About

Consumer Bankruptcy Practice presents current developments and practical tips for bankruptcy attorneys and trustees, offers essential information on Bankruptcy Code, and provides a must-have set of materials and resources.

2013 program highlights:

  • Hon. Jennifer Walker Elrod, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, discusses cases and trends and answers your questions in Fifth Circuit Update
  • Review the latest developments of Fifth Circuit consumer bankruptcy cases in Case Law Review
  • Learn how to bring or defend an adversary proceeding in the bankruptcy court and factors, procedures and deadlines to consider when filing an appeal during Adversary Proceedings Nuts and Bolts from Filing through Appeal
  • Customize your own program with breakout sessions for a more specialized topic selection—including Bankruptcy Basics; Family Law and Bankruptcy—No Love (or Money) Lost; Client Tips for Chapter 13 Success; Reaffirmation Agreements—Personal and Real Property; Writing Better Motions and Briefs; and Bankruptcy Tax Issues
  • Gain insight into Chapter 7 practice, explore a few dos and don’ts and get advice about traps for the unwary during Chapter 7: Practical Tips and Ethical Considerations
  • Hear practical strategies and suggestions in negotiating tax issues with the IRS, achieving success in Chapter 13 cases, and emergency filings and eligibility issues
  • Learn how to get your judge to allow emergency funds from Judges Hale and Isgur in their annual Smackdown, Round 5: Emergency Funds in a Chapter 13 Budget
  • Interact and network with judges, trustees and practitioners in breakout sessions, panels and social events, including the Night Out at the Aquarium Reception and Dinner–family and kids are welcome!

This conference is informative and informal—attendees and faculty are encouraged to dress casually and bring the family to enjoy Moody Gardens on Galveston Island!

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning, Aug. 8, 2013
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Marvin Isgur, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Registration Opens

    Includes continental breakfast.
  • 8:30 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:45 am
    1.25 hrs
    Case Law Review

    Hon. Craig A. Gargotta, 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, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
    Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas - Plano, TX
    Materials By:
    Brian Cumings, Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody - Austin, TX
    R. Byrn (Byrnie) Bass Jr., Attorney at Law - Lubbock, TX
    Deborah B. Langehennig, Chapter 13 Trustee - Austin, TX

    An update of Fifth Circuit consumer bankruptcy cases from the past year.
  • 10:00 am
    1.00 hr ethics
    Discharge, Dischargeability and Bankruptcy Crimes

    Ashley L. Gargour, Berg & Androphy - Houston, TX
    Cedric L. Joubert, Department of Justice, Office of the U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX

  • 11:00 am
    Break

  • Track description: Thursday Morning Breakout Sessions
  • 11:15 am
    1.00 hr
    Topic A: Bankruptcy Basics

    Hon. Marvin Isgur, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
    Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas - Plano, TX

    Designed for newer practitioners, learn the basics that every lawyer should know about bankruptcy. The two judges address the following questions and more: What is a discharge? What is estate property? How are exceptions determined? What should be in the schedules? What is the best interest of creditors test in a Chapter 13?
  • 11:15 am
    1.00 hr
    Topic B: Reaffirmation Agreements—Personal and Real Property

    June A. Mann, Mann Law Firm PLLC - Houston, TX
    Theda W. Page, The Page Law Firm - Frisco, TX
    Stephen G. Wilcox, Bassel & Wilcox, P.L.L.C. - Fort Worth, TX

    Lender's counsel and debtor's counsel discuss the benefits, burdens and beauties of reaffirmation agreements.
  • 11:15 am
    1.00 hr
    Topic C: Client Tips for Chapter 13 Success

    J. Thomas Black, Law Office of J. Thomas Black, P.C. - Houston, TX
    Tagnia F. Clark, Maida Law Firm - Beaumont, TX

    Consumer practitioners offer practical approaches for average debtors to achieve Chapter 13 success.
  • 11:15 am
    1.00 hr
    Topic D: Family Law and Bankruptcy—No Love (or Money) Lost

    Hon. H. DeWayne "Cooter" Hale, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX
    Bryan W. McDaniel, Law Office of Bryan W. McDaniel PC - Elgin, TX
    Layla D. Milligan, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX

    Family law and bankruptcy often collide in interesting ways. A discussion of the basics of bankruptcy and family law, as well as issues that arise when these areas of law intersect.
  • 11:15 am
    1.00 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Topic E: Bankruptcy Tax Issues

    David B. Coffin, David Coffin, PLLC - Southlake, TX
    Hon. Craig A. Gargotta, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - San Antonio, TX
    Eduardo V. Rodriguez, Malaise Law Firm - Brownsville, TX

