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Supreme Court Roundup

Friday, May 20th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Whitman Holt, co-author of Bankruptcy and the Supreme Court, will review recent Supreme Court decisions that may affect your bankruptcy practice.

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Whitman Holt

Mr. Holt is the co-author (with Kenneth N. Klee) of Bankruptcy and the Supreme Court: 1801-2014 (West Academic 2015), which is a comprehensive desk reference for lawyers, judges, law students, and scholars examining the Supreme Court’s bankruptcy decisions from 1801 through 2014 from six different perspectives. Mr. Holt also is a contributing author to Collier on Bankruptcy, the nation’s leading bankruptcy treatise.

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Thursday, May 19th, 5:00pm – 6:00pm

BUILD A THRIVING BANKRUPTCY PRACTICE EVEN WHEN FILINGS ARE DOWN

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Presented by: Richard James
Automated Business Results

Discover three keys that allow you to create the law firm of your dreams. Generate leads at will, convert those leads into paying clients and finally, live life on your terms. In spite of a decrease in bankruptcy filings, Automated Business Results clients have become leaders in their market, breaking personal filing records every month. They do it by using the three keys, revealed in this session.

Biography

Richard James, Founder and President of Automated Business Results, has earned a reputation as a national “Legal Systems Expert.” He built a consumer law firm in Arizona from zero to over $3.5 million in annual sales in just over two years. His legacy also includes a career of building businesses in five different industries bringing his proven formula to each to achieve success. His success ingredient is simple: systems. Richard believes that systems should run your law firm and people should run your systems.

Author of two books for attorneys, The DNA of the Autonomous Attorney and Discover The Acres Of Diamonds In Your Law Firm, Richard has devised a process for helping attorneys build a practice that supports their lifestyle, not undermines it. Richard passion is to work with like-minded Entrepreneurial Attorneys, who want to take action to build the systems they create together to obtain, real, measurable results. Grab a free copy of the DNA of the Autonomous Attorney by going to www.TheRichardJames.com/DNAFreeBook

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TOP 10 MISTAKES BANKRUPTCY LAWYERS MAKE THAT KILL THEIR LEAD CONVERSION RATE AND HOW TO FIX IT

Presented by:


Stephen Fairley
The Rainmaker Institute

Thursday, May 19th 6:00 pm – 6:50 pm

Lead generation is big business for bankruptcy attorneys. You have companies who will sell you SEO, PPC, advertising, and PPL (pay per lead), but who can train you and your team on best practice for converting more of these costly leads into more paying clients? Do you have a system in place to track all of them and measure your true conversion rate and determine if you are making a profit on these leads? In this fast-paced workshop attendees will discover:

  • The 5 stages of lead conversion
  • 7 specific strategies to immediately double your lead conversion rate
  • How to fix your “no show” problem of appointments who don’t show up
  • Implementing simple systems to track your leads
  • How to handle pricing questions and why you should never discuss your fees over the phone
  • Improving client communication that leads to ethics complaints

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Learn From the Experts When You Attend the NACBASF Legal Marketing Track

LEGAL MARKETING TRACK 

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 

7:00 PM-7:50 PM

Need another reason to attend #NACBASF? When you are a conference attendee you can attend our Marketing Legal Track for no additional cost. This is a lineup of experts that you won’t want to miss.

FUTURE OF BANKRUPTCY: LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY & DATA FOR MODERN PRACTICE
Presented by:
James Beauchamp, Doug Geller & Sam Moss
Stratus Intelligence

In today’s modern practice, knowing how to apply the law is easy. The tricky part is coping with electronic calendaring notices, appointments, 341 hearings, court appearances, and deadlines. Add to that clients’ increasing preference for electronic communication with shorter response times, time spent tracking payments, and sporadic trustee disbursements, and your tasks gets daunting. Keep in mind that you need to spend time analyzing your marketing results in an increasingly competitive landscape in order to develop your client base and grow your practice, and the practice of bankruptcy now looks like a logistical nightmare. This program will explore the challenges faced by today’s bankruptcy attorneys in managing work flow, communications, marketing and finances. Learn new technologies for lawyers to streamline these pain points. Enhance client communication, automate your docketing and calendaring, streamline your payment tracking and bring your firm to the cutting edge of information technology.

