About

Consumer Bankruptcy Practice is an informative and informal conference that 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.
 
2017 highlights include: 

  • Analyze updates on consumer bankruptcy cases from the Fifth Circuit with Hon. Marvin Isgur, Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades, Hon. Craig A. Gargotta, and Hon. Eduardo V. Rodriguez.
  • Employ practical tips on what to do when things go wrong, with Oops! Fixing Errors in Pleadings, Scheduled, Plans, Prior Testimony, Proposed Orders, and Entered Orders and Filling Out the Mortgage Proof of Claim Form.
  • Determine what's on the minds of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Trustees through candid discussions among the trustees.
  • Review the nuances of Client Relationships, including how to best create, manage, and divorce relationships with clients.
  • Prepare how to keep your costs down and ethics up with Unauthorized Practice of Law: How Much Can Your Paralegal Do?
  • Examine the “Snapshot Rule” in the newest installment of the Smackdown: Exempt Property is Forever Yours??? with Hon. Marvin Isgur and Hon. Russell F. Nelms.
  • Interact and network with judges, trustees, and practitioners throughout the conference, including breakfast breakout sessions on Friday morning.
 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 20, 2017
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Douglas D. Dodd, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Louisiana - Baton Rouge, LA
  • 7:30 am
    Registration Opens

    Includes continental breakfast. 
  • 8:15 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:30 am
    1.25 hrs
    Case Law Review (Part I)

    Hon. Marvin Isgur, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
    Hon. Eduardo V. Rodriguez, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - McAllen, TX

    Get an update on Fifth Circuit consumer bankruptcy cases from the past year.
  • 9:45 am
    0.75 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Filling Out the Mortgage Proof of Claim Form

    Jeffrey M. Fleming, Barrett Daffin Frappier Turner & Engel, LLP - Addison, TX
    Hon. Craig A. Gargotta, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - San Antonio, TX

    Demystify the 410 Proof of Claim form and 410A Mortgage Attachment, while exploring how mortgage services calculate and input pre-petition mortgage arrears in the forms. Learn what information can be helpful when completing the debtor-filed Proofs of Claim.
  • 10:30 am
    Break

  • 10:45 am
    0.75 hr
    Surrender Issues and Vesting Issues

    Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas - Plano, TX
    Joshua P. Searcy, Searcy & Searcy PC - Longview, TX

    Hear an overview of debtor and creditor problems that can arise when surrendering homes and cars, including foreclosures, repossessions, and automatic stays.
  • 11:30 am
    0.50 hr
    Judicial and Non-Judicial Options for Student Loans

    Moderator:
    Hon. H. DeWayne "Cooter" Hale, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX
    Panelists:
    Layla D. Milligan, Office of Deborah B. Langehennig, Chapter 13 Trustee - Austin, TX
    Dawn Whalen Theiss, U.S. Department of Justice - Dallas, TX

    Even with the high bar for showing undue hardship, there may be some options for your client. Review important student loan cases, and gain helpful and practical information regarding the various programs available for student loan borrowers. 
  • 12:00 pm
    1.00 hr ethics
    Client Relationships: Ethical Considerations for Conflicts, Divorces of Clients, Divorces from Clients, and Other Convivial Client Issues

    Hon. Ronald B. King, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - San Antonio, TX
    Théda W. Page, The Page Law Firm - Frisco, TX
    Brendon Singh, Corral Tran Singh LLP - Houston, TX

    Get practical guidance for creating and maintaining attorney-client relationships. Learn how to discern ethical issues and conflicts of interest within those relationships, while identifying circumstances where termination of representation is necessary. 
  • 1:00 pm
    Pick Up Lunch

    Included in registration. 
  • Thursday Afternoon, July 20, 2017
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. H. DeWayne "Cooter" Hale, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 1:20 pm
    0.75 hr
    Interview with a District Judge

    Moderator:
    Hon. Marvin Isgur, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
    Panelist:
    Hon. George C. Hanks Jr., U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas - Galveston, TX

    Hear a district judge's perspective on bankruptcy issues and practice before the federal bench.
  • 2:05 pm
    Break

  • 2:20 pm
    0.75 hr
    Cash Collateral Issues in Chapter 13 Cases and Small Chapter 11 Cases

