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Session 1: In the Hot Seat: In-House Counsel as Witnesses - The use of in-house counsel as a witness has potential benefits and – more importantly – pitfalls for both the client and counsel. Learn what is the best way to navigate those ethical and legal pitfalls.
Session 2: Workout Tactics and Other Strategies to Avoid Chapter 11 Bankruptcy - With the expense of Chapter 11 increasing, what tactics or strategies should a restructuring professional consider if Chapter 11 bankruptcy is not the preferred alternative.
Session 3: Adequate Protections - Evaluate the trends of adequate protection in the use, sale or lease of property of the estate. Focus on a few case studies and review the legal trends and types of adequate protection which courts have either recently approved or which may become more common in the future, especially as interest rates and liquidity tightens.
Session 4: Expert Nightmares - Getting your expert’s opinion into the record and adopted by the Court can be the difference between victory and defeat. Using published opinions as a springboard, key turning points in assisting and persuading the Court with expert opinions are examined.
Session 5: (Almost) Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Chapter 11 Plans - Before heading off for cocktail hour, be sure to brush up on chapter 11 plan developments so you can be the life of the party. Listen to a discussion about recent plan-related developments including substantive consolidation, “per plan” versus “per debtor” considerations, third-party releases, artificial impairment, good faith and a number of other issues that will keep your guests thoroughly entertained. more »
Session 1: What Every Bankruptcy Lawyer Should Know About the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 - Listen to a discussion about the changes in the tax law, brought about by the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, that impact debtors and creditors in bankruptcy proceedings, and, in particular, how those changes impact the value of the bankruptcy estate to prospective bidders for assets in the estate.
Session 2: Puerto Rico Lessons Learned - Puerto Rico's insolvency is changing the law of municipal insolvencies — a spate of litigation has already produced numerous decisions from the trial court, six opinions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit Court and one from the Supreme Court in the last two years alone. Hear lessons learned, and issues opened and unresolved, for other troubled state and local governments.
Session 3: Fiduciary Duties In Other Systems - Listen to a discussion on how far from the United States they stray and are they right to do so?
Session 4: Marijuana and Bankruptcy: Just Say No! - Examine the intersection of Bankruptcy and Marijuana Laws. more »
Session 1: Jevic in the Consumer Context - Can a Chapter 7 trustee really sell my underwater homestead? Some courts say yes, but probably not in Texas.
Session 2: Automatic Stay/Turnover - Is refusal to turn over property post-petition a violation of the stay? Listen to a discussion about turnover after In Re Cowan, 849 F. 3rd 943 (10th Cir. 2017).
Session 3: Loss Mitigation in Texas - Not just for homestead! A committee of the Bankruptcy Law Section has submitted a loss mitigation program for statewide implementation to our bankruptcy judges. Hear the latest on the loan modification program proposed for Texas.
Session 4: Bankruptcy Exemptions - A Practical Approach - Bankruptcy Exemptions can be a debtor's best friend or worst nightmare if not used correctly. Listen to this breakout session where Judges Gargotta and Rodriguez discuss how to deal and not deal with exemption issues pre-bankruptcy. more »
Session 1: Legal Ethics About Cryptocurrencies - Bitcoin and others of the 1,600+ cryptocurrencies are headline news every day, but also possible assets of debtors in bankruptcy. Explore the ethical issues lawyers need to be aware of regarding cryptocurrencies.
Session 2: #NoTweetingAfterMidnight: Ethical Risks in Social Media Use - Hear valuable guidance on dealing with the ethical minefield that is social media. Using real world examples and ethics opinions, listen to a discussion about the areas of practice in which social media use (or misuse) can present ethical and disciplinary concerns, as well as tips for using social media responsibly. more »
Session 1: Judicial Spotlight - The old guard interviews the new guard. Hear Judges Isgur and Gargotta facilitate conversation with Judges Rodriguez and Norman regarding judicial philosophies, procedures, and general practice tips. Learn more about what makes all of these judges tick!
Session 2: Technology in the Courtroom - Overview of courtroom technologies available to effectively and persuasively present visual and audio materials in court proceedings; evidentiary considerations associated with such technology use; and related practice tips and pointers. more »
Session 1: Recent Developments - Professor Westbrook, and his usual supporting cast, discuss the year's most important business and consumer cases.
Session 2: Circuit Splits - Listen to a discussion about key decisions distinguishing the Fifth Circuit from other Circuits in business bankruptcy cases. more »
Session 1: Individual Chapter 11’s and the Twists and Turns They Can Present - Explore what an individual Chapter 11 case is, what it isn’t, and how to identify and address some of the challenges you may experience along the way.
