Posts Categorized: Bankruptcy Court

REMINDER: 2020 Bankruptcy Bench Meets Bar Webinar, Wednesday, May 20, at 3 p.m.

Where: Online via Zoom

When: Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

This webinar is an opportunity for bankruptcy professionals to hear from Massachusetts Bankruptcy Judges about the Bankruptcy Court’s operations since the COVID-19 pandemic and how practitioners are adapting.  The program will include the following topics:

     -State of the District update from Chief Judge Christopher J. Panos;

     -New standing orders and other procedural changes;

     -Current practice for status conferences, non-evidentiary hearings, and evidentiary hearings, and tips for telephonic hearings;

     -How the Court is preparing to handle the back log of evidentiary hearings and trials; and

     -What practitioners should expect when the Court reopens for live hearings (and factors being considered with respect to timing).

Other agenda items include answering questions and/or brief discussion of comments submitted by practitioners in advance about challenges with the new remote-only operation of the Bankruptcy Court.  All questions and comments can be emailed to Macken Toussaint, Bankruptcy Section Co-Chair, at mtoussaint@riemerlaw.com

Speakers:

     -Hon. Christopher J. Panos, U.S. Bankruptcy Court

     -Hon. Frank J. Bailey, U.S. Bankruptcy Court

     -Hon. Janet E. Bostwick, U.S. Bankruptcy Court

This program is being presented live via Zoom.  Please register for this program through your BBA account to receive the Zoom webinar link.  In order to receive the Zoom webinar link, you must register at least two hours before the start time of the program.

Further information for the program may be found HERE

NOTICE OF VACANCY: TERM LAW CLERK TO THE HON. JANET E. BOSTWICK

Position Title: Law Clerk to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge

Position Type: Full-Time Term Limited, Excepted Service

Application Opening Date: October 21, 2019

Application Closing Date: Preference for those received by November 12, 2019

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Term of Employment: Immediately to August 31, 2020 (with potential to extend)

Starting Annual Salary Range: JSP 11/1 – 13/1, ($69,016 – $127,874 depending upon qualifications, experience and bar membership status)

General Job Description: Duties include conducting legal research and analysis, preparing memoranda and draft orders and opinions, working collaboratively with members of Chambers and the Clerk’s Office on matters affecting case administration, and performing other duties as may be assigned. A portion of the law clerk’s time will be spent observing courtroom proceedings and performing certain administrative functions.

Minimum Qualifications: At the time of appointment, the applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or be authorized to work in the United States. Applicant must be a law school graduate with academic standing in the upper third of the class or have other demonstrated proof of superior research and writing skills and legal acumen. Additionally, the applicant must be proficient in computer-assisted research and Microsoft Word. It is preferred that applicants have taken bankruptcy law in law school or have experience in the bankruptcy field or comparable practice areas. Familiarity with case management/electronic case filing (CM/ECF) is also preferred. Applicants must be able to quickly process and resolve complex issues and have excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills. Maturity, judgment, and discretion are required. Employees are hired provisionally pending the results of a completed background investigation.

How to Apply: Applications must include a cover letter, current resume and at least one writing sample. Candidates may apply for this position through the Online System for Clerkship Application and Review (OSCAR) by clicking HERE , or alternatively, may submit applications by mail to: The Chambers of the Hon. Janet E. Bostwick, Attn: Leslie Su, Law Clerk, United States Bankruptcy Court, John W. McCormack Post Office and Court House, 5 Post Office Square, Suite 1150 Boston, MA 02109-3945.

The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement, to withdraw the job announcement, or to fill the position sooner than the closing date, if a closing date is shown, any of which actions may occur without any prior written notice.

Further Information for Applicants:

· Employees of the United States Bankruptcy Court serve on an “at will” basis and are required to adhere to a Code of Conduct, a copy of which is available upon request.

· Applicants who proceed further through the application process may be requested to provide additional information including references.

· The United States Bankruptcy Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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.

