avatar for Billy Corben

Billy Corben

Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Billy Corben made his feature documentary directorial debut at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001, making him one of the youngest directors in Sundance history. Following that success, he and his producing partners founded rakontur, a Miami Beach-based content creation company. Their filmography includes the feature... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 12:45pm - 2:30pm
Pacific Hall A Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

2:30pm

New Chapter 13 Rules & Model Plans
Each district must decide, after receiving public comment, whether to adopt the Official Form Chapter 13 Plan or a conforming Local Form Chapter 13 plan. These plans will go into effect on December 1, 2017.  Learn about this process, how to get involved, and the issues that may affect you and your clients.  The panel will also help you to understand the new bankruptcy rule changes that relate to the plans and Chapter 13 practice, including those dealing with the claim filing deadline and the ability to request secured claim valuations and judicial lien avoidance in the plan.  

Moderators
avatar for John Rao

John Rao

Attorney, National Consumer Law Center, Inc.
John Rao is an attorney with the National Consumer Law Center, Inc. Mr. Rao focuses on consumer credit and bankruptcy issues and has served as a panelist and instructor at numerous bankruptcy and consumer law trainings and conferences. He has served as an expert witness in court... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chief Judge Eric L. Frank

Chief Judge Eric L. Frank

Eric L. Frank has been serving as a bankruptcy judge serving in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania since February 2006. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Frank had more than 27 years experience as a bankruptcy practitioner and was counsel in several cases that were decided by the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. While in practice, Judge Frank was a shareholder in DiDonato and Winterhalter, P.C. (from 2004 to 2006), a partner in Miller, Frank... Read More →
avatar for Hon (Ret.) Eugene Wedoff

Hon (Ret.) Eugene Wedoff

Eugene R. Wedoff has served as a bankruptcy judge in the Northern District of Illinois (in Chicago) since 1987 and as chief judge from 2002 to 2007. He drafted the model Chapter 13 plan used in that district. Judge Wedoff has been a member of the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Pacific Hall B Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

2:30pm

Circuit Meetings: 10th
Make sure you’re up-to-date on the current state of the law!  Join fellow NACBA members to discuss recent decisions in designated Circuit meetings. Hear from other practicioners dealing with perennially thorny consumer bankruptcy issues—homestead exemptions, non-dischargeable debt, violations of the automatic stay and more!  

Eact circuit meeting will be led by designated NACBA attorneys and or Members of the Bench from the Circuit..

No materials, non-CLE. This is a chance to interact socially with other consumer bankruptcy attorneys who practice in the same Circuit and receive various feedback. Be part of the discussion for YOUR Circuit.

Moderators
Saturday May 6, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Oceanic 1

2:30pm

Circuit Meetings: 11th
Make sure you’re up-to-date on the current state of the law!  Join fellow NACBA members to discuss recent decisions in designated Circuit meetings. Hear from other practicioners dealing with perennially thorny consumer bankruptcy issues—homestead exemptions, non-dischargeable debt, violations of the automatic stay and more!  

Eact circuit meeting will be led by designated NACBA attorneys and or Members of the Bench from the Circuit..

No materials, non-CLE. This is a chance to interact socially with other consumer bankruptcy attorneys who practice in the same Circuit and receive various feedback. Be part of the discussion for YOUR Circuit.

Moderators
avatar for Chuck Moore

Chuck Moore

Charles G. Moore “Chuck” is a 1987 graduate of The University of Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. In 1990 Chuck graduated from Stetson University College of Law with a Juris Doctorate Degree. Soon after graduating from Law School he... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Tromberg

Jeff Tromberg

Jeffrey H. Tromberg obtained his Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Miami in 1988 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami in 1990. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1991, to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in 1991 and the Middle District of Florida in 1992. He has been in private practice since 1991 and is the managing attorney of Florida Debt Relief Center, LLC. Mr... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Pacific Hall C Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

2:30pm

Circuit Meetings: 1st & 2nd
Make sure you’re up-to-date on the current state of the law!  Join fellow NACBA members to discuss recent decisions in designated Circuit meetings. Hear from other practicioners dealing with perennially thorny consumer bankruptcy issues—homestead exemptions, non-dischargeable debt, violations of the automatic stay and more!  

Eact circuit meeting will be led by designated NACBA attorneys and or Members of the Bench from the Circuit..

