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. 

Three Case Summaries sessions provide the most relevant, current and important cases impacting consumer bankruptcy from the Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit and the bankruptcy and district courts.
Hear about the CARES Act’s changes to the Bankruptcy Code and how small businesses can (and cannot) get stimulus money. 
An interactive discussion among four experienced Texas bankruptcy court law clerks, highlighting unique practices and rules in each district.
Gain insight on Non-Exemptions and Weird Exemptions.
Living on the Means Test, a judge shares his limited experience in living under the means test. 
Discuss your frequently, and sometimes infrequently, asked questions with our seasoned judges in this year’s Open Forum Judicial Panel. Please submit your questions in advance to ConferenceQA@utcle.org.
Breakfast Breakout Sessions for each district, featuring casual discussion with district bankruptcy judges and trustees.

Following the conference, attendees will receive a bonus eSupplement containing up to an additional 1.75 hours of MCLE (including 0.75 hour of ethics) to ensure practitioners can earn their required 15.00/3.00 Texas MCLE hours for the year.

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 Tuesday, July 28 from 1:15 – 3:15 p.m. Attendees will learn about the services LSLA offers, how attendees can use their training to make a difference in the community, and will be matched immediately with a pre-screened Lone Star Legal Aid client for a live Zoom consultation. Attendees are encouraged to sign up to help a client in need of legal services. Those who register and attend the clinic will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to UT Law CLE's eLibrary, comprised of audio, video, slides and papers from conferences spanning dozens of practice areas (a $295 value). For more information and to sign up for the clinic, contact Lone Star Legal Aid by phone 800.733.8394 x1217 or by email to mpitts@lonestarlegal.org. You can also add the clinic to your order when registering for the webcast.

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Monday Morning
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. H. DeWayne "Cooter" Hale, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX
  • 8:00 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:10 am
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Case Summaries—Supreme Court Only

    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

    Judges Rhoades and Gargotta will offer an in depth discussion and perspective on the Supreme Court’s 2019 term bankruptcy decisions. Gain insight as to how the Court’s bankruptcy decisions will influence practice in the future.
  • 8:55 am
    5-Minute Break

  • 9:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Real and Personal Property Leases and Financing Statements in Consumer Cases

    Mayur M. Patel, Guzman Law Firm - Houston, TX
    Stephen G. Wilcox, Wilcox Law PLLC - Arlington, TX

    Gain insight in dealing with lease claims, cures, assumptions, defaults, lift stays, and the like; as well as financing statements on personal property such as air conditioners and water softeners.
  • 9:30 am
    5-Minute Break

  • 9:35 am
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Advising Small Business Clients in Chapter 13

    Miriam Goott, Walker & Patterson PC - Houston, TX
    Mary K. Viegelahn, Chapter 13 Trustee - San Antonio, TX

    From the initial interview to confirmation, what every attorney needs to know about a Chapter 13 Business case and its benefits. Discuss Chapter 13 Business cases versus Chapter 11 Sub V cases.
     
  • 10:20 am
    5-Minute Break

  • 10:25 am
    0.50 hr
    The CARES Act

    Hon. Tony M. Davis, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - Austin, TX
    Behrooz P. Vida, The Vida Law Firm - Bedford, TX

    The CARES Act’s changes to the Bankruptcy Code and how small businesses can (and cannot) get stimulus money.
  • 10:55 am
    5-Minute Break

  • 11:00 am
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Case Summaries—Fifth Circuit Only

    Hon. E. Lee Morris, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Fort Worth, TX
    Hon. Eduardo V. Rodriguez, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - McAllen, TX

    Join Judges Morris and Rodriguez for a dedicated presentation on current and relevant Fifth Circuit Cases impacting the bankruptcy community.
  • 11:45 am
    Break for Lunch—Presentation Resumes at 12:05 p.m.

  • Monday Afternoon
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Marvin Isgur, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 12:05 pm
    0.50 hr
    Living on the Means Test

    Hon. Craig A. Gargotta, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - San Antonio, TX

    Judges hear in court the difficulty that debtors have in living under the means test. A judge will share with the attendees his limited experience in living under the means test.
  • 12:35 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 12:40 pm
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    The Virtual Hearing

    Hon. David R. Jones, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX

    Chief Judge Jones provides insight and guidance on using technology to win your case.
  • 1:25 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 1:30 pm
    0.50 hr
    Student Loans In and Out of Bankruptcy

    Hon. Chris López, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
    Julianne M. Parker, Fears Nachawati, PLLC - Dallas, TX

    Review the variations and nuances of student loan debt resolution, both in and out of bankruptcy.
  • 2:00 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 2:05 pm
    0.50 hr
    The Power Behind the Throne: Law Clerks from Each District Give Advice

    Moderator:
    Hon. H. DeWayne "Cooter" Hale, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX
    Panelists:
    Erin E. Coughlin, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - San Antonio, TX
    Leslie R. Masterson, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas - Plano, TX
    Daniela Mondragon, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
    Emma Persson, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX

