Posts Categorized: Events

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.


Join us at the Franklin Park Clean Up Day

The Bankruptcy Public Service Committee is co-sponsoring a “Clean Up Day” at Franklin Park on Saturday October 17, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

In partnership with the Franklin Park Coalition, volunteers will plant native understory plants in Franklin Park and remove invasive species. This is an excellent opportunity to meet fellow lawyers, from many sections, while preserving a jewel in Boston’s Emerald Necklace.

For more information or to register, click here.

A Bankruptcy and Family Law Roundtable and Networking Reception on June 17

How many times have you wished that your client’s divorce attorney had thought about the bankruptcy implications of their separation agreement before drafting it?  Well family law practitioners feel the same way about us!  So, on Wednesday, June 17th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, bankruptcy and family law attorneys will be coming together at the BBA to discuss these practice areas intersect and to offer each other words to the wise.  The conversation will be led by Will Parks and Steve Striffler, on the bankruptcy side, and Cal Heinle and Cynthia Gover Hastings on the family law side.

Let’s get together, help each other be better lawyers, and drink some wine!  What could be better on a Wednesday evening in June?

Please RSVP here.

If you have any family law questions that you would like to have addressed by the panelists, please email them to Kate Nicholson ([email protected]).


Submitted by:

Kate E. Nicholson
Nicholson Shepard LLC
875 Mass Ave., Ste. 31
Cambridge, MA 02139
T (857) 600-0508
F (617) 812-0405

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.

Contributions Sought for Commemorative Book Celebrating the 25th Annual Bench/Bar

In 1991, the BBA Bankruptcy Section held its first Bench Meets Bar program.  The Section will celebrate 25 continuous years of that signature event later this year.  An editorial board is working to prepare a commemorative book for distribution at the 25th annual Bench Meets Bar event on May 15, 2015.  If you have any photographs, interesting, brief reminisces or other material from the practice of bankruptcy law in the district over that period of time, please contact Nina Parker at [email protected] before February 25, 2015.  Thank you!

Bankruptcy Section Hosting Diversity Program on November 6

The BBA Bankruptcy Section will be hosting a Diversity Program on November 6, 2014 at the Boston Bar Association, 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA.  The program will run from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, with a reception from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  There will be a roundtable discussion of the current state of diversity in the field of bankruptcy law, the progress that has been made and goals for the future.  We will also be conducting an exploration of unconscious bias facilitated by Doug Reynolds of The New Law Center, LLC.

We think that this will be a very beneficial event and truly hope you will join us.  Please RSVP to [email protected].


Bankruptcy Section — Important 2014-2015 Dates

Kickoff Reception — Thursday, September 4, 2014 at BBA from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Steering Committee Meetings (SECOND Friday of every month at 8:30 a.m.)

September 5, 2014 – Rescheduled due to BBA Programming
October 10, 2014
November 14, 2014
December 5, 2014 – Rescheduled due to BBA Programming
January 9, 2015
February 13, 2015
March 13, 2015
April 10, 2015
May 8, 2015
June  12, 2015

Bankruptcy Section Brown Bag Dates (SECOND Tuesday of every month at noon).

September 9, 2014
October 14, 2014
November 4, 2014  – Rescheduled due to Veteran’s Day
December 9, 2014
January 13, 2015
February 10, 2015
March 10, 2015
April 14, 2015
May 12, 2015
June 9, 2015

25th Annual Bankruptcy Bench Meets Bar Conference – Omni Parker House Thursday, May 14, 2015

B.A.P. to Hold Oral Argument on October 21, 2013 in Boston

On Monday, October 21, 2013, the U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the First Circuit (Judge Deasy, Judge Caban, and Judge Finkle) will hear oral arguments in several cases.  The hearings will be conducted in Courtroom 1, 12th floor at the McCormack Post Office and Court House, 5 Post Office Square, Boston, MA.  The hearings commence at 9:30 a.m. and are open to the public.  Please be courteous to the Panel and those appearing before the Panel and arrive early.  To see the Scheduling Order, please go to the BAP’s website at  The cases and issues on appeal are as follows:

MB 13-021     IN RE: Adalgisa Mercado, Debtor

                           Adalgisa Mercado v. Combined Investments, LLC

Issue:  Whether the bankruptcy court erred in granting relief from stay in chapter 11 case.


MW 13-026     IN RE: Anthony M. Gonzalez, Debtor

                            Massachusetts Department of Revenue v. Anthony Gonzalez


MW 13-027     IN RE: John T. Brown, Debtor

                             Massachusetts Department of Revenue v. John Brown

Issue:  Whether MDOR’s claims for unpaid Massachusetts income taxes are excepted from discharge pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(1)(B) when the income tax return is not filed on or before the date established by state statute.

New Bankruptcy Lawyers Committee: Fall Breakfast on October 15

The New Bankruptcy Lawyers Committee of the BBA Bankruptcy Section will kick off the 2013-2014 program year with its annual fall breakfast.  Over the past few years, the fall breakfast has become a time to meet and reconnect with other practitioners while the committee discusses upcoming programming and brainstorms about other possible events.  As with all New Bankruptcy Lawyers Committee programs, this event is geared towards attorneys in their first ten years of practice.  The fall breakfast will be held at the offices of Goulston & Storrs PC, 400 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA, on October 15, from 8:30-9:30 am. 

Please RSVP by October 11, 2013.