Session 2: Ethical Considerations in Section 363 Sales - When (if ever) may insiders and court-approved professionals acquire bankruptcy estate assets? What must be disclosed? What ethical restrictions apply to sale negotiations? What are the consequences of unethical actions when transferring estate assets? more »
Session 1: Navigating Lease Negotiations in Chapter 11 - Explore the process of negotiations against the backdrop of rights in Chapter 11 cases, including the rights of respective parties and how they intersect.
Session 2: ROFRs, ROFOs, and Expansion/Contraction Options - These options can have significant effects on the Landlord’s rights and management of their property, but they are often treated as an afterthought in the drafting and negotiating process. Review important issues when negotiating and drafting these provisions.
Session 3: Commercial Landlord’s Remedies for a Tenant’s Breach - Hear practical discussion of a commercial landlord’s remedies for a tenant's breach, including possessory remedies such as judicial evictions, lock-outs, and dealing with personal property in the premises, and monetary remedies such as recovering rent and damages, as well as discussion of mitigation jurisprudence in Texas and other jurisdictions. more »
Session 1: Home Equity Amendments: Servicing Perspective - Learn how the changes to the Texas Constitution relating to home equity liens affect a servicer handling loans in default.
Session 2: Flaws and Risks in Mortgage Insurance Requirements and Provisions -
Session 3: Foreclosure-Related Litigation Update - Review recent federal and state court foreclosure-related litigation, including jurisdictional issues and common claims and defenses.
Session 4: Dead Debtors: The Problem, The Past, and The Plan - Even after death, title issues exist that will haunt even the astute attorney or underwriter. more »
Session 1: Cyber Ethics: Ensuring Compliance with Evolving Technology - Lawyers today find that keeping client information safe is more challenging when using today’s technology tools. You don’t have to have a degree in computer science to understand how to avoid ethical missteps related to technology. Lawyer-friendly information on cyber ethics is provided.
Session 2: Wanting a Seat at the Table: The Rise of Equity Committees - Existing equity holders of Chapter 11 debtors are increasingly requesting appointment of official committees of equity holders pursuant to section 1102 of the Bankruptcy Code. Examine the standard for appointment and role of equity committees, recent cases in which courts have granted and denied requests for appointment of an equity committee, and whether equity committees enhance shareholder recoveries in Chapter 11 cases.
Session 3: All You Need Is Love! Camaraderie and Professionalism - Be courteous, respectful, and civil—and do try to get along with your colleagues. more »
Session 1: Case Law Update (Part I) - Get an update on Fifth Circuit consumer bankruptcy cases from the past year.
Session 2: Case Law Update (Part II) - Get an update on Fifth Circuit consumer bankruptcy cases from the past year (cont.).
Session 3: New National Rules: Tips, Traps, and Proper Service - Examine the rule changes effective December 1, 2017, including tips you should know, traps you should avoid, and how to execute proper service. more »
Session 1: Ethics in Bankruptcy Practice - One of the state's preeminent ethics experts addresses bankruptcy and ethics in an entertaining presentation that should not be missed.
Session 2: Ethics Jeopardy - Fun and informative Jeopardy style game with contestants answering questions about situations involving ethical dilemmas. more »
Session 1: How to Claim, Attack, and Defend Exemptions - Listen to a discussion about how the use of exemptions in bankruptcy reorganizations are designed to aid the individual debtor in achieving a fresh start and protect certain property from the claims of creditors. Absent exemptions, a debtor could be rendered destitute by the claims of creditors. Whether applied to property owned at the time of filing, or acquired post-petition, exemptions are not a windfall; but drafted in a form to try and ensure that creditors receive some cash payments on their claims.
Session 2: Discharge and Dischargeability: The Sword and The Shield - Explore the discharge and dischargeability of debts and actions to enforce the discharge injunction, with special attention to the discharge of student loans. more »
Brush up on the things you need to know to conduct a thorough and efficient Chapter 7 and protect your client’s discharge. Chapter 7 Trustees need information – Debtors' attorneys and their clients need to be ready to provide it. more »
Session 1: Traffic Jam: The Intersection of Community Property, Probate, and Bankruptcy - Explore how community property law, probate law, and bankruptcy law interact.
Session 2: Recent Developments in Home Equity Litigation - Listen to a discussion about the 2017 Constitutional Amendments and the highlights of what has changed. Also, take a look at Wood, Garofolo, and Alexander, whether there is a statute of limitations for equity loan violations, and if so, when does it start. more »