    An interactive discussion among four experienced Texas bankruptcy court law clerks, highlighting unique practices and rules in each district.
  • 2:35 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 2:40 pm
    0.50 hr
    Motions to Extend or Impose

    Hon. Douglas D. Dodd, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Louisiana - Baton Rouge, LA
    Cristina Rodriguez, Keeling Law Firm - Houston, TX

    Making the most of second chances, by learning from the first. Review §362(c)(3) & (4), practical considerations, and recent case law. 
  • 3:10 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 3:15 pm
    0.50 hr
    Non-Exemptions and Weird Exemptions

    Michael V. Baumer, Law Office of Michael Baumer - Austin, TX
    Carey D. Ebert, Chapter 13 Trustee - Plano, TX

    Gain insight on assets which do not have to be exempted because they never become property of the estate and exemptions you do not see every day. Panelists will also discuss the HAVEN Act "exemption" of Veterans benefits from thee CMI calculation.  

  • 3:45 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 3:50 pm
    0.75 hr
    In our District, …

    Moderator:
    Hon. Tony M. Davis, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    Pam Bassel, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee - Fort Worth, TX
    Carey D. Ebert, Chapter 13 Trustee - Plano, TX
    David G. Peake, Chapter 13 Trustee - Houston, TX
    Mary K. Viegelahn, Chapter 13 Trustee - San Antonio, TX

    A panel discussion on how different districts handle 10 burning Chapter 13 issues.
  • 4:35 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 4:40 pm
    0.50 hr
    Sales of Assets in Chapter 13…Free and Clear and Other Issues

    Mitchell J. Buchman, Barrett Daffin Frappier Turner & Engel, LLP - Addison, TX

    Review of the current state of the law on the sale of assets in a chapter 13 proceedings, with special emphasis on the provisions in the local form chapter 13 plan regarding the sale of real property.
  • 5:10 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 5:15 pm
    0.50 hr
    Chapter 7 Trustee Panel

    Diane Carter, Barron and Carter, LLP - Plano, TX
    Christopher R. Murray, Jones Murray & Beatty LLP - Houston, TX
    Laurie Dahl Rea, Forshey & Prostok, LLP - Fort Worth, TX

  • 5:45 pm
    Adjourn

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Tuesday Morning
    Presiding Officer:
    Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas - Plano, TX
  • 7:30 am
    1.00 hr
    Breakfast Breakout Sessions

    Judges and trustees from each of Texas's four judicial districts meet with attendees and moderate a discussion on problems of local concern.
  • 8:30 am
    5-Minute Break

  • 8:35 am
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Case Summaries—Bankruptcy and District Court Only

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

    Review every consumer bankruptcy case decided by the bankruptcy and district courts in Texas and beyond. Always a highlight of the conference.
  • 9:20 am
    5-Minute Break

  • 9:25 am
    0.75 hr
    A Primer On The Small Business Reorganization Act

    Moderator:
    Hon. Eduardo V. Rodriguez, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - McAllen, TX
    Panelists:
    Mark A. Castillo, Curtis | Castillo PC - Dallas, TX
    Henry G. Hobbs Jr., Acting U.S. Trustee Region 7, U.S. Department of Justice - Austin, TX

    Join Judge Rodriguez as he leads this distinguished panel through a lively discussion of the SBRA, related cases and what it could mean for debtors and practitioners alike.
  • 10:10 am
    5-Minute Break

  • 10:15 am
    0.75 hr ethics
    Attorney Ethical Duties, Disclosure, Advertising, the Unhappy Client

    Jessica Hanzlik, Vanhemelrijck Law Offices, P.C. - San Antonio, TX
    Elizabeth Hickson, Hickson Law, P.C. - Austin, TX

    Gain insight into advertising ethically to get clients. Discuss what to do when you discover your client has been less than forthcoming about his assets or liabilities and suggestions when the attorney-client relationship hits a rocky patch. 
  • 11:00 am
    5-Minute Break

  • 11:05 am
    0.50 hr
    Isgur on Numbers

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

    Judge Isgur will try to make numbers your friend. Learn about some financial calculations that will help every consumer bankruptcy attorney.
  • 11:35 am
    5-Minute Break

  • 11:40 am
    0.50 hr
    Five Quick Ways to Review Mortgages and Payment Changes and 3002.1 Notices

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

    A common sense approach to a debtor’s review of mortgage payment changes and how to respond. 
  • 12:10 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 12:15 pm
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Open Forum Judges Panel 

    Moderator:
    Marcos D. Oliva, Oliva Law - McAllen, TX
    Panelists:
    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
    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. Chris López, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
    Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas - Plano, TX

    Hear a panel of seasoned judges respond to your frequently—and sometimes infrequently—asked questions. Please submit your questions in advance to ConferenceQA@utcle.org.
  • 1:00 pm
    Adjourn

  • Tuesday Afternoon
  • 1:15 pm
    Pro Bono Clinic with Lone Star Legal Aid (1:15-3:15 p.m.)

