Homeless and in-need Veterans and their families are invited to attend Massachusetts Stand Down 2011 on Friday August 26th and Saturday August 27th. This year’s event is at a new location and will be held at the IBEW Local 103 at 256 Freeport Street in Dorchester. The two day event will provide many services to homeless and at-risk veterans including housing assistance, job assistance, medical aid, clothing and much more! Bring your DD-214 or VA card as proof of veteran status. For the third consecutive year, Volunteers of America Massachusetts is the lead agency for this event.
We are looking for volunteers to staff a table for legal services on August 26 from 8-4 (hopefully we can do this in shifts if we get enough volunteers) and on August 27 from 8 – noon.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Don Lassman at

Call for Volunteers to Prepare a Bankruptcy Law Handout for the Military

There are a number of substantive law handouts prepared by the JAG for service members and these are available at Yellow Ribbon Events that the BBA has been attending and supporting over the past year.  Don Lassman thinks it would be helpful if there were a similar handout for Bankruptcy and is wondering if anyone might be interested in taking on the project of preparing the handout.  Please let him know if you have any interest by contacting him at Donald R. Lassman, Esq., P.O. Box 902385, Needham, MA  02492, 781-455-8400 (phone), 781-455-8402(fax),

Dodgers File for Bankruptcy, Increasing Tension With Selig

The Los Angeles Dodgers filed for bankruptcy in a Delaware court Monday, a move that is expected to give a quick jolt of cash to the troubled team but also to ratchet up the fight between the owner, Frank McCourt, and Bud Selig, Major League Baseball’s commissioner, who last week rejected a proposed television deal by the team that was worth $2.5 billion to $3 billion.  To read more from the NY Times, click here.

Training Materials Now Available Online

The training materials provided at the May 5, 2011 Free Training Opportunity for Attorneys Interested in Helping Veterans and Active Members of the Military and Their Families Experiencing Financial Difficulties are now available online.  Click here to view the Primer on Bankruptcy-Related Provisions Applicable to Service Members.  To view the powerpoint presentation entitled Commercial, Consumer, and Bankruptcy Law Issues Affecting Members of the Military Training Session, click here.

Bankruptcy Section Homepage Addition: MarketWatch Streaming News

As part of their continuing efforts to provide timely and relevant resources to bankruptcy practitioners, the editors are happy to announce the addition of streaming news stories from to the Bankruptcy Section’s Homepage.  This news source will assist both consumer and business bankruptcy practitioners stay current on the changing market conditions that affect their clients.
The streaming news is conveniently placed in the right-hand sidebar.

Please feel free to contact the editors with question/comments.

Marketwatch (formerly known as CBS Market Watch) operates a financial information website that provides business news, analysis and stock market data to some 6 million people.

To view the website for, click here.

Dykstra Posts $150K Bond In Bankruptcy Fraud Case

LOS ANGELES—Former new York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra posted $150,000 bond Wednesday in a federal case where he’s accused of embezzling money from a bankruptcy estate.  For more from, click here

Philadelphia Orchestra Makes Bankruptcy Move

A humbled Philadelphia Orchestra drew a prolonged ovation on Saturday evening after the final strains of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, one of his sunniest works. Just hours earlier, its board of directors had voted to send the orchestra to bankruptcy court, declaring the move the only way to survive financial disaster.  For more, click here

Bankruptcy Section Blog UPGRADE

The editors are happy to announce that the Bankruptcy Section’s Blog-Homepage has a new tool that allows readers to follow posts by email. 

Any readers wishing to receive alerts via email for new postings should enter their email address in the “follow by email” space located on the right side of the page under the “search this blog” link.

Please feel free to contact the editors with questions or comments on this new feature.

Free Training Opportunity for Attorneys Interested in Helping Veterans and Active Members of the Military and Their Families Experiencing Financial Difficulties

On May 5, 2011 from 4-6 p.m., the Bankruptcy Section of the Boston Bar Association is conducting a Training Session at the BBA that will review the many unique legal issues faced by active and veteran members of the armed services and their families in the areas of consumer law and bankruptcy law. This session is not to be missed if you are interested in representing veterans with financial problems.

• Did you know that disabled veterans need not complete the Means Test form used in Consumer Bankruptcy cases, but what if the veteran is only 25% disabled and what if the disability did not arise in the “line of duty”?

• Did you know that members of the armed forces have special rights that they may exercise with respect to leases and interest rates on credit cards if they are called to active duty?

• Did you know that certain overpayments stemming from circumstances where the service member does not complete active duty requirements are nondischargeable as a debt owed to the U.S. Government under a title of the US Code other than title 11?

A top notch resource guide covering the unique legal issues facing current and former members of the military has been assembled and will be distributed to all those in attendance. An experienced group of panelists, including staff from the Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services and former staff counsel for Shelter Legal Services – people in the know – will be available for questions.

This is an event you will not want to miss if you plan on assisting current and former members of the military with financial related legal issues. We hope to see you there.