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Join leading members of the Texas bankruptcy bench and bar for Consumer Bankruptcy Practice in Galveston.

This program provides a unique opportunity to interact with judges, trustees and practitioners in course sessions, panels and social events including Friday's Breakfast Breakout Sessions with the Judiciary and Trustees and Lunch with the Judges. All conference participants and families are invited to a special, private reception and buffet dinner (separate registration) on Thursday evening.

Consumer Bankruptcy Practice is part of UT Law's Summer Conference Series, both informal and informative. Participants are encouraged to dress casually and bring the family.

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning, Aug. 11, 2011
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Marvin Isgur, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
  • 8:00 am
    Registration Opens

    Includes continental breakfast.
  • 8:50 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 9:00 am
    1.00 hr
    2011 Consumer Bankruptcy Case Law Update

    Hon. Jeff Bohm, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
    Allison Davison Byman, Attorney at Law - Houston, TX
    Hon. Marvin Isgur, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX

    A review of Supreme Court and Fifth Circuit consumer bankruptcy cases in the last year, along with highlights of all significant cases issued by Texas bankruptcy courts.
  • 10:00 am
    0.50 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Starting Out Right: Recognizing Errors and Omissions in Schedules and Financials

    Corey L. Mills, Mills Law Group, PLLC - Houston, TX
    Phillip Henry Trueba, Attorney at Law - Houston, TX

    Panelists discuss steps you can take to avoid common pitfalls while preparing your schedules and financials, and planing for filing, including ways to manage your client's expectations and stay in control of your client and your case.
  • 10:30 am
    Break

  • 10:45 am
    0.75 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Bankruptcy Planning after Ransom

    Moderator:
    Hon. H. DeWayne (Cooter) Hale, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX
    Panelists:
    Diane S. Barron-Carter, Barron & Barron LLP - Plano, TX
    Panelists:
    Marcus F. Salitore, Office of the U.S. Trustee - Tyler, TX

    A discussion of key issues, best practices and common pitfalls involving bankruptcy planning and attorney advice (pre-filing), including how to calculate disposable income, plus Lanning.
  • 11:30 am
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Homes and Homestead Exemptions: Current Developments and Practice Tips

    Michael V. Baumer, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX

    Topics discussed include residency, caps, lien stripping, and whether or not your golf course qualifies as a homestead.
  • 12:15 pm
    Break to Pick Up Box Lunch

    Included in conference registration fee.
  • Thursday Afternoon, Aug. 11, 2011
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Craig A. Gargotta, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - Austin, TX
  • Luncheon Presentation

  • 12:30 pm
    0.50 hr
    Lunch with David Jones, Bankruptcy Judge-Designate

    David R. Jones, Porter Hedges LLP - Houston, TX

  • 1:00 pm
    Break

  • 1:15 pm
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Burden of Proof: Claims Objections and Objections to Exemptions

    Moderator:
    Hon. Craig A. Gargotta, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    Kadra Damour Alexander, Barrett Daffin Frappier Turner & Engel, LLP - Addison, TX
    Panelists:
    Angela N. Offerman, Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Joshua L. Shepherd, Curtis | Castillo PC - Dallas, TX

    This session opens with a short overview of the key legal issues involving claims objections and objections to exemptions, followed by two skits illustrating how these issues arise and are handled in practice, with opportunities for audience voting on various issues.
  • 2:00 pm
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Planning for Personal Exemptions: The Choice between Federal and State

    Moderator:
    Hon. Marvin Isgur, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Edgar J. Borrego, Tanzy & Borrego - El Paso, TX
    Panelists:
    Rodney Tow, Tow & Koenig, PLLC - The Woodlands, TX

    Implementing Schwab v. Riley: After several months of experience, what is the best way to claim and challenge exemptions when property has an unknown value?
  • 2:45 pm
    0.50 hr
    Handling Litigation Claims Owned by the Debtor in Consumer Bankruptcy Cases, with a Focus on Judicial Estoppel

    Deborah B. Langehennig, Chapter 13 Trustee - Austin, TX

    Proper and non-binding disclosure, valuation and exemption, retention of counsel, and approval of the settlement.
  • 3:15 pm
    Break

  • 3:30 pm
    0.75 hr
    Automatic Stay Litigation

    H. Anthony Hervol, Law Office of H. Anthony Hervol - San Antonio, TX

    What you need to know to handle claims in bankruptcy court for violations of the automatic stay, including a discussion on proving liability and damages.
  • 4:15 pm
    1.00 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Law and Practice Skills: Preparing Witnesses for a 341 Hearing and Motion to Extend Stay

