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10 Very Good Reasons Why You Should Attend #NACBA25!

There are too many reasons for us to list on why you should attend NACBA’s 25th Annual Convention, but we’ve come up with 10 very good and even fun reasons why you should be at the magnificent Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel, May 4th-7th in Orlando, Florida!

  1. Awesome Keynote Speakers: NACBA is bringing you  incredible Keynote Speakers such as national legal evidence expert, Professor Edward Imwinkelried, best selling author Ross Bernstein, award winning filmmaker, Billy Corben, and senior columnist for the Daily Beast, CNN political commentator and author, Matt K. Lewis.
  2. Continuing Legal Education Credits: With past NACBA Conventions being approved for over 20 credit hours (including ethics) in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, NACBA’s 25th Annual Convention is your one stop, professional development,  legal education event that satisfies most, if not all, CLE compliance periods.
  3. Pre-Convention Sessions: Start your learning early with not one but two pre-convention sessions!  You can register for either NACBA’s Student Loan Workshop or FDCPA: Extreme!
  4. It’s a Family Affair! Bring the whole family to enjoy the most magical place on earth! We have you covered with discounted Disney Park, Universal Studios and Sea World Tickets! Your kids will absolutely love this quick getaway!
  5. Engage with Colleagues in NACBA’s Circuit Meetings: New this year, NACBA will host individual circuit meetings for sharing of ideas and the latest “round-up” of what is taking place in the circuit where you practice.
  6. Mickie and Minnie: NACBA has finalized a special photo session during the convention with Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Why stand in line at the parks to meet characters? NACBA has arranged a commemorative photo opportunity for convention attendees and their families included with registration.
  7. The NACBA25 Lineup: This year’s convention schedule is chock-full of stellar expert speakers who will capture your attention with timely and advanced topics. Even the most seasoned bankruptcy attorney will be challenged.
  8. An Abbreviated Saturday Schedule: Given the location and that many attendees may include family, the committee planned an abbreviated schedule on Saturday, May 6th so attendees could take in the Walt Disney World parks and surrounding Orlando area without missing valuable CLE seminars.
  9. Access to Playback NACBA: Through the PlaybackNACBA website, bankruptcy attorneys are able to watch presentations that they were unable to attend the week of May 8, 2017.
  10. Celebrate 25 years of NACBA!Last, but certainly not least you are cordially invited to attend a special #NACBA25 Anniversary Party on Friday, May 5th (6 PM-9 PM) that will include a live concert, food trucks, desserts and perhaps some Disney magic. If no magic, we may just open the bar! This is our way of thanking your for your membership and support for the past 25 years!

Can you think of a reason not to attend?

Register today, if you haven’t already and get ready for what’s promised to be one of NACBA’s most memorable conferences to date!

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Take a Step In the Right Direction!

Join this panel of four as they discuss some of the most common ethics missteps that attorneys make in representing clients in consumer bankruptcy cases.  In a top-10 format reminiscent of old David Letterman skits, the goal of this session is to interject humor into a serious discussion of ethics.
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Alex Dolhancyk

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

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William Brewer

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.

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Gary Fraley

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.

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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.

Don’t Miss Celebrating 25 Years of NACBA!

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Stay Updated on the CFPB Rules That Will Have an Impact on Your Bankruptcy Firm

Major revisions to the mortgage servicing regulations, made by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will become effective in 2017 and early 2018. These changes deal with a variety of important issues, including servicing transfers, loan modification applications, and loss mitigation requests from successors in interest.  Most important for bankruptcy attorneys are the new regulations requiring monthly statements to be given to debtors in bankruptcy.  Learn how these new rules can be used in your bankruptcy practice.

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Sarah Mancini

Sarah Bolling Mancini is Of Counsel for NCLC half-time, focusing on foreclosures and mortgage lending, and works half-time as an attorney in the Home Defense Program of Atlanta Legal Aid. She has experience representing homeowners in bankruptcy cases and litigating in state, federal district, and bankruptcy courts. She also clerked for the Honorable Amy Totenberg, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Sarah is a member of the Georgia Bar. She received her B.A. in public policy from Princeton University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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John Rao

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).

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Join Stephen Fairley from the Rainmaker Institute as he discusses  3 stages every law firm goes through to break the 7-figure barrier. At each stage there are different challenges that must be faced and overcome to grow to the next level. Since 1999, The Rainmaker Institute has trained over 18,000 attorneys and helped hundreds of their clients break 7-figures. If you’ve struggled to scale to a million dollars or more in your law firm you need to attend and discover:

  • What are the 5 key challenges you must face to grow to the next level
  • How to go from being an business operator to a business owner
  • The 10 major parts of every successful law firm
  • Specific steps you must take to build a lifestyle law firm that provides the income you want to enjoy the life you want

Read  More About Your Presenter:

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Two-time international best-selling author, Stephen Fairley is the Founder and CEO of The Rainmaker Institute, the nation’s largest law firm marketing company specializing in marketing and lead conversion for small to medium law firms. Over 18,000 attorneys nationwide have benefited from learning and implementing the proven Rainmaker Marketing System.

