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Join leading bankruptcy judges and practitioners throughout the state and nation at Moody Gardens for the 2006 Consumer Bankruptcy Practice.

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning, June 22, 2006
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Marvin Isgur, United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
  • 8:30 am
    0.00 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Consumer Bankruptcy Case Law Update

    Steve Jakubowski, The Coleman Law Firm - Chicago, IL

    A review of the major national and Fifth Circuit cases issued in the last year, along with highlights of all significant cases issued by bankruptcy courts, including significant Texas decisions.
  • 9:15 am
    0.75 hr
    5th Circuit’s View of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA) and General Bankruptcy Issues

    Edith Hollan Jones, Fifth Circuit Ct Of Appeals - Houston, TX

    Judge Jones is the Chief Judge of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. She brings a unique perspective to any analysis of BAPCPA. Judge Jones’ and other commissioners’ dissents from the National Bankruptcy Review Commission’s report supported efforts to reform bankruptcy that were included in the BAPCPA. Judge Jones is expected to provide an overview of the Fifth Circuit and insight with respect to direct appeals under BAPCPA. She has agreed to respond to questions following her talk.
  • 10:15 am
    1.00 hr
    Homestead Exemptions and Home Equity Loans

    Michael V. Baumer, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX
    Hon. H. DeWayne "Cooter" Hale, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX

    This session opens with a presentation on the application of new bankruptcy rules to the homestead exemption, including recent judicial opinions. Judge Hale will discuss his recent opinion in the area and opinions from other bankruptcy courts from around the country. The session concludes with a practitioner’s discussion on effective strategies dealing with home equity loans.
  • 11:15 am
    1.00 hr
    How to Get Evidence In...Cheaply

    Diann M. Bartek, Cox & Smith Incorporated - San Antonio, TX
    Hon. Leif M. Clark, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - San Antonio, TX
    Eduardo V. Rodriguez, Malaise Law Firm - Brownsville, TX

    How can a consumer practitioner get evidence admitted without the huge expense of bringing in an expert or other witnesses? This session opens with a presentation by Judge Leif M. Clark on techniques and strategies for avoiding hearsay issues and getting evidence in cheaply. The session follows with commentary and discussion by practitioners and Judge Clark.
  • Thursday Afternoon, June 22, 2006
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. John C. Akard, US Bankruptcy Judge, Retired - Lubbock, TX
  • 1:15 pm
    0.50 hr
    Nuts and Bolts on What to Do When a New Client Walks In—Beginning a New Consumer Bankruptcy Case

    Sammy C. Gregory, Lubbock, TX

    It’s a new world. This session will provide a nuts and bolts description of how to prepare a new client to file a consumer bankruptcy case. The session will deal with a range of issues—from credit counseling, to means testing, to plan confirmation—that must be explained to every new client.
  • 1:45 pm
    1.00 hr
    Disposable Income, the Means Test, and Chapter 13 Plan Payments

    Norma Hammes, GOLD and HAMMES, Attorneys - San Jose, CA

    How do you calculate disposable income? How is disposable income used under BAPCPA? How do CMI and allowed expenses relate to Schedules I and J? How does official form B22 relate to the Chapter 7 Means Test and the calculation of Chapter 13 plan payments?
  • 3:00 pm
    0.75 hr
    What Every Bankruptcy Practitioner Needs to Know about Consumer Protection Laws

    Richard Tomlinson, Houston, TX

    This session guides bankruptcy practitioners in spotting common consumer issues and possible remedies under various consumer protection statutes, including the FDCPA, Texas usury laws, TILA, HOEPA, DTPA, UCC, Magnuson-Moss Act, the federal Odometer Act, the federal and state credit repair laws, and others. Specifically issues such as payday loans, title loans, predatory mortgage loans, unfair collection practices, spot deliveries, sales out of trust, undisclosed wrecks, and odometer rollbacks will be discussed.
  • 3:45 pm
    0.00 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Barron v. Countryman: The Fifth Circuit’s New Opinion on Consumer Bankruptcy Fees

    Hon. Letitia Z. Clark, United States Bankruptcy Court - Souther - Houston, TX

    An academic analysis of the implications of Barron v. Countryman interpretations.
  • 4:30 pm
    0.50 hr
    New Exceptions to § 362

    Steve P. Turner, Barrett Burke Wilson Castle Daffin & Frappier, L.L.P. - Austin, TX

    There are a number of new exceptions from the § 362 stay. A review of the statutory changes and how they affect practice under BAPCPA. Mr. Turner will provide a detailed review of cases decided under BAPCPA applying the new § 362 exceptions.
  • 5:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    Technology

    John J. Durkay, Mehaffy Weber, P.C. - Beaumont, TX
    Dawn Allane Guilliams, Williams Birnberg & Andersen - Houston, TX

    Technology in the office; technology in the courtroom.
  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, June 23, 2006
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Marvin Isgur, United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
  • 8:30 am
    0.00 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Breakfast Breakout Sessions with the Judiciary: New Local Bankruptcy Rules

    Hon. Leif M. Clark, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - San Antonio, TX
    Hon. H. DeWayne "Cooter" Hale, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX
    Hon. Marvin Isgur, United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
    Bill Parker, United States Bankruptcy Court - Tyler, TX

    What’s right and what’s wrong with our new local procedures, and how to adapt to the new world. Rules for each district will be covered in separate breakout sessions.
  • 9:45 am
    1.00 hr
    Cars—Let Them Eat Steel

