Overview

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. This year’s highlights include:
  • A review of the recent rule changes, including some older cases you should know.
  • Insight on Accounting for Lawyers, including balance sheets, income statements, and amortization schedules.
  • A closer look at burden of proof in Beast of Burden and Prosecuting and Defending Exceptions to Discharge.
  • Advice on Some Practical Ideas for Fixing, or at Least Mitigating, Common Bankruptcy Practitioner Errors.
  • Analysis of the uses and abuses of Data Mining when building your bankruptcy case.
  • Discuss your frequently, and sometimes infrequently, asked questions with our seasoned judges in this year’s Open Forum Judicial Panel.
  • Breakfast Breakout Sessions for each district, featuring casual discussion with district bankruptcy judges and Chapter 13 trustees.
  • Networking reception where attendees can connect with old colleagues and meet new ones.
Attendees also receive additional on-demand programming after the conference to ensure they have the opportunity to meet their full 15.00/3.00 hours of required Texas MCLE.


 
Pro Bono Clinic – Back Again This Year!
Join UT Law CLE, Lone Star Legal Aid, and the Bankruptcy Law Section of the State Bar of Texas for a pro bono clinic following the conference on Friday, July 26 from 3:45 – 5:15 p.m. Attendees will learn about the services LSLA offers, and how attendees can use their training to make a difference in the community, and are encouraged to sign up to help a client in need of legal services.

Sign-up for the clinic when you register for the conference and receive a free one-year subscription to UT Law CLE's eLibrary (a $295 value) and for more information about the clinic, contact Lone Star Legal Aid at (800) 733-8394 x1217 or visit them online at lonestarlegal.blog

Event Schedule

Program is subject to change.
All times are Central Time Zone.

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning, July 25, 2019
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. H. DeWayne "Cooter" Hale, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Registration Opens
    Includes continental breakfast. 

  • 8:20 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:30 am
    1.00 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Case Summaries, Part I
    Discuss relevant circuit, district, and bankruptcy court decisions focusing on consumer cases from the past year. Examine substantive changes in the case law and discuss cases interpreting bankruptcy rules affecting consumer practice.

    Hon. Craig A. Gargotta, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - San Antonio, TX
    Hon. Eduardo V. Rodriguez, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - McAllen, TX

  • 9:30 am
    0.50 hr
    Determining Eligibility for a Chapter 13 Discharge
    What options do you have when the Plan Payments are finished and you determine that your client is not eligible for a discharge? Explore why you might want to file a case even though you know your client is not eligible for a discharge.

    Mark B. French, Law Office of Mark B. French - Bedford, TX

  • 10:00 am
    0.50 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Prosecuting and Defending Exceptions to Discharge 
    Review the burden of proof and elements required to discharge debt and defend dischargeability complaints under Section 523 and Section 727.

    Diane S. Barron, Barron & Barron LLP - Plano, TX
    Hon. Jeffrey P. Norman, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX

  • 10:30 am
    Break

  • 10:45 am
    0.50 hr
    When the Debtor Defaults on a Plan
    Survey the options to overcome Default on a Plan, including Motions to Dismiss, Modifications, Hardship Discharges, and other alternatives.

    Marcos D. Oliva, Oliva Law - McAllen, TX
    Cristina Rodriguez, Keeling Law Firm - Houston, TX

  • 11:15 am
    0.75 hr
    Beast of Burden
    Take a closer look at burdens of proof, production, and presumptions in the Bankruptcy Code. Also, discuss the role of evidence in bankruptcy, including direct and cross-examination and the effective use of proffers.

    Hon. H. DeWayne "Cooter" Hale, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX
    Emma Persson, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX

  • 12:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    Seeking and Objecting to Creditors' Attorneys Fees
    How do you get a bankruptcy lawyer to smile for a picture? Just say “Fees!" Review the standards for fee approvals and ensuring a proper prove up and objection.

    Mark A. Castillo, Curtis | Castillo PC - Dallas, TX
    Lindsay D. Steele, Steele Law Firm, PLLC - Fort Worth, TX

  • 12:30 pm
    Lunch On Your Own—Presentations Resume at 2:00 p.m.

  • Thursday Afternoon, July 25, 2019
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Jeffrey P. Norman, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
  • 2:00 pm
    0.75 hr
    Chapter 13 Trustee Panel
    The Chapter 13 world is always changing. Come hear the latest from your Texas trustees.

    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
    Ray Hendren, Chapter 13 Trustee - Waco, TX

  • 2:45 pm
    0.50 hr
    Accounting for Lawyers
    Bankruptcy without numbers is like pizza without cheese. Get a brief primer in balance sheets, income statements, and amortization schedules.