    Moderators:
    Deirdre Carey Brown, McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, L.L.P. - Houston, TX
    Moderators:
    Carey D. Ebert, Ebert Law Offices PC - Hurst, TX
    Commentator:
    Hon. Craig A. Gargotta, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    Kadra Damour Alexander, Barrett Daffin Frappier Turner & Engel, LLP - Addison, TX
    Panelists:
    Angela N. Offerman, Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Joshua L. Shepherd, Curtis | Castillo PC - Dallas, TX

    This session includes skits and practical instruction in preparing for 341 meetings and establishing cause or good faith at stay extension hearings.
  • 5:15 pm
    Adjourn

  • 5:45 pm
    2.00 hrs
    Reception/Buffet Dinner at Moody Gardens-RSVP for yourself and guests (not included in conference registration)

  • 5:45 pm
    Reception and Buffet Dinner at Moody Gardens Hotel

  • Thursday Evening, Aug. 11, 2011
  • Reception and Buffet Dinner at Hotel

    All registrants and their families (kids welcome) are invited to a special Reception and Buffet Dinner with bankruptcy judges and other faculty members.

    This event is casual, fun and flexible—come for a quick drink or stay and enjoy a Buffet Dinner at the Moody Gardens Hotel.

    SEPARATE REGISTRATION REQUIRED:
    $10 per person, please see registration form to purchase.
  • 8:00 pm
    Reception and Dinner Ends

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, Aug. 12, 2011
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas - Plano, TX
  • 8:00 am
    1.00 hr
    Breakfast Breakout Sessions with the Judiciary and Trustees

    Hon. Craig A. Gargotta, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - Austin, 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
    David R. Jones, Porter Hedges LLP - Houston, TX
    Deborah B. Langehennig, Chapter 13 Trustee - Austin, TX
    Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas - Plano, TX
    Judy A. Robbins, Office of the U.S. Trustee - Houston, TX
    Marcus F. Salitore, Office of the U.S. Trustee - Tyler, TX
    Alice L. Whitten, Chapter 13 Trustee - Fort Worth, TX

    One or more judges and trustees from each of Texas's four judicial districts meet with attendees and discuss problems of local concern.
  • 9:00 am
    Break

  • 9:15 am
    0.25 hr
    Meet the New Trustee

    Judy A. Robbins, Office of the U.S. Trustee - Houston, TX

  • 9:30 am
    0.75 hr
    How to Counsel Your Debtor to Reduce Their Lifestyle: Practical Suggestions and Financing Alternatives to Maximize Plan Success

    Moderator:
    Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas - Plano, TX
    Panelists:
    Stephen E. Levine, Arlington, TX
    Panelists:
    Behrooz P. Vida, Attorney at Law - Bedford, TX
    Panelists:
    Alice L. Whitten, Chapter 13 Trustee - Fort Worth, TX

    Debtor's counsel, a judge and a Chapter 13 Trustee discuss the challenges of counseling debtors to reduce lifestyle spending, including car expenses and homes, and distinguishing between niceties and necessities. An auto finance representative joins the panel to take a practical look at available options to downsize into reliable, but less expensive, transportation.
  • 10:15 am
    0.50 hr ethics
    Identifying and Coping with Stressed-Out Debtors: The Lawyer's Perspective

    Timothy Webb, Attorney At Law - Houston, TX

    Insight and recommendations for handling debtors who suffer from more than financial woes.
  • 10:45 am
    Break

  • 11:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Income Taxes in 13s: Discharges and Dischargeability

    David B. Coffin, David Coffin, PLLC - Grapevine, TX
    Hon. Craig A. Gargotta, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - Austin, TX

    Practical suggestions on how best to ensure obtaining a discharge of income taxes in consumer cases.
  • 11:30 am
    0.50 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Current Developments and Practice Tips: Discharge Violations and Violations of the Confirmation Order

    Michael P. Ridulfo, Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC - Houston, TX

    Chapter 7 discharge, Chapter 13 discharge and related violations are discussed.
  • 12:00 pm
    Break to Pick Up Buffet Lunch

    Included in conference registration fee.
  • Friday Afternoon, Aug. 12, 2011
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. H. DeWayne (Cooter) Hale, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX
  • LUNCH WITH THE JUDGES

    Attendees are invited to submit questions for the judges, in writing, to the conference registration desk in advance.
  • 12:20 pm
    0.83 hr
    Ask the Judges

    Moderator:
    Alice L. Whitten, Chapter 13 Trustee - Fort Worth, TX
    Panelists:
    Hon. Craig A. Gargotta, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    Hon. H. DeWayne (Cooter) Hale, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX
    Panelists:
    Hon. Marvin Isgur, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    David R. Jones, Porter Hedges LLP - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas - Plano, TX

