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Consumer Bankruptcy Practice presents current developments and practical tips for bankruptcy attorneys and trustees, offers essential information on the Bankruptcy Code, and provides must-have written materials and resources for practitioners.
2015 highlights include:

  • An update on Fifth Circuit consumer bankruptcy cases from the past year, with Hon. Tony Davis, Hon. Douglas D. Dodd, Hon. Craig Gargotta, Hon. DeWayne Hale and Hon. Marvin Isgur
  • A review of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions affecting consumer bankruptcy
  • A look at developments since passage of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act
  • Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Trustees from various districts focus on recent decisions and issues from the past year
  • Edgar Borrego and Mark Castillo present How to Marry and Divorce Clients
  • Breakfast breakout sessions with the Judiciary and Chapter 13 Trustees from Texas and Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Gregg Costa provides his view from the Fifth Circuit with an opportunity for attendees to ask questions
  • Hon. H. DeWayne Hale, Hon. Craig Gargotta, Hon. Marvin Isgur, Hon. Jeffrey P. Norman and Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades present Mini-Trial: How Big Is Too Big regarding disposition of luxury goods in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy
  • Fun, interactive sessions that encourage attendee participation on evidence and direct and cross examination
  • Interact and network with judges, trustees and practitioners throughout the conference, including the Night Out at the Aquarium Reception and Dinner–bring your family and enjoy the Aquarium in this ticketed event without the large crowds of summer
This conference is informative and informal—attendees and faculty are encouraged to dress “beach casual” and bring the family to enjoy Moody Gardens on Galveston Island.

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning, July 23, 2015
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas - Plano, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Registration Opens

    Includes continental breakfast.
  • 8:20 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:30 am
    1.00 hr
    Case Law Review

    Moderator:
    Hon. Tony M. Davis, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    Hon. Douglas D. Dodd, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Louisiana - Baton Rouge, LA
    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. Eduardo V. Rodriguez, Judge Designate, U.S Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - McAllen, TX
    Co-Author:
    Sarah Darnell Wood, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - Austin, TX

    An update on Fifth Circuit consumer bankruptcy cases from the past year.
  • 9:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Six Debtor Squabbles Settled by SCOTUS

    Hon. H. DeWayne "Cooter" Hale, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX
    Jordan M. "Monty" Lewis, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX

    Follow up on six bankruptcy cases granted certiorari before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2014 and recently decided.
  • 10:15 am
    Break

  • 10:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Isn't Bankruptcy for Creditors, Too?

    Hon. Marvin Isgur, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
    Stephen G. Wilcox, Wilcox Law PLLC - Fort Worth, TX

    Hear hot tips and practical advice for the creditor side of the Bar.
  • 11:15 am
    0.75 hr
    What’s Going On in the Creditor World?

    Diane S. Barron, Barron & Barron LLP - Plano, TX
    Jeffrey M. Fleming, Barrett Daffin Frappier Turner & Engel, LLP - Addison, TX

    Hear the latest developments in Chapter 13 cases from the creditor perspective.
  • 12:00 pm
    Pick Up Lunch

    Included in registration.
  • Thursday Afternoon, July 23, 2015
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Eduardo V. Rodriguez, Judge Designate, U.S Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - McAllen, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 12:20 pm
    1.00 hr
    BAPCPA: A Ten Year Retrospective from the Bench and Bar

    Moderator:
    Théda W. Page, The Page Law Firm - Frisco, TX
    Panelists:
    Hon. Douglas D. Dodd, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Louisiana - Baton Rouge, LA
    Hon. H. DeWayne "Cooter" Hale, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX
    Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas - Plano, TX

    Review some of the highlights of practicing under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA) ten years in.
  • 1:20 pm
    Break

  • 1:35 pm
    0.75 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Frost-bite: Protect Your Proceeds!

