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


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):



Douglas Newton


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 for a special membership deal for Bankruptcy practitioners.

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

Sponsoring Section/Committee(s):



Douglas Newton


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):


Douglas Newton

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


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

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 ( 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

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

BBA Webinar 6/4: Telephonic 341 Meetings: Insights from the United States Trustee and Chapter 7 Panel Trustees

Thursday, June 4, 2020 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Via Zoom

Register HERE

United States Trustee William Harrington and Chapter 7 Trustees Jonathan Goldsmith and Donald Lassman will discuss the ins and outs of effectively representing your client during telephonic 341 meetings. As part of the presentation, the Trustees will run a mock Section 341 meeting in order to provide you with practical tips for preparing your client for the telephonic meeting. Hear from the experts and get your questions answered!

This is a free webinar open to BBA members and non-members. Please register in advance in order to obtain the link for the program.


  • William K. Harrington, United States Trustee Region 1, U.S. Department of Justice – Office of the U.S. Trustee
  • Jonathan R. Goldsmith, Goldsmith, Katz & Argenio, P.C.
  • Donald R. Lassman, Law Office of Donald R. Lassman

With questions, or if you need help registering for the event, please contact Jenna Kim at


In April, the Bankruptcy Section of the Boston Bar Association formed a Covid-19 Response Standing Committee (see May 13, 2020 posting). The Committee meets weekly and has representatives from all parts of the Commonwealth. The work of the Committee is focused on three main areas:

First, reviewing the Bankruptcy Section’s current pro bono protocols and adapting them to Covid-19 situations, and assembling a panel of experts  discussing ethical issues arising from the Covid 19 crisis and best practices for drafting a law office disaster plans.  This effort is being led by Frank Morrissey and Jacob Simon.

Second, preparing educational programs to update attorneys on recent changes to the bankruptcy code and rules, including recent changes to the Bankruptcy Code, as well as relevant state laws and regulations in response to Covid-19.  This effort is being led by Kate Cruickshank, Kate Nicholson, and Amy Lipman-White.

Third, providing training modules for attorneys entering the field who are interested in volunteering to take pro-bono consumer bankruptcy cases, and establishing a mentor list so that the lawyers new to the bankruptcy practice can be paired with an experienced practitioner to provide support and guidance.  In addition to training sessions on law and practice, we expect to include a training session on the increasingly important role of technology and how to set up and manage the systems necessary for an effective “virtual” bankruptcy practice.  This effort is being led by Kate Cruickshank, Kate Nicholson, and Amy Lipman-White.

If you are interested in learning more about the work of the Committee and participating in its work please contact any of the members identified below.

  • Donald R. Lassman, Committee Chair,
  • Amy Lipman-White,
  • Kate Nicholson,
  • Jacob Simon,
  • Christine Devine,
  • Dmitry Lev,
  • Macken Toussaint,
  • Frank Morrissey,
  • Kate Cruickshank,
  • Gary Weiner,
  • Jennifer Breen,
  • Lou Robin,