Stephen was academically trained as a clinical psychologist and ran 2 successful small businesses prior to focusing on the legal marketplace.

Since 1999, he has built a national reputation as a legal marketing expert and been named, “America’s Top Marketing Coach.” He has spoken numerous times for over 35 of the nation’s largest state and local bar associations.

Stephen has appeared in Inc and Entrepreneur magazines, has authored 12 books, taken 15 cruises, and traveled to 41 countries. He resides in Phoenix with his wife of 20 years.

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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.

Your Presenter
Chief Judge Michael Williamson
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Judge Michael G. Williamson is chief judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida — one of the largest districts in the United States with courthouses in Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, and Ft. Myers and approximately 40,000 pending cases. He also currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Stetson University College of Law teaching Bankruptcy Law and as Co-Author of West’s Bankruptcy Law Manual.
Judge Williamson graduated from Duke University in 1973 and from Georgetown University Law Center in 1976. He began his bankruptcy practice serving as a Chapter 7 panel trustee from 1977 to 1979. Thereafter, in the following 20 years, he represented numerous Chapter 11 corporate debtors, creditors’ committees, and trustees in bankruptcy cases pending throughout the state of Florida.
Judge Williamson is past chair of the Committee on Creditors’ Rights, Section of Litigation, American Bar Association; past chair of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar and that section’s Bankruptcy/UCC Committee; and a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

Your Moderator

Chuck Moore

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Charles G. Moore “Chuck” is a 1987 graduate of The University of Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. In 1990 Chuck graduated from Stetson University College of Law with a Juris Doctorate Degree. Soon after graduating from Law School he accepted a position as a Criminal Prosecuting Attorney with the Sixth Judicial Circuit of the State of Florida where he gained extensive litigation experience. Chuck’s practice is now limited to the representation of consumer debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies. Being actively engaged in the practice of law in excess of 25 years, Chuck has handled more than 2,300 bankruptcy petitions. He is an active member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, The Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association and the National Association of Chapter Thirteen Trustees. Chuck has served as the Florida State Chair for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys in the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida since 2012. He also regularly performs numerous hours of continuing legal education, all of which are specifically limited to current issues facing Consumer Bankruptcy Debtors. Chuck represents clients in the Tampa Bay area including St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Largo, South Pasadena, St. Pete Beach, Gulfport, Seminole, Pinellas Park, Kenneth City, Treasure Island, Tampa, Sarasota and Bradenton.

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Celebrate 25 Years of NACBA at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort!


NACBA is excited to celebrate 25 years at one of the most loved places on earth…Walt Disney World! What makes it even sweeter is the spectacular Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort provides a truly extraordinary backdrop for attendees to enjoy  NACBA’s  Annual Convention. Beautiful tropical landscaping, tranquil waterways and classic art and architecture work together to create a stunning landmark in the midst of one of the most spectacular places on earth.Inside this magnificent Disney resort, an environment of elegance and sophistication awaits. From the spectacular lobbies and our unique restaurants, to the exotic Mandara Spa, and the incredibly comfortable guest rooms, we offer the ultimate escape just moments away from the thrill and excitement of the Walt Disney World® Resort.

As a guest of the Dolphin Hotel, you’re entitled to many special Disney benefits to help you make the most of your time, such as the all new MyMagic+ benefit, complimentary scheduled transportation to the Disney theme parks and attractions, on-site Disney ticket and information desks, the Extra Magic Hours benefit in the theme parks, on-site character dining, and advance tee times on championship Disney golf courses.  Spend fun-filled, action-packed days in the theme parks or water parks neighboring our Disney resort.  Enjoy award-winning dining experiences, abundant shopping, amazing entertainment and invigorating recreational activities at the Walt Disney World® Resort.

Have you made your reservations yet? If not, do so as soon as possible because rooms are filling up at this one of a kind resort! NACBA has secured a special rate of $199 per night at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel during the convention.  To ensure you receive this special rate, be sure to book your room using this link or by mentioning NACBA when you call 1-800-227-1500.