No materials, non-CLE. This is a chance to interact socially with other consumer bankruptcy attorneys who practice in the same Circuit and receive various feedback. Be part of the discussion for YOUR Circuit.

Moderators
avatar for Gene Melchionne

Gene Melchionne

Member Board of Directors, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
Gene Melchionne is a native of Waterbury, Connecticut and currently resides and practices there.  He is an avid boater, amateur musician, and MacUser, spending every weekend on his boat with his guitar and iPad. He is a member of the Board of Directors for National Association o... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Atlantic Hall BC Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

2:30pm

Circuit Meetings: 3rd
Make sure you’re up-to-date on the current state of the law!  Join fellow NACBA members to discuss recent decisions in designated Circuit meetings. Hear from other practicioners dealing with perennially thorny consumer bankruptcy issues—homestead exemptions, non-dischargeable debt, violations of the automatic stay and more!  

Eact circuit meeting will be led by designated NACBA attorneys and or Members of the Bench from the Circuit..

No materials, non-CLE. This is a chance to interact socially with other consumer bankruptcy attorneys who practice in the same Circuit and receive various feedback. Be part of the discussion for YOUR Circuit.

Moderators
avatar for Stephen Dunne

Stephen Dunne

Bankruptcy Attorney, Dunne Law Offices

Saturday May 6, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Asia 5 Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

2:30pm

Circuit Meetings: 4th & DC
Make sure you’re up-to-date on the current state of the law!  Join fellow NACBA members to discuss recent decisions in designated Circuit meetings. Hear from other practicioners dealing with perennially thorny consumer bankruptcy issues—homestead exemptions, non-dischargeable debt, violations of the automatic stay and more!  

Eact circuit meeting will be led by designated NACBA attorneys and or Members of the Bench from the Circuit..

No materials, non-CLE. This is a chance to interact socially with other consumer bankruptcy attorneys who practice in the same Circuit and receive various feedback. Be part of the discussion for YOUR Circuit.

Moderators
Saturday May 6, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Pacific Hall A Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

2:30pm

Circuit Meetings: 5th
Make sure you’re up-to-date on the current state of the law!  Join fellow NACBA members to discuss recent decisions in designated Circuit meetings. Hear from other practicioners dealing with perennially thorny consumer bankruptcy issues—homestead exemptions, non-dischargeable debt, violations of the automatic stay and more!  

Eact circuit meeting will be led by designated NACBA attorneys and or Members of the Bench from the Circuit..

No materials, non-CLE. This is a chance to interact socially with other consumer bankruptcy attorneys who practice in the same Circuit and receive various feedback. Be part of the discussion for YOUR Circuit.

Moderators
Saturday May 6, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Australia 3 Dolphin Hotel

2:30pm

Circuit Meetings: 6th
Make sure you’re up-to-date on the current state of the law!  Join fellow NACBA members to discuss recent decisions in designated Circuit meetings. Hear from other practicioners dealing with perennially thorny consumer bankruptcy issues—homestead exemptions, non-dischargeable debt, violations of the automatic stay and more!  

Eact circuit meeting will be led by designated NACBA attorneys and or Members of the Bench from the Circuit..

No materials, non-CLE. This is a chance to interact socially with other consumer bankruptcy attorneys who practice in the same Circuit and receive various feedback. Be part of the discussion for YOUR Circuit.

Moderators
Saturday May 6, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Asia 4 Dolphin Hotel

2:30pm

Circuit Meetings: 7th
Make sure you’re up-to-date on the current state of the law!  Join fellow NACBA members to discuss recent decisions in designated Circuit meetings. Hear from other practicioners dealing with perennially thorny consumer bankruptcy issues—homestead exemptions, non-dischargeable debt, violations of the automatic stay and more!  

Eact circuit meeting will be led by designated NACBA attorneys and or Members of the Bench from the Circuit..

No materials, non-CLE. This is a chance to interact socially with other consumer bankruptcy attorneys who practice in the same Circuit and receive various feedback. Be part of the discussion for YOUR Circuit.

Moderators
avatar for Andy Miofsky

Andy Miofsky

I'm just wired differently.

Saturday May 6, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Asia 3 Dolphin Hotel

2:30pm

Circuit Meetings: 8th
Make sure you’re up-to-date on the current state of the law!  Join fellow NACBA members to discuss recent decisions in designated Circuit meetings. Hear from other practicioners dealing with perennially thorny consumer bankruptcy issues—homestead exemptions, non-dischargeable debt, violations of the automatic stay and more!  