    Pamela A. Bassel, Chapter 13 Trustee - Fort Worth, TX
    Michael V. Baumer, Law Office of Michael Baumer - Austin, TX

    Learn to identify potential mistakes and missteps that could leave you and your clients exposed with the latest on the Texas homestead exemption.
  • 2:20 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    A Primer on the Mortgage Assistance Relief Services Rule

    Mayur M. Patel, The Sughrue Law Firm, PLLC - Houston, TX
    Thomas D. Powers, Chapter 13 Trustee - Irving, TX

    What bankruptcy lawyers need to know about rampant mortgage modification scams and compliance with or exemption from the provisions of the MARS Rule.
  • 2:50 pm
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Chapter 7 Trustee Panel: What Is Going On in Chapter 7s?

    Moderator:
    Allison D. Byman, Hughes Watters Askanase, LLP - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Ron Satija, Hajjar Peters LLP - Austin, TX
    John Dee Spicer, Cavazos, Hendricks, Poirot & Smitham, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Stephen J. Zayler, Law Office of Stephen J. Zayler - Lufkin, TX

    Chapter 7 trustees from each Texas district focus on recent decisions, trends, and issues arising in each district and identify traps and tips to avoid disaster for your client.
  • 3:35 pm
    Break

  • 3:45 pm
    0.50 hr
    Basics of Filing and Prosecuting an Adversary Proceeding

    John Akard Jr., Coplen & Banks, P.C. - Cypress, TX
    Famose T. Garner, Attorney at Law - Houston, TX

    So you have decided to sue. What now?
  • 4:15 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    How to Marry and Divorce Clients

    Edgar J. Borrego, Tanzy & Borrego - El Paso, TX
    Mark A. Castillo, Curtis | Castillo PC - Dallas, TX

    Learn how to properly document your engagement agreement and scope of duties with your client and ensure an appropriate termination after your representation has (or should have) ended.
  • 4:45 pm
    1.00 hr
    Evidence Skits: Direct and Cross Examination of Witnesses

    Mark A. Castillo, Curtis | Castillo PC - Dallas, TX
    Hon. Tony M. Davis, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - Austin, TX
    Charles E. Lauffer Jr., Ritcheson, Lauffer & Vincent, P.C. - Tyler, TX
    Layla D. Milligan, Office of Deborah B. Langehennig, Chapter 13 Trustee - Austin, TX
    Brendetta A. Scott, Hoover Slovacek LLP - Houston, TX
    Tracie M. Shelby, The Shelby Law Firm - Dallas, TX
    Co-Author:
    Sarah Darnell Wood, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - Austin, TX

    You want the truth? You can't handle the truth!
  • 5:45 pm
    Adjourn

  • 7:00 pm
    Night Out at the Aquarium Reception and Dinner

    All registrants and their families (kids welcome) are invited to a special reception and 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 evening featuring a casual dinner with heavy appetizers, carving stations and cocktails. It’s a kid-friendly event that’s perfect for networking with colleagues and fun for the whole family!
     
    This event is casual, fun, and flexible. Drop in for a quick drink, or stay and enjoy dinner with seating throughout the Aquarium.

    SEPARATE REGISTRATION REQUIRED:
    Tickets are $15 per person and are NOT included in Conference registration. Please see registration form to purchase.
  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, July 24, 2015
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Marvin Isgur, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
  • 7:15 am
    Conference Room Opens

    Includes continental breakfast.
  • 7:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Breakfast Breakout Sessions with the Judiciary and Chapter 13 Trustees

    Judges and trustees from each of Texas's four judicial districts and two from Louisiana meet with attendees and moderate discussion on problems of local concern.
  • 8:15 am
    0.75 hr
    Evidence Skits: How to Get In Tax Returns, Schedules, Appraisals, and Other Key Documents