    A judge, former DOJ tax division counsel, and experienced debtor's counsel provide practical suggestions in negotiating tax issues with the IRS both outside and in the bankruptcy context. The panel also discusses issues that all debtor's counsel must consider when a client has tax debt in bankruptcy.
  • 12:15 pm
    Lunch on Your Own

  • Thursday Afternoon, Aug. 8, 2013
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. H. DeWayne "Cooter" Hale, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX
  • 1:30 pm
    0.75 hr
    Adversary Proceedings Nuts and Bolts from Filing through Appeal

    Mark A. Castillo, Curtis | Castillo PC - Dallas, TX
    Hon. Tony M. Davis, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - Austin, TX
    Behrooz P. Vida, Attorney at Law - Bedford, TX

    How to bring or defend an adversary proceeding in the bankruptcy court. Factors, procedures and deadlines to consider when filing an appeal.
  • 2:15 pm
    1.00 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Claim Objections

    Diane S. Carter, Barron & Barron LLP - Plano, TX
    Mayur M. Patel, The Sughrue Law Firm, PLLC - Houston, TX
    Michael L. Weems, HughesWattersAskanase LLP - Houston, TX

    Understanding and presenting claim objections.
  • 3:15 pm
    0.50 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Chapter 7: Practical Tips and Ethical Considerations

    Theda W. Page, The Page Law Firm - Frisco, TX
    Joshua P. Searcy, Searcy & Searcy, P.C. - Longview, TX

    Two attorneys experienced in handling Chapter 7 cases offer insight into Chapter 7 practice, explore a few do's and don'ts and offer advice about traps for the unwary.
  • 3:45 pm
    Break

  • Track description: Thursday Afternoon Breakout Sessions
  • 4:00 pm
    1.00 hr
    Topic A: Bankruptcy Basics

    Hon. Marvin Isgur, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
    Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas - Plano, TX

    Designed for newer practitioners, learn the basics that every lawyer should know about bankruptcy. The two judges address the following questions and more: What is a discharge? What is estate property? How are exceptions determined? What should be in the schedules? What is the best interest of creditors test in a Chapter 13?
  • 4:00 pm
    1.00 hr
    Topic B: Reaffirmation Agreements—Personal and Real Property

    June A. Mann, Mann Law Firm PLLC - Houston, TX
    Theda W. Page, The Page Law Firm - Frisco, TX
    Stephen G. Wilcox, Bassel & Wilcox, P.L.L.C. - Fort Worth, TX

    Lender's counsel and debtor's counsel discuss the benefits, burdens and beauties of reaffirmation agreements.
  • 4:00 pm
    1.00 hr
    Topic C: Client Tips for Chapter 13 Success

    J. Thomas Black, Law Office of J. Thomas Black, P.C. - Houston, TX
    Tagnia F. Clark, Maida Law Firm - Beaumont, TX

    Consumer practitioners offer practical approaches for average debtors to achieve Chapter 13 success.
  • 4:00 pm
    1.00 hr
    Topic D: Family Law and Bankruptcy—No Love (or Money) Lost

    Hon. H. DeWayne "Cooter" Hale, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX
    Bryan W. McDaniel, Law Office of Bryan W. McDaniel PC - Elgin, TX
    Layla D. Milligan, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX

    Family law and bankruptcy often collide in interesting ways. A discussion of the basics of bankruptcy and family law, as well as issues that arise when these areas of law intersect.
  • 4:00 pm
    1.00 hr
    Topic F: Writing Better Motions and Briefs

    Jack Byrom, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - San Antonio, TX
    Hon. Craig A. Gargotta, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - San Antonio, TX

    A judge and law clerk offer their insights and suggestions for effective legal writing for court pleadings and briefs.
  • 5:00 pm
    Adjourn

  • 7:00 pm
    Night Out at the Aquarium

    All registrants and their families (kids welcome) are invited to a special reception and buffet dinner with bankruptcy judges and conference faculty members.

    Visit the spectacular Moody Gardens Aquarium without the large crowds of summer: the Aquarium is closed to the public for this special private reception and buffet.

    This event is casual, fun and flexible: come for a half hour and quick drink, or stay on for two hours, and enjoy a buffet dinner with seating throughout the Aquarium.