    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 onTuesday, July 28 from 1:15 – 3:15 p.m. Attendees will learn about the services LSLA offers, how attendees can use their training to make a difference in the community, and will be matched immediately with a pre-screened Lone Star Legal Aid client for a live Zoom consultation. Attendees are encouraged to sign up to help a client in need of legal services. Those who register and attend the clinic will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to UT Law CLE's eLibrary, comprised of audio, video, slides and papers from conferences spanning dozens of practice areas (a $295 value). For more information and to sign up for the clinic, contact Lone Star Legal Aid by phone 800.733.8394 x1217 or by email to mpitts@lonestarlegal.org. You can also add the clinic to your order when registering for the webcast.

Conference Faculty

Pam Bassel

Standing Chapter 13 Trustee
Fort Worth, TX

Michael V. Baumer

Law Office of Michael Baumer
Austin, TX

Mitchell J. Buchman

Barrett Daffin Frappier Turner & Engel, LLP
Addison, TX

Diane Carter

Barron and Carter, LLP
Plano, TX

Mark A. Castillo

Curtis | Castillo PC
Dallas, TX

Erin E. Coughlin

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

Carey D. Ebert

Chapter 13 Trustee
Plano, TX

Hon. Craig A. Gargotta

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

Miriam Goott

Walker & Patterson PC
Houston, TX

Hon. H. DeWayne "Cooter" Hale

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

Jessica Hanzlik

Vanhemelrijck Law Offices, P.C.
San Antonio, TX

Elizabeth Hickson

Hickson Law, P.C.
Austin, TX

Henry G. Hobbs Jr.

Acting U.S. Trustee Region 7, U.S. Department of Justice
Austin, 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. Chris López

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

Leslie R. Masterson

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

Daniela Mondragon

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

Hon. E. Lee Morris

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

Julianne M. Parker

Fears Nachawati, PLLC
Dallas, TX

Mayur M. Patel

Guzman Law Firm
Houston, TX

David G. Peake

Chapter 13 Trustee
Houston, TX

Emma Persson

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

Laurie Dahl Rea

Forshey & Prostok, LLP
Fort Worth, 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

Phillip H. Trueba

Attorney at Law
Houston, TX

Behrooz P. Vida

The Vida Law Firm
Bedford, TX

Mary K. Viegelahn

Chapter 13 Trustee
San Antonio, 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

April Rogers—Director

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Michael V. Baumer

Law Office of Michael Baumer
Austin, TX

Allison D. Byman

Byman & Associates PLLC
Pearland, TX

Diane Carter

Barron and Carter, LLP
Plano, TX

Mark A. Castillo

Curtis | Castillo PC
Dallas, TX

Tagnia F. Clark

Maida Law Firm
Beaumont, TX

Brian T. Cumings

Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody
Austin, TX

Carey D. Ebert

Chapter 13 Trustee
Plano, TX

Jessica Hanzlik

Vanhemelrijck Law Offices, P.C.
San Antonio, TX

Henry G. Hobbs Jr.

Acting U.S. Trustee Region 7, U.S. Department of Justice
Austin, TX

Gwendolyn E. Hunt

Attorney at Law
Desoto, TX

Hon. Chris López

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

Layla D. Milligan

Office of the Attorney General
Austin, TX

Hon. E. Lee Morris

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

Théda W. Page

The Page Law Firm
Frisco, TX

Julianne M. Parker

Fears Nachawati, PLLC
Dallas, TX

Mayur M. Patel

Guzman Law Firm
Houston, TX

David G. Peake

Chapter 13 Trustee
Houston, 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
UT Law CLE will report credit to the State Bar of Texas on your behalf. If you are claiming credit in the last week of your birth month, self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. Print and keep the Certificate of Completion for your records. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
​PLEASE NOTE: for Louisiana, the maximum that an attorney can claim for an online course is 4.00 hours. To claim Louisiana MCLE credit, Louisiana credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. 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.
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #169) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and are presumptively approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association for MCLE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Oklahoma MCLE credit, Oklahoma credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the webcast.
UT Law CLE is an approved provider of Pennsylvania credit, sponsor #236. Attorney attendance will be reported to Pennsylvania within 2 weeks of the webcast conclusion. Attorneys are not able to report this credit on their own, and UT Law CLE pays all associated fees for the credit hours. Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
f 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 to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.

To claim Other States MCLE credit, Other States credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion .

MCLE credit is presented based on a 60-minute credit hour.
Other Credit
No Additional Credit Information.
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and 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.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Texas Accounting CPE credit, the Texas Accounting CPE credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. Self-report your CPE credit directly to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.

Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.

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