University of Texas School of Law
13th Annual
Consumer Bankruptcy Practice
Galveston Jul 20-21, 2017 Moody Gardens
Conference Concluded
EVENT SPONSOR
Houston Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers

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

UT Law CLE

2017 Consumer Bankruptcy Practice

Program Features
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.

UT Law CLE

2017 Consumer Bankruptcy Practice

7/28/17
Schedule

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)

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

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

9:45 am

0.75 hr
0.50 hr ethics

Filling Out the Mortgage Proof of Claim Form

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.

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

10:30 am
Break

10:45 am

0.75 hr

Surrender Issues and Vesting Issues

Hear an overview of debtor and creditor problems that can arise when surrendering homes and cars, including foreclosures, repossessions, and automatic stays.

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

11:30 am

0.50 hr

Judicial and Non-Judicial Options for Student Loans

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. 

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

12:00 pm

1.00 hr ethics

Client Relationships: Ethical Considerations for Conflicts, Divorces of Clients, Divorces from Clients, and Other Convivial Client Issues

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. 

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

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

Hear a district judge's perspective on bankruptcy issues and practice before the federal bench.

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

 
2:05 pm
Break

2:20 pm

0.75 hr

Cash Collateral Issues in Chapter 13 Cases and Small Chapter 11 Cases

Learn how to handle and use rent and related proceeds from property in the possession of the debtor.  

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

3:05 pm

0.50 hr

Redeem, Reaffirm, or Surrender

Explore the facts about post-petition financing and the debtor’s options with regard to secured claims.

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

3:35 pm
Break

3:45 pm

0.50 hr

​The Importance of Evidence

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.

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

4:15 pm

0.50 hr

United States Trustee Perspective

Gather news, notes, and the latest, from filing trends to debtor audits to criminal referrals to mortgage servicer settlements. 

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

4:45 pm

1.00 hr

Chapter 13 Trustee Panel

Come hear the latest! Learn what is on Chapter 13 Trustees' minds.

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

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 

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)

Listen to a continued discussion of relevant Supreme Court, Fifth Circuit, and bankruptcy cases affecting consumer practice. 

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

9:15 am

0.75 hr
0.50 hr ethics

Frost and its Effects

Review important tips and information on how to keep those important exemptions in place. 

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

10:00 am

0.50 hr ethics

Unauthorized Practice of Law: How Much Can Your Paralegal Do?

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.

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

10:30 am
Break

10:45 am

1.00 hr

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Jeopardy

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.

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

11:45 am

0.75 hr
0.50 hr ethics

Oops! Fixing Errors in Pleadings, Schedules, Plans, Prior Testimony, Proposed Orders, and Entered Orders

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.

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

12:30 pm

0.50 hr

Smackdown: Exempt Property is Forever Yours???

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.

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

1:00 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2017 Consumer Bankruptcy Practice

Faculty

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. Brenda T. Rhoades—Co-Chair
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas
Plano, TX
Hon. Marvin Isgur—Co-Chair
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas
Houston, TX
Hon. Douglas D. Dodd—Co-Chair
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Louisiana
Baton Rouge, LA
Hon. Tony M. Davis—Co-Chair
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas
Austin, TX
Hon. Craig A. Gargotta—Co-Chair
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas
San Antonio, TX
Hon. Jeffrey P. Norman—Co-Chair
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Louisiana
Shreveport, LA
Hon. H. DeWayne "Cooter" Hale—Co-Chair
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas
Dallas, 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

UT Law CLE

2017 Consumer Bankruptcy Practice

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
13.50 hrs  |  3.00 hrs Ethics
Legal Specialization(s): Bankruptcy Law, Consumer 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
13.50 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. 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
13.50 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. 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
16.00 hrs  |  3.50 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
16.00 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
16.00 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

2017 Consumer Bankruptcy Practice

Key Dates

Galveston

  • Last day for Individual early registration: Jul 12, 2017
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): Jul 14, 2017
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Jul 17, 2017
    $50 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2017 Consumer Bankruptcy Practice

Hotel / Venue

Galveston

Moody Gardens

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