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Join leading bankruptcy judges and practitioners throughout the state and nation for the 2005 Consumer Bankruptcy Practice conference. This year's conference includes extensive discussion of the new consumer bankruptcy rules, including a special presentation by Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff. The focus is practical and informative, with top practitioners presenting their solutions to typical problems encountered in the consumer bankruptcy area.

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning
    Presiding Officer:
    In Galveston: John C. Akard, Lubbock, TX
  • 9:00 am
    Galveston Only
    0.50 hr
    Hot Texas Topics

    David B. Young, McGinnis Lochridge & Kilgore - Austin, TX

    An overview of controversies concerning political contributions and the avoidance powers, tithing and discharge under §523(a)(8), unfair discrimination, and much more.
  • 9:30 am
    Galveston Only
    0.75 hr
    Dischargeability of Taxes: Part I

    Morgan D. King, Law Offices of Morgan D. King - Dublin, CA

    Noted author and authority, Morgan D. King, explains in simple yet comprehensive terms what kinds of taxes can be erased, when they can be erased, and how they can be erased in Chapter 7 and 13—this session also covers common issues and traps for the unwary.
  • 10:30 am
    Galveston Only
    1.00 hr
    Dischargeability of Taxes: Part II

    Morgan D. King, Law Offices of Morgan D. King - Dublin, CA
    E.P. Bud Kirk, Attorney at Law - El Paso, TX
    Portia N. Rose, Houston, TX

    This panel continues the discussion of the dischargeability of taxes with an emphasis on common problems, solutions and practices.
  • 11:30 am
    Galveston Only
    0.75 hr
    Exemptions: What May You Keep While Serving Your Time in Debtors’ Prison?

    Ronald Hornberger, Plunkett & Gibson, Inc. - San Antonio, TX
    Behrooz P. Vida, The Vida Law Firm, PLLC - Bedford, TX

    The session will cover exemptions in general with a focus on recent cases and issues.
  • Thursday Afternoon
    Presiding Officer:
    In Galveston: John C. Akard, Lubbock, TX
  • 1:30 pm
    Galveston Only
    0.82 hr
    Small Business Bankruptcy Issues

    Janet S. Casciato-Northrup, Houston, TX
    William E. Heitkamp, Houston, TX

    Business debtor’s reporting and accounting requirements, eligibility, cash collateral, valuing a sole proprietorship, “transforming” the business entity and other related issues.
  • 2:20 pm
    Galveston Only
    1.00 hr
    Saving Chapter 13: Law, Economy and Strategies

    Hon. Marvin Isgur, United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
    John Ernest Smith, Attorney at Law - Houston, TX
    Walter B. Thurmond, Barrett Burke Wilson Castle Daffin & Tra - Houston, TX

    Solving inefficiencies and ineffectiveness in Chapter 13 Procedures. A review of the new, proposed Southern District Rules and Forms.
  • 3:35 pm
    Galveston Only
    1.00 hr
    What Should I Do If…A Discussion of Issues with Not So Simple Answers

    Marlow R. Preston, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX
    Michael P. Ridulfo, Brown McCarroll, LLP - Houston, TX
    Rosemary J. Zyne, Dallas, TX

    A panel discussion of issues that arise in a consumer bankruptcy practice that may not always have an easy answer, or that may involve serious ethical considerations and/or conflicts.
  • 4:35 pm
    Galveston Only
    1.00 hr
    The Bankruptcy Reform Act: Now That It’s Here, What Do We Do with It?

    Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District - Chicago, IL

    A look at some of the biggest changes in consumer bankruptcy practice resulting from the Reform Act—with suggestions for how to deal with them.
  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning
    Presiding Officer:
    In Galveston: J. Michael Sutherland, Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal - Dallas, TX
  • 8:30 am
    Galveston Only
    0.75 hr
    Managing Your Practice for Profit

    Dinorah Gonzalez, Malaise & Daivs, P.C. - Houston, TX
    Marlow R. Preston, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX

  • 9:15 am
    Galveston Only
    1.00 hr
    Avoiding Evidentiary Pitfalls in Bankruptcy Litigation

    Hon. Barry Russell, U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Los Angeles, CA

    This program will highlight various evidentiary issues including making a record, judicial notice, business records and opinion testimony to increase your chances of a successful outcome in litigation.
  • 10:30 am
    Galveston Only
    0.50 hr
    Marital Bliss or Not in Bankruptcy

    Frank R. Monroe, US Bankruptcy Court - Austin, TX

    Bankruptcy treatment of (1) collection of support; (2) marital liabilities; (3) marital liens; and (4) conflicts of interest in spousal representation.
  • 11:00 am
    Galveston Only
    0.75 hr
    The Nonfiling Spouse

    R. Byrn "Byrnie" Bass Jr., R. Byrn Bass, Jr. - Lubbock, TX

    When you can get two for the price of one, why would a spouse not file? Oh, I see. His/her stuff is “separate” (maybe).
  • 11:45 am
    Galveston Only
    1.00 hr
    Box Lunch Presentation: Bankruptcy Ethics