 

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Working with LEP Clients

Sunday, May 22nd, 8:30 AM-9:30 AM

This session will cover best practices for representing clients who are not proficient in English including, communication practices, obtaining credit counseling, 341 meetings, and court hearing hassles.
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Public Counsel
Supervising Senior Staff Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
Magdalena Reyes Bordeaux (“Maggie”) is a Senior Supervising Attorney with Public Counsel and manages Public Counsel’s Debtor Assistance Project (“DAP”), the largest bankruptcy pro se program in the country. DAP provides bankruptcy and bankruptcy-related bankruptcy legal assistance and representation to thousands of individuals and families every year.

Maggie has been practicing consumer bankruptcy law for over 15 years and has worked extensively with the Bankruptcy Courts for the Central District of California, Office of the United States Trustee, and private bankruptcy attorneys in developing and implementing ways to make the courts more accessible to pro se litigants. Maggie is an appointed 9th Circuit Lawyer Representative and is an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School. She is an Executive Board Member of the Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Bar Attorney’s Association (“cdcbaa”) and is an active member of the L.A. Country Bar Association Commercial Law & Bankruptcy DAP Committee.

Maggie has written numerous articles on consumer bankruptcy issues and is a frequent speaker at bankruptcy educational panels. She was on the cover of L.A. Lawyer Magazine for her article on expunging a fraudulent bankruptcy from the public record and was featured on KPCC for her work in this area. She has also received several awards recognizing her work and scholarship in the area of consumer bankruptcy law including being the recipient of the President Emeritus Henry J. Sommer Scholarship Award and the Thomas B. Donovan Public Excellence Award Recipient.

Maggie is a graduate of UCLA School of Law and is married to Clifford S. Bordeaux, a consumer bankruptcy attorney and fellow graduate of UCLA School of Law. Maggie and her husband live in La Crescenta with their 9 year old daughter, Maria Isabella Bordeaux (“Bella”).

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Department of Justice, Federal Coordination and Compliance Section, Civil Rights Division
Senior Attorney
Washington, DC
Paul M. Uyehara is a Senior Attorney in the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, in Washington, DC.  He handles discrimination cases (under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964), technical assistance, and outreach for the DOJ Courts Language Access Initiative and chairs the Limited English Proficiency Enforcement Committee of the Title VI Interagency Working Group.  Paul has over 25 years of prior legal services experience in Philadelphia, including some 15 years handling consumer bankruptcy cases under Chapters 7 and 13, was formerly a supervising attorney for the Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project, and maintains his NACBA membership.

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National Updates and Insights

Saturday, May 21st,  8:15 am – 9:15 am

This session will cover the latest  national legislative news, an update on the Rules Committee, and the recent work of the National Consumer Bankruptcy Rights Center.
Presented by:
 
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Jill Michaux
Neis & Michaux, P.A.
Managing Partner
Topeka, Kansas
Jill A. Michaux was appointed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts to a three-year term on the national Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules on November 30, 2012, and reappointed to a second three-year term in October 2015. She practices law with the firm of Neis & Michaux, P.A., of Topeka, Kansas. She was a founding member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and served on its board of directors six years from 1993 to 1999. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree and from the Washburn University School of Law with Dean’s Honors in 1982. Michaux and Mark Neis, her husband and law partner, are the only Topeka attorneys, and two of seven in Kansas, to be board certified in consumer bankruptcy law by the American Board of Bankruptcy Certification. Michaux is a founding member and past president of Topeka Area Bankruptcy Council and the Kansas Bar Association Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section. She blogs on her own site, www.bankruptcykansas.info. She served as judge for the Municipal Court of the City of Rossville, Kansas, for 16 years until 2010.
Henry Sommer
Supervising Attorney
Philadelphia, PA

Henry J. Sommer is Supervising Attorney at the pro bono Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project in Philadelphia. He has litigated many major cases involving bankruptcy, consumer law, civil rights and other issues. Previously, he was the head of the Consumer Law Project at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, where he worked for over 21 years. Mr. Sommer has also served as a Lecturer-in-Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and is an Adjunct Professor at Temple University School of Law. He received his A.B. degree from Harvard College, magna cum laude and his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, cum laude.