Eact circuit meeting will be led by designated NACBA attorneys and or Members of the Bench from the Circuit..

No materials, non-CLE. This is a chance to interact socially with other consumer bankruptcy attorneys who practice in the same Circuit and receive various feedback. Be part of the discussion for YOUR Circuit.

Speakers

Saturday May 6, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Asia 2 Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

2:30pm

Circuit Meetings: 9th
Make sure you’re up-to-date on the current state of the law!  Join fellow NACBA members to discuss recent decisions in designated Circuit meetings. Hear from other practicioners dealing with perennially thorny consumer bankruptcy issues—homestead exemptions, non-dischargeable debt, violations of the automatic stay and more!  

Eact circuit meeting will be led by designated NACBA attorneys and or Members of the Bench from the Circuit..

No materials, non-CLE. This is a chance to interact socially with other consumer bankruptcy attorneys who practice in the same Circuit and receive various feedback. Be part of the discussion for YOUR Circuit.

Moderators
avatar for Jenny Doling

Jenny Doling

Attorney, DOLING SHAW & HANOVER, APC
Ms. Doling is admitted to practice in California and Nevada. She opened her law firm in 2001, representing debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies, as well as related consumer rights litigation. Ms. Doling received an Academic Achievement Award in Bankruptcy and was also... Read More →
avatar for Karen Oakes

Karen Oakes

Attorney, Oakes Law Offices, PC
When not running with Mickey Mouse and the rest of the Disney Crew or Divas from around the country, I represent consumers in Southern Oregon, whether in bankruptcy, debt negotiation or asset protection.

Saturday May 6, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Atlantic Hall A

2:30pm

Photo Session With Mickey & Minnie Mouse
NACBA has finalized a special photo session during the convention with Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Why stand in line at the parks to meet characters? NACBA has arranged a commemorative photo opportunity for convention attendees and their families included with registration.

Saturday May 6, 2017 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Atlantic Hall Foyer

3:30pm

Ice Cream Break
Saturday May 6, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Atlantic Hall BC Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel
 
Sunday, May 7
 

7:15am

Breakfast
Complimentary continental breakfast for all covention registrants and attendees with purchased meal tickets.

Sunday May 7, 2017 7:15am - 8:00am
Atlantic Hall BC Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

8:00am

ADVANCED: Student Loans in Chapter 13
With $1.2 trillion in student loans outstanding, these debts are an ever increasing hurdle for Ch. 13 debtors receiving a fresh start in bankruptcy. As the draconian Bruner test can preclude even those in the most desperate straits from obtaining a discharge,  this panel will explore means of combining alternative,  nonbankruptcy relief, including claims objections, administrative discharges and income driven repayment plans with your Chapter 13 practice to provide additional assistance for your clients and additional sources of revenue for attorneys. 

Moderators
avatar for Chuck Moore

Chuck Moore

Charles G. Moore “Chuck” is a 1987 graduate of The University of Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. In 1990 Chuck graduated from Stetson University College of Law with a Juris Doctorate Degree. Soon after graduating from Law School he... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ed Boltz

Ed Boltz

Mr.  Boltz is a member of the Law Offices of John T. Orcutt, P.C., where he has managed the firm's office in Durham, North Carolina since 1998, representing clients in not only Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 bankruptcies, but also in related consumer rights litigation, including fighting abusive mortgage practices.Mr... Read More →
avatar for Hon (Ret.) Elizabeth L. Perris

Hon (Ret.) Elizabeth L. Perris

Elizabeth Perris was an active United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Oregon, for over 30 years (April 1984 - January 2015). She received her A.B. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1972 and her J.D. from the University of California, Davis, in 1975. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Lewis... Read More →
avatar for Lewis Roberts

Lewis Roberts

Attorney, Lewis Roberts, PA
I am a small firm practitioner in the Orlando area. I have concentrated on consumer bankruptcy practice since 2007, after handling real estate closings for ten years after law school. I have one associate that does not handle bankruptcy, but our practice areas complement each oth... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 8:00am - 9:15am
Pacific Hall C Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

8:00am

Discovery on a Shoe String Budget
Having confidence that you’re going to get paid eventually is one thing, but there is no denying that paying for the costs of discovery in advance can be a real burden for consumer bankruptcy lawyers. Learning to distinguish between what discovery expenses are absolutely necessary and acceptable shortcuts / alternative means of evidence gathering can go a long way in making the difference between the dream of adding the excitement and income from litigation to your consumer bankruptcy practice and making it a reality.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Thad Bartholow