    John C. Akard, Lubbock, TX
    David W. Barry, Houston, TX
    Nancy B. Rapoport, University Of Houston Law Ctr - Houston, TX

    Follow the law or follow the judge? How much representation is enough?
  • Friday Afternoon
    Presiding Officer:
    In Galveston: J. Michael Sutherland, Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal - Dallas, TX
  • 1:15 pm
    Galveston Only
    0.75 hr
    Disposable Income

    Mary Frances Durham, United States Department Of Justice - Dallas, TX
    Albert Loftus, Office of the U.S. Trustee - Dallas, TX
    David G. Peake, Houston, TX

    The U.S. Trustee’s review of cases for civil enforcement issues.
  • 2:00 pm
    Galveston Only
    1.00 hr
    How Will the New Consumer Bankruptcy Rules Work in Practice

    Hon. Marvin Isgur, United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
    Marlow R. Preston, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX
    Gerrit M. Pronske, Pronske & Patel, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    J. Michael Sutherland, Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal - Dallas, TX
    Behrooz P. Vida, The Vida Law Firm, PLLC - Bedford, TX

    In the closing panel, bankruptcy judges and practitioners discuss how they see the new bankruptcy rules play out in their courts. Q&A encouraged—questions will be solicited throughout the conference.

Conference Faculty

John C. Akard

Lubbock, TX

David W. Barry

Houston, TX

R. Byrn "Byrnie" Bass Jr.

R. Byrn Bass, Jr.
Lubbock, TX

Janet S. Casciato-Northrup

Houston, TX

Mary Frances Durham

United States Department Of Justice
Dallas, TX

Dinorah Gonzalez

Malaise & Daivs, P.C.
Houston, TX

William E. Heitkamp

Houston, TX

Ronald Hornberger

Plunkett & Gibson, Inc.
San Antonio, TX

Hon. Marvin Isgur

United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas
Houston, TX

Morgan D. King

Law Offices of Morgan D. King
Dublin, CA

E.P. Bud Kirk

Attorney at Law
El Paso, TX

Albert Loftus

Office of the U.S. Trustee
Dallas, TX

Frank R. Monroe

US Bankruptcy Court
Austin, TX

David G. Peake

Houston, TX

Marlow R. Preston

Attorney at Law
Austin, TX

Gerrit M. Pronske

Pronske & Patel, P.C.
Dallas, TX

Nancy B. Rapoport

University Of Houston Law Ctr
Houston, TX

Michael P. Ridulfo

Brown McCarroll, LLP
Houston, TX

Portia N. Rose

Houston, TX

Hon. Barry Russell

U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Los Angeles, CA

John Ernest Smith

Attorney at Law
Houston, TX

J. Michael Sutherland

Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal
Dallas, TX

Walter B. Thurmond

Barrett Burke Wilson Castle Daffin & Tra
Houston, TX

Behrooz P. Vida

The Vida Law Firm, PLLC
Bedford, TX

Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District
Chicago, IL

David B. Young

McGinnis Lochridge & Kilgore
Austin, TX

Rosemary J. Zyne

Dallas, TX

Planning Committee

John C. Akard—Co-Chair

Lubbock, TX

J. Michael Sutherland—Co-Chair

Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal
Dallas, TX

Ronald Hornberger

Plunkett & Gibson, Inc.
San Antonio, TX

Hon. Marvin Isgur

United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas
Houston, TX

Hon. Ronald B. King

U S Bankruptcy Court, Western District o
San Antonio, TX

Marlow R. Preston

Attorney at Law
Austin, TX

Michael P. Ridulfo

Brown McCarroll, LLP
Houston, TX

John Ernest Smith

Attorney at Law
Houston, TX

Behrooz P. Vida

The Vida Law Firm, PLLC
Bedford, TX

Rosemary J. Zyne

Dallas, TX

Credit Info

MCLE Credit
A Texas MCLE Reporting Form will be included in your course materials. Please complete and return to the registration desk and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas, or you can self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conference to keep for your records.  
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state before taking the program to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.
MCLE Credit
A Texas MCLE Reporting Form will be included in your course materials. Please complete and return to the registration desk and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas, or you can self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conference to keep for your records.  
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state before taking the program to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.

Key Dates

Galveston – Jun 30 - Jul 1, 2005 – Moody Gardens
Conference Concluded
Video Replay: Austin – Aug 18-19, 2005 – Eidman Courtroom
Conference Concluded
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Galveston
Last day for Standard Registration early registration: Jun 22, 2005

Add $50 for registrations received after this time

Last day for cancellation (full refund): Jun 24, 2005
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Jun 27, 2005

$50 processing fee applied

Austin
Last day for Standard Registration early registration: Dec 31, 1970

Add $-295 for registrations received after this time

Last day for cancellation (full refund): Aug 10, 2005
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Aug 12, 2005

$50 processing fee applied

Venue

speaker

Seven Hope Boulevard
Galveston, TX
888.388.8484 (reservations)

Eidman Courtroom

727 E. Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX

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