Get Ready for the 2019 Amendments to the Bankruptcy Code: Small Business, Veterans’ Rights, and Farm Relief, October 15th, from 12 to 1 pm.

Join us at the BBA on Tuesday, October 15th, from 12 pm to 1 pm, as we review Bankruptcy Code amendments and discuss their potential impact on filings now, in 2020, and beyond. The discussion will include provisions affecting small businesses, veterans, and family farmers in reorganizing their debts, as well as changes to the laws governing avoidance actions ushered in by the amendments.

To register for the event, click HERE.

BBA Member – Free. Included as part of your membership.

Non-Member – $100.00

Speakers: David Mawhinney, K&L Gates LLP, and Jessica Youngberg, Veterans Legal Services

For more information about the amendments affecting veterans, click: HERE for a helpful chart on the HAVEN Act and HERE for the final legislation’s text.

Bankruptcy Fall Kickoff Reception with Honored Guest, Judge Designate Janet E. Bostwick: October 2nd, at 5 PM at the BBA.

Please join the Bankruptcy Law Section at its Fall Kickoff Social Event for socializing, networking, and to welcome our Honored Guest, Judge Designate Janet E. Bostwick, as the newest member of the Massachusetts Bankruptcy Bench.

When: Wednesday, October 2, 2019, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Where: Boston Bar Association, 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

This program is free and open to all.  Don’t miss it!

You may register for the event by clicking HERE.

National Diversity Event — October 24, 2019 at 4 PM — Roadways to the Federal Bench: Who, me? A Bankruptcy Judge?

In an effort to improve diversity in the bankruptcy bench and bar and the federal bench in general, the Judicial Conference of the U.S. Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System is hosting a simultaneous, nationwide event occurring live in 19 cities on October 24, 2019 at 4 PM Eastern. Boston is one of the cities hosting the event, where it will take place at the John J. Moakley Courthouse. The event is open to all lawyers and law students who register for the event.

The program will start with a livestreamed engaging panel discussion with Judges Bailey, Donald, and Gordon, moderated by retired Judge Davis. You will learn about bankruptcy practice (you get to go to court!), roadways to the bench, and why diversity is so important in the bankruptcy bench and bar. You will then participate in an hour of “roundtable” discussions, where judges sitting at your table will talk about their roadways and answer your questions. Every fifteen minutes, the judges will move to another table, so you will meet up to 8-10 judges in just one hour. We expect that Bankruptcy, Circuit Judges, District and Magistrate Judges will attend and participate in this event. There will be a reception immediately following the event.

Registration opens September 17, 2019, at noon Eastern. We have limited space, so availability is on a first-come, first registered basis. No charge, but you MUST register. DON’T MISS OUT! Once registration opens, you can sign up by visiting the event website HERE and clicking on the registration button when that becomes active. If space is available, you will receive an email confirming your registration within a few days. If you receive a confirmation email and are later unable to attend, please let us know immediately so that we can make space available to another lawyer or law student. In some instances, interested lawyers and law students may be placed on a wait list if space later becomes available. In the meantime, that website has more details about the event. Who, me? Yes, you! See you there.

6/21/2019: Bankruptcy Court 2019 Summer Associate Reception

Calling All Summer Associates and Interns! On Friday, June 21 from 1:00-3:00 p.m., the Bankruptcy Court Diversity Initiative Task Force and the Bankruptcy Law Section of the Boston Bar Association are hosting a reception on the 12th Floor of the John W. McCormack Post Office and Court House located at 5 Post Office Square.

The event is for 2019 Boston area summer associates to learn about the Court’s work and opportunities to practice before it. Lunch will be provided. Please encourage your summer associates and interns to attend. They can sign up for the event by clicking here.

Brown Bag Luncheon with the Honorable Frank J. Bailey 5/23/19

Thursday, May 23, 2019
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
John McCormack Post Office Court House – 5 Post Office Square, 12th Floor Library, Boston, MA

Please join the Consumer Bankruptcy Committee for an interactive discussion with the Honorable Frank J. Bailey. This will be an excellent opportunity to hear about Judge Bailey’s current concerns and to discuss hot topics of the day with fellow bankruptcy practitioners. If you have any questions that you would like to ask Judge Bailey, please email them to Kate Cruickshank at [email protected] by May 17, 2019. The questions will be screened and submitted anonymously.

This event is free and lunch will be provided to those who pre-register. Please RSVP using the link below. You do not need to be a BBA member to register. For any parties interested in attending the program by phone, a dial in number is provided.

REGISTRATION INFO.: https://www.bostonbar.org/membership/events/event-details?ID=30633


29th Annual Bankruptcy Bench Meets Bar Conference 5/22/19

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
UMASS Club – 1 Beacon Street, 32nd Floor, Boston MA

The BBA’s Bankruptcy Bench Meets Bar Conference is an annual opportunity for bankruptcy professionals and the Federal Bankruptcy Court Judges to meet and share insights, observations and analysis on key issues for 2019 and beyond.

This year’s agenda includes:
I. Recent Bankruptcy Cases of Interest (including pending at the U.S. Supreme Court)
II. Issues Regarding Individual Chapter 11 Cases
III. Issues Arising in Church and other Non-Profit Entity Bankruptcy Cases

REGISTRATION Info: https://www.bostonbar.org/membership/events/event-details?ID=30160

ABI Bankruptcy Mediation Training Program 5/9/19

ABI Bankruptcy Mediation Training Program

Date: May 9, 2019

Venue: Suffolk University

Program: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (registration starts at 1:30 p.m.)

Please join ABI for its first Three-Hour Bankruptcy Mediation Training Program on Thursday, May 9, at Suffolk University School of Law. Designed for both the consumer and business attorney, this program is more than “Mediation 101”; it is designed to simulate conceptual interests in mediation as a useful tool in districts where mediation might be underutilized and might need a local rule refresh to enhance the process.

REGISTRATION: https://www.abi.org/events/three-hour-bankruptcy-mediation-training-program-0

Help Out, Have Fun, and Feel Good!

Need a break from bankruptcy and billable hours? Connect with your colleagues while helping out our community. Join the BBA’s Bankruptcy Section and IWIRC New England for an evening of service at the Greater Boston Food Bank.

Wednesday, March 6th from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM at 70 South Bay Ave., Boston, MA 02118.

A few hours of your time will help the GBFB feed thousands of families in need throughout eastern Massachusetts.

To participate, sign up here!

Fine print: During the project, volunteers might be asked to load product onto a conveyor belt, inspect and sort nonperishable donations, sort produce, put nutrition labels on product, and package foods for distribution to partner agencies. Some tasks require the ability to lift up to 50 pounds, but there are a variety of tasks for all abilities. In general, the only requirement is that a volunteer stand and inspect products for a few hours. Please remember, closed-toe shoes are required while volunteering (no sandals or flip flops).