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With over 27 years of experience, attorney Alex Dolhancyk offers valuable insight into consumer bankruptcy cases. He is the current Georgia state chair for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA); is Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification; and holds an LL.M (Master of Laws) in International Business Law from Emory University School of Law.
Attorney Dolhancyk has numerous reported bankruptcy cases, including Whaley v. Tennyson, 611 F.3d 873, (11th Cir. 2010), where he argued on behalf of the debtor. He is also a member/advisor on the Bench and Bar Committee for the Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of Georgia.
He received his B.A. from the University of Tennessee which he attended on a full basketball scholarship through an administrative error. He received his J.D. from Memphis State University (now University of Memphis) and is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, 6th and 11th Circuits, and in Georgia, Tennessee, and New York, and is occasionally allowed in the kitchen.
Your Panel of Experts
William E. Brewer, Jr. practices law with The Brewer Law Firm in Raleigh, NC. He graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with an A.B. in Economics in 1973 and a J.D. with Honors in 1976. He is certified as a specialist in consumer bankruptcy law by the North Carolina State Bar . Billy began his term as NACBA’s president in 2011 and has served as a director since 1997. He has served as a popular panelist at NACBA’s previous conventions and is noted for his sense of humor. Mr. Brewer was inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Bankruptcy in 2009.
Mr. Fraley is the owner and founder of Fraley & Fraley Sacramento Bankruptcy Attorneys. As a practicing bankruptcy law attorney with over 37 years experience, he has filed thousands of successful bankruptcy cases.He is one of only about 154 attorneys in California that is Certified by the State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a Bankruptcy Law Specialist. That State Bar Certification as a bankruptcy Law Specialist is held by only about 1/20 of 1 percent of all California bankruptcy attorneys. Gary Fraley is also one of the longest practicing Bankruptcy Law Specialists in the state of California.He has been teaching bankruptcy law issues and practice pointers to bankruptcy attorneys for many years. He grew up in Needles, California. He is a 1974 graduate of University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Mr. Fraley graduated from the University of Los Angeles School of Law in 1977.
Nancy B. Rapoport
Nancy B. Rapoport is the Special Counsel to the President of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is also the Garman Turner Gordon Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is an Affiliate Professor of Business Law and Ethics in the Lee Business School at UNLV. Her specialties are bankruptcy ethics, ethics in governance, law firm behavior, and the depiction of lawyers in popular culture. She is admitted to the bars of the states of California, Ohio, Nebraska, Texas, and Nevada and of the United States Supreme Court. In 2001, she was elected to membership in the American Law Institute, and in 2002, she received a Distinguished Alumna Award from Rice University. She is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.
Join us Marc Dann & Bobby Rivera for “What to do: Post HAMP for Mortgage Borrower Clients.”
Thursday, March 16th 2017
The Federal Hamp Program has come to an end, but most mortgage loan borrowers in default will be eligible for modifications to help them stay in their home. Furthermore, once a loan modification is accepted by a Mortgage Loan Servicer strict new RESPA regulations are in place to make sure that a servicer completes the review fairly and quickly while staying foreclosure activity.
Bobby Rivera, a nationally recognized expert in loan modifications will provided a brief overview to help lawyers understanding the importance of identifying investor, trends on proprietary programs and income calculations for modification and Marc Dann, who’s firm has prosecuted more than 100 cases under Regulation X to RESPA will talk about how to use the regulations to get the information you need to obtain critical information to oppose relief from stay, prosecute claim objections and to hold servicers feet to the fire by bringing Adversaries and Lawsuits which provide for fee shifting under Regulation X to RESPA.
Cost is 25 for Members/$75 for Non Members
Attorneys representing debtors and creditors in consumer cases appear in bankruptcy court on a regular basis. The appearances are often routine and non-evidentiary. Other times, however, the court will expect proof in the form of evidence. It is in these evidentiary hearings that attorneys must have a working knowledge of the basics of evidence. In this program, Chief Judge Williamson will cover what you need to know to have your testimonial and documentary evidence successfully received by the court and made part of the record of your case.
Jump Into Hot Topics with Keynote Luncheon Speaker: Matt Lewis
Friday, May 5th
Friday, December 16th
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Chasing the Elusive White Whale:Harpooning the Current Mortgage Issues You Have to Know
Presented by: Max Gardner, Esq. & John Rao, Esq.
Max and John will bring you up to date on loan modifications in and outside of bankruptcy, post-bankruptcy collection abuses after final cure, the new proof of claim attachment, catching servicers who misapply chapter 13 payments, new servicing regulations on monthly statements for debtors in bankruptcy, and more.