    Nicholas Inman, Allmand Law Firm, PLLC - Dallas, TX
    Mayur M. Patel, Guzman Law Firm - Houston, TX
    Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas - Plano, TX

    Learn how to handle and use rent and related proceeds from property in the possession of the debtor.  
  • 3:05 pm
    0.50 hr
    Redeem, Reaffirm, or Surrender

    Yolanda Gutierrez, Keeling Law Firm - Houston, TX
    Stephen G. Wilcox, Wilcox Law PLLC - Arlington, TX

    Explore the facts about post-petition financing and the debtor’s options with regard to secured claims.
  • 3:35 pm
    Break

  • 3:45 pm
    0.50 hr
    ​The Importance of Evidence

    Hon. David R. Jones, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
    Susan Tran, Corral Tran Singh LLP - Houston, TX

    The rules of evidence play an important role in the consumer bankruptcy process. Review how the rules apply to the introduction of key documents, objections to introduction, and how the rules may assist you in overcoming objections.
  • 4:15 pm
    0.50 hr
    United States Trustee Perspective

    Henry G. Hobbs Jr., Office of the U.S. Trustee, U.S. Department of Justice - Austin, TX

    Gather news, notes, and the latest, from filing trends to debtor audits to criminal referrals to mortgage servicer settlements. 
  • 4:45 pm
    1.00 hr
    Chapter 13 Trustee Panel

    Moderator:
    Hon. Douglas D. Dodd, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Louisiana - Baton Rouge, LA
    Panelists:
    Pamela A. Bassel, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee - Fort Worth, TX
    Carey D. Ebert, Chapter 13 Trustee - Plano, TX
    William E. Heitkamp, Chapter 13 Trustee - Houston, TX
    Gary Norwood, Chapter 13 Trustee - Midland, TX

    Come hear the latest! Learn what is on Chapter 13 Trustees' minds.
  • 5:45 pm
    Adjourn to Reception

  • Thursday Networking Reception (5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.)

    Join us for drinks and hors d’oeuvres with program faculty and attendees.

    Sponsored by Houston Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers 
  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, July 21, 2017
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas - Plano, 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
    1.00 hr
    Case Law Review (Part II)

    Hon. Craig A. Gargotta, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - San Antonio, TX
    Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas - Plano, TX

    Listen to a continued discussion of relevant Supreme Court, Fifth Circuit, and bankruptcy cases affecting consumer practice. 
  • 9:15 am
    0.75 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Frost and its Effects

    Moderator:
    Hon. Marvin Isgur, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Rodney Tow, Rodney Tow PLLC - Texas City, TX
    Behrooz P. Vida, The Vida Law Firm - Bedford, TX

    Review important tips and information on how to keep those important exemptions in place. 
  • 10:00 am
    0.50 hr ethics
    Unauthorized Practice of Law: How Much Can Your Paralegal Do?

    Mark A. Castillo, Curtis | Castillo PC - Dallas, TX
    Hon. Douglas D. Dodd, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Louisiana - Baton Rouge, LA

    Learn how to keep your costs down and your ethics up by exploring topics such as proper delegation, what constitutes legal advice, and attorneys' roles in supervising affiliated paralegals.
  • 10:30 am
    Break

  • 10:45 am
    1.00 hr
    Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Jeopardy

    Moderator:
    Hon. H. DeWayne "Cooter" Hale, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX
    Panelists:
    Catherine Stone Curtis, Stone Curtis PLLC - McAllen, TX
    Christopher J. Moser, Quilling, Selander, Lownds, Winslett & Moser, P.C. - Dallas, TX
    Ron Satija, Hajjar Peters LLP - Austin, TX
    John Dee Spicer, Cavazos, Hendricks, Poirot & Smitham, P.C. - Dallas, TX

    Hear a panel of experienced Chapter 7 Trustees, with participation from the audience, work through some hard issues. The session takes the form of a game, but gives real tips on how to keep your clients from real jeopardy.
  • 11:45 am
    0.75 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Oops! Fixing Errors in Pleadings, Schedules, Plans, Prior Testimony, Proposed Orders, and Entered Orders

    Diane S. Barron, Barron & Barron LLP - Plano, TX
    Hon. Eduardo V. Rodriguez, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - McAllen, TX

    Gain insight on how to correct mistakes made by a debtor and/or their attorney, and helpful tips to avoid them in the first place.
  • 12:30 pm
    0.50 hr
    Smackdown: Exempt Property is Forever Yours???

