Posts Categorized: CLE

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.

Overview of Federal Policy on Student Loans and Debt Relief (10/3/18)

Please join us on Wednesday October 3, 2018,  1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Boston Bar Association for a comprehensive program on the history of student aid in higher education, with a focus on the dischargeablity of student loans in bankruptcy and current tax policy affecting loan repayment.  Part I of this 3 hour CLE, takes a look at the past, present, and future of student loans in America.  How did we go from the G.I. Bill and other grant-based initiates to the loan-dominant model that we have today?  What changes, if any, can we reasonably expect to occur in the next 5, 10, or 15 years of student loan policy?  Part II of the program will focus on the history of the student loan discharge in bankruptcy and features a case study of a recent dischargeability trial in Massachusetts bankruptcy court.  Part III of the program discusses how loan interest payments and debt forgiveness are currently treated under the Internal Revenue Code and some interesting efforts by employers to tie a 401(k) company match to an employee’s loan payments.

The program features the following PANELISTS:

  • Dr. Laura Perna, James S. Riepe Professor and Executive Director of the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy at the University of Pennsylvania.
  •  David A. Mawhinney, K&L Gates LLP
  •  Kerime S. Akoglu, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
  •  Sara B. Clevering, Ropes & Gray LLP
  •  Rachel F. Smith, Goodwin Proctor LLP

Link to register:

 CLE credit is available.


Upcoming Bankruptcy Events

Several exciting bankruptcy-related events are taking place in and around Boston in the coming weeks, including:

The American College of Bankruptcy’s The World of Insolvency, a panel discussion on the importance of effective domestic and cross-border insolvency and creditor-debtor regimes to commerce and economic growth. The program will be held at Boston College Law School in Newton, MA from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on March 20, 2015. Please click here for more information and to register.

A Lunch Bunch session with Judge Joan N. Feeney will be held at the US Bankruptcy Court in Boston on April 2, 2015, at 11:45 a.m. For more information and to register, please click here.

The Young Bar Meets Bankruptcy Bench event has been rescheduled for April 6, 2015, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The program will focus on practical skills and issues particularly important for those in their first ten years of practice. For more information and to register, please click here.

Student Loan Debt and Bankruptcy: Addressing the Problem and Finding Solutions, a CLE program, will be held on April 10, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the offices of the Boston Bar Association. Click here for more information and to register.

CLE – Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: Reform is in the Air

In December 2014, after three year of study, the American Bankruptcy Institute’s (ABI) Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Reform Commission released 400 pages of recommendations to reform Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Come to the BBA on February 24 (4:00 – 6:00 p.m.) for an update on the efforts, status and results of the report.

Please click here to register for the program.

Upcoming CLE – Representing Military Personnel and Veterans in Bankruptcy And Consumer Finance Matters

Please plan to attend the Continuing Legal Education Program at the Boston Bar Association on Thursday October 17, 2013 from 4 – 7 p.m.  “Representing Military Personnel and Veterans in Bankruptcy And Consumer Finance Matters”.  This panel discussion will provide you with all the tools that you need to assist members of the military and veterans address consumer finance and bankruptcy issues, including a careful review of specific provisions of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, the United States Bankruptcy Code and other provisions in the United States Code that affect members of the armed forces.  You will also receive excellent resource materials, including a “Primer on Bankruptcy-Related Provisions Applicable to Servicemembers”.  This program is free to those who agree to sign up for the LRS Military and Veterans Panel

Contributed by:

Donald R. Lassman, Esq.
POB 920385
Needham, MA  02492

CLE – Implementing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 4:00 PM
Boston Bar Association – 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

Click here for a printable registration form.

Sponsored by: The Banking and Financial Services Committee of the Business Law Section and the Consumer Finance Committee, a joint committee of the Business and Bankruptcy Law Sections

Experts in financial and bank regulatory and financial consumer protection law will present summaries, analyses and practical insights regarding the most important bank regulatory and financial consumer protection provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, signed by President Obama on July 21, 2010.

Attend this timely program to learn the major new regulatory concepts, constraints, requirements and structures introduced by the new provisions as well as the Federal agency rulemakings expected during the next year.

Specific Topics:

– Restructuring of federal thrift and thrift holding company regulation
– Creation of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection
– Trimming of federal charter preemption of state consumer protection laws
– Enhancement of bank-affiliate and bank-insider transaction restrictions
– Anti-predatory lending provisions

Kevin J. Handly, Esq.
Pierce Atwood LLP
Richard P. Hackett, Esq.
Pierce Atwood LLP

Adam J. Ruttenberg, Esq.
Looney & Grossman LLP