    Mark A. Castillo, Curtis | Castillo PC - Dallas, TX
    Hon. Tony M. Davis, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - Austin, TX
    Kristina L. Gonzales, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - Austin, TX
    Charles E. Lauffer Jr., Ritcheson, Lauffer & Vincent, P.C. - Tyler, TX
    Layla D. Milligan, Office of Deborah B. Langehennig, Chapter 13 Trustee - Austin, TX
    Brendetta A. Scott, Hoover Slovacek LLP - Houston, TX
    Tracie M. Shelby, The Shelby Law Firm - Dallas, TX
    Sarah Darnell Wood, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - Austin, TX

    Live Testimony! Dead Bodies! Smoking Guns!
    That would be fun, but this is about documents, instead. Sorry.
  • 9:00 am
    0.75 hr
    The Who, What, When, Where, and How of Chapter 13

    Moderator:
    Hon. Jeffrey P. Norman, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Louisiana - Shreveport, LA
    Panelists:
    David G. Peake, Chapter 13 Trustee - Houston, TX
    Thomas D. Powers, Chapter 13 Trustee - Irving, TX
    John J. Talton, Chapter 13 Trustee - Tyler, TX

    Explore trends and hot topics in Chapter 13 cases, including what Chapter 13 Trustees are looking for and why.
  • 9:45 am
    0.75 hr
    Bankruptcy Accounting 101: Small Business Statements, Escrows, and Other Math Tests

    Hon. Marvin Isgur, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
    Hon. Jeffrey P. Norman, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Louisiana - Shreveport, LA
    William G. West, William G. West, P.C., C.P.A. - Houston, TX

    Get the judicial perspective and learn simple ratios to estimate a small business’s chances of success or failure, including how to use the balance sheet and income statement to determine its ability or inability to pay creditors and continue in operation.
  • 10:30 am
    Break

  • 10:45 am
    0.50 hr
    Valuation Issues in Consumer Cases

    Hon. Eduardo V. Rodriguez, Judge Designate, U.S Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - McAllen, TX
    Stephen G. Wilcox, Wilcox Law PLLC - Fort Worth, TX

    Addressing valuation issues in Chapters 7 and 13 bankruptcy cases, including redemptions, lift stays, motions for valuation, and objections to confirmation.
  • 11:15 am
    0.50 hr
    Securing Post-Petition Financing and Rebuilding Client Credit

    Sean T. Flynn, Fears | Nachawati - Dallas, TX
    Benjamin J. Lusky, Fears | Nachawati - Dallas, TX

    Discuss how to help your clients obtain debt during an active bankruptcy case and consider ways to advise them on rebuilding credit after their case has ended.
  • 11:45 am
    0.75 hr
    A View from the District Court and Court of Appeals

    Hon. Gregg Costa, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit - Houston, TX

    A question-and-answer session about bankruptcy appeals to the district court and court of appeals.
  • 12:30 pm
    0.75 hr
    Mini-Trial: How Big Is Too Big?

    Moderator:
    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
    Hon. David R. Jones, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
    Hon. Jeffrey P. Norman, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Louisiana - Shreveport, LA
    Hon. Eduardo V. Rodriguez, Judge Designate, U.S Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - McAllen, TX

    The judges talk about strategy, evidence, and things that really matter during trial.
  • 1:15 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

John Akard Jr.

Coplen & Banks, P.C.
Cypress, TX

Diane S. Barron

Barron & Barron LLP
Plano, TX

Pamela A. Bassel

Chapter 13 Trustee
Fort Worth, TX

Michael V. Baumer

Law Office of Michael Baumer
Austin, TX

Edgar J. Borrego

Tanzy & Borrego
El Paso, TX

Allison D. Byman

Hughes Watters Askanase, LLP
Houston, TX

Mark A. Castillo

Curtis | Castillo PC
Dallas, TX

Hon. Gregg Costa

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

Hon. Tony M. Davis

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

Hon. Douglas D. Dodd

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Louisiana
Baton Rouge, LA

Jeffrey M. Fleming

Barrett Daffin Frappier Turner & Engel, LLP
Addison, TX

Sean T. Flynn

Fears | Nachawati
Dallas, TX

Famose T. Garner

Attorney at Law
Houston, TX

Kristina L. Gonzales

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

Hon. David R. Jones

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

Charles E. Lauffer Jr.

