Posts Categorized: Brown Bag

1/9/18 Understanding and Complying with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)

Please join us at the BBA for the following brown bag lunch program (rescheduled from 11/14/17):

Understanding and complying with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Boston Bar Association
16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

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Program Description:

Attorneys that are involved in consumer litigation, class actions, bankruptcy, and collections work must understand and comply with the FDCPA. Violations of the FDCPA may lead to statutory liability, penalties and costly litigation.  This program will examine the basic requirements of the FDCPA and take an in-depth look at the recent cases on the law, including the Supreme Court cases Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson and Henson v. Santander Consumer USA Inc. These Supreme Court decisions and cases interpreting them are changing the litigation landscape.  Commercial and consumer practitioners will benefit from the general FDCPA background and learning about the most recent FDCPA developments.

Registration Categories:

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

Non-Member – $100.00

Not a member? Join the BBA today for free-access to this program any many others. Members also receive discounted rates for CLE programs and Conferences.


Andrew Glass, K&L Gates LLP

Gregory N. Blase, K&L Gates LLP


Brown Bag Lunch – Bankruptcy Rules! (September 20, 2016 at 12pm)

Bankruptcy Rules!

Please join us on September 20, 2016 at 12:00 for our welcome back Brown Bag. To celebrate the publication of the new and amended Local Bankruptcy Rules (effective August 1, 2016), we are dedicating the program to the Local Bankruptcy Rules.  Clerks of the bankruptcy court will highlight significant changes to the local rules, common procedural issues, and best practices.  We will be handing out copies of the new Local Rules book to everyone who RSVPs.

Save the Date: Brown Bag Lunch with Chapter 13 Trustee – May 10th

Please join us on May 10, 2016 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. for our annual brown bag lunch with Carolyn A. Bankowski, the Chapter 13 Trustee. This is a great opportunity to meet the Trustee, hear the latest filing stats, learn about new and notable cases, and discuss hot topics in Chapter 13. The Trustee encourages practitioners to come and discuss current questions, concerns and issues, so feel free to bring questions!  For more information or to sign up, please click here.

Upcoming Brown Bag Lunch: Corrected Date

The Brown Bag Lunch on Directors and Officers Liability Insurance in the Bankruptcy Context will take place on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from noon – 1:00 p.m. at the BBA.  To sign up, please click here.

Brown Bag Lunch on Tuesday 10/13 re: the New Official Bankruptcy Forms

Next Tuesday, October 13th from 12:00-1:00 p.m., the BBA Bankruptcy Section will be kicking off its Brown Bag Lunch Series with Get Ready: The New Official Bankruptcy Forms are Coming!

On December 1, 2015, the new Official Bankruptcy Forms will go into effect and almost all of the forms have been overhauled. Walter Oney of Oney Law Office will be highlighting the changes to the forms and providing a preview of what to expect on December 1.

This program has something for everyone because the form changes apply to business cases, too!  

Please RSVP through this BBA link.


Get ready: The New Official Bankruptcy Forms are Coming!

On December 1, 2015 the new (and improved?) Official Bankruptcy Forms will go into effect. Are you ready? Almost all of the forms — including the petition, schedules and statement of financial affairs — have been overhauled. In fact, now there are actually two sets of forms: one for individuals and one for businesses.

As we know, a change in process rarely comes without a change in substance. Join us at the BBA on October 13, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. to learn what to expect and start familiarizing yourself with the new forms. Attorney and bankruptcy software developer Walter Oney will guide us through the most important changes. Don’t get caught out in court not knowing how to navigate your client’s schedules!

For more information or to sign up, click here.

March 10 Brown Bag Event: The Ever-Changing Landscape of Chapter 13 — Updates from the Chapter 13 Trustee

Join the Consumer Bankruptcy Committee for its most anticipated brown bag of the year — Updates from the Chapter 13 Trustee!  Carolyn Bankowski, Chapter 13 Trustee, will highlight recent developments in the case law, point out some common pitfalls for debtors and their attorneys, and suggest best practices.  Carolyn’s presentations are always extraordinarily helpful.  So bring your questions and come learn how to perfect your Chapter 13 practice!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 12:00pm – 1:00pm at the BBA

For additional details and to register for the event please click on the following link:

Brown Bag Program on January 13 — Credit Reporting Demystified

Join us as we pry open the black box of credit reporting!

What’s the difference between a short sale and a foreclosure on your client’s credit score?  Is it better to try to settle debts over time or file a bankruptcy?  Does a bankruptcy filing always hurt one’s credit?  How does a bankruptcy filing affect the credit score of a co-signer?  And what’s the correct way for these events to be reported on a credit report, anyway?

Come hear Chi Chi Wu, attorney and consumer credit expert from the National Consumer Law Center, and Ralph Abrams, senior loan officer with NewFed Mortgage Corp., discuss the answers to these questions and more at the Consumer Bankruptcy Committee’s brown bag program at noon on January 13, 2015 at the BBA.