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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


• 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!

ABI Bankruptcy Mediation Training Program 1/25/19

ABI Bankruptcy Mediation Training Program
Date: January 25, 2019
Venue: Suffolk University
Program: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (registration starts at 7:45 a.m.)

Please join ABI for its first Three-Hour Bankruptcy Mediation Training Program on Friday, January 25, at Suffolk University School of Law. Designed for both the consumer and business attorney, this program is more than “Mediation 101”; it is designed to simulate conceptual interests in mediation as a useful tool in districts where mediation might be underutilized and might need a local rule refresh to enhance the process.


28th Annual Bankruptcy Bench Meets Bar 5/24/18

28th Annual Bankruptcy Bench Meets Bar

Thursday, May 24, 2018

3:00 p.m.  – 6:00 p.m.

Omni Parker House – 60 School Street, Boston, MA

The 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 2018 and beyond.

This year’s agenda includes:

I. Hot Topics in 363 Sales

II. Fraudulent Transfer Issues

III. Limited Liability Companies


The New Chapter 13 Plan Explained on 11/30/17!

The Boston Bar Association is sponsoring a free luncheon on the new Chapter 13 Plan form and the new Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, both of which taking effect soon.

The luncheon is going to be at the Boston Bankruptcy Court on Thursday, November 30, 2017, 1:00pm – 3:00pm in the 12th floor library. You do not need to be a BBA member to attend. The program will provide a comprehensive review of the new plan and tips on properly completing it, as well as complying with the new Rules. Lunch will be provided. All are encouraged to attend.

The Panel:

  • Hon. Joan Feeney, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
  • Mary Sharon, Clerk, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
  • Carolyn A. Bankowski, Chapter 13 Trustee
  • Patricia Anne Remer, Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee
  • Nina M. Parker, Parker & Associates
  • Julie A. Ranieri, Korde & Associates, P.C.

Below is the link  to register.
Click here for additional information and registration

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: Corresponding changes to the Massachusetts Local Bankruptcy Rules (also effective December 1, 2017) have been implemented by Standing Order, and may be accessed here:

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:

Additional changes to Massachusetts Local Bankruptcy Forms (effective December 1, 2017) have been implemented by Standing Order, and may be accessed here:

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: For additional information regarding Court Calendar access, please visit the “News & Announcements” section of the Court’s website at:

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:

Brown Bag on Monday (10/30): Are Those Assets Protected? Trusts and Exemptions in Bankruptcy

Please join us at the BBA on Monday for a Brown Bag Lunch Presentation:

Are Those Assets Protected? Trusts & Exemptions in Bankruptcy

register at:

Monday, October 30, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – Boston Bar Association – 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

Description: Experienced Chapter 7 Panel Trustees Donald Lassman and Gary Cruickshank discuss issues with trusts and exemptions that may arise in a bankruptcy. Includes discussion of current developments in the law. New and experienced bankruptcy practitioners will gain valuable insight about asset protection in bankruptcy from this program.

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.

Refunds & Cancellations:
Please note that refunds will only be allowed for cancellation notices received at least 24 hours before the program

Missed a program? Check out our Learn Online platform for on demand access to past BBA programs. If you would like to know if a future program will become available on demand, please contact Julia Carvalho at [email protected].

Sponsoring Section/Committee(s):


  • Gary W. Cruickshank
    • Law Office of Gary W. Cruickshank
  • Donald R. Lassman
    • Law Office of Donald R. Lassman


Carolyn Barrett
[email protected]

The Trouble with Trusts –

Pitfalls and Problems for Debtor’s Counsel


Boston Bar Association Presentation

October 30, 2017






Lunch with Judge Bailey on June 8

Please join the Consumer Bankruptcy Committee on Thursday, June 8 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. for our final lunch program of the year 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 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.

This is an open event. You do not need to be a member of the BBA to attend and free lunch will be provided to those who pre-register. If you are a BBA member, please register by using the link below:


Non-members can register by sending an email to [email protected].


We hope you can join us!