Ritcheson, Lauffer & Vincent, P.C.
Tyler, TX

Jordan M. "Monty" Lewis

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

Benjamin J. Lusky

Fears | Nachawati
Dallas, TX

Layla D. Milligan

Office of Deborah B. Langehennig, Chapter 13 Trustee
Austin, TX

Hon. Jeffrey P. Norman

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Louisiana
Shreveport, LA

Théda W. Page

The Page Law Firm
Frisco, TX

Mayur M. Patel

The Sughrue Law Firm, PLLC
Houston, TX

David G. Peake

Chapter 13 Trustee
Houston, TX

Thomas D. Powers

Chapter 13 Trustee
Irving, TX

Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades

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

Hon. Eduardo V. Rodriguez

Judge Designate, U.S Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas
McAllen, TX

Ron Satija

Hajjar Peters LLP
Austin, TX

Brendetta A. Scott

Hoover Slovacek LLP
Houston, TX

Tracie M. Shelby

The Shelby Law Firm
Dallas, TX

John Dee Spicer

Cavazos, Hendricks, Poirot & Smitham, P.C.
Dallas, TX

John J. Talton

Chapter 13 Trustee
Tyler, TX

William G. West

William G. West, P.C., C.P.A.
Houston, TX

Stephen G. Wilcox

Wilcox Law PLLC
Fort Worth, TX

Sarah Darnell Wood

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

Stephen J. Zayler

Law Office of Stephen J. Zayler
Lufkin, TX

Planning Committee

Hon. Tony M. Davis—Co-Chair

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

Hon. Douglas D. Dodd—Co-Chair

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Louisiana
Baton Rouge, LA

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. Jeffrey P. Norman—Co-Chair

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Louisiana
Shreveport, LA

Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades—Co-Chair

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

John Akard Jr.

Coplen & Banks, P.C.
Cypress, TX

Hon. John C. Akard

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Retired
Houston, TX

Pamela A. Bassel

Chapter 13 Trustee
Fort Worth, TX

Michael V. Baumer

Law Office of Michael Baumer
Austin, TX

Edgar J. Borrego

Tanzy & Borrego
El Paso, TX

Allison D. Byman

Hughes Watters Askanase, LLP
Houston, TX

Mark A. Castillo

Curtis | Castillo PC
Dallas, TX

Sean T. Flynn

Fears | Nachawati
Dallas, TX

Famose T. Garner

Attorney at Law
Houston, TX

Christy Lingafelter Heimer

Heimer Law Offices P.C.
Austin, TX

Charles E. Lauffer Jr.

Ritcheson, Lauffer & Vincent, P.C.
Tyler, TX

Layla D. Milligan

Office of Deborah B. Langehennig, Chapter 13 Trustee
Austin, TX

Théda W. Page

The Page Law Firm
Frisco, TX

Mayur M. Patel

The Sughrue Law Firm, PLLC
Houston, TX

Tracie M. Shelby

The Shelby Law Firm
Dallas, TX

Caroline Squires

Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee
Austin, TX

Behrooz P. Vida

The Vida Law Firm
Bedford, TX

Stephen G. Wilcox

Wilcox Law PLLC
Fort Worth, 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. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Supreme Court of Louisiana Continuing Legal Education Committee within 30 days after the conference. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance 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. 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.
No Additional Credit Information.
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 – Jul 23-24, 2015 – Moody Gardens
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Last day for Individual early registration: Jul 15, 2015

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Last day for cancellation (full refund): Jul 17, 2015
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Jul 20, 2015

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Venue

speaker

Seven Hope Boulevard
Galveston, TX
888.388.8484 (reservations)

Accommodations

$174 room rate good through July 1, 2015 (subject to availability).

Parking Information

Self-Parking:  Complimentary

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