University of Texas School of Law
9th Annual
Consumer Bankruptcy Practice
Galveston Aug 8-9, 2013 Moody Gardens
Conference Concluded
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SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS

Houston Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
Houston Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers

UT Law CLE

2013 Consumer Bankruptcy Practice

Program Features
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!

UT Law CLE

2013 Consumer Bankruptcy Practice

12/10/19
Schedule

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

An update of Fifth Circuit consumer bankruptcy cases from the past year.

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

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

Thursday Morning Breakout Sessions

11:15 am

1.00 hr

Topic A: Bankruptcy Basics

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?

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

11:15 am

1.00 hr

Topic B: Reaffirmation Agreements—Personal and Real Property

Lender's counsel and debtor's counsel discuss the benefits, burdens and beauties of reaffirmation agreements.

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

11:15 am

1.00 hr

Topic C: Client Tips for Chapter 13 Success

Consumer practitioners offer practical approaches for average debtors to achieve Chapter 13 success.

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

11:15 am

1.00 hr

Topic D: Family Law and Bankruptcy—No Love (or Money) Lost

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.

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

11:15 am

1.00 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Topic E: Bankruptcy Tax Issues

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.

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

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

How to bring or defend an adversary proceeding in the bankruptcy court. Factors, procedures and deadlines to consider when filing an 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

2:15 pm

1.00 hr
0.50 hr ethics

Claim Objections

Understanding and presenting 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

3:15 pm

0.50 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Chapter 7: Practical Tips and Ethical Considerations

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.

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

3:45 pm
Break

Thursday Afternoon Breakout Sessions

4:00 pm

1.00 hr

Topic A: Bankruptcy Basics

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?

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

4:00 pm

1.00 hr

Topic B: Reaffirmation Agreements—Personal and Real Property

Lender's counsel and debtor's counsel discuss the benefits, burdens and beauties of reaffirmation agreements.

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

4:00 pm

1.00 hr

Topic C: Client Tips for Chapter 13 Success

Consumer practitioners offer practical approaches for average debtors to achieve Chapter 13 success.

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

4:00 pm

1.00 hr

Topic D: Family Law and Bankruptcy—No Love (or Money) Lost

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.

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

4:00 pm

1.00 hr

Topic F: Writing Better Motions and Briefs

A judge and law clerk offer their insights and suggestions for effective legal writing for court pleadings 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

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.

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

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.

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

10:00 am

0.75 hr

Better Use of Technology

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.

Peter Johnson, Attorney at Law - Houston, TX

10:45 am
Break

Friday Morning Breakout Sessions

11:00 am

1.00 hr

Topic A: Bankruptcy Basics

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?

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

11:00 am

1.00 hr

Topic B: Reaffirmation Agreements—Personal and Real Property

Lender's counsel and debtor's counsel discuss the benefits, burdens and beauties of reaffirmation agreements.

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

11:00 am

1.00 hr

Topic C: Client Tips for Chapter 13 Success

Consumer practitioners offer practical approaches for average debtors to achieve Chapter 13 success.

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

11:00 am

1.00 hr

Topic D: Family Law and Bankruptcy—No Love (or Money) Lost

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.

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

11:00 am

1.00 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Topic E: Bankruptcy Tax Issues

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.

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

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

A discussion of cases from the Fifth Circuit allowing time for questions at the end.

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

 
1:15 pm
Break

1:30 pm

0.50 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Rule 3002.1—Interpretations and Actions

How the Courts are interpreting Rule 3002.1 and what the Courts are doing.

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

2:00 pm

0.50 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Emergency Filings, Eligibility Issues and Other Issues to Address

The top 10 tips and tricks you need to know from the initial client meeting to filing an emergency Chapter 13 and 7.

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

2:30 pm
Break

2:45 pm

0.75 hr

Smackdown Round 5: Emergency Funds in a Chapter 13 Budget

How to get your judge to allow emergency funds.

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

3:30 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2013 Consumer Bankruptcy Practice

Faculty

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

UT Law CLE

2013 Consumer Bankruptcy Practice

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
13.00 hrs  |  2.75 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Bankruptcy Law, Civil Trial Law, Consumer and Commercial Law
Additional Information
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.  
California
13.00 hrs  |  2.50 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
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.  
Oklahoma
15.50 hrs  |  3.00 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
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.
Other States
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

National Accounting CPE
15.00 hrs
Additional Information
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.
TX Accounting CPE
15.50 hrs
Additional Information
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.  

UT Law CLE

2013 Consumer Bankruptcy Practice

Key Dates

Galveston

  • Last day for Green Registration - USB Key ONLY early registration: Jul 31, 2013
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    $50 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2013 Consumer Bankruptcy Practice

Hotel / Venue

Galveston

Moody Gardens

Seven Hope Boulevard
Galveston, TX
888.388.8484 (reservations)

Accommodations

$168.00 good through Jul 17, 2013.  Please mention "UT Law" when making reservations.

Parking Information

Complimentary self-parking. Overnight valet parking $18.