    Hon. Marvin Isgur, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
    Hon. Russell F. Nelms, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Fort Worth, TX

    Tackle the “Snapshot Rule” and explore whether exemptions cause property to leave the estate or whether they insulate property of the estate from creditors’ claims in the latest installment of the popular Smackdown series.
  • 1:00 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Diane S. Barron

Barron & Barron LLP
Plano, TX

Pamela A. Bassel

Standing Chapter 13 Trustee
Fort Worth, TX

Mark A. Castillo

Curtis | Castillo PC
Dallas, TX

Catherine Stone Curtis

Stone Curtis PLLC
McAllen, TX

Hon. Douglas D. Dodd

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

Carey D. Ebert

Chapter 13 Trustee
Plano, TX

Jeffrey M. Fleming

Barrett Daffin Frappier Turner & Engel, LLP
Addison, TX

Hon. Craig A. Gargotta

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

Yolanda Gutierrez

Keeling Law Firm
Houston, TX

Hon. H. DeWayne "Cooter" Hale

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

Hon. George C. Hanks Jr.

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
Galveston, TX

William E. Heitkamp

Chapter 13 Trustee
Houston, TX

Henry G. Hobbs Jr.

Office of the U.S. Trustee, U.S. Department of Justice
Austin, TX

Nicholas Inman

Allmand Law Firm, PLLC
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

Hon. Ronald B. King

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

Layla D. Milligan

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

Christopher J. Moser

Quilling, Selander, Lownds, Winslett & Moser, P.C.
Dallas, TX

Hon. Russell F. Nelms

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas
Fort Worth, TX

Gary Norwood

Chapter 13 Trustee
Midland, TX

Théda W. Page

The Page Law Firm
Frisco, TX

Mayur M. Patel

Guzman Law Firm
Houston, TX

Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades

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

Hon. Eduardo V. Rodriguez

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

Ron Satija

Hajjar Peters LLP
Austin, TX

Joshua P. Searcy

Searcy & Searcy PC
Longview, TX

Brendon Singh

Corral Tran Singh LLP
Houston, TX

John Dee Spicer

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

Dawn Whalen Theiss

U.S. Department of Justice
Dallas, TX

Rodney Tow

Rodney Tow PLLC
Texas City, TX

Susan Tran

Corral Tran Singh LLP
Houston, TX

Behrooz P. Vida

The Vida Law Firm
Bedford, TX

Stephen G. Wilcox

Wilcox Law PLLC
Arlington, 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

Hon. Eduardo V. Rodriguez—Co-Chair

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

Hon. John C. Akard

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Retired
Houston, TX

Diane S. Barron

Barron & Barron LLP
Plano, TX

Michael V. Baumer

Law Office of Michael Baumer
Austin, TX

Mark A. Castillo

Curtis | Castillo PC
Dallas, TX

Carey D. Ebert

Chapter 13 Trustee
Plano, TX

Famose T. Garner

Attorney at Law
Houston, TX

Yolanda Gutierrez

Keeling Law Firm
Houston, TX

Christy Lingafelter Heimer

Heimer Law Offices P.C.
Austin, TX

Henry G. Hobbs Jr.

Office of the U.S. Trustee, U.S. Department of Justice
Austin, TX

Nicholas Inman

Allmand Law Firm, PLLC
Dallas, 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

Guzman Law Firm
Houston, TX

Deborah Salzberg

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Ron Satija

Hajjar Peters LLP
Austin, TX

Joshua P. Searcy

Searcy & Searcy PC
Longview, TX

Brendon Singh

Corral Tran Singh LLP
Houston, TX

Behrooz P. Vida

The Vida Law Firm
Bedford, TX

Stephen G. Wilcox

Wilcox Law PLLC
Arlington, TX

Sarah Darnell Wood

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas
Austin, 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.
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 – Jul 20-21, 2017 – Moody Gardens
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Last day for cancellation (full refund): Jul 14, 2017
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Jul 17, 2017

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Venue

speaker

Seven Hope Boulevard
Galveston, TX
888.388.8484 (reservations)

Accommodations

$194 room rate good through June 28, 2017 (subject to availability). 

Parking Information

Self-Parking:  Complimentary 

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