Mr. Sommer is Editor in Chief of Collier on Bankruptcy and the entire Collier line of bankruptcy publications. He is the author of Collier Consumer Bankruptcy Practice Guide (Matthew Bender); Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Practice, (9th Ed. 2009) published by the National Consumer Law Center, Boston, Ma., and Consumer Bankruptcy: The Complete Guide to Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Personal Bankruptcy (John Wiley & Sons 1994) as well as numerous articles on bankruptcy law. He is the co-author of Collier Family Law and the Bankruptcy Code (Matthew Bender).

Mr. Sommer is a former President of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA), a former member of the Federal Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules (appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court) and a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference. He is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, a member of the American Law Institute, and a former member of the Federal Reserve Board Consumer Advisory Council. He is also President of the National Consumer Bankruptcy Rights Center and a former Chairman of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference.

He has been asked to testify many times before the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, as well as the National Bankruptcy Review Commission, on bankruptcy and consumer law issues. He has served on the faculty of numerous continuing legal education programs including those presented by the Federal Judicial Center, NYU Law School, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, the Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute, the Executive Office of U.S. Trustees, the ABA Family Law Section, NACBA, ALI-ABA and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Mr. Sommer was the first recipient of the National Consumer Law Center’s Vern Countryman Consumer Law Award.

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Maureen Thompson
The Hastings Group LLC
Senior Principal
Arlington, VA

Maureen Thompson is a senior principal of The Hastings Group LLC, a 20-year-old strategic communications consulting firm that has handled a wide range of Hill, coalition management, investor education, public relations and Web campaigns for a variety of financial-related issues and organizations. For more than adecade, Ms. Thompson has served as NACBA’s legislative director. In that capacity, she has helped build a strong coalition of organizations that support the work of bankruptcy attorneys in seeking a fair bankruptcy code that recognizes the importance of a ‘fresh start” for individuals and families facing extreme financial difficulties. Thompson works with NACBA Board and its Legislative Committee to develop and implement a legislative strategy for each Congress.

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Jonathan Yarowsky
WilmerHale
Partner
Washington, DC

Jonathan Yarowsky provides strategic advice to clients in an array of areas including antitrust, telecommunications policy, intellectual property, and administrative practice and procedure. Mr. Yarowsky also maintains a robust practice in congressional investigations as well as in antitrust representation. He joined WilmerHale after holding a number of senior-level positions in federal government, including Special Counsel to former President Clinton, General Counsel of the House Committee on the Judiciary, and Chief Counsel of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Economic and Commercial Law.

Mr. Yarowsky joined private practice in 1998 after serving as a Special Counsel to former President Clinton, where he advised on legislative and policy matters, including telecommunications, antitrust and crime policy matters. In his work at the White House, among other policy duties, Yarowsky directed the selection and confirmation of federal judicial nominees.

Prior to his position at the White House, Mr. Yarowsky served as General Counsel of the House Committee on the Judiciary. During his five-year tenure there, he supervised a staff of 40 lawyers and was responsible for developing legislative policy agenda and overseeing the work of six subcommittees in the areas of: administrative law; constitutional law and civil rights; crime and criminal justice; economic and commercial law; intellectual property and judicial administration; and international law and immigration. In addition, during this period Mr. Yarowsky also developed a series of antitrust bills that were enacted into law, and developed other legislative initiatives in the areas of telecommunications, financial services, insurance, banking, civil justice and international trade.

