About

Join leading bankruptcy judges and practitioners throughout the nation for the 2007 Consumer Bankruptcy Practice Conference. Program highlights include a review of the major national and Fifth Circuit cases that have come down this year; and presentations on key legal, practice and management issues facing consumer bankruptcy practitioners.  The conference also features a Friday morning Breakfast with the Judiciary session, as well as extensive opportunities to speak with Texas bankruptcy judges in an informal setting. 

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning, June 28, 2007
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. H. DeWayne "Cooter" Hale, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX
  • 8:00 am
    Registration opens

    Includes continental breakfast.
  • 8:15 am
    Welcoming Remarks

    Welcoming Remarks
  • 8:30 am
    1.25 hrs
    0.50 hr ethics
    Consumer Bankruptcy Case Law Update

    Jean Braucher, University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law - Tucson, AZ
    Hon. Marvin Isgur, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX

    A review of the major national and Fifth Circuit cases issued in the last year, along with highlights of all significaant cases issued by bankruptcy courts, including significant Texas decisions.
  • 9:45 am
    0.75 hr
    Cars and Car Claims—One Year Later

    Michael V. Baumer, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX
    Lawrence J. Fallon, Semperian/GMAC - Roseville, MN

    This session discusses how the new treatment of claims secured by automobiles is playing out in the courts and with the car industry.
  • 10:30 am
    Break

    Break
  • 10:45 am
    0.50 hr
    News from the 5th Circuit

    Hon. Jerry E. Smith, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit - Houston, TX

  • 11:15 am
    0.50 hr
    Fair Debt Collection Practices Act for Bankruptcy Attorneys

    Ahmad Keshavarz, The Law Offices Of Ahmad Keshavarz - Brooklyn, NY

    Spot FDCPA violations in your bankruptcy case files.
  • 11:45 am
    0.50 hr
    Texas Real Property Foreclosure and Eviction Law

    Texas mortgage foreclosure and landlord/tenant law.
  • Thursday Afternoon, June 28, 2007
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Marvin Isgur, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
  • 12:15 pm
    Pick up box lunch included in registration form

  • 12:30 pm
    0.50 hr
    Chapter 13: What Works and What Doesn't — What Do the Numbers Show

    Jason Kilborn, The John Marshall Law School - Chicago, IL

    An examination and analysis of Chapter 13 filings and results pre- and post-BAPCPA. The session closes by comparing US practices and results with European approaches to payment plans.
  • 1:45 pm
    0.75 hr
    Exemptions

    Marjorie Payne Britt, Debt Relief Lawyers - Houston, TX
    Michael J. Durrschmidt, Hirsch & Westheimer - Houston, TX

    Exemption - the debtors' fresh start or the creditor's recovery.
  • 2:30 pm
    0.75 hr ethics
    The Truth About Schedule J and Reaffirmation Agreements

    Billy G. Baca, Lawrence Baca & Donohue - Houston, TX
    St. Clair Newbern III, Attorney at Law - Fort Worth, TX
    Thomas D. Powers, Harris Finley & Bogle - Fort Worth, TX

    The truth about Schedule J—How much reality is really there? What ethical duties (and statutory duties) does the lawyer have to make Schedule J truthful v. workable?
  • 3:15 pm
    Break

    Break
  • 3:30 pm
    0.50 hr
    Claim and Claim Transfer Disputes

    Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas - Plano, TX
    Mark Stromberg, Stromberg & Associates - Dallas, TX

    • Claims objections and Prima Facie Validity: Are technical objections proper?
    • Should a creditor have to prove it owns a claim it files? How?
    • Setting aside an order disallowing claims: What are the standards

  • 4:00 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

    The panel, drawn from the chambers of Judge Bohm, will present vignettes demonstrating practice tips and highlighting ethical issues.
  • 4:45 pm
    0.50 hr
    Technology and Filing: Does Your Program Meet Code?

    Susan Berry, Best Case Solutions - Evanston, IL
    Moderator:
    John J. Durkay, Mehaffy Weber, P.C. - Beaumont, TX
    Charles A. Fielder III, LegalPRO Systems Inc. - San Antonio, TX
    Doug Stone, LexisNexis

    Representatives from three leading bankruptcy software companies discuss how their respective programs handle the compliance and tough filing issues post-BABCA and how such software improves accuracy and efficiency.
  • 5:15 pm
    Adjourn

    Adjourn
  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, June 29, 2007
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. H. DeWayne "Cooter" Hale, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX
  • 8:30 am
    1.00 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Breakfast Breakout Sessions With the Judiciary

    Hon. Craig Gargotta, United States 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, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
    Hon. Bill Parker, United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas - Tyler, TX

  • 9:30 am
    Break

    Break
  • 9:45 am
    0.75 hr
    Special Issues With the Means Test

    Rick Carter, Carter & James PLLC - Houston, TX
    Hon. H. DeWayne "Cooter" Hale, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX
    Timothy W. O'Neal, United States Department of Justice, US Trustee - Tyler, TX

    A selection of recent Texas and National cases covering developments under the Means Test.
  • 10:30 am
    0.50 hr
    Counseling Chapter 13 Versus Chapter 7