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 kcruickshank@murphyking.com 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

12th Annual Young Bar Meets Bankruptcy Bench

This is the 12th Annual Young Bar Meets Bankruptcy Bench event. The program introduces law students, clerks, and new bar members to the judges for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts, as well as the Clerk of Court, Molly Sharon. The first portion of the program will focus on a panel discussion with practitioners and the judges to discuss common issues and tactics relating to litigating avoidance actions. During the second portion, the judges and Ms. Sharon will general advice for developing a bankruptcy practice in today’s market. The program will conclude with a reception attended by the judges and Ms. Sharon.

Registration Categories:

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

Non-Member – $100.00

Sponsoring Section/Committee(s):

• Bankruptcy Law Section

• Financial Services Section

Speakers:

• Hon. Christopher J. Panos, U.S. Bankruptcy Court

• Hon. Elizabeth D. Katz, U.S. Bankruptcy Court

• Hon. Melvin S. Hoffman, U.S. Bankruptcy Court

• Mary “Molly” Sharon, U.S. Bankruptcy Court

• Kathleen R. Cruickshank, Murphy & King

• Jeffrey D. Ganz, Riemer & Braunstein LLP

Click Here to Register for the Event!

Practice and Procedure Alerts

Amendments to Rules and Forms

REMINDER, amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure go into effect on December 1, 2017. Access the amendments here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/frbk17_d18e.pdf. Corresponding changes to the Massachusetts Local Bankruptcy Rules (also effective December 1, 2017) have been implemented by Standing Order, and may be accessed here: http://www.mab.uscourts.gov/pdfdocuments/standing-orders/so17_05.pdf.

REMINDER, effective December 1, 2017, Official Local Forms 3 (Pre-Confirmation Chapter 13 Plan and Cover Sheet) and 3A (Post-Confirmation Amended Chapter 13 Plan) are rescinded and replaced with the new Official Local Form. You may view the new Official Local Form 3 (Pre-Confirmation Chapter 13 Plan and Cover Sheet) via the following link: http://www.mab.uscourts.gov/pdfdocuments/Chapter_13_Plan_2017.pdf

Additional changes to Massachusetts Local Bankruptcy Forms (effective December 1, 2017) have been implemented by Standing Order, and may be accessed here: http://www.mab.uscourts.gov/pdfdocuments/standing-orders/so17_06.pdf.

Court Calendar Information Now Available Through Bankruptcy Court’s Website

Access to real-time Court Calendar information is now available through the Bankruptcy Court’s website via the following link:
https://ecf.mab.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/hearings.pl. For additional information regarding Court Calendar access, please visit the “News & Announcements” section of the Court’s website at: http://www.mab.uscourts.gov/mab/court-calendar-information-on-website.

Cape Calendar Announcement

The Bankruptcy Court has announced that effective January 1, 2018, the Court will suspend its “Cape Calendar.” For additional information, please visit the “News & Announcements” section of the Court’s website at: http://www.mab.uscourts.gov/mab/cape-calendar-announcement.

Program Materials – Consumer Bankruptcy Case Review

On November 14, 2016, the Consumer Bankruptcy Committee of the Bankruptcy Section held a lunch program that featured a consumer case law update.  Kate Nicholson and Benjamin Higgins gave a wonderful presentation and facilitated a lively discussion. Thank you to Kate and Ben and to everyone who attended!

For those who were unable to attend, the program materials are available here:

consumer-case-review-2016

Lunch Program with Chief Judge Hoffman – Dec. 1 at 12:00 p.m.

Please join the Consumer Bankruptcy Committee on December 1 for an interactive discussion with the Honorable Melvin S. Hoffman. This will be an excellent opportunity to hear about Chief Judge Hoffman’s current concerns and to discuss hot topics of the day with your fellow bankruptcy practitioners.

This event will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Library, 12th Floor, John W. McCormack Post Office and Court House, 5 Post Office Square, Boston, MA

Lunch will be provided to those who pre-register. Please RSVP using the link below.

https://www.bostonbar.org/membership/events/event-details?ID=23015