University of Texas School of Law
11th Annual
Consumer Bankruptcy Practice
Galveston Jul 23-24, 2015 Moody Gardens
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UT Law CLE

2015 Consumer Bankruptcy Practice

Program Features
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.

UT Law CLE

2015 Consumer Bankruptcy Practice

10/14/19
Schedule

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

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

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

9:30 am

0.75 hr

Six Debtor Squabbles Settled by SCOTUS

Follow up on six bankruptcy cases granted certiorari before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2014 and recently decided.

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

10:15 am
Break

10:30 am

0.75 hr

Isn't Bankruptcy for Creditors, Too?

Hear hot tips and practical advice for the creditor side of the Bar.

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

11:15 am

0.75 hr

What’s Going On in the Creditor World?

Hear the latest developments in Chapter 13 cases from the creditor perspective.

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

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

Review some of the highlights of practicing under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA) ten years in.

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

 
1:20 pm
Break

1:35 pm

0.75 hr
0.50 hr ethics

Frost-bite: Protect Your Proceeds!

Learn to identify potential mistakes and missteps that could leave you and your clients exposed with the latest on the Texas homestead exemption.

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

2:20 pm

0.50 hr ethics

A Primer on the Mortgage Assistance Relief Services Rule

What bankruptcy lawyers need to know about rampant mortgage modification scams and compliance with or exemption from the provisions of the MARS Rule.

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

2:50 pm

0.75 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Chapter 7 Trustee Panel: What Is Going On in Chapter 7s?

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.

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

3:35 pm
Break

3:45 pm

0.50 hr

Basics of Filing and Prosecuting an Adversary Proceeding

So you have decided to sue. What now?

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

4:15 pm

0.50 hr ethics

How to Marry and Divorce Clients

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.

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

4:45 pm

1.00 hr

Evidence Skits: Direct and Cross Examination of Witnesses

You want the truth? You can't handle the truth!

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

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.

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

Live Testimony! Dead Bodies! Smoking Guns!
That would be fun, but this is about documents, instead. Sorry.

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

9:00 am

0.75 hr

The Who, What, When, Where, and How of Chapter 13

Explore trends and hot topics in Chapter 13 cases, including what Chapter 13 Trustees are looking for and why.

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

9:45 am

0.75 hr

Bankruptcy Accounting 101: Small Business Statements, Escrows, and Other Math Tests

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.

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

10:30 am
Break

10:45 am

0.50 hr

Valuation Issues in Consumer Cases

Addressing valuation issues in Chapters 7 and 13 bankruptcy cases, including redemptions, lift stays, motions for valuation, and objections to confirmation.

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

11:15 am

0.50 hr

Securing Post-Petition Financing and Rebuilding Client Credit

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.

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

11:45 am

0.75 hr

A View from the District Court and Court of Appeals

A question-and-answer session about bankruptcy appeals to the district court and court of appeals.

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

12:30 pm

0.75 hr

Mini-Trial: How Big Is Too Big?

The judges talk about strategy, evidence, and things that really matter during trial.

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

1:15 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2015 Consumer Bankruptcy Practice

Faculty

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

UT Law CLE

2015 Consumer Bankruptcy Practice

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
13.75 hrs  |  1.75 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Bankruptcy 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
13.75 hrs  |  1.75 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.  
Louisiana
13.75 hrs  |  1.75 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
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.
Oklahoma
16.50 hrs  |  2.00 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.
Tennessee
13.75 hrs
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

TX Accounting CPE
16.50 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

2015 Consumer Bankruptcy Practice

Key Dates

Galveston

  • Last day for Individual early registration: Jul 15, 2015
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for Group Special 1 early registration: Jul 15, 2015
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for Group Special 2 early registration: Jul 15, 2015
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Jul 17, 2015
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Jul 20, 2015
    $50 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2015 Consumer Bankruptcy Practice

Hotel / Venue

Galveston

Moody Gardens

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