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Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Basics Training Webinar – July 23rd at 1:00 p.m.

Where: BBA Webinar – click HERE to register.

When: July 23, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Description: During these unprecedented times, your skills as an attorney are needed more than ever. Although COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on everyone’s lives, those who live below the poverty level have been hit the hardest, particularly those who have suffered a lose of income and increased debt.  It is anticipated by experts that the number of bankruptcy filings will substantially increase in the wake of the pandemic, so your volunteerism is especially crucial now.

To help meet this need, the BBA and Volunteer Lawyers Project have collaborated to offer a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Basics Training for volunteer attorneys.  This training will provide you with the building blocks of Chapter 7 bankruptcy laws and procedures, and allow you to deepen your skills for your private practice and pro bono cases.  Please join us and become part of the response effort to help lessen the financial impact of the pandemic on our most vulnerable community members.

Speakers: Natasha T. Lewis (VLP) and Kate E. Nicholson

For more information, you may contact Douglas Newton at newton@bostonbar.org

New BBA Webinar – July 16th at 3 pm – Help! I Need Somebody: Emergency Planning For Lawyers In a Post-Covid-19 World

Webinar Topic: Emergency Planning For Lawyers in a Post-Covid-19 World

Date: July 16, 2020

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Description: Lawyers cannot afford to ignore the risk that they become unable to practice.  In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of having an emergency plan in place has never been more apparent.  In this program, bankruptcy (and other) lawyers will gain indispensable insights into the ethical and practical issues that should be addressed in an emergency plan that protects clients and the lawyer’s business when disaster strikes.

Speakers: Jacob T. Simon, Jeffrey D. Woolf, and Francis Morrissey

 Registration: To register and obtain more information about this timely webinar, click HERE

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

THIS TUESDAY, November 12th from 12 – 1 PM, Join Us at the BBA for a Homestead Overview in Bankruptcy and Trusts and Estates

This program will focus on the Massachusetts Homestead Act and how it protects or does not protect property in the event of a bankruptcy. The speakers will also review how T&E attorneys make certain transfers with respect to a primary residence and how it may be impacted by a future bankruptcy. To register click HERE.

When: Tuesday, November 12, 2019, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Boston Bar Association, 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

Speakers:

-Adam J. Ruttenberg, Arent Fox LLP

-Elizabeth A. Caruso, Baker, Braverman & Barbadoro, P.C.

Registration Categories:

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

-Non-Member – $100.00

Sponsoring Section/Committee(s):

-Trusts & Estates Section

-Estate Planning Committee

-Bankruptcy Law Section

Contact: Jenna Kim, jkim@bostonbar.org

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.

Get Ready for the 2019 Amendments to the Bankruptcy Code: Small Business, Veterans’ Rights, and Farm Relief, October 15th, from 12 to 1 pm.

Join us at the BBA on Tuesday, October 15th, from 12 pm to 1 pm, as we review Bankruptcy Code amendments and discuss their potential impact on filings now, in 2020, and beyond. The discussion will include provisions affecting small businesses, veterans, and family farmers in reorganizing their debts, as well as changes to the laws governing avoidance actions ushered in by the amendments.

To register for the event, click HERE.

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

Non-Member – $100.00

Speakers: David Mawhinney, K&L Gates LLP, and Jessica Youngberg, Veterans Legal Services

For more information about the amendments affecting veterans, click: HERE for a helpful chart on the HAVEN Act and HERE for the final legislation’s text.

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.

National Diversity Event — October 24, 2019 at 4 PM — Roadways to the Federal Bench: Who, me? A Bankruptcy Judge?

In an effort to improve diversity in the bankruptcy bench and bar and the federal bench in general, the Judicial Conference of the U.S. Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System is hosting a simultaneous, nationwide event occurring live in 19 cities on October 24, 2019 at 4 PM Eastern. Boston is one of the cities hosting the event, where it will take place at the John J. Moakley Courthouse. The event is open to all lawyers and law students who register for the event.

The program will start with a livestreamed engaging panel discussion with Judges Bailey, Donald, and Gordon, moderated by retired Judge Davis. You will learn about bankruptcy practice (you get to go to court!), roadways to the bench, and why diversity is so important in the bankruptcy bench and bar. You will then participate in an hour of “roundtable” discussions, where judges sitting at your table will talk about their roadways and answer your questions. Every fifteen minutes, the judges will move to another table, so you will meet up to 8-10 judges in just one hour. We expect that Bankruptcy, Circuit Judges, District and Magistrate Judges will attend and participate in this event. There will be a reception immediately following the event.

Registration opens September 17, 2019, at noon Eastern. We have limited space, so availability is on a first-come, first registered basis. No charge, but you MUST register. DON’T MISS OUT! Once registration opens, you can sign up by visiting the event website HERE and clicking on the registration button when that becomes active. If space is available, you will receive an email confirming your registration within a few days. If you receive a confirmation email and are later unable to attend, please let us know immediately so that we can make space available to another lawyer or law student. In some instances, interested lawyers and law students may be placed on a wait list if space later becomes available. In the meantime, that website has more details about the event. Who, me? Yes, you! See you there.

6/21/2019: Bankruptcy Court 2019 Summer Associate Reception

Calling All Summer Associates and Interns! On Friday, June 21 from 1:00-3:00 p.m., the Bankruptcy Court Diversity Initiative Task Force and the Bankruptcy Law Section of the Boston Bar Association are hosting a reception on the 12th Floor of the John W. McCormack Post Office and Court House located at 5 Post Office Square.

The event is for 2019 Boston area summer associates to learn about the Court’s work and opportunities to practice before it. Lunch will be provided. Please encourage your summer associates and interns to attend. They can sign up for the event by clicking here.

ABI Bankruptcy Mediation Training Program 5/9/19

ABI Bankruptcy Mediation Training Program

Date: May 9, 2019

Venue: Suffolk University

Program: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (registration starts at 1:30 p.m.)

Please join ABI for its first Three-Hour Bankruptcy Mediation Training Program on Thursday, May 9, 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.

REGISTRATION: https://www.abi.org/events/three-hour-bankruptcy-mediation-training-program-0