Thad Bartholow

Thad Bartholow is a partner with the Dallas, Texas law firm of Armstrong Kellett Bartholow P.C.  In addition to consumer bankruptcy, Mr. Bartholow's practice focuses on individual and class-action litigation on behalf of consumer debtors in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts.  ... Read More →
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Philip Zuzolo

Since 2007 Philip Zuzolo has been practicing consumer law in Northeast Ohio, concentrating on litigation involving the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act, and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act in both the state and federal courts... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 8:00am - 9:15am
Pacific Hall B Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

8:00am

When a 13 Needs to be an 11
In an increasing number of cases, a Chapter 11 may be a better option for your client than a Chapter 13. This panel will compare Chapter 13 and Chapter 11, talk about identifying potential issues, and offer strategies to help you discuss Chapter 11 with your client.

Moderators
Speakers
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Lyssette Morales

Sole Practitioner, L.A. Morales & Associates P.S.C.
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Dan Press

Attorney, Chung & Press, PC Attorneys At Law
Daniel Press practices primarily bankruptcy and intellectual property law. A magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, he was an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. He received his B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University. After graduating from law school, Mr... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 8:00am - 9:15am
Australia 3 Dolphin Hotel

8:15am

FIRESIDE CHAT: How to Locate Your Client's Hidden Treasures of the 7 (or 13) Seas
Properly-prepared bankruptcy schedules require a significant amount of information and not all of it is easily found.  More information is available through online and public resources than ever before but a large amount of critical details about assets can only be uncovered through fact-finding conversations with your clients.  Learn from two experienced Debtors Counsel as they exchange horror stories and due diligence tips.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Colliersmith

Robert Colliersmith

Mr. Colliersmith received his undergraduate degree from Emory University and his J.D. from Mercer Unversity, Walter F. George School of Law. He has practiced bankruptcy law in the Northern District of Georgia since 1980.  He practices with his wife and partner, Carol A. Colliersmith, exclusively in the area of small business and consumer bankruptcy. Mr. Colliersmith has presented at prior NACBA Conventions, ABI Conventions, State Bar Conventions and local bar presentations and was a member of the State Bench and Bar in... Read More →
avatar for Alex Dolhancyk

Alex Dolhancyk

With over 27 years of experience, attorney Alex Dolhancyk offers valuable insight into consumer bankruptcy cases. He is the current Georgia state chair for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA); is Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification; and holds an LL.M (Master of Laws) in International Business Law from Emory University School of Law. Attorney Dolhancyk has numerous reported bankruptcy cases, including Whaley v... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 8:15am - 8:45am
Atlantic Hall BC Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

9:15am

Coffee Break & Grand Prize Raffle
This is a short break to refresh, mingle or grab some more nourishment. Coffee will be served in the Exhibitor Area. It's the FINAL chance to see what innovations our carefully selected exhibitors are showing and submit your info to be entered into Grand Prize Drawing.

Sunday May 7, 2017 9:15am - 9:45am
Atlantic Hall BC Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

9:45am

PLENARY: Views from the Bench
Views from the Bench offers a unique opportunity for bankruptcy practitioners to hear from numerous bankruptcy judges on the current bankruptcy system. 

Moderators
avatar for Tara Twomey

Tara Twomey

Amicus Director, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
Tara Twomey is the Amicus Project Director for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and currently Of Counsel to the National Consumer Law Center. She is currently a Lecturer in Law at Stanford, and has previously lectured at Harvard and Boston College Law Sch... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Hon. Caryl E. Delano

Hon. Caryl E. Delano

Caryl E. Delano was appointed as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division, in June 2008. In July 2012, she was appointed Presiding Judge of the Fort Myers Division. Judge Delano received her B.A. degree from the University of South Florida and her J.D. from Indiana University School of Law... Read More →
avatar for Chief Judge Eric L. Frank

Chief Judge Eric L. Frank

Eric L. Frank has been serving as a bankruptcy judge serving in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania since February 2006. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Frank had more than 27 years experience as a bankruptcy practitioner and was counsel in several cases that were decided by the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. While in practice, Judge Frank was a shareholder in DiDonato and Winterhalter, P.C. (from 2004 to 2006), a partner in Miller, Frank... Read More →
avatar for Honorable Andrew B. Altenburg, Jr.