    Hon. Wesley W. Steen, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX

    What duties does the lawyer have to make the client face reality? What should be done about a client that badly needs a lawyer, but that doesn't have the funds to pay a lawyer up front?
  • 11:00 am
    Break

    Break
  • 11:15 am
    0.50 hr
    Bankruptcy Appeals

    Behrooz P. Vida, Attorney at Law - Bedford, TX

    A discussion and analysis of what case to appeal and how best to do so.
  • 11:45 am
    0.50 hr
    Educational and Student Loans in Bankruptcy: Administrative Options

    John Dismukes, Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation - Round Rock, TX
    Judy A. Robbins, Office Of US Attorney-Sdtx - Houston, TX

    An exploration of administrative options for relief from the U.S. Department of Education and the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation.
  • Friday Afternoon, June 29, 2007
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Marvin Isgur, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
  • 1:15 pm
    0.75 hr ethics
    Law Clerks and Bankruptcy Practice

    Karl Daniel Burrer, Haynes And Boone, LLP - Houston, TX
    Robert P. Colwell, United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX
    Ted Cundick, United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas - Tyler, TX
    Susan Womble, United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - San Antonio, TX

    What do they do? How important are they, who is really making the decisions, anyway?
  • 2:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    What's Happening at the U.S. Trustees Office?

    Henry G. Hobbs Jr., Assistant U.S. Trustee - Austin, TX
    William T. Neary, United States Trustee, Region 6 & 11 - Dallas, TX

    Discussion of ongoing efforts to implement the provisions of Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, including the provisions dealing with credit counseling, personal financial management instruction courses, and audits.
  • 2:30 pm
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Serial Filers and the Automatic Stay

    Edgar J. Borrego, Tanzy & Borrego - El Paso, TX
    June A. Mann, Mann & Stevens, P.C. - Houston, TX

    This session will discuss the automatic stay in repeat filings, including related attorney client issues.
  • 3:15 pm
    Adjourn

    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Billy G. Baca

Lawrence Baca & Donohue
Houston, TX

Michael V. Baumer

Attorney at Law
Austin, TX

Susan Berry

Best Case Solutions
Evanston, IL

Hon. Jeff Bohm

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

Edgar J. Borrego

Tanzy & Borrego
El Paso, TX

Jean Braucher

University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law
Tucson, AZ

Marjorie Payne Britt

Debt Relief Lawyers
Houston, TX

Karl Daniel Burrer

Haynes And Boone, LLP
Houston, TX

Rick Carter

Carter & James PLLC
Houston, TX

Robert P. Colwell

United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas
Dallas, TX

Ted Cundick

United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas
Tyler, TX

John Dismukes

Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation
Round Rock, TX

John J. Durkay

Mehaffy Weber, P.C.
Beaumont, TX

Michael J. Durrschmidt

Hirsch & Westheimer
Houston, TX

Lawrence J. Fallon

Semperian/GMAC
Roseville, MN

Charles A. Fielder III

LegalPRO Systems Inc.
San Antonio, TX

Hon. Craig Gargotta

United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas
San Antonio, TX

Hon. H. DeWayne "Cooter" Hale

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

Henry G. Hobbs Jr.

Assistant U.S. Trustee
Austin, TX

Hon. Marvin Isgur

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

Ahmad Keshavarz

The Law Offices Of Ahmad Keshavarz
Brooklyn, NY

Jason Kilborn

The John Marshall Law School
Chicago, IL

June A. Mann

Mann & Stevens, P.C.
Houston, TX

William T. Neary

United States Trustee, Region 6 & 11
Dallas, TX

St. Clair Newbern III

Attorney at Law
Fort Worth, TX

Timothy W. O'Neal

United States Department of Justice, US Trustee
Tyler, TX

Hon. Bill Parker

United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas
Tyler, TX

Thomas D. Powers

Harris Finley & Bogle
Fort Worth, TX

Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas
Plano, TX

Judy A. Robbins

Office Of US Attorney-Sdtx
Houston, TX

Hon. Jerry E. Smith

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Houston, TX

Hon. Wesley W. Steen

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

Doug Stone

LexisNexis

Mark Stromberg

Stromberg & Associates
Dallas, TX

Behrooz P. Vida

Attorney at Law
Bedford, TX

Susan Womble

United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas
San Antonio, TX

Planning Committee

Hon. H. DeWayne "Cooter" Hale—Co-Chair

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

Hon. Marvin Isgur—Co-Chair

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

John Crawford Akard

Lubbock, TX

A. Mechele Dickerson

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

John J. Durkay

Mehaffy Weber, P.C.
Beaumont, TX

Michael J Esposito

University Of Texas School Of Law
Austin, TX

Arthur R. Eureste

Law Offices of Arturo R. Eureste
Houston, TX

Deborah Backus Langehennig

Chapter 13 Trustee
Austin, TX

R. Chris Naylor

Devlin, Naylor & Turbyfill, P.L.L.C.
Houston, TX

Steve P. Turner

McGinnis Lochridge & Kilgore
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 28-29, 2007 – Moody Gardens
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Galveston, TX
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