Prior to serving in the House, Mr. Yarowsky was Chief Counsel of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Economic and Commercial Law, where he gained extensive experience in antitrust and competition policy, and worked closely with the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice as well as the Federal Trade Commission. Mr. Yarowsky is a 1977 graduate of UCLA Law School. In 1974, he received an MS from Cornell University. He received an AB from the University of Michigan, summa cum laude, in 1971.​

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Case Law Update

Saturday, May 21st, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

The panel will discuss recent trends in bankruptcy case law, with analysis of cases decided by the Courts of Appeals and other appellate courts.
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Hon. M. Elaine Hammond
United States District & Bankruptcy Court, Northern District California
United States Bankruptcy Judge
San Jose, CA
M. Elaine Hammond is a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of California. She was sworn in on February 2, 2012. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Hammond’s practice focused on representing debtors and creditors in commercial bankruptcy cases and out-of-court restructurings. She was a partner with the San Francisco firm Friedman Dumas and Springwater LLP. Prior to joining that firm she was an associate with Murphy, Sheneman, Julian & Rogers. Judge Hammond began her legal career as a law clerk for the Judge Edward D. Jellen, now retired, also of the Northern District of California.

A native of North Carolina, she received her undergraduate degree from Duke University, and her JD with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

 

Hon. Ronald Sargis
United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of California Judge
Sacramento, CA

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onald H. Sargis is a Federal Bankruptcy Court Judge for the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of California. He was sworn in to the court on January 14, 2010. Sargis received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1979 and his J.D. from McGeorge Law School at the University of the Pacific in 1982.Prior to joining the court, Sargis was a partner with the firm Hefner, Stark & Marois, where he worked for twenty-six years. He began his legal career as a law clerk for Judge Loren Dahl.

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Debt Collection Violations In Bankruptcy 

Saturday, May 21st, 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Debtors are frequently are subject to debt collection conduct that violate the FDCPA.  This session will look at FDCPA claims arising before, during and after bankruptcy.

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David J. Philips

Philipps & Philipps, Ltd.
Attorney
Chicago, IL

David J. Philipps is a partner in the law firm of Philipps & Philipps, Ltd., in  southwest suburban Chicago.  David is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and Loyola University of Chicago.  David is a founding member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates (1995), was the Illinois State Chair for NACA (2008-2013), and was elected to its Board of Directors in 2013.  In 2011, he was named the NACA Private Attorney of the Year and last year he received an Award of Excellence for Pro Bono Service from the Judges of the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.  David has lectured throughout the country at numerous FDCPA and class action seminars for NCLC/NACA and at seminars for his opponents.  His practice consists mainly of litigation for seniors and disabled persons who have been defrauded, or subject to illegal collection activity or
improper credit reporting; he has worked on and/or been appointed class counsel in about 185 cases, which have recovered more than $75,000,000 for defrauded or abused consumers.

Notable FDCPA appellate court cases litigated by David, and his law partner and sister, Mary, include: Gammon v. G.C. Services Limited Partnership, 27 F.3d 1254 (7th Cir. 1994)(unsophisticated consumer); Newman v. Boehm, Pearlstein & Bright, Ltd., 119 F.3d 477 (7th Cir. 1997)(condo and homeowner’s association dues covered by FDCPA); Turner v. J.V.D.B. & Associates, Inc., 330 F.3d 991 (7th Cir. 2003)(no intent as to false statements); Horkey v. J.V.D.B. & Associates, Inc., 333 F3d 769 (7th Cir. 2003)(calls at work and profanity); Chuway v. NAFS, Inc., 362 F.3d 944  (7th Cir. 2004)(amount of debt); Randolph v. IMBS, Inc., 368 F.3d 726,728-730 (7th Cir. 2004 (bankruptcy code does not preclude FDCPA); McMillan v. Collection Professionals, Inc., 455 F.3d 754 (7th Cir. 2006)(implying consumer was dishonest is actionable); and, Evory v. RJM Acquisitions Funding LLC, 505 F.3d 769 (7th Cir. 2007)(false statements made to consumer’s attorney are actionable and limited-time settlement offer collection letters are actionable).

