NACBA Introduces 2015 Platinum Convention Sponsor


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Following on both previous comments submitted to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) and active participation in round table meetings with representatives from the financial services industry, NACBA has continued to be engaged and vigilant regarding the proposed amendments by the CFPB to the 2013 Mortgage Rules under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (Regulation X) and the Truth in Lending Act (Regulation Z).

Working with our allies, particularly the National Consumer Law Center, NACBA has submitted the additional comments (linked below) to the proposed rules. We are hopeful that the amendments, which are already favorable to our clients and our practices, will be adopted with many of the further improvements we have suggested.

John Rao, to whom tremendous amounts of thanks are owed by all of us, has dissected and examined these proposed amendments in detail and will be speaking on this topic and how these rules will apply in bankruptcy, on Sunday, April 26, 2015, 10:30 AM at the 23rd Annual NACBA Convention in Chicago.  Joining him will be Will Corbett, Senior Counsel at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

This is a panel not to miss as these new rules will have a significant effect on your clients and also your practice, including new ways to both pursue mortgage servicers for their bad acts and get damages and attorneys’ fees.

Since many people, including those from other organizations, may be learning of this late and may be primarily interested in the mortgage servicing issues, we are offering a $100 discount from the regular $795 cost if you register by March 31st and include the code “CFPB695” in your registration.  Email the attached registration to or fax to (866) 408-9515.  (Avoid registering online as it will force the higher rate.)

I hope that you will agree that this is yet another example of the positive impact that NACBA is having on our practices, especially in our expanded role in the courts, Congress, and administrative agencies.  Please also join me in again thanking John Rao and NCLC for their work on these rules.



* CFPB695 code cannot be combined with other codes.

Atlanta Attorney Honored For Outstanding Legal Aid Contributions

National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Awards Henry J. Sommer Scholarship to Victoria Cox of Atlanta Legal Aid Society.

Kidd Law 1512Each year, one bankruptcy attorney who demonstrates outstanding contributions in his or her community is granted a scholarship from National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) to attend its national convention at no cost.  This year, NACBA’s coveted Henry J. Sommer Legal Aid Scholarship goes to Victoria Cox, counsel, for the Law Office of Douglas T. Kidd, P.C., and staff attorney, Home Defense Program at Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc.

The Henry J. Sommer scholarship was created in recognition of the extraordinary contributions to NACBA by President Emeritus Henry J. Sommer, who served on NACBA’s Board from 1992 to 2011 and as President from 2005 to 2008.  In addition to the educational opportunity, the scholarship allows the deserving recipient an opportunity to interact with others in the close-knit community of 3,5000 bankrupcty attorneys in the U.S.

NACBA Executive Director Dan LaBert said:  “We are pleased to announce Victoria Cox as the 2015 recipient of the NACBA Henry J. Sommer Legal Aid Scholarship.  It’s no small accomplishment to be selected from such a vast field of bankruptcy attorneys.  We applaud Ms. Cox for her important legal aid achievements in her local community in Atlanta, and are eager to provide this opportunity so that she may influence bankruptcy issues on the national stage, including policies affecting our colleagues in every state.”

The 2015 Scholarship winner, Victoria Cox is an active member of the Metro Atlanta Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Group (MACBAG), Georgia Association for Women Lawyers and the Northern Judicial Circuit Bar Association.  Her practice areas include bankruptcy, mortgage lending and servicing, and foreclosure defense.

Cox received her law degree from Georgia State University in 2014.  During law school, she participated in several student-run clinics where she represented clients with federal tax, health, housing, and consumer bankruptcy issues.  Prior to law school, she attended Northern Arizona University and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy in 2010.  Cox resides in Atlanta GA.

FREE: Taxes in Bankruptcy & “Bankruptcies and Money Disasters of the Rich and Famous”

April 23-26, 2015, Chicago IL
“Bankruptcy in the 21st Century: Solutions to Problem Cases”


In October 2014, over 425 attorneys took part in NACBA’s Virtual Workshop: Taxes in Bankruptcy. The treatment of tax debts is one of the more complicated areas of federal bankruptcy law, but the Bankruptcy Code offers substantial tax relief to tax debtors. From understanding tax rules to cancellation of debt income (pros & cons) to IRS penalties, audits, appeals, liens and levies, to client preparation and the fresh start initiative, this 6 hour webinar covered it all!

Register for NACBA’s 23rd Annual Convention by April 15 (Tax Day) and receive access to the Taxes in Bankruptcy 6 hour webinar plus workshop materials with your convention registration! This is a $249 member / $349 non-member value!

Already registered for #NACBACHI? No problem, you get access to Taxes in Bankruptcy too! Just email and request your FREE access to the Taxes in Bankruptcy webinar and material!

Please note, all four panelists from the Taxes in Bankruptcy webinar will be at #NACBACHI to answer any follow-up questions.

Per convention refund policy, any registration cancellation after the webinar has been provided will result in full cost of the Taxes in Bankruptcy webinar subtracted from refund.



In addition to the FREE Audio & Presentation materials AND the FREE Taxes in Bankruptcy workshop, all convention registrants will receive FREE copies of Bankruptcies and Money Disasters of the Rich and Famous (formerly They Went Broke) for not only themselves but also clients. Available at #NACBACHI on a first come, first serve basis and some restrictions will apply (up to 15 copies per registrant).


Join your colleagues from Maine to California and Puerto Rico to Hawaii, for education designed to help expand your practice!

#NACBACHI addresses Bankruptcy in the 21st Century: Finding Solutions to Problem Cases.

Convention sessions will take a very in-depth look at Student Loans, Tax Booby Traps, Zombie Real Estate Apocalypse, Family Feud: the Intersection of Family Law and Bankruptcy, Creditor Warfare and Courtroom Techniques, Mindfulness and Mediation, How to Make Bank in Bankruptcy Using Social Media and Can You Be Found: Increasing Your Online Presence just to name a few!

Group Events available for purchase with your Convention registration. This year’s lineup includes a Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise & Private Lunch on Thursday, April 23rd and an outing to Cellular Field to catch the Chicago White Sox take on the defending American League Champs, the Kansas City Royals.

Travel discounts including flights, parking and airport transfers have been arranged for NACBA convention attendees.

Don’t wait – register TODAY at to take advantage of the above #NACBACHI promotions and special Convention rates at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile!

There are four easy ways to register:

  • Call 800.499.9040 to speak with a member services representative
  • Visit 24/7 to register online at
  • Download this registration form and send check payment by mail to the address listed on the form.
  • Use this registration form and fax it back with credit card payment to 866.408.9515

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How Student Debt Harms the Economy

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Dividing Up the Assets After a Bankruptcy

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