    This always popular and informative panel offers you an opportunity to ask questions, get answers, and express concerns to Bankruptcy Judges from Houston, Dallas, Austin and Plano.
  • 1:10 pm
    Break

  • 1:25 pm
    0.50 hr
    Staying Awake at the Wheel: Post-Confirmation Issues in Chapter 13 Cases

    David G. Peake, Chapter 13 Trustee - Houston, TX
    Eduardo V. Rodriguez, Malaise Law Firm - Brownsville, TX

    Get your cup of java! Just when you were getting comfortable with your confirmed Chapter 13 case, things go bump in the night. This is a must-attend presentation for Chapter 13 practitioners for taking your client's case to a successful discharge.
  • 1:55 pm
    0.75 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Hale v. Isgur, Round 3: Stern v. Marshall

    Panelists:
    Hon. H. DeWayne (Cooter) Hale, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX
    Panelists:
    Hon. Marvin Isgur, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX

    Judges Hale and Isgur renew their annual bout and turn their focus to the hottest bankruptcy case of the twelve months, Stern v. Marshall, covering what may be the important open issue of the opinion: to what extent may litigants consent to a trial before the bankruptcy court?
  • 2:40 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Kadra Damour Alexander

Barrett Daffin Frappier Turner & Engel, LLP
Addison, TX

Diane S. Barron-Carter

Barron & Barron LLP
Plano, TX

Michael V. Baumer

Attorney at Law
Austin, TX

Hon. Jeff Bohm

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

Edgar J. Borrego

Tanzy & Borrego
El Paso, TX

Deirdre Carey Brown

McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, L.L.P.
Houston, TX

Allison Davison Byman

Attorney at Law
Houston, TX

David B. Coffin

David Coffin, PLLC
Grapevine, TX

Carey D. Ebert

Ebert Law Offices PC
Hurst, TX

Hon. Craig A. Gargotta

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas
Austin, TX

Hon. H. DeWayne (Cooter) Hale

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

H. Anthony Hervol

Law Office of H. Anthony Hervol
San Antonio, TX

Hon. Marvin Isgur

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

David R. Jones

Porter Hedges LLP
Houston, TX

Deborah B. Langehennig

Chapter 13 Trustee
Austin, TX

Stephen E. Levine

Arlington, TX

Corey L. Mills

Mills Law Group, PLLC
Houston, TX

Angela N. Offerman

Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC
Houston, TX

David G. Peake

Chapter 13 Trustee
Houston, TX

Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades

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

Michael P. Ridulfo

Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC
Houston, TX

Judy A. Robbins

Office of the U.S. Trustee
Houston, TX

Eduardo V. Rodriguez

Malaise Law Firm
Brownsville, TX

Marcus F. Salitore

Office of the U.S. Trustee
Tyler, TX

Joshua L. Shepherd

Curtis | Castillo PC
Dallas, TX

Rodney Tow

Tow & Koenig, PLLC
The Woodlands, TX

Phillip Henry Trueba

Attorney at Law
Houston, TX

Behrooz P. Vida

Attorney at Law
Bedford, TX

Timothy Webb

Attorney At Law
Houston, TX

Alice L. Whitten

Chapter 13 Trustee
Fort Worth, TX

Planning Committee

Hon. Craig A. Gargotta—Co-Chair

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas
Austin, TX

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

Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades—Co-Chair

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

Michael V. Baumer

Attorney at Law
Austin, TX

Deirdre Carey Brown

McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, L.L.P.
Houston, TX

Mark A. Castillo

Curtis | Castillo PC
Dallas, TX

Carey D. Ebert

Ebert Law Offices PC
Hurst, TX

Michael J. Esposito

University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

H. Anthony Hervol

Law Office of H. Anthony Hervol
San Antonio, TX

Deborah B. Langehennig

Chapter 13 Trustee
Austin, TX

Michael P. Ridulfo

Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC
Houston, TX

Eduardo V. Rodriguez

Malaise Law Firm
Brownsville, TX

Marcus F. Salitore

Office of the U.S. Trustee
Tyler, 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.  
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
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.
Other Credit
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live conferences are presumptively approved by The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Accounting CPE Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Texas Accounting Certificate of Completion at the conference for your records. Self-report your CPE credit directly to TSBPA. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  

Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.

Key Dates

Galveston – Aug 11-12, 2011 – Moody Gardens
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Galveston, TX
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$165.00 good through Jul 20, 2011

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Complimentary Self-Parking

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