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

  • 3:15 pm
    Break

  • 3:30 pm
    0.75 hr
    Important Old Cases
    Review old(er) cases of fundamental and/or practical significance that should be kept in every bankruptcy attorney's toolbox.

    Chris Manuel López, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP - Houston, TX
    Hon. Edward L. Morris, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX
    Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas - Plano, TX

  • 4:15 pm
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Data Mining: Uses and Abuses in Bankruptcy Cases
    Explore how information gathered from social media and other technology platforms can complicate a bankruptcy case.

    Michael V. Baumer, Law Office of Michael Baumer - Austin, TX
    Behrooz P. Vida, The Vida Law Firm - Bedford, TX

  • 5:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    Bankruptcy Exemptions: A Fresh Start or a Head Start? 
    Hear a timely discussion of selecting the proper bankruptcy exemptions for your clients. Cover such issues as Texas vs Federal, how much is too much, and much more!

    Hon. Eduardo V. Rodriguez, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - McAllen, TX
    Jana Smith Whitworth, JS Whitworth Law Firm, PLLC - McAllen, TX

  • 5:30 pm
    Adjourn to Reception

  • Thursday Networking Reception (5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)
    Join us for drinks and hors d’oeuvres at a luau-themed reception with program faculty and attendees.

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, July 26, 2019
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas - Plano, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Conference Room Opens
    Includes continental breakfast. 

  • 8:00 am
    1.00 hr
    Breakfast Breakout Sessions
    Judges and trustees from each of Texas's four judicial districts and two from Louisiana meet with attendees and moderate a discussion on problems of local concern.

  • 9:00 am
    1.00 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Case Summaries, Part II
    Continue the discussion of relevant circuit, district, and bankruptcy court decisions focusing on consumer cases from the past year, and examine substantive changes in the case law and discuss cases interpreting bankruptcy rules affecting consumer practice.

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

  • 10:00 am
    0.50 hr ethics
    When You Really, Really Mess Up: Some Practical Ideas for Fixing, or at Least Mitigating, Common Bankruptcy Practitioner Errors
    Everyone makes mistakes: how you deal with them can mean the difference between fixing them and malpractice. A debtor’s attorney and creditor’s attorney discuss common mistakes and how to cure or mitigate the damage they can cause.

    Théda W. Page, The Page Law Firm - Frisco, TX
    Stephen G. Wilcox, Wilcox Law PLLC - Arlington, TX

  • 10:30 am
    Break

  • 10:45 am
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Red Flags Everywhere!: Chapter 7 Trustee Panel
    Hear Chapter 7 trustees from each Texas district discuss some of the red flags you may encounter in family, small business, exemption, creditor meeting, and intangible property cases. 

    Moderator:
    Hon. Edward L. Morris, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX
    Panelists:
    Christopher R. Murray, Jones Murray & Beatty LLP - Houston, TX
    Jose C. Rodriguez, Chapter 7 Trustee - San Antonio, TX
    Daniel J. "Corky" Sherman, Sherman & Yaquinto - Dallas, TX
    Mark A. Weisbart, Law Office of Mark A. Weisbart - Dallas, TX

  • 11:30 am
    0.50 hr
    Dirt for Debt
    Get information on the process of transferring real property Pre- and Post-Confirmation in a Chapter 13 case.

    Marquise Bryant, Attorney at Law - Houston, TX
    Hon. Jeffrey P. Norman, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX

  • 12:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Returning Repossessed Property and Retaining Creditor Abandoned Property
    The Bankruptcy Code authorizes abandonment of property that is burdensome or of inconsequential value to the estate; and Chapter 13 Plans may surrender property.  Lawyers and their clients (both debtors and creditors) must plan for the disposition of real or personal property leaving the debtor's control or the bankruptcy estate for these and other reasons, including stay relief and the court's refusal to approve a reaffirmation agreement.

    Hon. Douglas D. Dodd, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Louisiana - Baton Rouge, LA
    Brendon Singh, Corral Tran Singh LLP - Houston, TX

  • 12:30 pm
    Pick Up Lunch
    Included in registration. 

  • Friday Afternoon, July 26, 2019
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Craig A. Gargotta, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - San Antonio, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 12:50 pm
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Judge Jones on Evidence
    The rules of evidence play an important role in the consumer bankruptcy process, most notably in the treatment of mortgage-related documents. Review how the rules apply to the introduction of these documents, objections to their 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

  • 1:35 pm
    Break

  • 1:50 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    Just How Far can Bankruptcy Pre-Planning Go?: Husky and Beyond
    Join a robust discussion of how much is too much. Hear best practices for pre-bankruptcy planning and review cases that have interpreted Husky, and walk away well-prepared to avoid any pitfalls that may come your way. 