Honorable Andrew B. Altenburg, Jr.

Andrew B. Altenburg, Jr. was appointed to the bench for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey in Camden, New Jersey on May 19, 2014.  Prior to his appointment, Judge Altenburg served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Daniel J. Moore, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of New Jersey in Newark, New Jersey, then as an associate with the firm of Davis, Reberkenny... Read More →
avatar for Hon. John Waites

Hon. John Waites

The Honorable John E. Waites was appointed as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of South Carolina on June 27, 1994, and served as the District’s Chief Bankruptcy Judge from March 1, 2006 until March 1, 2013. On October 1, 2013, he was appointed by the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court to serve on the Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am
Pacific Hall BC Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel

11:15am

PLENARY: 25 Years of Raising Hell, the Education, Advocacy & Litigation That Shaped NACBA
NACBA has played a critical role in many important court cases affecting the rights of consumer bankruptcy debtors by filing amicus briefs in U.S. Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court, with many of those case decisions influenced by NACBA’s participation.

This session, 25 Years of Raising Hell, the Education, Advocacy & Litigation That Shaped NACBA, will be a light-hearted overview of the orgin, turning points, comical decisions and key players involvement that developed the only national organization dedicated to serving the needs of consumer bankruptcy attorneys and protecting the rights of consumer debtors in bankruptcy. 

Moderators
avatar for Dan LaBert

Dan LaBert

Executive Director, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
Dan LaBert, former executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), has been named as the organization’s executive director. Prior to joining PICPA, LaBert served as the executive director of the Bar Ass... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ed Boltz

Ed Boltz

Mr.  Boltz is a member of the Law Offices of John T. Orcutt, P.C., where he has managed the firm's office in Durham, North Carolina since 1998, representing clients in not only Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 bankruptcies, but also in related consumer rights litigation, including fighting abusive mortgage practices.Mr... Read More →
avatar for Norma Hammes

Norma Hammes

Norma Hammes received her A.B. degree in Communication and Public Policy from UC Berkeley, and was employed as an urban planner for the City of San Jose in the early 1970s prior to and while attending law school. She received her J.D. from Santa Clara University in 1977. | Norma also co-founded the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA), served as its Treasurer (1992-1996), its President (1997-2001), and served on its Board of Directors (1992-2009). She continues to serve NACBA in the capacity of President Emeritus. Norma managed... Read More →
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Matt Mason

Mr. Mason is a 1974 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and has practiced in California and Michigan since being admitted to the bar in that same year. As a practicing lawyer, Mr. Mason specialized in bankruptcy and consumer litigation while working in an office of... Read More →
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Mark Segal

Attorney, Mark Segal, Chartered
Mark Segal graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance and Commerce with a B.S. in Economics, and received his J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation from New York University. Mr. Segal practices with the law firm of Mark Segal, Chartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, wi... Read More →
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James "Ike" Shulman

Ike Shulman received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and he received his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. Mr. Shulman has practiced bankruptcy law in San Jose, California, since 1986. His practice has been devoted almost entirely to small business and consumer bankruptcy debtors. He is certified as a Specialist in personal and Small Business Bankruptcy Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Shulman is a member of the State Bar of California, and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Seventh and Ninth Circuits. He served as a delegate to the California State Bar Conference of Delegates from 1987 through 1989. A member of the Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Executive Committee of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, he organized and served as the first Chair of its Chapter 13 Subcommittee in 1989-90. He again served as its Chair for 2002. In 1996 and 1997, Mr. Shulman testified on consumer bankruptcy issues before the National Bankruptcy Review Commission. In March 1998, he also testified on pending bankruptcy legislation before the House Judiciary Committee. | | In 1992, Mr. Shulman led the effort to organize the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys to provide consumer debtors with an effective voice in the legislative process. Mr. Shulman was elected... Read More →
avatar for Henry Sommer

Henry Sommer

Supervising Attorney
Henry J. Sommer is Supervising Attorney at the pro bono Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project in Philadelphia. He has litigated many major cases involving bankruptcy, consumer law, civil rights and other issues. Previously, he was the head of the Consumer Law Project at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, where he worked for over 21 years. Mr. Sommer has also served as a Lecturer-in-Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and is an Adjunct Professor at Temple University School of Law. He received his A.B. degree from Harvard College, magna cum laude and his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, cum... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Pacific Hall BC Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel