BBA Webinar: Fundamentals, Insights and Tips from Chapter 7 Panel Trustees for the Bankruptcy Practitioner Tues., Dec. 1st 1-2pm online

Description:

Please join the Consumer Bankruptcy Committee for an interactive discussion with the members of the Chapter 7 Trustee Panel for the District of Massachusetts. Panelists will include Chapter 7 Trustees Jonathan Goldsmith, Donald Lassman, and Anne White, who will present their best suggestions and observations about the representation of bankruptcy clients.  Topics will include pre-bankruptcy filing considerations, the types of debtor documentation that must be furnished to a Chapter 7 Trustee, an explanation of the telephonic Section 341 meeting process, and post-Section 341 meeting topics of concern.  The Trustees will also conduct a mock Section 341 meeting to illustrate the Trustees’ typical examination process and to identify potential practitioner pitfalls. 

This event will be held virtually via the Zoom platform. A link to log onto the virtual discussion will be provided by the BBA to all registrants prior to the event.

Sponsoring Section/Committee(s):

Speakers:

Contact:

Douglas Newton
dnewton@bostonbar.org

REGISTER HERE!

BBA Webinar: Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Basics Training Thurs. 11/19 9am-1pm Online

Description:

During these unprecedented times, your skills as an attorney are needed more than ever.  Although COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the lives of all, those who live below the poverty level have been hit the hardest. This is particularly true for those who have suffered a loss of income and increased debt.  It is anticipated by experts that the number of bankruptcy filings will substantially increase in the wake of the pandemic, so your volunteerism is especially crucial now.

To help meet this need, the Boston Bar Association (BBA) is offering a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Basics Training for volunteer attorneys.  This training will provide you with the building blocks of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy laws and procedures, and allow you to deepen your skills for your private practice and pro bono cases. Attendees will also learn about the different legal aid organizations that provide pro bono services and are looking for attorney volunteers. Please join us and become part of the response effort to help lessen the financial impact of the pandemic on our most vulnerable community members.  This experienced panel for the training includes a former federal bankruptcy judge.

Speakers:

Contact:

Douglas Newton
dnewton@bostonbar.org

REGISTER HERE!

BBA Webinar: Virtual Lunch Bunch with the Honorable Janet Bostwick & Frank Bailey Thurs., 11-5-20 @ 2:30 – 3:30 pm On-Line

Description:

Please join the Consumer Bankruptcy Committee for an interactive discussion with the Honorable Janet Bostwick & Frank Bailey. The discussion will largely focus on mortgage forbearances in accordance with state and federal legislation enacted during the COVID-19 pandemic. The judges also intend to discuss and seek comments from the Bar concerning Chapter 13-day court procedures and protocols under the new telephonic model necessitated by the current public health climate.

This event will be held virtually via Zoom. A link to join the program will be provided to all registrants by the program date. Please reach out to the BBA staff contact listed below with any questions.

Sponsoring Section/Committee(s):

Speakers:

Contact:

Douglas Newton
dnewton@bostonbar.org

REGISTER HERE!

BBA Webinar: CLE- Mediation in Small Business and Consumer Bankruptcy Cases 10/20 2-6pm online

BBA Webinar: CLE- Mediation in Small Business and Consumer Bankruptcy Cases

The BBA presents live webinars and virtual events via Zoom. Please register for this program through your BBA account at least two hours before the start time of the program to receive the Zoom webinar link. 

This four-hour CLE course is a compliment to the introductory session on Mediation for Consumer Bankruptcy Cases offered on September 16, 2020, which can be viewed here.  This session offers a deeper dive into the topic through the perspectives of an experienced panel which includes two former federal bankruptcy judges.  The session will build on the fundamental concepts explained in the prior session through role-playing and facilitated discussion.  While attendees are encouraged to review the prior session, doing so is not mandatory.  Participants should come willing to learn how to help consumer clients solve financial problems in and out of court using mediation.  

Registration Categories:
Premier Member – Free. Included as part of Membership
Sponsor Firm Government Lawyer/ Legal Services – Free. Included as part of Membership
BBA Member – Free. Included as part of membership.
BBA Member – Free. Included as part of membership.
Non-Member – $140.00
Law Student – Free. Included as part of membership.

BBA Webinars &  Virtual Events are supported by the Joan B. DiCola Fund. To learn more or support this fund, click here .

This CLE program is free for BBA members. If you are not a BBA member and are interested in joining, contact dnewton@bostonbar.org for a special membership deal for Bankruptcy practitioners.

BBA Webinar: CLE- Mediation in Small Business and Consumer Bankruptcy Cases

Sponsoring Section/Committee(s):

Speakers:

Contact:

Douglas Newton
dnewton@bostonbar.org

REGISTER HERE!

BBA Virtual Event: Bankruptcy Section Fall Welcome Event (with Remarks from the Bankruptcy Court) 10/6, 4-5:30 PM online

BBA Virtual Event: Bankruptcy Section Fall Welcome Event (with Remarks from the Bankruptcy Court)

Please join the Bankruptcy Law Section as we kick off the 2020-2021 year of programming.  Come meet the Section co-chairs and learn about our committees and various initiatives, and hear from the Section co-chairs on their plan for this year’s programming. You will also hear from the District of Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court about the Court’s operations and re-entry planning. This program will take place online via Zoom.
 
This will be a great opportunity to learn how you can volunteer for some of the Section’s initiatives, sign up to speak at our Brown Bag or other programs, or submit your program ideas and suggestions.
 
This event is free and open to all members and non-members. If you have any questions, please email the contact listed below.

Sponsoring Section/Committee(s):

Contact:

Douglas Newton
dnewton@bostonbar.org

Register here!

BBA Webinar: Mediation Training for Consumer Bankruptcy Cases (9/16 12-1pm)

The BBA presents live webinars via Zoom. Access to this program is free, included as part of your member benefit. Please register through your BBA account at least two hours before the start of the program to receive the Zoom webinar link. The link will be emailed to registrants on a rolling basis beginning 72 hours before the start of the program. If you have not received a link within one-hour of the program start, please email the BBA contact listed below.

COVID-19 has injected an insolvency component into numerous situations and disputes. This Bankruptcy Section kickoff program is designed to provide attendees with basic information about the use of mediation to help solve intractable issues arising in consumer matters.   As a cost-effective and voluntary process, mediation provides parties and counsel with an opportunity to resolve matters outside of the traditional adversarial nature of the legal system.  In certain situations, mediation may lead to outcomes that are not typically obtainable within an adjudicated proceeding such as improved personal and business relationships.  The focus of this session will be on understanding the fundamental components of mediation including when, where and how to use it to achieve client objectives with a particular focus on its use in insolvency settings.

This program is free for members and non-members alike. If you have any questions, please email Doug Newton at dnewton@bostonbar.org.

Speakers:

Register here.

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Basics Training Webinar – July 23rd at 1:00 p.m.

Where: BBA Webinar – click HERE to register.

When: July 23, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Description: During these unprecedented times, your skills as an attorney are needed more than ever. Although COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on everyone’s lives, those who live below the poverty level have been hit the hardest, particularly those who have suffered a lose of income and increased debt.  It is anticipated by experts that the number of bankruptcy filings will substantially increase in the wake of the pandemic, so your volunteerism is especially crucial now.

To help meet this need, the BBA and Volunteer Lawyers Project have collaborated to offer a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Basics Training for volunteer attorneys.  This training will provide you with the building blocks of Chapter 7 bankruptcy laws and procedures, and allow you to deepen your skills for your private practice and pro bono cases.  Please join us and become part of the response effort to help lessen the financial impact of the pandemic on our most vulnerable community members.

Speakers: Natasha T. Lewis (VLP) and Kate E. Nicholson

For more information, you may contact Douglas Newton at newton@bostonbar.org

New BBA Webinar – July 16th at 3 pm – Help! I Need Somebody: Emergency Planning For Lawyers In a Post-Covid-19 World

Webinar Topic: Emergency Planning For Lawyers in a Post-Covid-19 World

Date: July 16, 2020

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Description: Lawyers cannot afford to ignore the risk that they become unable to practice.  In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of having an emergency plan in place has never been more apparent.  In this program, bankruptcy (and other) lawyers will gain indispensable insights into the ethical and practical issues that should be addressed in an emergency plan that protects clients and the lawyer’s business when disaster strikes.

Speakers: Jacob T. Simon, Jeffrey D. Woolf, and Francis Morrissey

 Registration: To register and obtain more information about this timely webinar, click HERE

Update from the Standing Committee on COVID-19

The Committee continues to meet every Friday and has two sub-committees that are focusing on solutions to challenges that we think our practice area will likely experience as the variety of foreclosure, eviction and collection moratoriums begin to expire, demand for legal services expands rapidly, and the calendar rolls to the fall and winter months.

One sub-committee, led by Jacob Simon and Frank Morrissey, is focusing on ways in which we might be able to provide assistance to attorneys who become incapacitated by COVID-19. This group has a webinar planned for later this month addressing disaster planning and succession planning and the panel will include Jeffrey Woolf from the BBA and a consumer bankruptcy lawyer who assisted with the case load of a fellow member of the bar who had COVID-19 and was unable to attend to the practice of law for a period of time.

The second subcommittee, led by Amy Lipman-White, Kate Cruickshank and Kate Nicholson, is preparing training programs for lawyers who are interested in representing consumer debtors that meet applicable legal service agency income guidelines on pro bono basis in chapter 7 cases. MetroWest Legal Services is presenting a two part bankruptcy basics training program on June 22 and June 23 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day. Please spread the work about these training programs as they present great opportunities for new lawyers not only to gain exposure to bankruptcy practice but also to assist consumers who would otherwise be unable to obtain legal assistance to obtain a fresh start.

We are also assembling a list of mentors that those taking the training course can call on for assistance with their first consumer case. Please be in touch with Donald Lassman (Don@LassmanLaw.com) if you would like to add your name to the growing list of volunteers or are otherwise interested in participating in any of the Committee’s ongoing efforts.

METROWEST LEGAL SERVICES – Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Basics Training

MetroWest Legal Services is offering a FREE* two-part training program that will provide you with the building blocks required to assist  those in need with a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. Not only will this training allow you to deepen your skills as an attorney for your private practice BUT you will also become part of the solution to the COVID 19 pandemic. 

WHEN: Monday, June 22 & Tuesday, June 23 – 3:00- 5:30 pm

WHERE: Video-conferencing (link sent after registration)

To sign up for this training, please email Cheryl Palmieri, Pro Bono Coordinator & Staff Attorney, MWLS at  Cpalmieri@mwlegal.org

Please include your name, mailing address, telephone number, email address and BBO number with your registration.