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We Like To Have Fun At NACBA!
Join the Ethics Jeopardy Plenary Session!
NACBA likes to mix it up and keep you on your toes! This #NACBA25 plenary session definitely won’t disappoint! Have fun exploring the ethics issues of consumer bankruptcy law practice playing Jeopardy with bankruptcy judges, Hon. Cynthia A. Norton of Kansas City and Hon. Catherine Peek McEwen of Tampa, and practitioner James H. (Jim) Cossitt of Kalispell, MT. Bring your cell phone to participate in the audience polling on Saturday, May 6th from 8:00 AM-9:00 AM
Learn More About The Players of The Game!
Your Moderator
Jill Michaux
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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.
Your Jeopardy Hosts
James H. Cossitt
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James H. Cossitt has practiced in Kalispell, Mont., since 1999 in the areas of bankruptcy & workouts, business & commercial litigation, real estate, landlord / tenant, secured transactions and construction law.   He began his career in insolvency law as a bankruptcy attorney with the FDIC in Des Moines, Iowa, served as a chapter 7 panel trustee in the N.D. of Iowa from 1988-95 and as a chapter 11 trustee in the W.D. of Michigan from 1997 to 2000.  Mr. Cossitt is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in Montana, Colorado, Michigan and Iowa, is board-certified by the American Board of Certification in both Business & Consumer Bankruptcy Law.  He is a member of the American Bar Association, National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and a lifetime member of the American Bankruptcy Institute.  In addition, he is the Montana editor of West Group’s Bankruptcy Exemption Manual  and in 2009 was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Certification (ABC).

A frequent speaker to professional and trade groups on bankruptcy and related topics, Mr. Cossitt was a member of a task force of US bankruptcy judges, law professors and others who consulted with the Slovak Parliament and research institutes in Bratislava, Slovakia, in 1993 on drafting a new bankruptcy law and the transition to a market economy.  He served as an invited lecturer at a Russian Bankruptcy School sponsored by the Iowa State University Center for International Agricultural Finance, held in Ames, Iowa, in 1995.  Mr. Cossitt received his B.A., with distinction, in 1982 from Iowa State University and his J.D. in 1986 from the University of Iowa College of Law.

Honorable Catherine Peek McEwen 
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Catherine Peek McEwen is a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Florida (appointed August, 2005).  She is also an adjunct professor at the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.  Prior to becoming a judge, she was in private practice, concentrating on commercial litigation with an emphasis on representing parties in bankruptcy cases.  Judge McEwen was graduated from Stetson University College of Law cum laude in 1982 and received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida (B.A., Political Science) in 1979.

She is the judicial chair of The Florida Bar Business Law Section Bankruptcy/UCC Committee and a member of The Florida Bar Business Law Section Executive Council as well as past chair of The Florida Bar Federal Court Practice Committee.  She is a member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges’ Legislative Committee and is a Past Editor in Chief of the NCBJ Conference News, past co-chair of the NCBJ’s Future of the Conference Committee and past member of its National Bar Association Liaison Committee, Endowment for Education Board, Public Outreach Committee, Ethics Committee, and the Newsletter Committee.  She is a past chair and a member of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit (of Florida) Pro Bono Committee.  She is on the Board of Directors of the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers.

She was elected into the American Law Institute in 2012.  Among her other honors are the Stetson University College of Law Distinguished Alumnus Award (2007), Hillsborough County Bar Association Jimmy Kynes Pro Bono Service Award (2008), the Stetson University College of Law J. Ben Watkins Award (2009), the Florida Association for Women Lawyers Leaders in the Law inaugural class designation (2010), the Tampa Bay Hispanic Bar Association’s Luis “Tony” Cabassa Award (2012), the George Edgecomb Bar Association’s Delano S. Stewart Diversity Award (2015), the inaugural Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice’s Distinguished Federal Judicial Service Award (2016), the Stetson Lawyers Alumni Association Ben C. Willard Award (2016), the University of South Florida Distinguished Alumna Award (2016), and the Bay Area Legal Services, Inc. Judge Don Castor Justice Award (2016).

Honorable Cynthia A. Norton

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Cynthia A. Norton graduated summa cum laude from the University of Kansas in 1981 with a double major in French and Art History. She received her law degree from the same institution in May 1984. She clerked for the Hon. John E. Rees of the Kansas Court of Appeals, and the Hon. James A. Pusateri, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, and was a partner at Lewis Rice & Fingersh in Kansas City, before establishing her own law firm in 1995. As a member of Grimes & Rebein, Judge Norton practiced in bankruptcy and related fields in Kansas and Missouri until being sworn in as a bankruptcy judge in the Western District of Missouri on February 1, 2013. She is the recipient of the Michael R. Roser Excellence in Bankruptcy Award, and the Robert L. Gernon Award for Outstanding Contribution to CLE, as well as a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy. Judge Norton has authored numerous articles and seminar papers, and spoken at conferences all around the country. She and her husband reside in Parkville, Missouri.

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