About the Presenters:
O. Max Garner III
O. Max Gardner III, Esq.Max is recognized as one of the leading lawyers in America in the area of Predatory Mortgage Servicing and the standing of Mortgage Servicers in consumer bankruptcy cases. His position on the front lines of the war against predatory lenders and mortgage servicers has captured the attention of ABC News Nightline, CNN, BusinessWeek, The New York Times, The Washington Post and many other news outlets across the country.Gardner received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1969 and graduated with high honors from the UNC School of Law in 1974. Among others, he was a member of the Law Review, named the Outstanding Law Graduate of 1974, served as President of the Student Bar Foundation and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Following graduation, he served as the Senior Law Clerk to the Hon. William H. Bobbitt, the late Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, and as Senior Law Clerk to the Hon. William Copeland, an Associate Justice of that Court.
Max has been the lead attorney of record in many landmark cases but some of his most significant were Marshall v Spindale Savings & Loan, Stark v Crestar Mortgage, the Shelby Yarn Employees litigation, and Smith v First Union National Bank.
John Rao is an attorney with the National Consumer Law Center, Inc. Mr. Rao focuses on consumer credit and bankruptcy issues and has served as a panelist and instructor at numerous bankruptcy and consumer law trainings and conferences. He has served as an expert witness in court cases and has testified in Congress on consumer matters. Mr. Rao is a contributing author and editor of NCLC’s Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Practice; co-author of NCLC’s Foreclosures; Bankruptcy Basics; Guide to Surviving Debt; and NCLC Reports: Bankruptcy and Foreclosures Edition, and contributing author to NCLC’s Student Loan Law. He is also a contributing author to Collier on Bankruptcy and the Collier Bankruptcy Practice Guide. Mr. Rao serves as a member of the federal Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules, appointed by Chief Justice John Roberts in 2006. He is a conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference, fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, vice-president for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, and former board member for the American Bankruptcy Institute. He is an adjunct faculty member at Boston College School of Law. Mr. Rao is a graduate of Boston University and received his J.D. in 1982 from the University of California (Hastings).
Celebrating 25 Years of Educating, Advocating & Litigating!
Join us in Orlando, FL at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, Thursday, May 4 through Sunday, May 7, 2017
Registration is Open for the 25th Annual NACBA Convention!
The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys is excited to celebrate 25 years of educating, advocating, and litigating with you in one of the most, “Happiest places on earth…” Disney World! Join us at the beautiful Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort on May 4th-7th for prominent keynote speakers such as best selling author Ross Bernstein, Professor, National Legal Evidence Expert, Professor Edward Imwinkelried, a student loan pre-conventions session, exhibitors, relevant sessions, a launch party, circuit meetings, fireside chats and of course Mickey and Minnie! There are so many reason to register today!
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Registration is open for NACBA25 so give yourself and your family a gift and come join us in Disney! Receive savings with the Early Bird Registration rate of $695.00, but don’t delay it ends March 2nd, 2017.
The 2017 NACBA Conventions is the must go to event for any Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney. Just listen to what attendees have to say about why they attend NACBA and why you should too!
Ready for a second round of sessions of the 2016 Virtual Bankruptcy Workshop?
Friday, December 16th
12:00 PM-1:00 PM ET
Sailing the Supreme Court Seas: The Top Supreme Court Consumer Bankruptcy Decisions
Presented by: Tara Twomey, Esq. & Henry Sommer, Esq.
It may not be the best court, but it’s the highest court and it is the last word for sailors of the bankruptcy globe. This panel will navigate the Court’s decisions on important consumer bankruptcy issues, including, exemptions, dischargeability, claims, discrimination, chapter 13 plans, lien stripping, and more.
There is still time to Register even if you didn’t register for session one on December 9th. Register today and still receive the recording for session one and session two if you are unable to attend.
About Our Presenters:
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.
Tara Twomey is the Amicus Project Director for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and currently Of Counsel to the National Consumer Law Center. She is currently a Lecturer in Law at Stanford, and has previously lectured at Harvard and Boston College Law Schools. Tara is a former Clinical Instructor at the Hale and Dorr Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School where her practice focused, in part, on sustainable homeownership for low- and moderate-income homeowners. She is a contributing author of several books published by the National Consumer Law Center including, Foreclosures: Defenses, Workouts and Mortgage Servicing and Bankruptcy Basics. Ms. Twomey is also a co-principal investigator, along with Professor Katherine M. Porter of the University of Iowa, for a national study examining mortgage claims in consumer bankruptcy cases.