    Christy Lingafelter Heimer, Heimer Law Offices P.C. - Austin, TX
    Hon. Eduardo V. Rodriguez, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - McAllen, TX

  • 2:20 pm
    1.00 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Open Forum Judicial Panel
    Hear a panel of seasoned judges respond to your frequently—and sometimes infrequently—asked questions. 

    Moderator:
    Michael V. Baumer, Law Office of Michael Baumer - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    Hon. Marvin Isgur, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
    Chris Manuel López, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP - Houston, TX
    Hon. Jeffrey P. Norman, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
    Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas - Plano, TX

  • 3:20 pm
    Adjourn 

  • 3:45 pm
    Pro Bono Clinic
    Join UT Law CLE, Lone Star Legal Aid, and the Bankruptcy Law Section of the State Bar of Texas for a pro bono clinic following the conference on Friday, July 26 from 3:45 – 5:15 p.m. Attendees are given a brief orientation to the process and paired with a client in need of legal services.  Attendees also receive a free one-year subscription to UT Law CLE's eLibrary in thanks for their efforts.

Conference Faculty

Diane S. Barron

Barron & Barron LLP
Plano, TX

Pamela A. Bassel

Standing Chapter 13 Trustee
Fort Worth, TX

Michael V. Baumer

Law Office of Michael Baumer
Austin, TX

Marquise Bryant

Attorney at Law
Houston, TX

Mark A. Castillo

Curtis | Castillo PC
Dallas, TX

Hon. Douglas D. Dodd

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

Carey D. Ebert

Chapter 13 Trustee
Plano, TX

Mark B. French

Law Office of Mark B. French
Bedford, TX

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

Christy Lingafelter Heimer

Heimer Law Offices P.C.
Austin, TX

William E. Heitkamp

Chapter 13 Trustee
Houston, TX

Ray Hendren

Chapter 13 Trustee
Waco, 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

Chris Manuel López

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Houston, TX

Hon. Edward L. Morris

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

Christopher R. Murray

Jones Murray & Beatty LLP
Houston, TX

Hon. Jeffrey P. Norman

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

Marcos D. Oliva

Oliva Law
McAllen, TX

Théda W. Page

The Page Law Firm
Frisco, TX

Emma Persson

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

Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades

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

Cristina Rodriguez

Keeling Law Firm
Houston, TX

Hon. Eduardo V. Rodriguez

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

Jose C. Rodriguez

Chapter 7 Trustee
San Antonio, TX

Daniel J. "Corky" Sherman

Sherman & Yaquinto
Dallas, TX

Brendon Singh

Corral Tran Singh LLP
Houston, TX

Lindsay D. Steele

Steele Law Firm, PLLC
Fort Worth, TX

Kiran Vakamudi

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

Behrooz P. Vida

The Vida Law Firm
Bedford, TX

Mark A. Weisbart

Law Office of Mark A. Weisbart
Dallas, TX

Jana Smith Whitworth

JS Whitworth Law Firm, PLLC
McAllen, 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, Southern District of Texas
Houston, TX

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

Deborah Salzberg—Director

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Diane S. Barron

Barron & Barron LLP
Plano, TX

Michael V. Baumer

Law Office of Michael Baumer
Austin, TX

Allison D. Byman

Byman & Associates PLLC
Pearland, TX

Mark A. Castillo

Curtis | Castillo PC
Dallas, TX

Brian T. Cumings

Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody
Austin, TX

Layla D. Milligan

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

Hon. Edward L. Morris

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

Théda W. Page

The Page Law Firm
Frisco, TX

Cristina Rodriguez

Keeling Law Firm
Houston, 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

Houston – Jul 25-26, 2019 – Norris Conference Center - CityCentre
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Venue

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816 Town and Country Blvd. Suite 210
Houston, TX 77024
713.590.0950
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Parking Information

Free Parking: Available in the garage (levels 2-4) adjacent to the conference center. The garage entrance is located on Sorella Court, just north of its intersection with Plaza Way.

Conference Center Entrance: The conference center can be entered from the parking garage on the 3rd floor, or from an entrance on the street level on the north side of Plaza Way, just before the intersection with Sorella Court.

Nearby Hotel Accommodations
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800 Sorella Ct.
Houston, TX 77024-1488
713-973-1600
855-596-3397 (reservations)
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Accommodations

UT Law CLE does not have a group of specially-priced overnight rooms for this conference.

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10655 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77024
281-501-4600
866-716-8133 (reservations)

Accommodations

UT Law CLE does not have a group of specially-priced overnight rooms for this conference.

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