    Separate registration required: Tickets are $10 per person and are NOT included in Conference registration - Please see registration form to purchase.
  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, Aug. 9, 2013
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Craig A. Gargotta, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - San Antonio, TX
  • 8:00 am
    1.00 hr
    Breakfast Breakout Sessions with the Judiciary and Chapter 13 and 7 Trustees

    Includes continental breakfast.
    One or more judges and trustees from each of Texas' four judicial districts meet with attendees and discuss problems of local concern.
  • 9:00 am
    1.00 hr
    Legitimate and Illegitimate Approaches to Home Loan Modification and Loan Forgiveness

    Gary J. Campbell, Gary J. Campbell & Associates, P.C. - Sherman, TX
    Shawn I. Carter, Barrett Daffin Frappier Turner & Engel - Addison, TX
    Janna Countryman, Standing Chapter 12 & 13 Trustee - Plano, TX

    Home loan modification and loan forgiveness is an ever-evolving minefield for both banks and borrowers, from constant regulations and rule-making to shady third-party "loan modification" assistance groups. Navigating and protecting your client through this morass is possible when armed with the right information.
  • 10:00 am
    0.75 hr
    Better Use of Technology

    Peter Johnson, Attorney at Law - Houston, TX

    Targeted to the sole practitioner, learn how to simplify the use of the iPad for courtroom presentations and organization of the paperless office, and how to implement cloud-based practice management.
  • 10:45 am
    Break

  • Track description: Friday Morning Breakout Sessions
  • 11:00 am
    1.00 hr
    Topic A: Bankruptcy Basics

    Hon. Marvin Isgur, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
    Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas - Plano, TX

    Designed for newer practitioners, learn the basics that every lawyer should know about bankruptcy. The two judges address the following questions and more: What is a discharge? What is estate property? How are exceptions determined? What should be in the schedules? What is the best interest of creditors test in a Chapter 13?
  • 11:00 am
    1.00 hr
    Topic B: Reaffirmation Agreements—Personal and Real Property

    June A. Mann, Mann Law Firm PLLC - Houston, TX
    Theda W. Page, The Page Law Firm - Frisco, TX
    Stephen G. Wilcox, Bassel & Wilcox, P.L.L.C. - Fort Worth, TX

    Lender's counsel and debtor's counsel discuss the benefits, burdens and beauties of reaffirmation agreements.
  • 11:00 am
    1.00 hr
    Topic C: Client Tips for Chapter 13 Success

    J. Thomas Black, Law Office of J. Thomas Black, P.C. - Houston, TX
    Tagnia F. Clark, Maida Law Firm - Beaumont, TX

    Consumer practitioners offer practical approaches for average debtors to achieve Chapter 13 success.
  • 11:00 am
    1.00 hr
    Topic D: Family Law and Bankruptcy—No Love (or Money) Lost

    Hon. H. DeWayne "Cooter" Hale, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX
    Bryan W. McDaniel, Law Office of Bryan W. McDaniel PC - Elgin, TX
    Layla D. Milligan, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX

    Family law and bankruptcy often collide in interesting ways. A discussion of the basics of bankruptcy and family law, as well as issues that arise when these areas of law intersect.
  • 11:00 am
    1.00 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Topic E: Bankruptcy Tax Issues

    David B. Coffin, David Coffin, PLLC - Southlake, TX
    Hon. Craig A. Gargotta, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - San Antonio, TX
    Eduardo V. Rodriguez, Malaise Law Firm - Brownsville, TX

    A judge, former DOJ tax division counsel, and experienced debtor's counsel provide practical suggestions in negotiating tax issues with the IRS both outside and in the bankruptcy context. The panel also discusses issues that all debtor's counsel must consider when a client has tax debt in bankruptcy.
  • 12:00 pm
    Pick Up Lunch

    Included in registration.
  • Friday Afternoon, Aug. 9, 2013
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas - Plano, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 12:15 pm
    1.00 hr
    Fifth Circuit Update

    Hon. Jennifer Walker Elrod, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit - Houston, TX

    A discussion of cases from the Fifth Circuit allowing time for questions at the end.
  • 1:15 pm
    Break

  • 1:30 pm
    0.50 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Rule 3002.1—Interpretations and Actions

    Cristina Platon Camarata, Buckley Madole, P.C. - League City, TX
    Eduardo V. Rodriguez, Malaise Law Firm - Brownsville, TX

    How the Courts are interpreting Rule 3002.1 and what the Courts are doing.
  • 2:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Emergency Filings, Eligibility Issues and Other Issues to Address

    Yolanda Gutierrez, Keeling Law Firm - Houston, TX
    Brendetta Anthony Scott, Garner Scott & Jones, PLLC - Houston, TX
    Tracie M. Shelby, The Shelby Law Firm - Dallas, TX

    The top 10 tips and tricks you need to know from the initial client meeting to filing an emergency Chapter 13 and 7.
  • 2:30 pm
    Break