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John Steinkamp

John Steinkamp & Associates
Attorney
Indianapolis, IN

John Steinkamp received his B.A. in 1991, at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN and a J.D. in 1996 at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, PA. Since 2007 he has been the sole owner of John T. Steinkamp & Associates, a 3 attorney law firm. The practice areas consist of almost entirely consumer bankruptcy work and bankruptcy Litigation. From 1997 – 2000  he served as the Staff Attorney in the Consumer Protection Unit of the Indiana Department of Insurance. John is a member of the following professional associations:

  • Member, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (”NACBA”)
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Indiana State Bar Association
  • Member, Indianapolis Bar Association

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service of pleadings/motions/applications/, etc. -Deconstructing Rule 7004

Saturday, May 21st, 9:15 am – 10:30 am

In a world where attorneys have to do more with less, understanding the rules of service and how to best effectuate service is a key to your practice’s reputation and economic survival.  In this seminar, sponsored by www.certificateofservice.com, attendees will learn the ins and outs of what is considered proper service and who is the proper party to serve.  As a bonus, learn how to use a third party mailing service to expedite this simple, but arduous and time-intensive office task. You will walk away with the necessary information and tools to streamline your practice and work smarter, not harder.

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Jay S. Jump

Jay S. Jump, of the Jump Law Group, is a consumer protection attorney practicing in bankruptcy, FDCPA, and identity theft.  Mr. Jump has represented thousands of debtors seeking a fresh start, as well as creditors, both large and small, including the State of Utah and Koren Airlines.  Mr. Jump does not represent institutional creditors in bankruptcy court.

He also owns and operates, along with his wife, Kathryn, www.certificateofservice.com, a mailing and noticing service for bankruptcy practitioners across the United States, including the UST-DOJ, panel trustees, and Chapter 13 trustees. Mr. Jump is the former NACBA Washington State Chair.  Mr. Jump received his undergrad degree from the University of Arizona and his law degree from Gonzaga School of Law.

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Kathryn Jump

Kathryn Jump has extensive experience in building and managing boutique professional law and medical offices.  Her entrepreneurial experience has taken businesses that are struggling to get by to being wildly successful.  Developing practice regimes, protocols, and policies has allowed Kathryn to create ‘bankruptcy in a box’ applications for law firms across the country.  Kathryn and her husband, developed and founded BK Attorney Services, LLC in 2005 to address the changes in the law and to find a way to handle the large volume of mail that was occurring on a daily basis.  By adopting a philosophy of providing the best customer service and staying true to that premise, Kathryn has transformed www.certificateofservice.com from a sleepy cottage business to a large successful enterprise that is now the premiere mailing service for the legal and medical professions, representing over two thousand law firms across the country.

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Kurt O’Keefe

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Security Clearances & the SCRA

Friday, May 20th, 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Do you represents federal employees, government contractors, or members of the military? This session will review types of security clearances, the impact of bankruptcy,  mitigate of potential effects, and special protections under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.
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Ronald Sykstus
Bond & Botes, P.C.
Managing Partner
Huntsville, AL

Ron Sykstus is the managing partner of Bond, Botes, Sykstus, Tanner & Ezzell, P.C. in Huntsville, Alabama and Decatur, Alabama. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Ron enrolled at the University of Arizona in Tucson for his college education. While in college, he attended the U.S. Marine Corps’ Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia and, following completion, the U.S. Army offered Ron a full academic ROTC scholarship. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army upon graduation, Mr. Sykstus was placed on educational delay by the U.S. Army in order to attend law school at the Northern Illinois University College of Law in Dekalb, Illinois. He graduated in 1987 with his Juris Doctorate degree. Mr. Sykstus then entered active duty as a Captain with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

He served at Fort Bliss, Texas as the lead prosecutor for the 11th ADA Division and the 3rd Armored Calvary Brigade and as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in El Paso, Texas. Ron was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal for his service at Fort Bliss.

Mr. Sykstus was subsequently stationed at Fort McClellan, Alabama as the Senior Defense Counsel with the U.S. Army’s Trial Defense Service. Upon his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, Ron was awarded another Meritorious Service Medal for his service throughout Alabama. Ron then joined the Bond and Botes team of lawyers and has been there ever since.