    Lawrence J. Fallon, Semperian/GMAC - Roseville, MN
    Christopher Naylor, Devlin Naylor & Turbyfill, PLLC - Houston, TX
    Behrooz P. Vida, Attorney at Law - Bedford, TX

    Some of the most important changes in BAPCPA concern the treatment of loans secured by automobiles. This session will explore recent case law developments concerning cars, and how the car industry is responding to the dramatic changes in the law.
  • 11:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Federal Tax Issues in Consumer Cases

    Hon. John C. Akard, US Bankruptcy Judge, Retired - Lubbock, TX

    Chapter 7 and 13 consumer cases are often driven by federal income tax claims. This session will include a case study to highlight practical tips on dealing with IRS.
  • 11:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Mortgage Payments to Trustee

    Deborah B. Langehennig, Chapter 13 Trustee - Austin, TX
    Robert B. Wilson, Sims, Hubbert and Wilson - Lubbock, TX

    Benefits and detriments of paying ongoing mortgages through the Chapter 13 trustee. If a court mandates payments through the trustee, what are the appropriate exceptions? When should the trustee seek to require mortgages through the trustee?
  • Friday Afternoon, June 23, 2006
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. John C. Akard, US Bankruptcy Judge, Retired - Lubbock, TX
  • 12:30 pm
    0.00 hr
    1.00 hr ethics
    Luncheon Presentation: Ethical Implications Imposed by the New Bankruptcy Legislation

    Nelson M. Jones III, Russell Senate Office - Washington, DC
    Kenneth P. Thomas, William Heitkamp, Ch. 13 Trustee - Houston, TX

    What are the ethical implications of the new law? Can you advise your client to file a repeat bankruptcy case to “stay and delay” if there is not a reasonable chance of success under § 362(c)? What are the contours of completing the means test form? Can you put in deductions so that no presumption arises, and then check the appropriate box that says that you have done so in disagreement with the form’s interpretation?
  • 1:45 pm
    0.50 hr
    U.S. Trustee Enforcement Issues

    Albert Loftus, Office of the U.S. Trustee - Dallas, TX

    Law and order MTR (Means Testing Review), bankruptcy fraud, and abuse under sections 707(b)(3) and 727.
  • 2:15 pm
    0.75 hr ethics
    Some Do’s and Don’ts in the Practice of Bankruptcy

    Hon. Jeff Bohm, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
    Debra L. Bradberry, Houston, TX
    Magdalene Duchamp Conner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - Houston, TX

    The panel will present vignettes demonstrating practice tips and highlighting ethical issues.

Conference Faculty

Hon. John C. Akard

US Bankruptcy Judge, Retired
Lubbock, TX

Diann M. Bartek

Cox & Smith Incorporated
San Antonio, TX

Michael V. Baumer

Attorney at Law
Austin, TX

Hon. Jeff Bohm

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas
Houston, TX

Debra L. Bradberry

Houston, TX

Hon. Leif M. Clark

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas
San Antonio, TX

Hon. Letitia Z. Clark

United States Bankruptcy Court - Souther
Houston, TX

Magdalene Duchamp Conner

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Houston, TX

John J. Durkay

Mehaffy Weber, P.C.
Beaumont, TX

Lawrence J. Fallon

Semperian/GMAC
Roseville, MN

Sammy C. Gregory

Lubbock, TX

Dawn Allane Guilliams

Williams Birnberg & Andersen
Houston, TX

Hon. H. DeWayne "Cooter" Hale

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas
Dallas, TX

Norma Hammes

GOLD and HAMMES, Attorneys
San Jose, CA

Hon. Marvin Isgur

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

Steve Jakubowski

The Coleman Law Firm
Chicago, IL

Edith Hollan Jones

Fifth Circuit Ct Of Appeals
Houston, TX

Nelson M. Jones III

Russell Senate Office
Washington, DC

Deborah B. Langehennig

Chapter 13 Trustee
Austin, TX

Albert Loftus

Office of the U.S. Trustee
Dallas, TX

Christopher Naylor

Devlin Naylor & Turbyfill, PLLC
Houston, TX

Bill Parker

United States Bankruptcy Court
Tyler, TX

Eduardo V. Rodriguez

Malaise Law Firm
Brownsville, TX

Kenneth P. Thomas

William Heitkamp, Ch. 13 Trustee
Houston, TX

Richard Tomlinson

Houston, TX

Steve P. Turner

Barrett Burke Wilson Castle Daffin & Frappier, L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Behrooz P. Vida

Attorney at Law
Bedford, TX

Robert B. Wilson

Sims, Hubbert and Wilson
Lubbock, TX

Planning Committee

Hon. John C. Akard—Co-Chair

US Bankruptcy Judge, Retired
Lubbock, TX

Hon. Marvin Isgur—Co-Chair

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

John J. Durkay

Mehaffy Weber, P.C.
Beaumont, TX

Arthur R. Eureste

Law Offices of Arturo R. Eureste
Houston, TX

Sammy C. Gregory

Lubbock, TX

Hon. H. DeWayne "Cooter" Hale

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas
Dallas, TX

Christopher Naylor

Devlin Naylor & Turbyfill, PLLC
Houston, TX

Steve P. Turner

Barrett Burke Wilson Castle Daffin & Frappier, L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Behrooz P. Vida

Attorney at Law
Bedford, 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.

Key Dates

Galveston – Jun 22-23, 2006 – Moody Gardens
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