  • 2:45 pm
    0.75 hr
    Smackdown Round 5: Emergency Funds in a Chapter 13 Budget

    Moderator:
    Hon. Jennifer Walker Elrod, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit - Houston, 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

    How to get your judge to allow emergency funds.
  • 3:30 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

R. Byrn (Byrnie) Bass Jr.

Attorney at Law
Lubbock, TX

J. Thomas Black

Law Office of J. Thomas Black, P.C.
Houston, TX

Jack Byrom

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

Cristina Platon Camarata

Buckley Madole, P.C.
League City, TX

Gary J. Campbell

Gary J. Campbell & Associates, P.C.
Sherman, TX

Diane S. Carter

Barron & Barron LLP
Plano, TX

Shawn I. Carter

Barrett Daffin Frappier Turner & Engel
Addison, TX

Mark A. Castillo

Curtis | Castillo PC
Dallas, TX

Tagnia F. Clark

Maida Law Firm
Beaumont, TX

David B. Coffin

David Coffin, PLLC
Southlake, TX

Janna Countryman

Standing Chapter 12 & 13 Trustee
Plano, TX

Brian Cumings

Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody
Austin, TX

Hon. Tony M. Davis

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

Hon. Jennifer Walker Elrod

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Houston, TX

Hon. Craig A. Gargotta

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

Ashley L. Gargour

Berg & Androphy
Houston, TX

Yolanda Gutierrez

Keeling Law Firm
Houston, 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

Peter Johnson

Attorney at Law
Houston, TX

Cedric L. Joubert

Department of Justice, Office of the U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Texas
Houston, TX

Deborah B. Langehennig

Chapter 13 Trustee
Austin, TX

June A. Mann

Mann Law Firm PLLC
Houston, TX

Bryan W. McDaniel

Law Office of Bryan W. McDaniel PC
Elgin, TX

Layla D. Milligan

Attorney at Law
Austin, TX

Theda W. Page

The Page Law Firm
Frisco, TX

Mayur M. Patel

The Sughrue Law Firm, PLLC
Houston, TX

Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades

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

Eduardo V. Rodriguez

Malaise Law Firm
Brownsville, TX

Brendetta Anthony Scott

Garner Scott & Jones, PLLC
Houston, TX

Joshua P. Searcy

Searcy & Searcy, P.C.
Longview, TX

Tracie M. Shelby

The Shelby Law Firm
Dallas, TX

Behrooz P. Vida

Attorney at Law
Bedford, TX

Michael L. Weems

HughesWattersAskanase LLP
Houston, TX

Stephen G. Wilcox

Bassel & Wilcox, P.L.L.C.
Fort Worth, TX

Planning Committee

Hon. Craig A. Gargotta—Co-Chair

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

Allison D. Byman

HughesWattersAskanase LLP
Houston, TX

Diane S. Carter

Barron & Barron LLP
Plano, TX

Mark A. Castillo

Curtis | Castillo PC
Dallas, TX

Janna Countryman

Standing Chapter 12 & 13 Trustee
Plano, TX

J. Hector Duran Jr.

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of U.S. Trustee
Houston, TX

Famose T. Garner

Garner Scott & Jones, PLLC
Houston, TX

Lisa L. Lambert

Office of the U.S. Trustee
Dallas, TX

Deborah B. Langehennig

Chapter 13 Trustee
Austin, TX

Layla D. Milligan

Attorney at Law
Austin, TX

Theda W. Page

The Page Law Firm
Frisco, TX

David G. Peake

Chapter 13 Trustee
Houston, TX

Eduardo V. Rodriguez

Malaise Law Firm
Brownsville, TX

Joshua P. Searcy

Searcy & Searcy, P.C.
Longview, TX

Michelle M. Turner

The University of Texas School of Law
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.  
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.  
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the conference.
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 is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.

Delivery Method: Group-Live

To comply with NASBA Standards, attendees claiming CPE credit must sign in to verify attendance for each segment. Attendance sign-in sheets will be available at the registration desk. You will need your CPA license number to sign in. A CPE Certificate of Completion will be provided at the conclusion of the conference.

Reporting: CPAs are responsible for reporting CPE credits earned to their state's accountancy board, and must retain appropriate documentation of their participation in learning activities. Visit your state’s reporting website for more information or www.nasba.org.
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 8-9, 2013 – Moody Gardens
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$168.00 good through Jul 17, 2013.  Please mention "UT Law" when making reservations.

Parking Information

Complimentary self-parking. Overnight valet parking $18.

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